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» Fort Augustus

Fort Augustus, Scottish Highlands

On the southwestern shore of Loch Ness, Fort Augustus is a picturesque village of 600 that gets packed with visitors during the summer months. Originally an 18th-century garrison, Fort August lies at the junction of four old military roads. Surrounded by heather hills and cut in two by the Caledonian Canal, Fort Augustus serves as a spot for day-trippers to relax and watch the boats master the longest lock system on the canal …

» Gallery of Modern Art

Gallery of Modern Art , Glasgow

A multimedia mixed bag of paintings, ceramics, furniture and sculpture come together at the Gallery of Modern Art, one of Britain's most popular contemporary art museums. Temporary exhibits mix with the fine permanent collection of works by the likes of Hockney and Warhol. GoMA is housed in a straitlaced neoclassical building complete with pedimented and pillared facade, the perfect foil for the challenging, fun and inspiring artworks that lie within …

» George Square

George Square, Glasgow

Dwarfed by haughty buildings on all sides and surrounded by statues of great Scots, George Square makes sense of poet John Betjeman's claim that Glasgow is "the greatest Victorian city in the world." Named after King George III and built in 1781, George Square began life as little more than a muddy hollow used for slaughtering horses. Today, it's surrounded by some of grandest buildings in the city, not least the imposing Glasgow City Chambers on the east side …

» Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow

There are many reasons why Glasgow's Gothic Cathedral is an important building. It's the only Scottish cathedral on the mainland to have survived the Reformation relatively unscathed. Dating back to the 15th century, the building stands on a historic site blessed by St Ninian in 397. Another reason to visit the cathedral is found in the lower church, where the tomb of St. Mungo lies amid a forest of Gothic stone pillars …

» Glencoe

Glencoe, Scottish Highlands

Glencoe offers some of the finest landscape in Scotland, indeed the whole of the UK, where dramatic mountains sweep down to glens (valleys) until they meet the moody waters of the lochs. While this is a site of historical significance due to the Glencoe Massacre of 1692, the primary draw is the magnificent natural surrounds. There are numerous well-marked walks in the area and it is also popular with rock-climbers. This is one of Britain's premier ski areas in winter …

» Glen Ord Whisky Distillery

Glen Ord Whisky Distillery, Scottish Highlands

Founded in 1838, Glen Ord Distillery is one of the oldest in Scotland. Here, at the only remaining malt whisky distillery on the remote Black Isle, it's possible to go on a behind-the-scenes tour to see and understand the process of making a single malt from start to finish. You'll get to check out the barley maltings as well as the fermentation and distillation methods, wandering among the barrels and huge copper stills as you go …

» Greyfriars Church

Greyfriars Church

Opened for worship on Christmas Day 1620, Greyfriars Kirk is best-known as the home of Greyfriars Bobby, the loyal dog who became famous in 19th-century Edinburgh for maintaining a vigil at his master's grave until he also died fourteen years later. The story was made into a Disney movie in the 1960s, and ever since, the memorial statue of the faithful Skye terrier, just outside the churchyard, has been a popular spot for a selfie …

» Hogwarts Express Train

Hogwarts Express Train

Scotland's legendary West Highland Line is dubbed the Hogwarts Express Train line, photogenically featured in the Harry Potter films when Harry and crew are transported by train to Hogwarts School from King's Cross Station's Platform 9 3/4. Away from the cameras, the historic steam train is called The Jacobite and runs from Fort William to Mallaig, essential destinations if you're touring Scotland's West Coast. The route winds through Highlands valleys and beside lochs and glens …

» Holyrood Palace

Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh

The Palace of Holyrood House, most often called Holyrood Palace, faces Edinburgh Castle along the length of the Royal Mile. Like its majestic companion, it's riddled with some of Scotland's most potent history. The Abbey in the grounds was founded in 1128, and the palace itself is baroque. These days Holyrood Palace is the Scottish residence of Queen Elizabeth II, but it's probably best known for its association with another royal figure, Mary Queen of Scots …

» Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery , Glasgow

While you're visiting Glasgow's lively university quarter, take the opportunity to drop into the hallowed Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery. Scotland's first museum, the Hunterian opened in 1807. Displaying the collection of renowned physician William Hunter, who spent time at the university as a student, the museum exhibits an idiosyncratic array of artifacts, from coins to fossils, scientific instruments and curios …

» Inverness Castle

Inverness Castle, Scottish Highlands

With an illustrious history dating back to the 11th century, Inverness Castle is best known for its role in the legendary Shakespeare tragedy 'Macbeth', featuring in the play as the location of Duncan's murder. Looming over the city center, the castle is one of Inverness' most prominent landmarks, set on a hilltop overlooking the River Ness. The castle's present day structure dates back to 1836, an imposing Neo-Norman red stone fortress designed by architect William Burn …

» Isle of Harris

Isle of Harris , Scottish Highlands

Split into North and South Harris by Loch Tarbert, the north of Harris is all about the dramatic mountains while the south is home to some of the best beaches in the country, like Luskentyre - the famous sandy bay that looks out to the blustery isle of Taransay. Though it may come as a surprise, the Isle of Harris isn't actually an island at all. It's actually joined with Lewis. Harris is world-famous for Harris tweed, and there's a strong tradition of quality crafts shops and galleries …

» Isle of Islay

Isle of Islay, Scottish Highlands

Known as the Queen of the Hebrides, Islay is Scotland's fifth-largest island and lies off the country's west coast in the Inner Hebrides. Avid birdwatchers often make the trek to Islay, which is home to many species of birdlife, including the barnacle goose and the Greenland white-fronted. However, it's the malt whisky that really draws the visitors. Islay is one of Scotland's main whisky-producing regions, and it's a whisky-lovers paradise …

» Isle of Lewis

Isle of Lewis, Scottish Highlands

The most northerly of Scotland's dramatic Western Isles, the Isle of Lewis is known for its ancient remains, coastal crofts, and beautiful beaches. On a sunny day, dune-backed beaches like Bostadh and Traigh Chuil are perfect. Spot red deer in Lewis's conservation areas, and off the coast - dolphins, porpoises, and even whales. The center of the island gives way to a peaty plateau loved by rare birds birds, and in the hills of Uig look out for golden eagles and peregrine falcons …

» Italian Chapel

Italian Chapel, Scottish Highlands

When 550 Italian soldiers were captured in the scorching North African desert back in 1942, it must have caused them quite a shock to be sent in winter to the Scottish isle of Orkne. The POWs were sent here in order to build the "Churchill Barriers," a series of causeways that would protect the British Grand Fleet in the Scapa Flow harbor. By 1943, the homesick workers requested a chapel where they could worship. What did they get? Two Nissen huts …

» John Knox House Museum

John Knox House Museum

Reputedly the last residence of Scottish clergyman and author John Knox, the 15th-century John Knox House is one of Edinburgh's oldest preserved buildings, now housing a museum devoted to its namesake. Despite its name, the house actually belonged to James Mossman, loyal goldsmith to Mary, Queen of Scots, who was eventually beheaded for counterfeiting once Edinburgh Castle surrendered. The dramatic histories of Mossman, Mary Queen of Scots and Knox …

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