Scotland is a serene country. The attractions come from a wide array of areas, so whichever taste or preference you fall under, be sure you will be awed. The attractions range from out in the wild zoos and parks, stunning old age architecture, engineering marvels and modern science locations. The following are amongst Scotland’s major attractions.
Distilleries, specifically whisky, have always been a prime attraction in Scotland. The distillery was established in1843, and still produces the famous Glenmorangie whisky in various finishes. They offer the distillery tour virtually every day of the year. The tour consists of a walk around the various sections of the distillery. These include the fermentation room, filters, bottling and labelling and other sections. There is also an adjoined visitor’s center where you get to learn of the distillery’s history, effects of wood on whisky experiments and the various preservatives and sauces.
The Falkirk Wheel
This engineering wonder, completed in 2002 was opened by Her Majesty the Queen; it features the world’s only rotating boat lift in the world. Located in the Tamfourhill area in Falkirk, the wheel connects the union canal with forth and Clyde canal. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is able to carry more than eight boats at a time, deftly scooping them out of the water and depositing them on the opposite side. The adjoined visitors’ center offers an uninterrupted view of the wheel, with car parking provided, gift shops and cafeteria.
originally built in the 13th century, where the first bishop of Strathclyde, the British kingdom, was believed to have been buried, the breathtaking castle was improved in the late 20th century. The site consists of an impressive architecture, very fine collection of stained glass and the oldest house on Glasgow. It is a worthy place to visit for those seeking a place with a rich history dating back to the 13th century, exquisite architecture, all set in rambling serene grounds.
Though it was opened in 1913, Edinburgh zoo remains one of the top attractions in Scotland. It houses about 1000 animals. The zoo is a prime center for conservation of threatened species, conservation breeding programs with a sole mission of inspiring and exciting visitors. At the moment, it is the second most paid attraction in Scotland, mostly due to the wide range of animals and programs in the center, and the team’s dedication to keeping it fresh, with frequent addition of new enclosures. The zoo is set in an 80 acre expanse in Corstorphine hill. The residents include gorillas, lions, tigers, polar bears, monkey, giraffes and a wide range of other animals. The penguin house remains the centre of attraction in the Zoo, with the main highlight been the daily penguin parade. Other than the animals, the zoo offer educational center’s for children and adults.
Loch Ness is one of the most famous lakes in the world, and is currently the second largest loch in Scotland. It is about 1.6 kilometers wide. The loch holds perhaps the most intriguing lore of all; the existence if a sea monster known as Nessie.
The major attractions include the nearby located Urquhart castle, boat trips, loch ness exhibition center, Caledonian Canal visitor center and others.
There are other tourist attractions in Scotland but the above are perhaps the most delightful. More information about them, including the open days and fees can be accessed.
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