Information about all the famous, the infamous, and the little-known places every visitor to Scotland must see, as well as advice on how to get there.
Edinburgh For Free
Edinburgh has a lot of famous attractions you can pay for, such as the Royal Yacht Britannia and Edinburgh Castle. The city also hosts many places which are rich in culture and history which cost nothing. Find out about Edinburgh's numerous free attractions.
Fast Facts - Scottish Highlands
The Scottish Highlands are sparsely populated compared to the rest of Britain, the majority of the population living in Inverness, Scotland’s highland city. The Highlands offer magic - deep lochs, deserted beaches, snow-capped mountains, stunning coastlines and much more...
Fast Facts About Edinburgh
Edinburgh is a city of many faces, from the heaven stretching Arthur's Seat to the dark streets explored in Ian Rankin's Rebus novels. Pick up a few quick facts about this wonderful Scottish city, built on history, music and story.
Fast Facts About Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, has a rich creative heritage, having spawned many famous actors, artists and musicians over generations. The city is also rich in history – from the prehistoric tree stumps at Fossil Grove to the city’s coat of arms.
Fast Facts About Inverness
Inverness - population roughly 65,000 – gained city status in 2000. Find out about some of the attractions, ancient and modern, that draw tourists to this Highland city.
Fast Facts About Mull
The Isle of Mull, accessible by boat from the Scottish mainland, is a treasure trove of history, spectacular scenery and wildlife.
Castles are a feature of Scotland's landscape. The Scottish Highlands are home to castles rich in history and splendour, ranging from inhabited buildings to ruins.
Inverness - Highland City
Inverness, with a population of around 65,000, is the northernmost city in Scotland. It provides a great base for visiting other areas of the Highlands and gaining a glimpse of magnificent, imposing, sometimes desolate Scottish Highland scenery.
John O'Groats, in the far north of the Scottish Highlands, is a gateway to the Orkney Islands. Ferry services were established from the mainland to Orkney over 500 years ago. John O'Groats is also a target for intrepid cyclists, walkers and others who travel the 800 plus miles from Lands End.
Loch Ness & The Caledonian Canal
Loch Ness, home of the Loch Ness Monster, is one of several lochs linking Scotland´s east and west coasts.
Scotland has seven cities. Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness climb Scotland’s eastern shores. Glasgow, to the west, is a gateway to some of the country’s wild and beautiful western islands.
Arran, Barra, Fair Isle, Iona, Lewis and St Kilda – six of the wealth of islands Scotland has to explore. Each island has a distinct character; some have sizeable communities and easy transport links, others are largely deserted.
On the western edge of the Outer Hebrides lies the remotest of Scottish islands, cradled by the Atlantic Ocean, frequented by gannets, seabirds and puffins. Thousands of years ago settlers came to these islands blessed by weather temperate for such northern climes.
The Black Isle
The Black Isle, in the Scottish Highlands, lies north of Inverness. An area that in the past was self sufficient now boasts bridges to north and south offering links to the mainland.
The Isle of Lewis
The Isle of Lewis - one of Scotland´s Western Isles - has a long history and ancient monuments.
Ullapool and Loch Broom
Ullapool, a village on Scotland’s north west coast, lies on the shores of the sea loch Loch Broom. The area has a rich history, spectacular scenery and a thriving artistic community.
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Urquhart Castle, an impressive ruin on the banks of Loch Ness, has changed hands frequently during its lifetime. It is now managed by Historic Scotland and is one of Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions.
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