Scotland is a wonderful country, filled with friendly people, scenic landscapes, and more things to do and see than most people ever thought possible. With all of these places and sights to choose from, it's no wonder that visitors often are overwhelmed with the sheer number of places to visit in Scotland. Let's take a look at an assortment of places to consider when planning your next trip to Scotland.
Historic, scenic, modern, and general interest options
One of the reasons why Scotland is such a popular destination for visitors is the huge array of choices when it comes to places to visit while in the country. Whether you are interested in the centuries-old history of the land or want to experience all of the most modern aspects of this wonderful country, you can easily find exactly what you want without having to look very far.
- With a history dating back many, many centuries, there is absolutely no shortage of historic places to visit in Scotland. There are cathedrals, such as Brechin Cathedral in Angus, St. Giles Cathedral
, and St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall; castles such as Braemar Castle
, Corgarff Castle
, and Delgatie Castle
; and other historic sites such as The Black House in Arnol, the Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace, and Crossraguel Abbey.
- Scotland is well known for its rugged landscapes, ranging from sea side cliffs up to the mountains and crags of the highlands. Some of the most scenic places in the world are to be found in Scotland, including the Isles of Harris
in the Hebrides Islands
, Glen Lyon, and Loch Tay in the highlands; Stirling
and the River Forth as well as the nearby towns of Dunblane
and Bridge of Allan; and the tremendously rugged area of Callander
and the Trossachs
located just northeast of Loch Lomond
- The cities of Scotland are a wonderful mix of traditional and modern activities and sights. Glasgow
, for example, has a rich history but also boasts the modern Pacific Quay along the River Clyde, while Edinburgh
is the capital city and boasts some of the country's best cultural facilities such as the Edinburgh Festival Theatre and the Edinburgh Playhouse.
General Interest Places
- There are plenty of general interest sights and locations throughout Scotland, including some wonderful museums and art galleries. For instance, Scotland's National Galleries feature collections of modern art, portraits, paintings, and other examples of world-class art. Museums are also plentiful in Scotland, such as the thirteen Glasgow Museums, the National Museum of Scotland, the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, the Cockburn Museum of Geology, the Dumfries Museum, and the unique collection of The Museum of the Black Watch featuring 250 years of artefacts and history of the Highland Regiment, Scotland's oldest and most famous military regiment.
Parks and wildlife
Scotland is also known for its tremendous variety of parks and the amazing wildlife to be found in them. There are two main national parks in Scotland; Loch Lomond
and The Trossachs National Park
and the Cairngorms National Park
. Additionally, there are literally hundreds of other smaller park and wilderness areas designated across various parts of the country, such as the Knoydart Peninsula, the Lammermuir Hills, and Glen Affric.
If something more adventurous is more to your liking, plan to spend some time at Landmark Park, a unique place in all of the UK. This wonderful place is a terrific mix of attractions and activities designed for families of all ages. There are rope courses, an ancient forest trail, a variety of interactive exhibits emphasising conservation, and of course plenty of things to keep parents and kids alike interested and entertained all day long.
It is amazing to think of just how many places there are to visit in Scotland, and there is no way to capture all of them in this one short article. Visitors are often astounded at the wide variety of opportunities awaiting them, from historic castles to modern arts facilities to some of the world's most rugged and spectacular scenery. There truly is something for everyone to enjoy and remember in Scotland, making it an excellent choice for those who want a vacation spot they can come back to over and over again.