What Are Some of Scotland’s Must-Sees?
Scotland is a land of beauty and magic. Combining history, culture and raw natural wonders, there is a wealth of things to see and do here. In fact, there is so much to enjoy in Scotland that it can be a little difficult to know where to start. This is where Inspiring Travel Scotland can help. Here are our picks for some of Scotland’s must-sees.
Edinburgh and Glasgow
Glasgow University Cloisters
If you are flying into Scotland it’s most likely you’ll land in either Edinburgh or Glasgow and it is well worth seeing both of these cities before you begin a tour of Scotland’s more natural wonders.
Scotland’s most famous cities enjoy something of a healthy rivalry, but in our opinion it is impossible to choose between them. Both are rich with culture and history and they each have a unique energy. Wander up Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, and visit Edinburgh Castle. Explore the gothic beauty of Glasgow’s famous university before diving into the fascinating depths of the Kelvingrove Museum. There is plenty to enjoy here!
And if you aren’t sure where to go next from here, then Inspiring Travel Scotland has you covered. Our range of Scotland tours begin from Edinburgh and, depending on what you want to do, you can traverse the whole country from there. We can customise your tour of Scotland so it’s a truly unique experience.
Isle of Arran
The Isle of Arran is a place of extreme beauty and it has a rich history dating back to the Stone Age. With its small population you will really feel like you are a world away, and there is so much to do here. From mountain climbs, walks along empty beaches, to golfing and enjoying some of the local produce – this is a place the whole family will love. If you want to find out more about the island itself then the Isle of Arran Heritage Museum is a must.
Scotland is blessed with a great many castles. So many in fact, that we wrote a blog detailing 10 of Scotland’s best castles! However, if you can’t make it to any of those castles there is one that can’t be missed: Stirling Castle. This is one of the most impressive and historically important, castles in Great Britain. Built in the 12th century on a dramatic hill of volcanic rock, it is a wonder of defensive architecture and it commands views of an ancient battleground. A truly epic place. And, if you do stop by Stirling Castle, be sure to visit the Wallace Monument – a commemoration of one of our most famous freedom fighters!
Glencoe has something of an otherworldly beauty so it isn’t surprising that it has been featured in films like James Bond’s Skyfall, and several Harry Potter films. A geological wonder formed from ice and fire, Glencoe is a delight for nature lovers. You can wander through the glen itself or climb the Munros that surround it. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife – the area is home to many wild red and roe deer, and if you look skywards you may just catch the rare sight of a golden eagle!
Skara Brae is a site of profound importance. Located on the island of Orkney, it is Northern Europe’s best-preserved Neolithic village, and it provides a picture of what life was like before Stonehenge was built! Visiting the village, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time and stumbled upon a mystery as no one knows why life in this village ended.
Isle of Skye
No visit to Scotland is complete without a trip to the Isle of Skye. Skye is Scotland’s most popular island for a reason: it is truly stunning. There are plenty of lovely fishing towns to visit, and Portree is not only picturesque, but also the cultural hub of the island. However, it is the extraordinary scenery that is what Skye is really about. The Cuillin mountains rise dramatically from the sea, the Fairy Glen draws walkers into a landscape of mystery and wonder, the fairy pools entice the brave into their icy clear water… Skye is truly magical.
The Cairngorm Massif is a mountain range in the eastern Highlands of Scotland, and they are a unique natural wonder, home to many rare plants birds and animals, including the only herd of reindeer in the British Isles. Whilst it is a perfect place for hill walkers, mountain climbers, bird watchers and anglers, the Cairngorms are not for the faint of heart. The area has a tundra climate and the weather can be changeable, but this is part of what gives it its dramatic beauty. The plateaux have been memorialised in the book The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd, one of Scotland’s great writers, and when you visit Scotland you will probably catch sight of her on a Scottish £5 note.
So there you have it! A small sample of some of Scotland’s must-sees. However, there is so much more to discover than we had time for on this list, so if you want to know more please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Inspiring Travel Scotland is ready to answer all of your questions!