Although it’s a relatively small country, Scotland has given the world more than its fair share of cultural and historical delights.
Everybody knows about the beauty of tartan and the wonders of whisky, but there’s so much more to this nation that that. And so here are ten things that you must do the next time that you visit Scotland!
Thanks to the enormous popularity of the Harry Potter films, the Glenfinnan viaduct has now become something of a tourist fixture. Many now take the charming West Highland train from Oban to Mallaig over the highly impressive viaduct that offers picturesque views of Loch Shiel.
Isle of Mull
One of the most picturesque places to visit in Scotland has to be the delightful Isle of Mull. With its broad mountains and wonderful clean air, it’s a paradise for anybody who enjoys the outdoors. The quaint seaside town of Tobermory is well worth a visit for its chic cafes and pastel-coloured houses on the harbour (image by Pete Rowbottom).
Scotland also has some impressive sporting arenas. From the iconic football stadiums such as Celtic Park to the historic golf courses of St Andrews and Troon, there’s always something exciting to discover. Ayr Racecourse is notable for its horse-racing with many Scottish horses and riders going on to compete at the Cheltenham Festival. Check the Coral site for further details.
Although it’s not the nation’s capital, Glasgow is quickly becoming one of the premier cultural centres in Europe. From its early association with Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s art nouveau works, it has steadily grown into an artistic powerhouse that now enjoys a great live music scene and a famously vibrant nightlife!
The Trossachs National Park
Within relatively close distance of Glasgow lies the beautiful Trossachs National Park. This has everything that you could wish for from Scotland’s natural scenery with the elegant Loch Lomond threading its way through the majestic mountain ranges leading onwards towards the highlands (image by SwaloPhoto).
And finally, no list of Scotland’s highlights is complete without a mention of Edinburgh. This is an impressive city that also has a good sense of gothic glamour. Although it’s compact size makes it easy to walk around, the hills can be deceptively steep. But the visual delights of the Old Town and the ever-imposing Edinburgh Castle will all make a satisfying and lasting impression on any tourist!
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Feature image by Jesús Belzunce Gómez