While Scotland may be a small nation there are however a variety of sights to see for visitors everywhere, such as the countryside, city, low-lands, islands, and hot spots. If you do chose Scotland as your destination you must keep in mind that you will require a passport which acts as a compact visitors guide to Scotland’, this may be acquired by contacting a Scottish passport helpline. Once you have acquired you passport you are set to visit one of the world’s most beautiful places and take in its amazing sights.
The City of Edinburgh
Edinburgh is without a doubt considered the crown jewel of Scotland, its wide range of attractions always has a favourable impression on its visitors, the most amazing sights which Edinburgh offers include –
- The University of Edinburgh
- Scottish parliament
- Prices Street
- National Museum of Scotland
- National Galleries of Scotland
- Scottish National Portrait Gallery
- Holyrood Park
For an extra special visit to Edinburgh you may choose to visit between August to early September during which time Edinburgh becomes the cultural center of Europe with a number of festivals with a variety of themes such as –
Edinburgh is a wonderful place to visit for those who are more interested in architecture and is a great shopping spot, with a variety of options to choose from and a number of restaurants for fine dining and a night on the town.
Scottish highlands and Loch Ness
If you wish to take a break from the city you may choose to come to the Scottish highlands and visit the world famous and mysterious Loch Ness and try spotting Nessie. While visiting the loch there are a number of tourist activities to keep you entertained, these include –
- Tours on the Loch
- Long distance hikes
- Hill walks
- Mountain biking
- Wind surfing
With this wide range of activities the Scottish highlands and Loch Ness are an integral part of Scottish tourism even if people just visit to take in the breathtaking scenery.
North Highlands and Islands
The North highlands are amazing place to visit and if you choose to do so then you may start your visit from Inverness, the highland capital, passing through Cromarty, a seaport. This route then be adapted to continue onto Thurso and Orkney which boasts a number of pre-historic sites which form a unique part of Scottish heritage, these include –
- Maeshowe – A large chambered tomb
- The stones of Stenness
- Ring of Brodgar
- Skara Brae – A settlement
The stones of Stenness and Ring of Brodgar are two ceremonial stone circles and aptly represent Scotland’s fascinating history. You may also treat yourself to a wildlife tour and catch a glimpse of whales and dolphins.
Tours of “The Misty Island” Skye
The Isle of Skye is Scotland’s largest island and hosts a large number of tourist attractions which include –
- Walking guides and Mountain Climbing
- Various Arts and crafts galleries
- Boat trips
Skye famous for its scenery and breathtaking landscape; is 50 miles long and holds a number of villages and quite well known for its rich history such as the discovery of dinosaur fossils, its clan warfare, Highland clearances, infamous Bonnie Prince Charlie’ and the Jacobite Rebellion. Skye is a world class destination for walkers and climbers as well as for wildlife watching, there are also a great number of walks on Skye for the less experienced.
There are several reasons why Scotland is an excellent choice for a vacation. Scotland may be small but its inhabitants and history have made a great mark on the world and its true glory can only be appreciated fully once you have visited the region. The country’s history is immensely interesting and to a certain degree familiar to all traveller’s as most people have heard much of Scottish history far before they decide to visit. Scotland offers some of the world’s most beautiful and rustic landscapes which boats an innumerable number of sights to see, including the ones mentioned earlier. If you do choose to visit Scotland you will be blown away by its beauty and heritage and will never regret your decision.