• 20 February 2020

Ah, Bonnie Scotland! The country north of Hadrian’s Wall is known for kilts, castles, whisky and Wallace. Scotland has so much to offer the first-time visitor. Here’s a quick roundup of our Scotland’s iconic destinations to include on your itinerary for your future trips to Scotland. Hae a guid journey!

Edinburgh

The capital of Scotland and the seat of Scottish Parliament. Edinburgh is a grand old city with plenty of soul. Full of dark, gothic buildings like the famous Scott Monument on Princes Street and the ancient stronghold of Edinburgh Castle that holds watch over the city. Edinburgh has a singular ambience that walks a fine line between cheerful and awe-inspiring. The best way to really see and feel the city is to set out on foot; stroll the Royal Mile, wander through the National Gallery of Scotland, drop in at Holyrood Palace or take a leisurely walk up Arthur’s Seat, where you can enjoy remarkable views over the entire city. Stop off at a few pubs along the way to sample some local whisky (remember to drop the ‘e’ – that’s Irish!) and maybe even try some haggis!

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The historic Royal Mile – Edinburgh’s historic old town.
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Street view of Edinburgh, capital of Scotland.

The National Wallace Monument

Made famous by the sweeping Hollywood blockbuster Braveheart, the story of how Sir William Wallace lead Scotland to victory over the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge is an epic tale for the ages. The National Wallace Monument stands outside the city of Stirling, overlooking the scene of this pivotal battle, and offers visitors an opportunity to learn more about this widely heralded Scottish patriot and martyr, who would ultimately become known as the Guardian of Scotland.

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Statue of Sir William Wallace, a great Scottish hero, at the Wallace Museum outside Stirling.
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Wallace Monument- an iconic monument in a breathtaking location.

St Andrews

One of Europe’s finest historic towns! St Andrews is a place of history, learning and culture, a wonderful coastal resort, and also known for some pretty spectacular golf courses. Visit St Andrews Castle, Blackfriars Chapel and the Martyrs’ Monument for a spot of culture; make your way to Eden Mill or Kingsbarns Distillery to wet your whistle and learn more about the whisky trade. Or go on guided walks of the Old Course if you want to follow in the footsteps of some golfing greats.

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St. Andrews is a town on the east coast of Scotland. The University of St Andrews is one of Scotland’s four ancient universities.

The Highlands

The Highlands are the physical manifestation of Scotland as most people see in their mind’s eye before they set out on a Scottish adventure. It’s an amazing amalgamation of culture, history, architecture and unparalleled scenery. Think big skies, mind-blowing landscapes, superb food and hospitable people. This is an unpredictable, untameable destination that weaves a singular kind of magic. Enjoy jaw-dropping views, pass through the countless scenic mountains, forest paths, rivers, lochs, wildlife hotspots, friendly villages of the renowned Cairngorms National Park and so much more!

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Sunset over the Scottish Highlands.
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The Glenfinnan Viaduct is an iconic spot in the HIghlands.

Loch Ness

Loch Ness is a freshwater loch (lake) well-known the world over as one of Scotland’s iconic destinations; perhaps more so for the mythical Loch Ness monster than anything else. Overlooking the beautiful loch are the stark remains of Urquhart Castle, which was built in the 1230s. Seized by the English in 1296, the castle was sacked by the MacDonald Lord of the Isles in 1545 and was abandoned in 1689. The wild beauty of the remains makes for spectacular photo opportunities!

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Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle in the Scottish Highlands.

Isle of Skye

Renowned for its rugged landscapes, picturesque fishing villages and medieval castles, the stunning Isle of Skye is connected to Scotland’s northwest coast by a bridge and is the largest island in the Inner Hebrides archipelago. Skye is a world-class destination for walkers and climbers of all persuasions and has a rich history that covers everything from dinosaur fossils and clan warfare to the Jacobite Rebellion and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

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Lighthouse at Neist Point, Isle of Skye.

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis is the highest peak in the British Isles and is located near the town of Fort William. Fondly referred to as ‘Ben’ by the locals, this imposing peak sits majestically at the head of Loch Linnhe, it’s imposing presence emphasised by the fact that it begins its rise from sea-level to tower 4,406ft (1,344m) above the town. If you are planning to make your way up the mountain footpath with friends or on your own you may want to consider the benefits of a guided walk – Ben Nevis can be quite intolerant of ill-prepared ramblers. You can also catch a gondola to the top.

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Ben Nevis Mountains Valley.

Eilean Donan Castle

Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, Eilean Donan Castle is known as one of the most iconic images of Scotland. The first fortified castle was build on the island in the 1200s and has since been rebuilt no less than four times as Scotland’s feudal history unfolded over the centuries. The castle was restored to its former glory in the early 1900s by Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap who bought it after it had lain in ruins for the better part of 200 years. Today visitors can explore nearly every part of the castle to learn more about the structure and the history of the region.

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Eilean Donan Castle – built on an island where Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Als meet.

Scotland is a gorgeous, wild, sweeping country and a true jewel in the crown of Great Britain. It’s a destination sure to revive the wanderlust in even the most seasoned traveller. Turas math dhut – good journey to you! Experience some of Scotland’s iconic destinations and highlights on one of our tours of the United Kingdom.

Questions & Comments




  1. I’m Interested in seeing more of UK since I have been to London only. Do you have a program which will cover England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales preferably this coming spring? It will be more interesting if Northern Ireland is included. Kindly send the schedule, itinerary, and the cost. Thank you.

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