Top 10 Tourist Destinations In Scotland

Come to Scotland that has plenty of fascinating tourist attractions. Scotland is a country located in the northern part of the islands of Great Britain. Scotland is generally seen as a clean, unspoilt destination with beautiful scenery which has a long and complex history, combined with thousands of historic sites. There are major cities such as Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, where you can visit a number of interesting festivals and historic buildings such as Edinburgh Castle.

Here are top tourist destinations in Scotland:

1. Edinburgh

Edinburgh CastleEdinburgh is the capital city. The Old and New Towns of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Edinburgh is the largest tourist destination in Scotland, and the second largest in the United Kingdom after London. The cities’ major tourist attractions include Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Zoo, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Our Dynamic Earth and the Royal Mile. It is also one of the most picturesque cities of Europe because of its spectacular setting and Medieval and Gothic architecture which attracts millions of tourists yearly. Tourists flock to this beautiful city because of the historic towns and scenic villages that are scattered throughout.

2. Glasgow

GlasgowGlasgow is Scotland’s largest city, Its attractions include the Burrell Collection, Glasgow Cathedral, the Glasgow Science Centre and the Kelvingrove Museum. In addition to this many tourists come to Glasgow for its renowned Victorian architecture and Gothic architecture as well as its shopping. The center of Glasgow’s growing cultural quarter is the host to the famous Merchant City Festival annually held. It has many art galleries, workshops, studios and other art-related spaces. Art in Glasgow also includes a number of theatres and venues for huge concerts such as Tron Theater, Trades Hall, St. Andrews in the Square, City halls and the Merchant Square.

3. Stirling

Stirling castleStirling is a historic town in Scotland, some 30 miles to the north-west of Edinburgh, and is generally popular as the “Gateway to the Highlands” visit to one of the oldest and yet well-preserved castles in Scotland, the Stirling Castle. Dating back to the 14th century, this castle has one of the most stunning views of the. If you’re interested in history, you should also visit the National Wallace Monument dedicated to the great man sir William Wallace, or Braveheart, as he is most popularly known to as in movies.

4. Aberdeen

Aberdeen BeachAberdeen is a complete destination for tourists because of the large variety of attractions that can be found here. Aberdeen offers the beautiful sights throughout the city. This city is known as the Flower Capital of Britain because of its rich botanical heritage and of the fabulous floral displays that can be found everywhere. Tourists never fail to note its Victorian Heritage and the Grampian Castle Trails as well as the Royal Deeside which are all glorious attractions. Added to these are the beautiful fishing villages and towns located in the Northeast. Amidst the busy life of the city, tourists can still enjoy its beautiful beaches where wildlife is abundant.

5. Dundee

DundeeDundee is called as the City of Discovery because of the historic scientific activities that take place here. It is home to the popular Antarctic exploration vessel that is anchored in the city harbor. The city of Dundee is famous as the city of “jute, jam and journalism” which mainly contributed to the growth of the city’s economy. Like most of the places in the United Kingdom, Dundee also has many historic castles like Broughty Castle. It had been used for different purposes since its construction in 1495 and at present serves as a museum.

6. St Andrews

Scotland St Andrews CastleSt Andrews is where the game of golf initially developed. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club was founded here. The golf course frequently hosts the British Open, a major golf championship watched by people around the world. St. Andrews have five 18 hole golf courses: the Old Course, the New Course, Eden, Jubilee, Strathtyrum and the 9-hole Balgove. Recently, a new Dukes course has been developed for the general public use. Golf lovers must visit St Andrews.

7. Inverness

Inverness CastleInverness is the administrative centre for the Highlands, close to Loch Ness and serves as a transport hub for much of the Highlands, with rail and bus services departing here to much of the northern and west Highlands. It is a popular destination for tourists wishing to explore the north of Scotland. Inverness boasts some of the finest traditional kilt making shops in Scotland and no holiday would be complete without a visit to watch the most famous of all Scottish garments being made. Important buildings in Inverness include Inverness Castle, Inverness College and various churches.

8. Ayrshire

Galloway HillsAyrshire offers lovely scenery, outdoor activities, enthralling history with links to William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Scotland’s best known poet, Robert Burns. Ayrshire shares with Dumfries and Galloway some wonderful rugged hill country known as the Galloway Hills.

9. Perth

St. Matthew's Church and Smeaton's BridgePerth stands on the River Tay, one of the historic town in scotland. Perth is known for its abundant parkland. Close by is the village of Scone, ancient capital of Scotland and former home to Scottish kings. Today, Perth serves as a retail centre for the surrounding area. This includes a main shopping centre along with a pedestrianised high street and many independent and specialist shops.

10. Isle of Skye

Eilean Donan CastleThe Isle of Sky is an enchanted, stunning, peaceful, and even whimsical. No visit to the Isle of Sky is complete without a visit to the magical Eilean Donan Castle. The most iconic image of Scotland, it is the most photographed castle in the country. Don’t forget to the Armadale Castle Gardens and Museum of the Isles, as well. The 20,000 acre estate was once owned by the Donald Clan. Here you can take nature trails and walks and look at their award-winning museum. Another tourist attraction is the several boat trips available where you can cruise around the islands or enjoy the countryside through horseback. The Isle of Skye is the largest island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, located on the northernmost part.

Main tourist season in Scotland is generally from April to October.

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