In Scotland there are a lot of great places to visit. Here we can find monuments and cities that will leave us amazed and we can also take the best photos or selfies to remember our trip. On the other hand, Scotland is not just about architecture, this country is also full of nature with beautiful landscapes and lakes.
A good option during a trip to Scotland is to rent a car in Glasgow or Edinburgh for traveling and enjoying everything this island has to offer, however, something to keep in mind is that in this country you drive on the left but don’t worry, after a couple of hours you’ll have gotten used to it.
There is a very big difference between touring Scotland by bus or taxi than in your own car because through this you will have the complete freedom to stop or go to the place you want. From going to appreciate one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Scotland to knowing a castle or stopping on the shore of a lake are things that are priceless and that the experience is what will remain in your mind for a long time.
This land is full of amazing wonders and countless castles. Something that we recommend if you want to visit the most beautiful castles in Scotland is to book a tour with which you can save money and even the Explorer Pass will give you the possibility of obtaining a book with all the stamps of the castles you visited. For these and many more reasons here we leave you this list with the best places you can find in Scotland.
10 places in Scotland that will leave you wanting to return
Eilean Donan Castle
This castle located in the Highlands, on a small island in Loch Duich, is considered one of the jewels that you cannot miss during your trip to Scotland. To be able to access to this place, the only entrance that exists is through a stone bridge that makes this place a very striking one from the beginning. In addition, this castle has been the setting for some renowned films such as Braveheart, The Immortals and apart from this, It is also the image of the Scotch whiskey called Cardhu.
It goes without saying that here you will have the possibility to take the best pictures from the shore of the lake, but also from the top of the castle. If you have decided to include the Isle of Skye in your tour, you cannot miss Eilean Donan Castle because it is located on the same route.
Neist Point is considered by many people as one of the most beautiful and fantastic places on the Isle of Skye. This corner of Scotland is known as the end of the Scottish world. On your way to this place its probably that you will not find any other car, but what you will have to do is avoid some sheep that are on the roads.
All the experiences that you will live in Neist point will make this island very difficult to forget, for example, as soon as you arrive you will be able to climb a hill where you can sit on the edge of the cliff to enjoy one of the best views that you have never appreciated before. Also, here is a beautiful lighthouse that will make your experience even more unforgettable.
Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle
Loch Ness is not exactly the most beautiful you can find, but it is one of the most famous in Scotland thanks to the legend of the monster Nessie. This legend began to go around the world when in 1933 a photograph of a sighting of the monster was revealed, despite this, a short time later it was shown that the photo was false.
On the other hand, the legend and the mystery never stopped because around this lake, you can find places where visitors can watch videos and have a broader idea of the legend that surrounds Loch Ness. In addition, here we can also find the Urquhart Castle, which has not been restored, but still remains very beautiful and striking.
Glen Coe is a glacial valley of volcanic origin that belongs to Scotland and is surrounded by great mountains. This valley is considered one of the best places for hiking and some other mountain sports, in addition, it has appeared in the Harry Potter films and in James Bond’s Skyfall movie.
Saint Andrews is known worldwide for being the birthplace of golf. This ancient and historic city will dazzle you with its cathedral and tomb-filled ruins that are sure to transport you back to ancient times. If you want to find a spot where you can have one of the best panoramic views, we recommend you climb to the top of the tower of the church of San Rule, from here you can appreciate the sea, the city and more.
In addition, this tourist attraction in Scotland is full of charm in its cafes, shops and some other places where you will not regret dedicating a day to visit it.
Scotland is synonymous of the best whiskey in the world and this is because here there are more than 108 distilleries that have become one of the main attractions of this country. For lovers of this drink, we recommend taking the whiskey route, but if you are not so fond, you should visit at least one anyway. During the tour of these distilleries, they will teach you the entire process of making malt whiskey, in addition, you will have the possibility of tasting some types of whiskey.
This castle located on the east coast of Scotland will leave you in awe with its location because here you will find yourself on a rocky cliff above the sea that can only be accessed by a narrow steep path. The ruins were created in the 14th and 15th centuries and have been featured in Mel Gibson’s film Hamlet. Without a doubt, a place where you can appreciate the remains of the palace, the stable and the chapel will become one of the best experiences of your life.
Rosslyn Chapel and The Borders
The Borders is a beautiful area full of precious ruins and medieval charms. Within this area we can find the Rosslyn Chapel that was became famous by its appearance in the movie The da Vinci Code. During the tour of this chapel you will be able to appreciate the reliefs, the figures carved in stone, the symbols and the gargoyles that make it up, in addition, there are theories that say that the knights of that time hid the Holy Grail in this place.
Stirling is another of Scotland’s iconic places where you will find a fabulous castle, the old jail, the medieval town center and a beautiful cemetery. If Stirling is part of your list of places to visit in Scotland, do not hesitate to go to see the monument of William Wallace that was immortalized in cinema by Mel Gibson in the movie Bravehart.
Edinburgh is a city where what stands out the most is the beautiful castle of the same name, in addition, it is also recognized for being made up of two very different parts, the Old Town and the New Town. We also recommend you visiting Holyrood Palace and taking a walk along the Royal Mile and Cirus Lane.