The Most Beautiful Places in Scotland

Scotland, most northerly of the four parts of the United Kingdom, occupying about one-third of the island of Great Britain. Scotland’s mainland shares a border with England to the south. The Scottish Highlands are a mountainous region of Scotland with historical importance and a low population density. Major mountain ranges: Southern Uplands, Central Lowlands, Grampian Mountains, North West Highlands. Major rivers: River Tay, River Spey, River Dee, River Tweed, River Clyde. It is home to almost 800 small islands, including the northern isles of Shetland and Orkney, the Hebrides, Arran and Skye. The name Scotland derives from the Latin Scotia, land of the Scots, a Celtic people from Ireland who settled on the west coast of Great Britain about the 5th century CE

1) Dunnottar Castle

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Scotland has some magnificently located castles. Think no further than Stirling Castle or Edinburgh Castle, both built on top of rocks that allow them to dominate the landscape for miles around. A romantic, evocative and historically significant ruined Castle, perched on a giant conglomorate on the edge of the North-Sea. Once seen – never forgotten. Dunnottar Castle is one of the most iconic castles in Scotland and a must-see location on the Scottish Castle Trail.  The dramatic and evocative ruined cliff top fortress was the home of the Earls Marischal, once one of the most powerful families in the land. This is a castle which looks across to the nearby coastal cliffs and whose presence, even today, conveys a very simply message: “Don’t mess with me.” Dunnottar Castle is one of the best castles to visit in Scotland. Located on the east coast, not far from Stonehaven and Aberdeen, the castle is part of the Scottish Castle Trail, which connects 19 stunning castles in Aberdeenshire

2) Barras Market

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The Barras is a major street and indoor weekend market in the East End of Glasgow, Scotland. The term “barra” is Glaswegian dialect for “barrow”, relating to the market’s early years, where traders sold their wares from handcarts. Barras Market, Glasgow, United Kingdom. 6.4K likes. The Barras Market is situated off the Gallowgate in the East End Quarter of Glasgow city centre. The Barras is a major street and indoor weekend market in the East End of Glasgow, Scotland. The Barras is also home to the Barrowland Ballroom. More recently there has been an influx of new arts and entertainment hubs, including a mixture of additional places to grab a quick bite to eat or something more substantial.  IT IS one of the most famous shopping districts in Scotland and is home to an eclectic mix of independent stores and traders.

3) National Museum of Scotland

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The building of the new Museum of Scotland, which opened in 1998, to tell the country’s history from earliest times to the present day, created a landmark museum in Edinburgh for the nation. The National Museum of Scotland stands on the south side of the centre of Edinburgh, a few hundred yards’ walk from the Royal Mile and overlooking Chambers Street and George IV Bridge. The last phase of the museum’s makeover gives its Egyptian, East Asian and ceramic collections a chance to shine, writes Florence Hallett. Today, National Museums Scotland also includes the National Museum of Flight, the National War Museum and the National Museum of Rural Life. The two merged to become the National Museum of Scotland in 2006, a change of identity which reflected the reality of visitors being able to pass freely between them at a number of different levels.Among the exhibits on view we can see in the photograph a whale’s skull just to the left of the two people standing talking on the ground floor. And just up from that is a section of the particle accelerator that was used at Edinburgh University in the 1950s and 60s to break atoms apart. In the foreground is the glass lens from the Inchkeith lighthouse in the Firth Of Forth, in use until the 1980s.

4) Camusdarach, Morar

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Camusdarach sits comfortably in one of the most scenic parts of the Scottish Highlands, between Arisaig and Mallaig on the Road to the Isles with great views over the Islands of Eigg, Rum and Skye. Rum Cottage is a comfortable, cosy and well appointed self catering holiday cottage in a 19th Century farm steading conversion. A lovely white, sandy beach with only a handful of people on it.  There is a small car park and a short walk through the dunes to reach the beach. A great stop off on our way to Mallaig. It is only a few minutes walk from the lovely Camusdarach beaches, and is close to the scenic villages of Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig, from which sail the ferries to the Small Isles of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna, to Armadale on Skye, Inverie in Loch Nevis and to Lochboisdale in the Outer Hebrides. Our family-run campsite boasts 40 stunning pitches as well as 2 Glamping Pods and has easy access via a footpath through the sand-dunes to 3 beautiful white sandy beaches – often used as spectacular film locations – and which regularly feature in lists of the top ten beaches in the UK and Europe.


5) Ben Nevis

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There are two main walking routes up Ben Nevis. The Mountain Track (sometimes called the Tourist Track or the Pony Track) is used by most walkers, whilst the Carn Mor Dearg Arête route presents a more challenging climb for more experienced hikers.The average time taken to climb Ben Nevis is 7-9 hours, with the climb to the top taking around 4 hours, and the return 3 hours.  Ben Nevis is the highest point in Scotland and the United Kingdom at 4,409 feet above sea level. The mountain consists of a superstructure of volcanic rocks surmounting the ancient schists, with granites intruded, of the Highlands. For climbers and mountaineers the main attraction lies in the 600-metre (2,000 ft) high cliffs of the north face. Among the highest cliffs in the United Kingdom, they harbour some of the best scrambles and rock climbs at all levels of difficulty, and are one of the principal locations in the UK for ice climbing.


6) Edinburgh

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A first time visitor naturally wants to see some of the highlights of this gorgeous city that holds two UNESCO designations for its higgledy-piggledy medieval Old Town and its well-planned Georgian New Town.  Edinburgh is the perfect gateway city into Scotland and Scottish culture. Here are some of the best things to do in this beautiful, calm, and active city. Edinburgh is in Scotland, which is the northern part of the United Kingdom. It’s in the southeast part of Scotland, around 60 miles north of the Scotland – England border, and around 50 miles east of Glasgow, which is Scotland’s largest city. A bustling and vibrant city, steeped in history and host to a variety of colourful festivals throughout the year, there is no shortage of things to do in Edinburgh. Today, it is home to 500,000 people and a number of cultural events including the Edinburgh Fringe and Edinburgh Festival.


7) Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park


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Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is a national park in Scotland centred on Loch Lomond and the hills and glens of the Trossachs, along with several other ranges of hills. There are many things to do in Loch Lomond, and it is a popular weekend destination for locals from Glasgow and Edinburgh in search of nature and outdoor activities. Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park was Scotland’s first national park, designated in 2002. The national park’s outstanding beauty is something best explored by foot – and with plentiful short walks, nature trails, hills and munros to explore, there’s no time like to present to dig out those walking boots and get exploring. The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is Scotland’s first National Park and was established in the year 2002. With a size of 720 square miles (1,865 sq km) the Park covers many contrasting landscapes reaching from Lowland to Highland. Every year thousands of visitors enjoy the beauty of the National Park with its lochs, rivers, woodlands, mountains and historical sites.

8) Glasgow

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Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and there are so many things to do in Glasgow! The city is home to fantastic art galleries, historical National Trust properties, leafy green spaces, amazing street art, and a plethora of live music venues.  From dawn to dusk and into the night, there are a huge range of things to do in Glasgow during every hour of your trip.   It attracts a large number of tourists every year. It doesn’t matter whether you want to experience culture, food or shopping, you’ll find something to fit your interests within the boundaries of this up and coming city. When it comes to entertainment, events and great days out in Glasgow, you don’t have to look far – over a hundred Glasgow gigs take place every week, and you can also find tickets for theatre, performing arts and sporting tournaments. you could easily fill your time exploring the different neighbourhoods, and enjoying the amazing shopping, dining and attractions in Glasgow. 

9) Orkney

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Orkney is a place of real contrasts. One minute you can be wandering through one of the islands’ bustling towns or villages, the next you’re standing on the edge of a dramatic coastline with nothing but salty sea air and beautiful scenery for company.  There’s a magic to Orkney that you begin to feel as soon as the Scottish mainland slips astern. Orkney has great transport links from across the UK, and can be reached by plane or ferry, with connections by bus, car or train. The great natural harbour of Scapa Flow is one of Orkney’s best and most beautiful assets. It attracts divers from around the world, keen to plunge into the cool, clear water and descend to the remains of the scuttled German High Seas Fleet on the seabed.  Orkney is an archipelago off the northeastern coast of Scotland. The islands encompass Neolithic sites, tall sandstone cliffs and seal colonies. Orkney’s road, flight and ferry network is good, with public transport connections stopping at major attractions, towns and villages.

10)  Kelso

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Kelso is a market town in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland. Within the boundaries of the historic county of Roxburghshire, it lies where the rivers Tweed and Teviot have their confluence. It lies on the River Tweed at the head of the Merse, a rich agricultural plain south of the Lammermuir Hills. The market town of Kelso, in the heart of the Scottish Borders, offers so much to see and do – in the town itself and the stunning surrounding countryside. The spacious Kelso Square claims to be the largest in Scotland. Kelso, small burgh (town) and agricultural market centre, Kelso, small burgh (town) and agricultural market centre, Scottish Borders council area, historic county of Roxburghshire, southeastern Scotland.  To the west, a grassy mound, deep ditch and a few ruined walls are all that remain of the once mighty Roxburgh Castle. James II was killed during a siege here in 1460, by an exploding cannon.

11) Perth Farmers’ Market

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Perth Farmers’ Market takes place on the 1st Saturday of every month (except January) in King Edward Street & High Street, Perth, Scotland from 9am to 2pm.  With fresh, mouth-watering produce, farmers’ markets are an excellent place to shop for your groceries.  Farmers Markets in Scotland are growing in popularity as places to buy and try local produce. These Farmers Market and farm food stores are helping to reconnect consumers with their local farmers and food producers. The market has between 45-50 stalls selling a range of local seasonal produce including fresh meat; fruit & vegetables; oils dressings and preserves; dairy products; home baking; and spirits.Expect in-season fruit and vegetables, prime cuts of meat, delicious seafood, and other locally produced wonders: beer, jams, chocolates.


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