Top Sightseeing Attractions in Scotland

The best attractions in Scotland are not in one place, they are spread throughout the length and breadth of the country but the countryside has in itself a beauty that makes sightseeing in Scotland incomplete without a drive through the breathtaking glens of the country.
1:Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is perhaps one of the most popular attractions in the country. Built on an old dormant volcano, the castle dominates the Edinburgh skyline and can be seen from many miles in all directions. The magnificent architecture is typically Scottish and the castle stands as a testament to their long struggles for independence. The castle sits on what is called Castlehill, which has been inhabited for 7,000 years and has been the site of a hill fort for the last 2,000 years.
2:Royal Mile

Royal Mile

Royal Mile

Another one of the top attractions in Edinburgh is the Royal Mile. This is the mile between Holyrood Palace and running up the hill to the gates of the castle and is made up of several adjoining streets. These streets each have attractions of their own including the Houses of Parliament, a Cathedral, museums, statues and many other historic sights.
3:Loch Ness

Loch Ness

Loch Ness

Scotland is of course home to what is probably the most famous lake in the world, Loch Ness. The loch is the second largest by area in Scotland but due to its great depth, it is the largest by volume of water. No trip to Scotland would be complete without at having at least one try at seeing the famous “Nessie” the Loch Ness Monster.
4:Eilean Donan

Eilean Donan

Eilean Donan

Eilean Donan is probably the most photographed attraction in Scotland. This island that has been scenes for many movies including “The Highlander” and James Bond’s “The World is not Enough”, is dominated by a picturesque castle. Built in the early 13th century for protection against the Vikings, the castle is joined to the mainland by a wooden foot bridge. As well as being popular for movie settings, it is also a popular setting for weddings.
5:Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle is popular with tourists. This very impressive building is set on top of vertical surrounding cliffs. Not just visually spectacular and imposingly defensive but today is also an experience in history.
6:Orkney Islands

Orkney Islands

Orkney Islands

Out on the Orkney Islands stands Skara Brae, a perfectly preserved Stone Age village dating back further than the Pyramids of Egypt and even England’s Stonehenge. Discovered in 1850, this village had rapidly been covered in sand which preserved it in perfect condition and is sometimes referred to as the Pompeii of Scotland.
7:Whisky Shop

Whisky Shops

Whisky Shops

Of course any trip to Scotland wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a distillery but if you aren’t up for that, at least pay a visit to a “Whisky Shop”. What is now a chain of shops throughout Scotland, started as just one shop in 1992. These shops specialize in providing the greatest assortment of Whiskies under one roof. Among the Whisky available you will find some that are very rare and seldom seen anywhere else.
As you travel from one attraction to the next, you will not help but marvel at the great scenery provided by the Lochs and Glens as you pass by or through them.

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