From striking scenery to rich history, there are countless reasons why travelers flock to Scotland.
However, there are a few things that you just can’t miss! Here are the top 10 sites and destinations in Scotland to add to your getaway itinerary!
Costumed actors in restored grand halls and furnished rooms bring the history of Stirling Castle to life. As one of the best-preserved Renaissance buildings in the UK, guests can spend time in the Great Hall, Royal Palace, Chapel Royal, and Queen Anne Gardens.
Glasgow’s award-winning transportation gallery, Riverside Museum shares over 3,000 objects with visitors. It offers interactive displays where you can sit in a tram and walk through a reconstruction of the 1938 streets of Glasgow. See historic locomotives, horse-drawn carriages, buses, vintage cars, ships and more.
Still used as a place of weekly worship, Rosslyn Chapel was founded in 1446.
Featured in Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code in 2003, as well as in the motion picture, the chapel proves a popular tourist stop. Take a guided tour to learn the chapel’s history, explore the decorated Lady Chapel, visit the Sacristy (or Crypt), and get lost among the graves on the chapel grounds.
Royal Yacht Britannia
Home to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, the Royal Yacht Britannia now sits berthed in Edinburgh for visitors to explore and discover.
Walk through the yacht’s five main decks, exploring the State Apartments, Crew’s Quarters, and Engine Room.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Opened in 1901, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum features over 8,000 objects spread across 22 galleries filled with art, animals, ancient Egypt and more. Take in works by famed Charles Rennie Mackintosh and enjoy the Glasgow Style of the early 20th century.
Isle of Skye
Set aside some time in your itinerary to visit the Isle of Skye, one of Scotland’s top locations, famous for its breathtaking scenery and landscapes. The largest of the Inner Hebrides, the Isle of Skye is 50 miles long and includes green valleys, sandy beaches, serene waterfalls, and eerie caves.
Take a day trip away from the city and visit Loch Lomond, Britain’s largest lake located northwest of Glasgow. Anglers appreciate the salmon, whitefish, and trout, and adventurers love the potential for water sports like kayaking, wakeboarding, and surfing. Stop for a picnic along the lake and see the beautiful mountain views.
St. Andrews means rich history, legendary culture, and world-famous golf. Visit St. Andrews University, founded in 1413 as the third-oldest small university, rich with tradition and medieval origins. Recognized as the “Home of Golf,” St. Andrews is a top attraction for golfers and serves as a regular host of the British Open.
Travel to the heart of Scotland’s capital city to see the gorgeous Edinburgh Castle, hovering high above Edinburgh on basalt rock and offering brilliant views of the city. Highlights include the Great Hall, the Crown Jewels, Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny, the National War Museum, and St. Margaret’s Chapel.
Burns Heritage Trail
Go on a journey through the life of Scotland’s famous poet Robbie Burns, starting with the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway to view the house where the poet was born and spent his childhood. See a monument and gardens along the way commemorating his life, and end your tour with the Robert Burns House where Burns died in 1796.
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