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Explore the Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle from Heriot place
Edinburgh Castle is a must-see destination for travelers exploring Scotland.

Edinburgh Castle is a must-visit landmark in Scotland. It's perched atop a hill and offers breathtaking views of the city below. Visitors can explore the castle and see the crown jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, and the Scottish National War Memorial on their trip to Edinburgh Castle.

Visit Stirling Castle

Entrance gate to Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle provides a glimpse of rich Scottish history and stunning architecture.

Stirling Castle is another of Scotland's most famous landmarks. It's located in the heart of Scotland and has played a major role in the country's history. Visitors can explore the castle and learn about its history, including the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

Walk along the Royal Mile

You can enjoy visiting The Royal Mile during amazing weather in Edinburgh.
Stroll along the iconic Royal Mile and experience the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, filled with charming cobblestone streets, historic landmarks, and lively atmosphere.

The Royal Mile is the main street in Edinburgh and runs from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It's a bustling street full of shops, restaurants, and historic buildings. Visitors can walk along the Royal Mile and take in the sights and sounds of Edinburgh.

Explore the Scottish Highlands

Scottish Blackface sheep standing at the top of hill, Scotland in October
Scottish Blackface sheep standing at the top of hill in the highlands.
The view of mountains of Glencoe
The captivating view below the mountains of Glencoe

Scotland's Highlands are a must-visit for anyone who loves nature and outdoor activities. The area is famous for its rugged landscapes, lochs, and forests. Visitors can hike, fish, or simply enjoy the scenery.You can explore Glencoe, take in the architecture of Fort William, or visit the Isle of Skye, and Invergordon.

Visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse
Certain parts of the Palace of Holyroodhouse are open to the public, including the State Apartments, the Queen's Gallery, and the Palace Gardens.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the monarch in Scotland. Visitors can tour the palace and learn about its history, including the time when Mary, Queen of Scots lived there. However, some areas of the Palace, such as the Queen's private apartments, remain closed to visitors for security and privacy reasons.

See the Kelpies

Kelpies lighting up at the dusk
The 30 meter high stainless steel Kelpies made by sculptor Andy Scott are accessible to the public 24 hours a day.

The Kelpies are two giant horse-head sculptures located in Falkirk. They are a popular attraction and offer visitors a unique photo opportunity. Standing at 30 meters tall, these gigantic horse head sculptures are a symbol of Scotland's industrial past and the role that horses played in shaping the country's economy and culture.

Explore the Isle of Arran

Island of Pladda off the South Coast of Arran in Scotland
The Island of Pladda to the South of the Isle of Arran in Scotland is a deserted remote island with a lighthouse which provides protection to vessels in the Firth of Clyde.

The Isle of Arran is a beautiful island located off the west coast of Scotland. Visitors can explore the island and see its rugged landscapes, sandy beaches, and historic sites. Some popular attractions include Brodick Castle, the Machrie Moor standing stones, and the Arran Distillery.

Visit St. Andrews

St Andrews cathedral
Experience the awe-inspiring ruins of St Andrews Cathedral, once the largest church in Scotland.

St Andrews is a charming town located on the east coast of Scotland. It's famous for its golf course and the University of St Andrews, the oldest university in Scotland. Visitors can walk around the town and see the historic buildings, including St Andrews Cathedral.

Take a ferry to the Outer Hebrides

Calm Scotland weather on the Isle of Harris in August
Experience Scotland's stunning rugged coastline, and discover the untouched beauty and rich cultural heritage of the Outer Hebrides with a memorable ferry ride.

The Outer Hebrides are a group of islands located off the west coast of Scotland. Visitors can take a ferry to the islands and explore the rugged landscapes, historic sites, and traditional communities. Some popular islands to visit include Lewis and Harris, Barra, and Uist.

Scotland is a country full of beauty, history, and adventure, and there's something for everyone here. Whether you're a history buff, an outdoor enthusiast, or simply looking for a relaxing getaway, Scotland is the perfect destination! 

A 10-day-trip to Scotland would be sufficient to get around most of the major highlights of the country. But, if you need help planning your custom trip to Scotland, feel free to reach out to our local travel experts. You can also browse through our trips to Scotland for instant inspiration, or check out our guide on the best time to visit Scotland prior to planning your trip to the country. 

Published by Will Cooper, updated on January 30, 2024
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