Scotland is a great destination for anyone searching for rich history, a breath of fresh air and a sense of adventure. There’s so much to see and learn in this relatively small country, and its residents are famously proud to call it home, with good reason. It offers plenty of stunning attractions, although you may not be familiar with them. Here are some of the best.
Loch Ness –
Perhaps the most famous of all Scottish attractions, Loch Ness is stunning for its sheer size alone. Once you factor in the incredible views along its shoreline, the ancient ruins nearby and the infamous legend of the Loch Ness Monster said to swim in its depths, it’s no wonder why this place is so popular with visitors.
Cuillin Hills, Skye –
Starting from the most northerly point you can reach within Scotland, these breathtaking hills are unique thanks to a clash of different geological forces. Black volcanic rock meets red granite in spectacular fashion, resulting in an amazing landscape not found anywhere else.
Melrose Abbey –
Dating back almost 900 years, King David I of Scotland commissioned this impressive monastery was said to be the final resting place of many Scottish legends. Comprising of ruins from many different periods, Melrose Abbey is well worth a visit today for anyone interested in historical architecture.
Broch of Mousa, Shetland Islands –
Set in the beautiful northern islands, this historical landmark is well worth a visit. One of the best preserved brochs left in the country, this imposing ancient tower is thousands of years old and is steeped in fascinating history.
Skara Brae, Orkney –
Continuing with ancient architecture, Skara Brae is an incredibly well-preserved Stone Age village that was protected for perhaps thousands of years by sand dunes, before being uncovered by heavy storms in the 19th century. Since then it has become one of the most amazing examples of such an ancient village in the world.
Edinburgh Castle –
Visiting Edinburgh and enjoying all it has to offer could easily warrant its own full blog, but if we have to choose a single attraction that defines it, the castle is the only option. It’s unlike anything you’ll find in the rest of the UK and its intimidating presence on the skyline for miles around symbolises a lot for the Scottish people.