Traveling to Scotland is always an adventure, but no matter how many times we go, we are always amazed by the genuine friendliness of the people and the wonderful Scotland sights.
Although a part of Great Britain, Scotland is a fierce and proud country that maintains its own laws, language and educational system. The rugged landscape and harsh weather has encouraged individuality and self-sufficiency in the inhabitants and continues to do so. Scotsmen who have had an influence on our own lives are Adam Smith, the economist, Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, Andrew Carnegie, the industrialist, and of course writers Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Burns, to name but a few. This is in addition to the great sights in Scotland.
The natural beauty of Scotland draws visitors from across the globe to the great Scotland sights. The crystal clear water, lonely glens and grassy hills with ever-changing skies will bring you to Scotland, but it is the wonderful people who will warm your heart and draw you back again.
The Burns National Heritage Park was established in 1995 in to commemorate the famous poet, Robert Burns. One of the great sights in Scotland, Burns spent the first 7 years of his life here, and fans of his work come from all over the world to pay homage to his beloved poems and songs. Visitors can visit Burns Cottage, Burns Museum, Burns Monument, Brig O’Doon, and The Auld Kirk (Kirk Alloway is the setting for a popular tale in verse called “Tam O’ Shanter”).
Culzean Castle was built in 1772, and is one of Scotland’s great sights. The castle has a lovely collection of 18th Century furniture and the armory contains a thorough collection of weapons. The surrounding outdoors of the Country Park are breathtaking with the beautiful gardens overlooking the shore and trails.
Edinburgh Castle is the city of Edinburgh’s 3,000 year-old landmark and one of the classic sights in Scotland. It was built atop an extinct volcano ledge and its hillside is constructed of craggy rocks strewn with wildflowers. Bagpipers often play near the castle. The fortress was home to Scottish Kings and Queens including Mary Queen of Scots and its builder King Edwin of Northumbria for whom the castle and city is named. Inside, visitors can see the Scottish Crown, the room where Queen Mary gave birth to James VI, the Argyle Battery, the vaults and the prison. Each summer the Military Tattoo takes place at the castle.
Glencoe is one of the beautiful sights in Scotland and wild Highland valley. There are numerous trails for hiking and biking and there are plenty ofplaces in the glen for fishing as well. Glencoe has a fascinating history dating back to the pre-Viking period of the 15th and 16th Centuries. Here you can see red deer, foxes, badgers, wildcats, and 40 different species of birds that live off the land.
The legend behind the Loch Ness Monster is what initially attracts tourists to the magical city of Inverness. However, the area around Loch Ness and Inverness have many other interesting attractions. The ruins of Urquhart Castle are perched on a grassy ledge overlooking Loch Ness. The mystical castle has seen many battles and has survived as one of the largest castles in Scotland. You can also take a tour of the local Whiskey distillery, cotton mills and weavers.
Melrose Abbey is a Gothic construction dating back to 1146 and is one of the great Scotland sights. It is positioned below the Eildon Hills near the east side of Edinburgh, and is characteristic of medieval Scotland with its green lawn filled with tombs and gravestones dating back centuries. The 14th century carved stone on the walls and in the towers is incredibly detailed, portraying the Virgin and Child, dragons and gargoyles.
The city of Stirling is one of Scotland’s oldest towns, with relics of Pre-Roman times. Stirling Castle, one of the great Scotland sights,marks the home of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace who defeated English armies in their battles for independence. Stirling held a key position as the protector of the pass into the Highlands and the highest navigable point in the region. Inside the castle, visitors can view these 15th and 16th century walls, the Chapel Royal, The Great Hall and The Elphinstone Tower.
Written by Terri Fogarty for EuropeUpClose.com