Scotland is a beautiful part of the world, a country often described as one of the world’s last true wildernesses. Filled with gorgeous scenery and awe-inspiring views, the natural beauty of this remote region truly excels when it comes to captivating tourists, visitors and locals alike.
With such a vast array of sights to see, attractions to visit and wonders to explore, it really is no surprise to learn that a Scottish holiday is one that you are bound to remember. In fact, there’s so much to see that you might just find yourself returning time and time again!
Here are some of the best places to see and visit on your next trip to Bonny Scotland.
No visit to Scotland would be complete without a monster-hunting mission! Loch Ness is a large, deep loch in the Highlands, forever immortalised by the world-famous Loch Ness Monster. Take a walk along the shore or book yourself a place on a boat trip – don’t forget to bring your camera and a pair of binoculars, as you never know when you might catch a sighting of Nessie!
Dominating the Edinburgh skyline and sitting imposingly above the city, Edinburgh Castle is an historic 11-century castle and barracks. Situated on Castle Rock, a 250+ft volcanic rock above the city, the castle is also home to the National War Museum of Scotland. Don’t miss the firing of the one o’clock gun six days a week!
Loch Lomond is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful lochs in the country, and with clear water, wooded shores and a mountain backdrop, it certainly isn’t hard to see why. The oak woodland around the scenic loch is home to wildlife like red deer, and with footpaths, walking trails and cycle tracks along the shore, it’s the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway.
The Queen’s official Scottish residence, Holyrood Palace is a charming 16-century stately home featuring stunning examples of Neoclassical architecture. Book yourself on a tour to visit the beautifully-presented Royal reception rooms and check out some of the many relics and antiques in the Palace collection.
Standing tall and taking the title of the highest mountain in Britain, the summit of Ben Nevis is an astounding 1,345 metres above sea level. Although ascending the mountain and making the climb isn’t going to be up to everyone’s tastes, there are plenty of friendlier walking routes and trails in the area around Ben Nevis. Don’t forget your camera to take plenty of photos of the mountain’s brooding beauty!
If hitting the shops is more your thing, then Edinburgh is undoubtedly the best place to go. Head down to the city’s old town for independent shops, boutique stores and quirky cafes hidden amongst the medieval streets. Alternatively, visit Princes Street, the city’s premier shopping destination, to shop until you drop!
The main peak of Edinburgh’s hills, Arthur’s Seat offers the perfect opportunity for hiking without having to head too far away from the city. The peak also forms the majority of Holyrood Park and offers impressive views of both the city and the surrounding landscape.
Urquhart Castle is the king of desolate, wild beauty. Situated on the shores of Loch Ness, this atmospheric, ruined castle dates back to the early 1500s. The ruins are also reported to be a great place to catch sightings of the Loch Ness monster, so keep an eye out!
Scotland is filled to the brim with wonderful places to visit and sights to see – which ones take your fancy?