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» Arthur's Seat

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

Along with Calton Hill and Castle Rock, Arthur's Seat forms part of the ridge of cold volcanoes that give such drama to the Edinburgh skyline. The mountain sits in Holyrood Park, 650 acres of wild parkland just a short walk from the Royal Mile. So you can be shopping for Argyle socks one moment and roaming around lochs and moorland the next! From some angles, the mini-mountain resembles a sleeping lion. It's perhaps seen at its best in the mellow light of sunset …

» Bannockburn

Bannockburn, Scottish Highlands

As every Scot knows, Bannockburn was where King Robert the Bruce led Scottish forces to victory over a much larger English force led by Edward II in 1314. Moviegoers may remember the decisive battle from the end of the film Braveheart. This event, so critical to the development of Scottish national identity, is now marked by an imposing equestrian statue of Robert, from where you can survey the surrounding countryside …

» Bealach na Ba Pass

Bealach na Ba Pass , Scottish Highlands

Hairpin bends aren't just for the Alps. At Bealach Na Ba Pass in the remote Scottish Highlands, you can drive along the greatest road ascent in Britain. Full of twists and turns through the remote Highland landscape, the historic road runs from the pretty coastal village of Applecross right through the mountains up to 2,054 feet, making it the third-highest road in Scotland. The drive can be a little scary at times, but just take it slow and be courteous …

» Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis, Scottish Highlands

At 4,409 feet (1,344 meters), Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles, a status which makes it a popular destination for climbers. The most frequently used route to the summit is via the Pony Track which begins at Achintee, just outside of Fort William, but even that takes up to nine hours for a round trip and is not recommended for complete beginners. Thankfully the area also offers a huge range of less arduous activities …

» Buchanan Street

Buchanan Street, Glasgow

Sweeping through the heart of the Style Mile in Glasgow city center, Buchanan Street hosts some of Scotland's best shopping, bars, restaurants and cafes. A hodgepodge of high street and designer names tucked inside some of Glasgow's grandest Victorian buildings, Buchanan Street is especially busy on Saturdays, when the young and glamorous hunt out new fashions and street performers entertain the crowds. At the north end is the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall …

» Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, Scottish Highlands

Standing proud against the fearsome storms that ravage the north coast of Lewis is the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse. Designed by Scottish lighthouse engineer David Stevenson in the 1860s, the watchtower wasn't automated until 1998, making it one of the last in the British Isles to lose its lighthouse keeper. While you can no longer go inside, there are information plaques outside, and it's interesting just to see the lighthouse …

» Cairngorms National Park

Cairngorms National Park, Glasgow

A wild landscape of granite mountains, heather-covered moors and gentle glens covering 1,500 square miles of the Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms National Park was named one of the world's "Last Great Places" by National Geographic. Formed 40 million years before the last ice age, the Cairngorms are especially popular among mountain bikers, snowboarders, sea kayakers and hikers. They're also a hit with the Scottish Queen: she spends every summer there at Balmoral …

» Callanish Standing Stones

Callanish Standing Stones, Scottish Highlands

Overlooking Loch Roag and the hills of Great Bernera on the Isle of Lewis, Callanish Standing Stones date back to the late Neolithic period over 4,500 years ago. At the famous site there are nearly 50 megaliths which radiate out from the main stone in the shape of a distorted Celtic cross. Thought to have been abandoned in 1500 BC because of the change in the Outer Hebrides' climate to colder, wetter weather, over the years the stones became veiled in a thick blanket of peat …

» Canongate

Canongate, Edinburgh

The historic street of Canongate makes up the eastern section of the Royal Mile, leading up to the grounds of Holywood Palace and is home to many of the key attractions of Edinburgh's Old Town. Taking its name from the canons of the neighboring Holyrood Abbey, modern-day Canongate is one of the most architectural diverse sections of the Old Town, with the strikingly modern Scottish Parliament building standing in contrast to the grand Holyrood Palace …

» Carloway Broch

Carloway Broch , Scottish Highlands

No bricks, no mortar, no buttress -- just stone placed on top of stone on an exposed Lewis hilltop nearly 2,000 years ago, Carloway Broch roundhouse has stood tall against the Isle of Lewis's raging Atlantic storms since the Iron Age. Looking out to Loch Roag, this is one of the best preserved brochs in Scotland, and parts of the Dun Carloway still come close to its original height at nine meters tall. It's not clear why these brochs (Scottish drystone roundhouses) were ever built …

» Chanonry Point

Chanonry Point, Scottish Highlands

Ever wanted to see bottlenose dolphins feed and play in the wild? Chanonry Point is just the spot. A narrow peninsula in Scotland's Moray Firth, dolphins can be spotted here throughout the year. In summer though, you'll often see dolphins come right up to the shore as they chase the salmon that come and go in the rivers Ness and Beauly. The best spot for dolphin spotting at Chanonry Point is on the pebble beach behind the lighthouse …

» Corrieshalloch Gorge

Corrieshalloch Gorge, Scottish Highlands

Considering Corrieshalloch Gorge is such a beautiful spot, full of Caledonian pines and rare Atlantic lichen, it might come as a surprise that its name is actually Gaelic for "Ugly Hollow." Created at the end of the last Ice Age, the gorge is one of Britain's most impressive box canyons. Carved by glacial meltwaters that burst through the Scottish Highlands over 12,000 years ago, today you can walk the trails along the top of the mossy gorge …

» Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield , Scottish Highlands

Just 5 miles from Iverness, the historic Culloden Battlefield is one of Scotland's most significant battle sites, commemorated by the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre and protected by the Scottish National Trust. It was here, on the Culloden moor, that Bonnie Prince Charlie and an army of 5000 Jacobite Highlanders faced off against the Duke of Cumberland and his 9000 Hanoverian Government troops on April 16 1746. It was one of Britain's most important battles …

» Culzean Castle

Culzean Castle, Glasgow

Perched on a cliff looking out to sea and surrounded by 600 acres of manicured gardens and forests, Culzean Castle (pronounced Cullane) is one of Scotland's most impressive stately homes. It's been in the hands of the Kennedy clan since the 14th century, though it wasn't until 1777 that Culzean went from windswept medieval castle to the neoclassical dream seen today. No expense was spared during Culzean's 18th-century redesign …

» Eden Court Theatre

Eden Court Theatre, Scottish Highlands

A modern gem of a theater, Eden Court houses a range of performing arts performances involving music, theater, opera, ballet and dance as well as film. To accommodate all these large scale performances as well as studios for art classes, a new building to house them all was built in 1976 right next to the River Ness. With its sharp angles and metal and glass encasing, the theater now sports a somewhat retro futuristic look …

» Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle , Edinburgh

Look up anywhere in Edinburgh's old town and you'll see Edinburgh Castle, seeming to grow out of the blackened cold volcano that forms its plinth. There's evidence of human habitation on this spot that dates back to 900 BC, and the Castle has been a royal stronghold since the Middle Ages. The place is steeped in history. There's the Honours of Scotland - the oldest crown jewels in the United Kingdom, no less - and the Stone of Destiny, the coronation seat of ancient kings …

» Edinburgh Dungeon

Edinburgh Dungeon, Edinburgh

Lovers of spooky kitsch, you have discovered your Mecca. The history on which these gruesome attractions of Edinburgh Dungeon are based - hangings at the Grassmarket, Plague victims abandoned to die - may be real, but the treatment, complete with actor-led 'experiences' and rides, is true theater. Descend into the bowels of the place and be confronted by ghosts, dodge grave-snatchers and cannibals, witness the drawing and quartering of William Wallace …

» Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle , Scottish Highlands

Originally built in the 13th century as a defense against Vikings, Eilean Donan Castle is one of Scotland's best-known architectural treasures. It last played a historical role during the 18th century Jacobite uprisings, and was subsequently left in ruins until it was rediscovered and lovingly restored in the early 20th century. The castle sits proudly on a peninsula in Loch Duich, ringed by rugged hills …


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