Scotland is a country of rich history and stunning natural beauty. From castles to lochs, here are some of the most spectacular sights that Scotland has to offer for those that plan on visiting.
Yes, Edinburgh is an entire city, but given the amount of sights found within it, it may as well count as one big attraction. Edinburgh Castle is the most famous landmark in this city has to offer – it’s perched atop a large rock and accessible via drawbridge. Inside you’ll find statues of Scottish legendary heroes like William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Leading towards the castle, you then have the Royal Mile, which is lined other historic buildings. Then there’s Arthur’s Seat – an extinct volcano overlooking the city.
Loch Ness is the largest body of water in Scotland’s Great Glen. There’s no guarantee you’ll spot the legendary Loch Ness Monster – but the loch is still worth visiting for it’s stunning views. The Caledonian Canal also leads off of it, which is home to sights such as Urquhart Castle. Like the Loch, this castle has plenty of tales of folklore surrounding it.
A short trip from Glasgow, Loch Lomond is probably the most impressive of the Scottish lakes and it is a popular hiking destination. You can also take boat trips, go fishing, hire a kayak and even play golf by the lake. Summer is the best time for incredible views (although it can also look very dramatic in the winter).
Ben Nevis is the tallest mountain in the UK standing 1,345m. On a clear day, it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding highlands. Climbing it isn’t too difficult providing you take it at your own pace (there’s also a cable car that leads straight to the top if you’re feeling lazy).
Stirling Castle is steeped in history. Once a residence for the Scottish royal family, it has witnessed battles and murders and royal births over the years. It later became an important military base before eventually being opened up to tourists. It’s one of Scotland’s most impressive and fascinating castles and cannot be missed.
The Isle of Skye
The biggest of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, Skye has an impressive landscape carved out by the harsh winds. Along with mountains and castles, Skye is known for its crystal clear ‘fairy pools’ and rocky pillars such as The Old Man of Storr. It’s a great place to spot eagles and you may even catch a glimpse of The Northern Lights here.
The Isle of Arran
Alongside Skye, The Isle of Arran is one of Scotland’s most beautiful islands. It has a very diverse landscape made up of moors, forests and mountains. Many come here to go golfing, as well as touring the local breweries and distilleries. For the best views of the island, make sure to visit Goat Fell.