Scotland is a magical land of castles, fascinating cities and stunning natural scenery, from glistening lochs to seaside cliffs and soaring craggy mountains topped with snow come winter. It may be a small country, nestled in the northernmost reaches of the United Kingdom, but it sure packs a punch of sights and stories. Indulge in the tales of Vikings and loch-lurking monsters, explore modern museums and tackle the outdoor adventures and scenery that abounds outdoors. Here's a quick guide to what to do and see in Scotland.
Scotland is famous for its magnificent and awe-inspiring castles, forts and palaces. Scattered across the country, it’s not hard to indulge your childhood fairytale dreams here. One of the most impressive castles of all is Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the capital city’s skyline. Over 800 years old and a world-famous icon, it’s part of the World Heritage-listed Old and New Town areas. Wander through the castle complex to explore the six-gun battery, prison cells, barracks, and the fabulous views from the summit of the castle. You can also see the Stone of Destiny here as well as the Scottish Crown Jewels.
Of the many lochs around Scotland, Loch Ness in the Highlands of northern Scotland is by far the favourite. The largest loch in the country, it’s shrouded in intrigue and mysterious legend, including the famous story of Nessie the Loch Ness Monster. A beautiful deep and dark lake that’s fringed by gorgeous natural surroundings, a tranquil boat cruise is the best way to soak up the beauty of it all. For a faster pace, you can also take an exhilarating power boat ride. For the inside story, head to the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition Experience, which is a museum full of displays and activities.
Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is a unique island that allures travellers with its dramatic scenery, from the wild coastline to the top of the jagged mountain peaks cloaked in mist. Natural highlights include the spectacular rocky mountains of the Cuillin, the incredible sea cliffs of Kilt Rock, and the landslip formations of Quiraing. But there are also pinnacles, waterfalls and lochs to discover, as well as a mysterious formation of standing stones that dates back to prehistoric times. A fabulous destination for hiking and wildlife spotting, travellers will also love exploring the ancient Dunvegan Castle and its beautiful gardens, and the famous Malt Whisky on offer at Talisker Distillery,
Glasgow Science Centre
A great family-friendly attraction in Scotland is the Glasgow Science Centre – but all ages will find something to love here. There are tonnes of interactive exhibits, shows and workshops, as well as a planetarium and even an IMAX cinema. Don’t miss the whizzes and bangs of the live shows at the Science Show Theatre, or the awesome 3D effects of the MindWorks zone. From weird and wacky facts to puppet shows, science and technology has never been so fun!
Spectacular landscapes and a dramatic history intertwine to make Glencoe a fascinating stop on any holiday to Scotland. While the rich history here spans over 5000 years, with tales of Vikings and famous clans, it’s the bloody story of the infamous Massacre of Glencoe that’s most remembered. But also memorable are the mystical soaring mountains, the calm waters of Loch Leven, and the gushing rivers and waterfalls. Explore it all by hiking, biking, kayaking and fishing – and come winter, the snowy slopes are prime for skiing and snowboarding. Glencoe is just 30 minutes from Fort William, the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’.