Scotland was always a mystical land. Legends and myths were scattered through its mountains, valleys, forests, islands, rivers, and lakes, to reside comfortably under the shelter of castles in ruins hidden in the fog. This is usually the charm that attracts most of the millions of tourists who travel every year to this country.
It takes time to discover all the magic it contains, that’s why we want to take you to some wonderful places to see in Scotland.
1. The Castle of Eilean Donan
The Eilean Donan Castle is one of the jewels and one of the must-visit places to visit in Scotland. Located in the Highlands, on a small island of Lake Duich, it is only accessible by a small stone bridge, something that makes it even more scenic.
It began to be built in the 12th century. It was destroyed and later abandoned in the XVIII. And at the beginning of the 20th century, a profound restoration restored its splendor of yesteryear. In addition, this castle was a scene of several films, among them the Immortals or Braveheart and the image of the Scotch whiskey Cardhu.
2. Isle of Skye
It is another must see in Scotland. We recommend going to Neist Point, known as the “End of the World” for locals. When you arrive, you will be watching the cliff … From there the views are impossible to describe with words. You’ll see the outer Hybrid Islands, a beautiful lighthouse and the sea, which seems infinite.
But on the Isle of Skye, there is much more to see. Do not miss the fabulous Cuillin hills. Its highest point is Sgurr Alasdair, with only 992 meters. But the landscapes of this small mountain range are spectacular. And on this island, you will also find places of fantasy such as the Fairy Pools, natural pools with crystal clear and icy waters. Or villages, almost villages, as charming as Portree or Claigan.
Oban is a very tempting place to visit, as well as being the most populated town between Fort William and Helensburgh and it is an attractive point for tourism. On the outskirts of the city is Dunollie Castle. In addition, this town is considered the home of the Royal National Mod, where it was held for the first time, with ten competitors on a Saturday afternoon in 1892.
Mod is called a festival of Scottish Gaelic culture, which includes the song and other manifestations. They offer tours to see a distillery, a chocolate factory, museums and castles, diving or swimming with sharks … Oban, of course, is known as “The entrance to the islands” and Caledonian MacBrayne has regular ferry services and also offer excursions very attractive.
4. Loch Ness
One of the best-known legends worldwide has its setting in Scotland. The Loch Ness and its monster called the attention of many tourists and followers of mysteries. Although it is not the most beautiful lake in the country, it is worth the visit. It is located in the Highlands and offers wonderful views.
And it has an added attraction, in the vicinity are the ruins of Urquhart Castle, one of the most beautiful sites in the area. From there the landscape will leave you breathless.
5. Glen Coe
One of the most incredible landscapes and one of the best places to visit in Scotland is Glen Coe. This deep glacial valley surrounded by the great mountains of Glen Coe is located in the Highlands and is of volcanic origin.
It has appeared in films such as James Bond’s Skyfall and several Harry Potter films, although it is not only famous for that, but also for being one of the best places for hiking and mountain sports.
6. Saint Andrews
St. Andrews is a beautiful Scottish city that is on the coast of Fife. There are several attractive points of interest to see, such as the Cathedral; the ruins of the castle that look at the coast, from where an extraordinary landscape is contemplated or visit The Swilcan Bridge, an icon of the place and a must for golf lovers.
It also has distilleries that can be visited like Eden Mill. Another interesting point, especially in summer, is to see the beach of West Sands, where, by the way, the most famous scenes of the film “Chariots of Fire” were filmed.
Stirling strong bid between the historical sights of Scotland and has a spectacular landscape, not to mention the shopping, good places to eat and events that are organized. To get your bearings from the central esplanade, on the top of a hill is the castle of Stirling, where you can enjoy the views of the city and its surroundings, just as the kings and queens of Scotland did.
The winding Forth River and the Wallace National Monument are adjacent to the rolling hills of Ochil and to the northeast, you can see the peaks of the mountains that overlook Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. You can also see the oldest soccer ball in the world in the Smith Museum and Art Gallery, explore the beautiful medieval old town or spend time with the family laughing with the monkeys in Blair Drummond Safari Park.
Plockton is northwest of Scotland. It is a village in the Gaelic heart that really offers everything: stunning landscapes, bays, coral beaches, islands, panoramic views and the possibility of seeing a variety of extraordinary marine life up close. It has preserved its wealth while offering excellent hospitality.
There is an excellent variety of accommodation, and the hotels and restaurants are famous for their fish and seafood, as well as a rich program of traditional live music. There is something for everyone: from restaurants to fish and chips and fried fish in the port.
9. Rosslyn Chapel and The Borders
Rosslyn Chapel which became very famous by having a key role in the book and the movie of The Da Vinci Code. This mid-fifteenth century chapel is full of gargoyles, symbols, reliefs, figures carved in stone, and it really is not strange to read the theories that say that the Knights Templar hid here The Holy Grail.
A little further south you will find the area of Scottish Borders in which highlights the ruins of the Abbey of Melrose, another incredible place that we recommend you not to miss. Other interesting abbeys to visit in the area are Dryburgh and Jedburg.
Edinburgh is a city between hills which has medieval aspect, felt especially in its historical center, has been respected and has been perfectly combined with its most modern part. Go up the famous Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle, the city’s most iconic building, which has been in permanent use for more than 1,000 years.
Gardens, churches, cathedrals, and museums are other attractions of the capital. Be sure to try the whiskey route, one of the most typical things to do in Scotland. They say that this mysterious brew instilled courage and courage to the brave Scots in their many battles.