15 BEST Places to Visit in Scotland

Scotland Bucket List: Top 15 Places to Visit in Scotland

Scotland is a part of the United Kingdom. Famous in exporting of whisky, the most traditional Scottish drink. Travelers don’t miss to go to Scotland. Reward yourself with outstanding historic buildings, picture-perfect views of villages, sumptuous restaurants, art filed galleries, and more. Let’s see the 15 exceptional features of the best places in Scotland.

Wander in the historic place of Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

It is a tourist attraction possess by Ministers of the Scottish Government and operated by Historic Scotland. The oldest protected places in Europe. Going to the Scottish National War Memorial is free of charge unless they escort you to the memorial.

The castle’s views are breathtaking, and the armor and weaponry in the great hall were exciting.

Admire the landmarks along Union Canal

Falkirk Wheel photo via Depositphotos
Falkirk Wheel photo via Depositphotos

You can take a cruise or hire a boat to see the breathtaking view. Has a distance of 30 miles from central Edinburgh to the amazing Falkirk Wheel direct with the Forth & Clyde Canal. You can also try to dine in a restaurant boat, which is also one of the most popular activities in the area.

Witness the picturesque scenery in Loch Katrine, Stirlingshire

Reflections of Loch Katrine, Scotland photo via Depositphotos
Reflections of Loch Katrine, Scotland photo via Depositphotos

Sit back and enjoy the wonderful scenery. It is a 13km-long freshwater loch in the center part of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. For over 150 years, it served as the main fresh water supply for the city of Glasgow.

Take a road trip on Perthshire Tourist Route.

Drummond Castle Gardens photo via Depositphotos
Drummond Castle Gardens photo via Depositphotos

Drive through the woodland and towering landscapes in the center of Scotland. A quiet cultivated landscape. Like Gleneagles, The Library of Innerpeffray, The Glenturret Distillery, Drummond Castle Gardens, Comrie Croft, Crieff Hydro, The Scottish Crannog Centre, Highland Safaris.

Try a relaxing walk in St Mary’s Loch.

St Mary's Loch near Selkirk from the west bank by Stephencdickson via Wikipedia CC
St Mary’s Loch near Selkirk from the west bank by Stephencdickson via Wikipedia CC

It is the wonderful Yarrow Valley around the Border’s largest natural loch. Popular to its perfect views and history. Sailing, cycling, watersports, and fishing are some of the activities you can do here—a popular place for literary figures such as Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg.

Sip the distinct flavors of Islay, Argyll

Lagavulin distillery by MSeses via Wikipedia CC
Lagavulin distillery By MSeses – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, CC

This is one of the best places in Scotland that produce whisky. It has nine distilleries. Exceptional taste is different from others. It also offers an amazing experience with its dramatic coastal seascapes, birdlife, and seafood.

Feel the presence of the prehistoric village in Skara Brae

Neolithic excavations at Skara Brae on Orkney in Scotland photo by John Burka via Wikipedia CC
Neolithic excavations at Skara Brae on Orkney in Scotland photo By John Burka, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

It is one of the most preserved prehistoric housed in Western Europe. Travelers can explore the replica houses interior and provides fact-finding quizzes, touch-screen presentations, and a chance to see artifacts discovered during the archaeological excavations of the 1970s.

You can see a cafe and a well-stocked gift shop selling locally-made souvenirs and crafts.

See the beautiful part of the lowland in Dumfries & Galloway.

Threave Castle, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland photo via Depositphotos
Threave Castle, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland photo via Depositphotos

There is a plot of forest and green spaces. You can ride a mountain bike, windsurfing or yachting. It is like a big playground and lots of activities to offer. Experience the yearly vibrant Big Burns Supper in January, and the months are full of celebrations for arts & crafts, performing arts, literature, sport, and music festivals.

Explore the city of Glasgow

Glasgow
Glasgow

There are plenty of activities you can do in the River Clyde on Scotland’s west coast. Tourists can see superb museums, art galleries, and festivals. You can also take a walk in lovely parks and pedestrian streets. It has a modern facility in the city’s transportation history through its large collections of vintage steam engines, carriages, trams, buses, cars, and seafaring vessels.

Glasgow has a good reputation for cultural activities, and theatergoers include a chance to take in a play at the King’s Theatre classical concert at the Royal Scottish Orchestra at the Concert Hall.

Capture your imagination in the Scottish Highlands

Scenic view of Quiraing mountains in Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands photo via Depositphotos
Scenic view of Quiraing mountains in Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands photo via Depositphotos

Feel the most romantic scenery having an outstanding natural beauty. It becomes a backdrop to hit movies and TV shows, including the hugely popular Outlander series. Tour the Highlands of the coastal town of Dornoch, a great place to stay for a while for its old castle ruins and cathedral.

Well known as a ski destination in winter in Aviemore. In warmer weather, the region is popular for hiking and biking adventures in the Cairngorms National Park. Travel along the North Coast 500, the best tourist route in the Highlands and other great places in Scotland.

Admire the well-preserved medieval architecture of St. Andrews

Ruins of St Andrews Castle photo via Depositphotos
Ruins of St Andrews Castle photo via Depositphotos

It is one of the world’s top golf destinations. Some of the golfers from around the globe make the pilgrimage to St. Andrews’ seven classic links courses. Don’t also miss to visit the nearby British Golf Museum.

A modern facility shrine to the greats who’ve played the St. Andrews’ courses. It is also famous as a university town. Explore the natural history museum and art galleries.

Take a barefooted walk-in Aberdeen.

Dunnottar Castle in Aberdeen, Scotland photo via Depositphotos
Dunnottar Castle in Aberdeen, Scotland photo via Depositphotos

It has old, well-preserved architecture and pleasant parks and gardens. Own a complimentary nickname: “The Flower of Scotland.” One of Europe’s biggest indoor gardens is composed of numerous species of domestic and exotic plants.

You can also walk to two miles of beaches, around one of the many nearby golf courses. Shopping and dining experiences can also do in Old High Street.

Tour in the beautiful Isle of Arran

Ruins of the Brodick Castle on the Isle of Arran in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland photo via Depositphotos
Ruins of the Brodick Castle on the Isle of Arran in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland photo via Depositphotos

You can reach it via a scenic one-hour ferry ride that located just off the mainland from Glasgow. Tour the island by bike, car, or the regular bus service that circles the island. Find attractive areas that look like some of the most beautiful aspects of Scotland, from moors to tall mountains just waiting to be hiked across, long stretches of sandy beach, quaint fishing villages, great little golf courses, and historic castles.

Hike in 873-meter Goat Fell Mountain and get rewarded for magnificent views over Arran and the Firth of Clyde toward Glasgow, as well as northward toward Mull of Kintyre.

Feel the paradise in the lovely Isle of Skye.

View on Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland photo via Depositphotos
View on Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland photo via Depositphotos

Habitual home to colonies of seabirds, seals, and other native wildlife. Take the lead across romantic moors and valleys and up mountains, including the Cuillin Hills, one of Scotland’s best views.

Near the ferry port of Mallaig, this early 19th-century edifice is set in the center of a large country estate. It features excellent displays and artifacts related to one of the most powerful of Scotland’s historic clans, the Donald. Armadale Castle is one of the man-made attractions here.

Visit the Fort William

Glenfinnan railway viaduct near Fort William photo via Depositphotos
Glenfinnan railway viaduct near Fort William photo via Depositphotos

Fun excursions can be enjoyed aboard the beautiful Jacobite steam train along this West Highland Line stretch. It offers plenty of points of interest to explore, including the West Highland Museum in Cameron Square, notable for its collections of furniture, paintings, weapons, and Highland costumes.

Fort William is to Glenfinnan Viaduct, often seen from numerous Harry Potter movies (among other films) as the Hogwart Express route when whisking young wizards to school.

These are some of the things that you should not do on your first visit to Scotland:

  • Mispronouncing place names.
  • Not bringing a raincoat.
  • Not using the buses.
  • Ordering a single malt whiskey with ice.
  • Underestimating the long summer days.
  • Only hitting the tourist bars.
  • Trying to fake a Scottish accent.
  • Rubbing the nose of Greyfriars Bobby.
  • Always respect every place we go to. Stay safe and enjoy life.

Scotland Travel and Tour Packages

To help you plan out your visit to Scotland, we listed places to visit and other amazing Scotland activities. We also listed some of the best travel deals and tour packages and excellent flight deals and accommodation.

Searching for the best hotels, resorts, and affordable flights in the nearby Cities? Check out our list of affordable Scotland hotels and resorts via Agoda, Booking, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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