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» Ring of Brodgar

Ring of Brodgar, Scottish Highlands

Among the tall green grass and purple heather between Loch Harray and Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar standing stones thrust from the earth like rusting giants' swords. At 340 feet (104 meters) in diameter, 27 of the original 60 stones survive, making this the third-biggest stone circle in Britain. Thought to have been built around 2000-2500 BC, this was one of the last of such monuments to be built in neolithic Orkney …

» River Ness

River Ness, Scottish Highlands

Sure, the River Ness might not be as famous as the nearby Loch with its monster, but that doesn't mean it's not worth wandering. In fact, the vast majority of Inverness' top attractions are situated along its shores, including Inverness Castle, Whin Park, Eden Court Theater and St. Andrews Cathedral. And of course, it culminates in Loch Ness. River Ness also houses the Ness Islands, which are extremely popular nature retreats for Inverness locals …

» Rogie Falls

Rogie Falls, Scottish Highlands

Ever wanted to see wild Atlantic salmon at their most spectacular, leaping up a waterfall? On the road from Inverness to Ullapool, just head to Rogie Falls in the Scottish Highlands for its parade of leaping salmon through August and September. To catch the salmon at their best, try to come in the early morning or evening when they're at their most active. A great spot to visit throughout the year, in spring you'll be treated to a woodland carpet of Scottish bluebells …

» Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel , Glasgow

Just outside the village of Roslin near Edinburgh, Rosslyn Chapel was made world famous by Dan Brown's best-selling 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code, but it has been appreciated for its intricate stone carvings since long before then. Built in the mid-15th century by the Orkney earl William Sinclair, many of the designs are supposedly connected to Freemasonry and the Knights Templar, and as a result Rosslyn Chapel has been the subject of many myths and legends …

» Royal Botanic Garden

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh is one of the most stunning - and one of the oldest - botanic gardens on earth. It was originally planted as a medicinal garden near Holyrood Palace in 1670 (only Oxford's gardens predate it in the British Isles). It fetched up in its present location, about a mile out of the city, in the 19th century. Today the Royal Botanic Garden spreads over 70 acres with splendid views of the city. It has the largest collection of wild-origin Chinese plants outside of China …

» Royal Mile

Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Bookended by Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, the Royal Mile (it's actually slightly longer than a mile) is the grand center of Edinburgh's Old Town. The Royal Mile is dominated by granite, giving it a dark, Gothic feel, and lined with majestic buildings - banks, churches, courthouses. It was first modeled in the 12th century, when it was called Via Regis (the Way of the King). It's not many thoroughfares that can claim to follow a path carved out by a glacier! …

» Royal Scottish Academy

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Located on the cusp of Edinburgh's New Town, the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) is run by the Scottish National Galleries and is linked to the neighboring National Gallery of Scotland via an underground mall. Primarily used to host large-scale temporary exhibitions, the RSA is the country's largest space devoted to contemporary Scottish art and is dedicated to breaking new talent as well as supporting the country's long-standing art scene …

» Royal Yacht Britannia

Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh

The Royal Yacht Britannia hit the seas in 1953, and took the British royal family around the world from then until 1997, when she was decommissioned. She's the 83rd royal yacht - the first belonged to Charles II in the 1600s. Few yachts can boast such an illustrious career as the Royal Yacht Britannia, having sailed over a million miles and transported the British Royal Family on hundreds of official visits. Since retiring from service, the luxurious vessel has been permanently docked in Edinburgh's historic Leith port …

» Scapa Flow

Scapa Flow, Scottish Highlands

In the Orkney Islands between the North Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, Scapa Flow is one of the great natural harbors of the world. Used since Viking times, Scapa Flow saw its fair share of bloodshed in WWI and WWII, when the harbor served as the naval base for the British Grand Fleet. You can learn more about the naval history of these sheltered waters at the Scapa Flow Information Centre and Museum on the isle of Hoy …

» Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two (Dean Gallery)

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two (Dean Gallery)  Edinburgh

The second installment in the duo of Scottish National Galleries of Modern Art, the aptly named Modern Two was known as the Dean Gallery until 1999 when it became home to the National collection of Dada and Surrealist art. From Modern One, it's a short stroll through the neighboring parklands towards Modern Two, with the route paved with striking sculptures by artists like Ian Hamilton Finlay, Henry Moore, Rachel Whiteread and Barbara Hepworth …

» Scott Monument

Scott Monument, Edinburgh

An imposing gothic tower dedicated to celebrated Scottish poet Sir Walter Scott, the awe-inspiring Scott Monument dominates the skyline of Edinburgh's New Town. Designed by George Meikle Kemp, who triumphed in a national architectural competition, the monument was constructed between 1840 and 1844, and towers 200 feet above the principal shopping district of Princes Street. Beneath the central arch of the monument, a raised platform holds a statue of Sir Walter Scott …

» Shetland Islands

Shetland Islands, Scotland

A sprawling archipelago of more than 100 islands located at the northernmost point of Britain, the far-flung Shetland Islands are one of Scotland's most off-the-beaten-track destinations, with just 15 inhabited isles and only one town - Lerwick. The islands' unspoiled wilderness is its main draw, with 2,702 km of rugged coastline sheltering a sizable population of puffins, gannets and Minke Whales …

» Skara Brae

Skara Brae, Scottish Highlands

In 1850, a wild storm engulfed the isle of Orkney, ripping the grass from the Skara Brae sand dune to reveal 5,000-year-old stone dwellings. Older than the Egyptian pyramids, older even than Stonehenge, Skara Brae is remarkable in how well it's been preserved. Even the neolithic furniture is intact: stone beds, chairs and dressers that were used by the prehistoric fishermen, hunters and farmers can all be seen her …

» St. Andrews Cathedral

St. Andrews Cathedral, Scottish Highlands

With its imposing Gothic facade presiding over the west bank of the Ness River, St Andrew's Cathedral is one of the most striking of Inverness' many churches. Constructed in the 19th-century to a design by local architect Alexander Toss, the cathedral, often simply referred to as Inverness Cathedral, is the seat of the Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness and remains one of the city's principal places of worship, with regular Sunday services held …

» St. Giles Cathedral

St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

With its famous crown spire towering over the Royal Mile in Edinburgh's Old Town and a history stretching over 1,000 years, St Giles Cathedral is one of the city's most acclaimed religious buildings. Founded in the 1120s, the Cathedral has a long and illustrious history at the center of Scottish Catholic worship. From being ransacked and burned by English troops under King Richard II to hosting John Knox's famous Reformation sermon in 1559, St Giles has seen it all …

» St Magnus Cathedral

St Magnus Cathedral , Scottish Highlands

Towering over the narrow streets of Kirkwall in all its red sandstone glory, St Magnus Cathedral is a testament to the Vikings' ability to create real beauty amid all that pillaging and plundering. Commissioned by viking Earl Rögnvald in 1137 to honor his saintly uncle, Magnus Erlendsson, it took over 300 years for St Magnus Cathedral to become the beauty we see today, all Romanesque flourishes and heavy Norman influences …

» St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art , Glasgow

From Hindu deities to the Buddha, Zen design and Christian artworks, the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art explores religions from around the world. This somewhat controversial but award-winning museum examines the role of religion in daily life over the centuries, focusing on the world's main religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism. Interactive displays bring voices from around the globe to life . …

» Standing Stones of Stenness

Standing Stones of Stenness , Scottish Highlands

Old Norse for "Stone Headland," the towering Standing Stones of Stenness are truly giant, some shooting up to 19 feet tall. Recent research suggests that the stones, only four of which remain, could date back to 3300 BC, making them quite possible the oldest standing stones in the British Isles. Pronounced "Stane-is" in the lilting Orcadian dialect, the standing stones are less than a mile from the younger Ring of Brodgar, both of which are part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage site …

» Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

In a country of castles, Stirling Castle may just be the ultimate royal stronghold. In fact, it was once rumored to be the home of King Arthur and his knights. Like Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle dominates the surroundings, looming over it from a plug of volcanic rock. This impressive pile has seen it all, from a sacking by Robert the Bruce to the coronation of the infant Mary Queen of Scots to the premiere of the movie Braveheart in 1993. The castle has been involved in some famous battles …

» The Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience

Sipping Scotch whisky is a quintessential Scottish experience and where better to sample a fine scotch than the home of the World's Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky - a staggering array of almost 3,500 unique bottles, spanning some 300 varieties. The Scotch Whisky Experience lives up to its name by transporting guests on a journey through whisky making history, with a guided tour and tasting at the historic Castlehill property. A number of tours are available …

» The Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament

Located at the end of Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile, the striking Scottish Parliament building stands its ground among some of the Old Town's most dynamic architecture, with the grand Holyrood Palace, the elegant Queen's Gallery and the fantastical Dynamic Earth all in close proximity. The complex of innovative buildings opened in 2004, with the original design inspired by the surrounding countryside and Spanish architect Enric Miralles …

» Whin Park

Whin Park, Scottish Highlands

If you are in Inverness and want to spend a day out with the family, you will find a beautiful recreational area for just this purpose in Whin Park. Popular among tourists as well as locals, the site is especially great for kids due to the miniature Ness Islands Railway, a large play area and a boating pond. The train is usually made of a diesel locomotive with long lines of benches attached behind it. If you are lucky though, a tiny steam engine will be in use to take you on the bell-shaped ride …

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