Scotland is a beautiful country filled with nature, tourist attractions and architecture. Here are some of the best places to visit in Scotland:
Nicknamed the Granite City, Aberdeen is a must-see when you visit Scotland, and with cheap car hire at Aberdeen Airport exploring the city is easy. Enjoy the scenery in the city which reflects its combined Medieval and modern roots. There is plenty to see, including more than 300 castles in and around the city. There’s Queen Victoria’s 19th century getaway, Balmoral Castle on Royal Deeside, Craigievar Castle near Alford, which is said to be the inspiration for Walt Disney’s castle, and the ruins of Dunnottar Castle at Stonehaven. There’s so much to discover in Aberdeen.
The capital of Scotland has gained a reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, mostly thanks to its stunning architecture. It is also a great place to experience history and culture, with tourist attractions including the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery. The city is also well known for its festivals such as the International Film Festival, the Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Edinburgh International Book Festival. So, it’s a great place to experience art, literature and other cultural displays.
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow has a wealth of Victorian architecture on display. It has been named European City of Culture, City of Architecture and Design, and Unesco City of Music in the past, and in recent years was home to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which served as a great boost to its tourism. There’s plenty of attractions to see; take in some culture at the Glasgow School of Art, enjoy the greenery at Pollock Country Park, or see the latest sporting action at Celtic Park, home of Celtic FC.
One of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, this Island has lots of fantastic scenery for you to take in, from mountains to beaches and much more. Experience nature and see local wildlife in its natural habitat for an amazing, peaceful holiday. It’s particularly popular amongst hill-walkers. It’s more than just nature though; you can visit Portree, Skye’s main town, which has excellent shopping facilities and the award-winning Aros Centre which shows regular plays, concerts and films. If you want to go back to nature though, the town also has an RSPB exhibit with footage of rare birds on the Isle of Skye.
A place steeped in history, Glencoe is perhaps most known for The Massacre of Glencoe in the 17th century. Today, it is a much-loved tourist attraction for its beautiful highlands, glens and lochs, popular amongst climbers and hikers, especially due to its proximity to Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain. Whether you’re looking for a challenging landscape to conquer or just to take in the scenery and atmosphere, Glencoe is a fabulous holiday destination. It’s also well-known as the filming locations of Braveheart and Highlander.
There’s much to see and do in Scotland and these locations are a great starting point.