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Scotland, a land of legends, a complex history and some of the world’s most lush scenery, calls out to the adventurous nature within us. Experience the place that inspired the epic movie “Braveheart”. Truly a place with something for everyone, Scotland is a small country that leaves a big impact on all who pass through. To help you organize your Scottish getaway, below is a list of the main tourist attractions in Scotland that should not be missed.
Loch Ness is a famous 23-mile long loch which divides the Great Glen in the Highlands of Scotland. Alleged sightings of the Loch Ness monster have kept the lake firmly in the news for the last 80 years.The loch was formed over 12,000 years ago when the glaciers of the last Ice Age melted. It is actually a lateral fault, rather like a rift valley, and is over 745 feet (230 metres) deep. Such is the huge volume and depth of water that the loch only varies by one degree Fahrenheit throughout the whole year. The first encounter with the Loch Ness monster was in the 6th century. St Columba apparently saved a man being attacked by the monster by making the sign of the cross and the beast retreated.
Visitors staying around Loch Ness will want to visit the Loch Ness Centre. Set in the former Drumnadrochit Hotel there are a range of audio visual displays, photographs and artefacts relating to the strange tale of the Loch Ness monster. Walkers can enjoy the challenge of the 73-mile long Great Glen Walk, a long distance footpath between Inverness and Fort William. It runs through Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston and Fort Augustus, all located on the A82 beside Loch Ness. Urquhart Castle is just south of Drumnadrochit, on the shores of Loch Ness. It is open for visitors to explore the five-storey tower house and visitor centre.
|Hotels near Loch Ness|
|Drumnadrochit Hotel||from £55.00|
|Morlea Bed and Breakfast||from £30.00|
|1 Lochness Hostel||from £65.00|
|Fiddlers bed and breakfast||from £35.00|
|The Wee Cottage||from £80.00|
Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles. Standing at 1,344 metres (4,409 ft) above sea level, it is located at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands, close to the town of Fort William. The mountain is a popular destination attracting an estimated 100,000 ascents a year, around three-quarters of which use the Pony Path from Glen Nevis.The 700-metre (2,300 ft) cliffs of the north face are among the highest in the United Kingdom, providing classic scrambles and rock climbs of all difficulties for climbers and mountaineers. They are also the principal locations in the UK for ice climbing. The summit, which is the collapsed dome of an ancient volcano, features the ruins of an observatory which was continuously staffed between 1883 and 1904. The meteorological data collected during this period are still important for understanding Scottish mountain weather. C. T. R. Wilson was inspired to invent the cloud chamber after a period spent working at the observatory.
|Hotels near Ben Nevis|
|The Brevins Guest House and Holiday Cottages||from £40.00|
|Glengyle House||from £95.00|
|Glenlochy Apartments||from £78.00|
|Glenlochy Apartments||from £45.00|
|The Brevins Guest House||from £80.00|
A majestic landmark which dominates the capital city's skyline just as it has dominated Scotland's long and colourful history. Edinburgh Castle is the best known and most visited of Historic Scotland's buildings. Perched on an extinct volcano and offering stunning views, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol, and part of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site.
A rich mix of architectural styles reflects the castle's complex history and role as both stronghold and seat of Kings. The tiny St Margaret's Chapel, Edinburgh's oldest building, dates from the 1100s. Crown Square, the principal courtyard, was developed in the 15th century, the Great Hall with its impressive hammerbeam roof was built by James IV in 1511. The Half Moon Battery was created in the late 16th century; and the Scottish National War memorial was added after the First World War.
|Hotels near Edinburgh Castle|
|The Knight Residence by Mansley Serviced Apartments||from £88.83|
|Doubletree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre||from £109.65|
|Novotel Edinburgh Centre||from £60.00|
|Premier Inn Edinburgh Central||from £65.00|
|Edinburgh City Hotel||from £179.10|
Old Course at St Andrews
The Old Course at St Andrews is one of the oldest golf courses in the world. The Old Course is a public course over common land in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland and is held in trust by The St Andrews Links Trust under an act of Parliament. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A) club house sits adjacent to the first tee, although it is but one of many clubs that have playing privileges on the course, along with the general public. The Open Championship has been staged at the Old Course at St Andrews 28 times.
|Hotels near Old Course at St Andrews|
|Old Course Hotel St Andrews||from £123.00|
|The Annex West Acres Apartment||from £120.00|
|The Macdonald Rusacks Hotel||from £129.00|
|1 Golf Place||from £70.00|
|Rufflets Hotel||from £99.00|
Other Attraction in Scotland
- Edinburgh Zoo - Edinburgh Zoo, formally the Scottish National Zoological Park, is an 82-acre (33 ha) non-profit zoological park located in Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. The mission statement of Edinburgh Zoo is "To excite and inspire our visitors with the wonder of living animals, and so to promote the conservation of threatened species and habitats".
- Drumlanrig Castle - Drumlanrig Castle is situated on the Queensberry Estate in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The category A listed castle is the Dumfriesshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry
- Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park - Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is a national park in Scotland centred on Loch Lomond, and includes several ranges of hills, the Trossachs being the most famous. It was the first of the two national parks established by the Scottish Parliament in 2002, the second being the Cairngorms National Park.