Scotland is home to some of the most impressive tourist attractions in the UK, if not the whole of Europe, but it’s still often overlooked as a holiday destination. However, if you are planning a trip to Scotland, then here are just some of the must-visit places you should jot down in your itinerary…
Edinburgh is quite a broad choice for this list, but it’s worth having on here just because there’s so much to see and do. If you can, then you should definitely leave yourself two or three days to wander around Edinburgh and take in what it has to offer. Edinburgh Castle is a must-see, whilst you can also walk up an extinct volcano, visit the Royal Botanic Garden, or if you time it right, you can take in some of the amazing festivities during the Edinburgh Fringe or other festivals.
Glasgow Science Centre
Glasgow Science Centre is quite the spectacle, but it’s not just for science geeks (although they’ll love it too of course). Film fans will love the massive IMAX theatre, whilst the planetarium is also a sight to behold. There’s a massive amount to see and do; you can easily spend a day seeing all the exhibits and it’s perfect if you’re taking the kids with you.
Yep, that’s right, a beach. Just because you’re going to Scotland, doesn’t mean you can’t visit a beach, and Luskentyre beach is one of the best. It might be a bit out of the way in the Outer Hebrides, but if you’re in the area, then it’s a must-visit. The waters are crystal clear and the backdrops are simply astounding. Many people are shocked by just how wonderful, yet, relatively unknown this area is.
Chanonry Point, the Black Isle
If you want to take in some wildlife during your trip to Scotland then Chanonry Point is a great place to spot some bottlenose dolphins. Again, the scenery is beautiful, with Fort George close by, so you’re guaranteed plenty of amazing photo opportunities.
Neptune’s Staircase, Caledonian Canal
A true feat of engineering. It features an eight-flight lock, which raises the level of the water by 62 feet. It’s overlooked by the foreboding sight of Ben Nevis, which really adds to the spectacular atmosphere of the location. Of course, if you really want to experience Neptune’s Staircase the best way possible, then you have to do it by boat!
This 12th century abbey was founded by monks on the request of King David I of Scotland. It is one of the most culturally significant places in Scotland and is said to house the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce. It’s a wonderful place to wander around in a truly stunning setting.
There are, of course, many other amazing places to visit in Scotland – check out VisitScotland for other must-see destinations – and you can get some great deals on Scottish and other UK breaks at UK Breakaways, meaning that you can see some amazing attractions and scenery without spending a fortune.