Scotland is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The combination of stunning scenery, wilderness, castles, and history make this country one of the most fascinating destinations to visit. The Scottish landscape is filled with valleys, lakes, forests, and its cities are known for their fabulous museums, restaurants, and gardens. There are so many things to do in Scotland, so we’ve narrowed it down to the top 7 things to do while visiting this magical country.
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Dating back to the 12th century, Edinburgh Castle has a rich history as a home to Scottish monarchs for hundreds of years. The fortress itself is set on a hill and is truly breathtaking! Visitors can explore the castle grounds and see the famous Portcullis Gate, the Royal Apartments, and St. Margaret’s Chapel.
Known around the world for the famous 'Loch Ness Monster,' Loch Ness is one of Scotland’s largest and most magnificent lakes. The lake is 23 miles long and over 700 feet deep at its deepest! Along the edges of the lake are charming villages and crumbling castles that are perfect for stopping at when visiting.
Princes Street Gardens
Located in the heart of Edinburgh, Princes Street Gardens is an ideal spot to spend the day in the city. The gardens cover over 29 acres and are home to meticulously groomed flowers and numerous historical monuments. The gardens are even transformed into a ‘Winter Wonderland’ in the wintertime!
Skara Brae is the site of a stone-built Neolithic settlement that predates Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the most complete Neolithic village in Europe. Exploring the settlement is truly fascinating and a great activity for all ages.
Of all the castles in Scotland, Stirling Castle is quite possibly the most important. It was a significant fortress due to its ideal hilltop location, and played a big role in Scotland’s history. From the surrounding gardens to the great halls of the castle, there’s something for everyone to explore at the castle.
Scenic Glencoe is one of Scotland’s most picturesque glens (valley). It is a great starting point for exploring the Highlands of Scotland, and is a nature lover’s paradise. It is perfect for hiking, skiing, climbing, and more!
Whisky is Scotland’s most famous export and has been produced in the country since the 1400s. Many distilleries in Scotland offer tastings and tours, where you can learn about the craftsmanship that goes into each bottle of whisky.
For being such a beautiful and intriguing country, Scotland is highly underrated. There are a vast amount of things to do, and it truly is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It definitely deserves a spot on your bucket list!
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