Top 10 Places to Visit in Scotland

Places to Visit in Scotland

Just a hop, skip and a jump from Bristol, after a night at one of the many Bristol Airport hotels and you will find yourself in Edinburgh to start your journey through some of the best places to visit in Scotland.

Here is a list of 10 awesome places to visit in Scotland: 

1. One of the many cathedrals and chapels of Edinburgh, particularly Rosslyn Chapel, made famous, perhaps mostly by The Da Vinci Code novel.

2. The Abbey and Palace of Holyroodhouse, a royal residence that is host to the Queen’s Gallery which contains art from the Royal collection.

3. One of the top places to visit in Scotland for nature lovers is to walk up Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano that offers a incredible panorama of the city from the summit.

4. When it comes to festivals, one of the very best places to visit in Scotland is Edinburgh, especially in the summer.

Home to over ten festivals during the summer, including the Fringe Festival, the International Festival, the Military Tattoo, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival to name just a few, Edinburgh is often called the city of festivals.

5. The Tall Ship, or the Glenlee, which was built in 1896 and is one of the only five Clydebuilt sailing ships left in the world that are afloat and restored.

It is now berthed at the Riverside museum which is part of Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel.

You can explore the Tall Ship and of course the museum as well.

6. If you love animals and zoos, you’ll love visiting places like the Edinburgh Zoo, particularly to watch the Penguin parade.

7. Take a walk along the Glasgow Green which was founded in 1450 by a royal grant and is home to Nelson’s Memorial, The Peoples Palace and The Doulton Fountain which is the largest terracotta fountain in the world.

8. If you want several places to visit in Scotland in a short period of time, take a ride on the West Highland Railway, where you can go from Glasgow to Crianlarch and back.

One of the most beautiful train rides in the world, you’ll see castles and meadows and the River Cylde, you’ll pass under Erskine Bridge. The train ride also takes you past Loch Lomond and Locklong.

9. A short day-trip from Glasgow, the Isle of Arran is often considered to be Scotland in Miniature and allows you to enjoy gardens, Brodick Bay, a castle and a variety of archaeological artifacts that are around the island.

This is one of the best places to visit in Scotland if you want to experience the essence of the country.

10. Visit the city of Stirling which is considered the spiritual home of Braveheart, you’ll also want to check out the castle while you are there.

To make your return trip easier and less stressful, stay at one of the Edinburgh Airport hotels and get a good rest the last night before an early morning flight, but if you’re sleeping at one of the Glasgow Airport hotels  be sure to call ahead to ensure your reservation is completed correctly…

What are your favorite places to visit in Scotland?

10 Responses to Top 10 Places to Visit in Scotland

  1. Anonymous September 5, 2011 at 6:02 am #

    Is the photo of Rosslyn Castle recent? I have friends who were in Edinburgh two years ago and they complained that everything had scaffolding, there was so much work going on in the main street and at all of the main sights that they weren’t able to see anything.

    • Sofia - As We Travel September 5, 2011 at 6:31 am #

      Hey :) it was taken a few years back – I also find it so annoying to visit certain attractions only to find that they are closed or covered for renovations (which seem to take years to finish) – we found so many churches like that while travel around Europe this summer :p

      • Anonymous September 5, 2011 at 6:35 am #

        I’ve been cropping scaffolding out of a lot of their photos for them from different parts of Europe but Scotland seemed to be particularly bad. I was hoping we wouldn’t find the same problem when we go soon but sounds like there’ll be no such luck.

        • Sofia - As We Travel September 5, 2011 at 8:31 am #

          Yeah . it is annoying sometimes, but you can’t let it get in the way of your experience of a city. You will often find they cover up the scaffolding these days with a ‘picture’ of what the church looks like underneath :p

          • John Williams September 5, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

            I used to have a section of my site devoted to Europe’s great monuments obscured by scaffolding. Rosslyn Chapel not only had the scaffolding but also a roof built over it when I was there. Inside the carvings were amazing.
            Not sure what value the airport hotel links add. The train is a far more enjoyable way to go to Scotland and much better for the environment. 

          • Nathan - As We Travel September 5, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

            Hey John, haha that is a great idea for a feature on your site! it seems like in Europe they are always trying to fix and renovate everything :p

  2. Scott DeLuzio September 5, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    How about St. Andrews or any of the other world famous golf courses?

  3. Ana December 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    So beautiful!

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