Scotland is part of the 4 countries that make up the United Kingdom. Together with Wales and England it forms part of the great island of Great Britain and consists of more than 790 islands. Scotland, more than monuments and cities, is a country that impresses with its landscapes, its lakes and dreamy castles.
The recommendation to get to know Scotland is to rent a car either in Glasgow or Edinburgh, to have the freedom to stop wherever and whenever you want, in front of a beautiful waterfall, a castle or on the shore of a lake, this is simply priceless.
We leave you a list of the most incredible places you can see in Scotland
Eilean Donan Castle¶
Eilean Donan Castle located in the Highlands, which in turn is on the small island of Loch Duich. This castle was the setting for movies like Braveheart or The Immortals. The best photos you can take from the shore of the lake or from the back after the visit.
Neist Point on the Isle of Skye¶
Neist Point is known as the end of the Scottish world, it is located on the Isle of Skye and you can climb a small hill to sit on the edge of the cliff, where you will enjoy impressive views of the sea and there you will also find a beautiful lighthouse to visit .
Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness¶
Loch Ness is probably one of the most famous places in Scotland for the legend of the monster. This deep lake of dark waters began to be famous with a photograph of what seemed like a sighting of a monster in 1933, although later it was proven that it was not true, the legend continued over the years. But really the best place on the lake is Urquhart Castle, which although it is in ruins, it is a beautiful place.
Glen Coe are great mountains that surround a deep glacial valley, located in the Highlands and of volcanic origin. It is one of the best places in Scotland for mountain sports and hiking. However, you can also make your way to Stalker Castle before you get to Glen Cloe on the island of Loch Laich, which is really worth seeing.
Also, while you cross the glacial valley you will find waterfalls, rivers, mountains and the incredible landscapes that surround it.
Saint Andrews is known worldwide for being the birthplace of golf and is a historic university town where you will be pleasantly surprised. One of the emblematic sites is its cathedral, where you can walk among its ruins surrounded by tombs from all eras. However, the best place where you can have the best panoramic views of the cathedral, the sea and the city, is from the tower that belongs to the church of Sant Rule.
Saint Andrews is a charming medieval town with its cafes, shops and markets. But you can also visit the beautiful beach of West Sands and next to it you can see people playing golf on the Old Course, which is one of the oldest in the world.
Scotland is definitely the land of whiskey and you can visit any of its 108 distilleries, to the point that there is a whiskey route where they will teach you every part of the process of making this malt beverage, you can also taste various types of whiskey. Glenfiddich is one of the most renowned distilleries and can be a curious experience.
Dunnottar Castle is one of the most famous castles for its location, you will find it on top of the sea on a rocky cliff and it is a perfect place to defend against enemy attacks, being only accessible by a steep and narrow path. You will be able to see the ruins dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries, what remains of the stables, the palace, the chapel and other rooms that turn out to be just as impressive.
Rosslyn Chapel and The Borders¶
South of Edinburgh is the Borders area, a region full of charming villages and impressive ruins of medieval Abbeys. Be sure to see the Rosslyn Chapel, which was built in the mid-15th century and is full of symbols, gargoyles, figures carved in stone, reliefs and according to legend, the Templars hid the Holy Grail in this place. A little further south you can find Melrose Abbey which is another incredible place and you can also include some interesting abbeys in your visits, such as Jedburg and Dryburgh.
The town of Stirling is famous for its castle, but you can also visit the medieval town of Stirling, its beautiful cemetery, cross its famous bridge or visit the old prison. Near the town you can see the monument to William Wallace immortalized by the movie Bravehart.
The monument is represented by a huge Victorian tower from where you will have fantastic views of the surroundings. Inside is the huge sword of William Wallace and you will learn something about the history of this famous character.
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park¶
Stirling and the gateway to this beautiful park full of forests, lakes, mountains and valleys, perfect for lovers of hiking and in its center is Loch Lomond, which is the largest and most beautiful lake in all of Great Britain. There are also other interesting places to see such as the beautiful Argyll Forest, Lake Katrine and the small town of Aberfoley.
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and it is an extremely welcoming city, as well as having a great atmosphere in all its pubs. In this city, the fabulous Edinburgh Castle stands out and has two quite different parts that are the New Town and the Old Town. In this city there are many activities to do and places to see, but the most important are visiting the castle, having a drink of malt whiskey in one of its many taverns, strolling along Circus Lane and the Royak Mile, visiting the Palace of Holyrood and climb Calton Hill to watch the sunset, where you will have an excellent view of Edinburgh.
Scotland is full of history, it is embodied in each of its impressive castles and its beautiful landscapes will leave you pleasantly surprised