101 Places to Visit in Scotland

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A list of 101 great attractions that Scotland has to offer tourists.


Scotland is one of the best countries in the world to visit, with many attractions to offer those that venture there. Anyone traveling to the country should take time to see a few of the following 101 places.

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1. Edinburgh Castle – this is one of the top tourist sites in Scotland. The castle is located in the centre of Edinburgh and has a number of things to see, including a medieval siege gun called Mons Megs and the crown jewels of Scotland.

2. Loch Ness - one of the largest and deepest lochs in Scotland this is the home of the famed Loch Ness Monster. Located in a beautiful part of the country, close to Inverness, it is a great location to have a day out and see if you can spot Nessie.

3. RSS Discovery - now located in the heart of Dundee at Discovery Quay, this was the ship used by Captain Scott for his famous trips to the Antarctic. A visitor center is situated beside the ship and at this you can view the history of Scott himself and his trips to the Antarctic.

4. Wallace Monument - built to commemorate one of the heroes of Scotland, Sir William Wallace, the monument is located on a hill just outside Stirling and can be viewed from miles around. You can also visit the site and get to the top of the hill for a close up view.

5. Rossyln Chapel – this became famous as a result of it featuring in the Da Vinci Code, but even before this it was a top tourist site. It is worth visiting if you get the chance as it is a beautiful chapel.

6. Forth Rail Bridge - one of the construction wonders of the world, the Forth Rail Bridge is one of the great sights of Scotland. View it from the banks of the River Forth, or for a closer view take a train ride across it to Edinburgh.

7. Glencoe Visitors Centre - this is located about 2 miles from the town of Glencoe in a beautiful part of the country. It tells some of the history of Scotland including the infamous massacre of the McDonald’s Clan by the Campbell’s in the 17th century.

8. Scott Monument - this is located in Princess Street Gardens in the centre of Edinburgh and was erected in honor of Sir Walter Scott, a famous Scottish author. If you are feeling energetic you can climb the stairs to the top for a view of the surrounding city.

9. Stirling Castle - this castle is located on high volcanic rock in the city and a great deal of the royal history of Scotland has been played out within its walls. This includes the birth, death and crowning of a number of the Kings and Queens of Scotland.

10. Glasgow Cathedral - this beautiful building is located in the heart of Glasgow and on a visit to this you will see some wonderful architecture.

11. Loch Lomond - this is the largest freshwater loch in Scotland and is a beautiful location to visit. There are many stopping off points around its shores where you can enjoy the scenery.

12. Pitlochry Fish Ladder - this is used by salmon travelling up the River Tummel to their spawning grounds. It is located next to the Pitlochry Power Station and has been in operation since 1951. One area has an underwater viewing area with a glass window which offers a great view of the salmon.

13. Cairngorms National Park - this is the largest National Park in the UK and offers visitors some stunning views of the Scottish countryside.

14. Eilean Donan Castle -this is one of the most beautiful castles and locations in Scotland. If you are travelling to or from the Isle of Skye you will pass this little gem and you have to stop and visit.

15. Tay Rail Bridge - this bridge was the site of a disaster in 1879 and some of the piers from the original bridge can still be seen. A great view of it can be seen from either shore, or take a train trip over it.

16. Balmoral Castle - this is the summer home of the British Royal family and is a stunning castle. It is open to the public for a short time each year from April to July.

17. National Gallery of Scotland - located in Edinburgh this is a great place for art lovers. It displays some of the finest works of Scottish painters, as well as many international artists.

18. Burrell Collection - this museum houses many important collections, with some of the most impressive based on medieval arts and tapestries. It is definitely worth a visit to see the treasures it holds.

19. Ben Nevis - located close the town of Fort William, this is the highest mountain in the UK. You can get some great views of it from the surrounding countryside, or if you are feeling energetic try and make it to the top.

20. Holyrood House - originally a monastery, this is the official place of residence in Edinburgh for the British Monarch. It was the home of one of the famous monarchs in Scottish History, Mary Queen of Scots.

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21. Royal Mile - the Royal Mile runs from Holyrood House to Edinburgh Castle and is one of the most walked streets in Scotland. It hosts a number of shops and restaurants and is a must if you visit Edinburgh.

22. Armadale Castle Garden and Museum - located on the Isle of Skye this attraction is set in a 20,000 acre estate. If you are part of the clan Donald this is the place to visit in Scotland.

23. Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre - Culloden was the site of the last major battle on British soil when Bonnie Prince Charlie’s attempt to regain the throne was finally defeated. The visitor centre displays some of the history surrounding this period.

24. Urquhart Castle - although the castle is now a ruin there is a fantastic visitor centre and its location on the banks of Loch Ness make it a picturesque place to visit.

25. Glamis Castle - This beautiful little castle is located in Tayside and was the home of the Queen Mother when she was a young girl. You can tour the castle and gardens and see exhibits about the castle history.

26. Berwick Ramparts - Berwick-upon-Tweed is located on the border between Scotland and England and has seen many battles in its history. The ramparts played a part in the town’s defenses for many years, having been constructed in the 16th century.

27. Bannockburn Heritage Center - Located on Glasgow Road in Stirling, this center celebrates the famous Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, when Robert the Bruce defeated the English and gained independence for Scotland.

28. Princes Street - Located in the center of Edinburgh, visitors can walk down one side of Princes Street to enjoy the many shopping opportunities and then cross over to spend some relaxing time in the Princes Street Gardens.

29. Arthur’s Seat - Another famous location in Edinburgh, Arthur’s Seat is a volcanic outcrop located in what is now a public park. The walk to the top is not too arduous and is worth doing for the magnificent views over the city and surrounding area.

30. Law Hill Observation Point - For a beautiful view over the River Tay, the city of Dundee and the countryside around it, a trip to the top of the Law Hill by foot or car can be an enjoyable experience.

31. Hadrian’s Wall - Built during the time when the Romans ruled Britain, this wall is located in the south of Scotland and runs across the country from coast to coast. It marked the northern frontier of the Roman Empire in Britain during the rule of Emperor Hadrian.

32. Museum of Transport - Situated in Glasgow this museum displays various modes of transport. This includes models of many of the River Clyde built ships that sailed the world.

33. Burns Heritage Trail - Robert Burns is a famous name in Scotland and elsewhere. This walking trail takes in many sites associated with the poet’s life and work, including his boyhood home, the Bachelors’ Club and Souter Johnnie’s Cottage.

34. Ocean Terminal - This huge leisure and retail center is located in Edinburgh and offers a range of attractions. The highlight of this is the Royal Yacht Britannia, which was originally the ship used by the British Royal Family to travel the world, and is now on display for visitors to tour.

35. Mary Queen of Scots House - Mary Queen of Scots is one of the famous monarchs of the country, and this house in Jedburgh was where she spent time recovering after being thrown from her horse while touring the area.

36. Balloch Country Park and Castle - This country park features 200 acres of gardens, parkland and woodland on the shores of Loch Lomond. Balloch castle, built in the early 1800’s, is worth seeing and houses a visitor center for tourists.

37. Deep Sea World - Known as Scotland’s National Aquarium, a visit to this attraction provides an opportunity to see some wonders of the deep. It includes the longest underwater viewing tunnel in Britain.

38. St. Andrews Cathedral - Founded in the 12th century, this cathedral was the seat of the Bishop of St Andrew for many centuries. Although now a ruin, it is still an impressive sight to see.

39. Calanais Standing Stones - This enigmatic set of standing stones on the Isle of Lewis is an impressive piece of the prehistoric remains on the island. The stones and visitor center are a must for anyone that visits Lewis.

40. Bothwell Castle - This castle located on a steep hill above the River Clyde was originally constructed in the 13th century. It played a part in many of the wars between Scotland and England and is an important piece of Scottish history.

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41. David Livingstone Center - This museum in Blantyre tells the story of David Livingstone, a famous Scottish explorer. He gained his fame for the time he spent exploring the African continent during the Victorian era.

42. Scottish Seabird Center - This wildlife area on the coast of North Berwick is home to a wide variety of seabirds and other animals. You can learn about these at the Discovery Center and take a boat trip out on the water.

43. Museum of Flight - Located at the East Fortune Airfield, this museum shows the history of flight from the early days of the Wright Brothers, through to the modern era of aviation. Many aircraft can be viewed in four different hangars.

44. Paisley Abbey - This abbey has a history dating back to the 6th century, and although lying in ruins for a number of years, it has been restored to its former glory. These days it is an impressive sight and is again a working abbey with services held on a regular basis.

45. Falkirk Wheel - This impressive feat of engineering is a massive rotating boat lift enabling vessels to transfer back and forward between the Union Canal and the Forth & Clyde Canal. It can be interesting to see in action and more fun for those riding the canals.

46. Loch Katrine - The Trossachs are a beautiful landscape in central Scotland and Loch Katrine is located in this area. While there you can take a cruise around the loch on the famous Sir Walter Scott steamship or a boat known as the Lady of the Lake.

47. Pictavia Visitor Center - The Picts were the inhabitants of Scotland in ancient times, and this visitor center tells the story of their history from Roman times through to the Viking invasions of Scotland.

48. Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World - This attraction is set out like a tropical rainforest. As well as the many butterflies to be seen, there are also many other animals and insects on display.

49. Castle of Mey - This castle has many centuries of history, and gained royal connections in the 20th century when the Queen Mother bought it and restored it to its former glory.

50. Dunvegan Castle - This castle is located on the Isle of Skye and was the seat of power of the Clan MacLeod. It has been inhabited for over 800 years and the castle and surrounding estate can provide an interesting day out.

51 Clyde Maritime Center - Ship building was central to the growth of Glasgow, and this attraction has exhibits displaying the history of the industry. The centerpiece is a restored Glasgow sailing ship, the SV Glenlee.

52. Falkland Palace - Located in the town of Falkland, this palace was once a residence of the kings of Scotland, and the building and gardens are a location worth visiting.

53. Sweetheart Abbey - The history of this abbey dates back to the late 1200s, when Lady Devorgilla of Galloway founded it in honor of her late husband. When she died, the monks named in Sweetheart Abbey in memory of her and her husband.

54. Abbotsford House - This was the home of Sir Walter Scott, one of Scotland’s most famous sons, and the building and surrounding land are maintained in beautiful condition.

55. Culzean Castle - This is one of Scotland’s most beautiful castles, and it remains in impressive condition. A visit to see it and the surrounding estate make for a great day out.

56. British Golf Museum – Fans of golf will enjoy this attraction in St. Andrews, the home of golf. It has exhibitions on the development of golf from its very earliest days.

57. Glasgow Tower – This 400 foot high building is one of the tallest in Scotland and the tower can rotate through 360 degrees to provide some stunning views of Glasgow.

58. John O’Groats – This small village is the most northerly community of mainland UK, and tourists visit to claim bragging rights to having been there.

59. Isle of Arran – This island is located in the Firth of Clyde, with a scenic ferry ride needed to get there. It is a beautiful destination and well worth visiting for a day or more.

60. Scottish Fisheries Museum – Located in Anstruther, this little museum display artifacts from the history of the fishing industry in Scotland from its earliest days to modern times.

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61. Bright Water Visitor Center – Located on the Isle of Skye, this visitor center has exhibits on the heritage and wildlife of the island.

62. Sauchiehall Street - This long pedestrian street is one of the main shopping areas of Glasgow, and is a great place to relax, do some window shopping and enjoy a meal.

63. Highland Mysteryworld - This theme park in Fort William is a great place to visit to learn of the folklore, myths and legends of Scotland. The exhibits bring these to life to show visitors a touch of ancient Scotland.

64. Melrose Abbey - This abbey was founded in the 1100s, and although largely destroyed in the 1300s, the remains are still an impressive sight to see. The abbey is the resting place for many of Scotland’s monarchs.

65. Scottish Mining Museum - This museum in Newtongrange has exhibits displaying the life and times of the Scottish coal miner. It is an interesting place to get an insight into some of the industrial history of Scotland.

66. St. Nicholas Church - This church in Aberdeen takes the honor as the biggest in Scotland. It houses some beautiful tapestries and wood carvings which date back to the 17th century.

67. Blair Drummond Safari Park – This safari park is a great place for kids, and provides the chance to get a close-up view of some wild animals.

68. Cairngorm Reindeer Center – For anyone interested in wildlife, a visit to this attraction can be a great experience. A tour can be taken to see the herd of reindeers living in the wild, and a small group of animals can also be seen at the center.

69. Royal Botanic Gardens - One of the oldest botanic gardens in the world, this attraction in Edinburgh began life in 1670. It now covers around 70 acres, and offers visitors some beautiful garden displays.

70. Fingal’s Cave – This cave is located on the island of Staffa, and its huge size and impressive basalt structure make it one of the natural wonders of Scotland.

71. West Highland Way - For fans of hiking this famous trail runs for a distance of 95 miles from Glasgow to Fort William, passing through some beautiful scenery along the way.

72. Floors Castle - This magnificent castle is situated on the River Tweed, and has a history dating back to the 1700s. The castle and surrounding estate are an impressive sight, and they remain the home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe.

73. Glenmorangie Distillery Tour- Anyone that is a fan of whisky will get a chance to see how their favorite tipple is produced on this tour of a famous Scottish distillery.

74. Iona Abbey - The island of Iona has been a spiritual location in Scotland for centuries, with the abbey on it having a colorful history. Parts of this historic building still remain intact, and it can be an interesting location to visit.

75. Old Man of Hoy - This 450 foot high rock stack sits just of the Scottish coast at St. Johns Head. Famed as a location for climbers to test their skills, it is an impressive sight to see.

76. Provard’s Lordship - The history of this house dates back to the 1400s, and it is the oldest house in Glasgow. Originally a residential home, it now houses a museum showing some fascinating exhibitions.

77. Edinburgh Zoo - This zoo is the largest in Scotland and covers an area of more than 80 acres. It is home to a wide variety of animals, and is one of Edinburgh’s top attractions.

78. The Titan Crane - A more unusual attraction, this 150 foot tall crane in Clydebank was a working part of John Brown’s Shipyard, when it was building some of the biggest ships in the world. Visitors can take a lift to the top of the crane for a great view of the surrounding area, and tour the site to see some of Glasgow’s shipbuilding heritage.

79. Museum of Scottish Lighthouses - This attraction in Fraserburgh was the first lighthouse ever built on the Scottish mainland, and the purpose-built museum beside it houses a number of artifacts from the history of lighthouses in Scotland.

80. M&D’s - Located just to the south of Glasgow, this is billed as Scotland’s theme park. There are plenty of white knuckle rollercoasters and rides to enjoy, and the whole family is sure to enjoy a visit.

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81. Scotch Whisky Heritage Center - With more than 200 different whiskies to sample, this is a good location for whisky enthusiasts. A virtual tour of the distilling process can also be viewed at the center.

82. Scone Palace – Scone Palace is located near Perth, with this impressive building being the setting for the crowning of a number of Scottish kings. The palace remains in beautiful condition, and is an enjoyable location to take a tour.

83. Rob Roy Visitor Center – This attraction located in Callander tells the story of Rob Roy, a famous figure in Scottish history. This includes a couple of films, one showing the history of his life and the other details of the Trossachs area he called home.

84. The Orkney Museum – The Orkney’s lie off the northern tip of Scotland, and this museum in Kirkwall displays the history of the islands from the Stone Age through to modern times.

85. Caerlaverock Castle – This triangular shaped castle, surrounded by a moat is located to the south of Dumfries, and is an impressive sight to see. The structure which stands today dates back to the late 1200s, and has been the scene of many battles.

86. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum - This is worth visiting to see the beautiful Victorian style building, and the collections of Scottish and European artwork it houses are also sure to impress visitors.

87. Baxters Highland Village – This attraction displays the history of one of Scotland’s best know food making companies. Located in Fochabers, it has displays charting the life of the company, as well as shop where Baxter’s famous soups and other foods can be found for sale.

88. Strathclyde Country Park – This large country park, situated between Motherwell and Hamilton, covers around 4 square kilometers. It offers a range of outdoor pursuits from fishing to camping and water sports.

89. West Highland Museum - This museum in the heart of Fort William has exhibits displaying some of the history and heritage of the people of the West Highland region.

90. People’s Palace and Winter Gardens - This attraction in Glasgow was originally built at the end of the 19th century as a cultural center for the people of the city. It houses impressive exhibitions tracing the history of Glasgow.

91. Camperdown Country Park – This is the largest public park in Dundee, and boasts a golf course, wildlife center, playgrounds and plenty of open space for those looking for a place to relax in the city.

92. Crathes Castle – Located close to Banchory, this beautiful little castle remains in excellent condition, and is said to be haunted. The interior has some impressive features, including Jacobean painted ceilings, heraldic shields, and an Elizabethan fireplace.

93. Old Blacksmith’s Shop Center - The Old Blacksmith Shop in Gretna Green was where runaways headed to get married in times past. It is still a popular location to get married today, with the center displaying some of the romantic history of the area.

94. Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Center – Located close to Aviemore, the Glenmore Forest offers a range of outdoor activities, and the visitor center has presentations and displays about the areas plant life.

95. Scottish Wool Center - Located in Aberfoyle, the Scottish Wool Center offers exhibitions of the Scottish wool industry, outdoor sheep dog displays, and a food hall packed full of the best Scottish foods.

96. Up Helly Aa Exhibition - Up Helly Aa is a Shetland Islands festival that involves a parade and the spectacular burning of a full-size Viking ship. Its history dates back the late 1800’s and this exhibition, open during the summer months, displays artifacts and photos showing details of the festival.

97. Museum of Childhood - this museum in Edinburgh will appeal to child and adult, with its exhibitions of toys and childhood objects providing an enjoyable day out.

98. Fort George - This fort is located close to Inverness in the north of Scotland, and was originally constructed in the 18th century. Built following the Jacobite rising in 1745, it was intended to help pacify the Scottish Highlands, and visitors can now tour it for a view of its history.

99. Skara Brae - This ancient village in Stromness dates back to 2450 BC, and it was buried in sand until a storm in the 1800’s uncovered it. It contains a number of individual dwellings with some beautifully preserved historic artifacts.

100. Lunan Bay - This beautiful beach is situated around 3 miles from Montrose. Stretching for a distance of around 2 miles, the golden sands are a great place to relax and enjoy some sea views.

101. Hogwarts Express Train - For Harry Potter fans young and old, a steam train trip on the West Highland Line is something to enjoy. The train scenes from the Harry Potter films were filmed in this location, and this can be recreated by taking a trip on the line from Fort William to Mallaig.

So there you have it 101 great places to visit in Scotland. If you take a trip to the country, try and see a few of them and you will not be disappointed.


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9th Oct 2013 (#)

If I was going to Scotland I would take this list.

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