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Location Guide - Scotland

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Splendid Scotland

Whatever your interests or passions are, there’s a variety of wonderful places that are sure to persuade you that Scotland is the place for your new holiday home or park home.

With castles galore and more than 120 whisky distilleries, you’ve got your history and your hooch covered in Scotland. There are spectacular walks across remote landscapes of mountains, lochs and glens, plus some of the most stunning beaches to ever cast your eye on.

You can make the most of your leisure time here – from discovering dramatic scenery and hill walk challenges, to more sedate activities such as wonderful roads to drive, taking you to amazing views, magical woodlands and tiny white-sand beaches. With history, sculpture, beaches, castles, mountains, lochs, and more walking and cycling routes than you could ever need, Scotland is a country full of places to visit again and again.


Scotland is full of stunning views, such as this one towards Ben Nevis. Image: VisitBritain/Joe Cornish

Regional highlights

Lochs
Ranging from small and unknown, to large and famous, there are over 30,000 lochs across Scotland. Can’t decide which one to see first? VisitScotland has put together a list of those too important to miss.

Distilleries
Again, there are plenty to choose from, and the downloadable Whisky Map will help you decide where to go first.

Edinburgh
Scotland’s capital city has beautiful architecture, quality attractions, plenty of shops, and an abundance of eateries, from al fresco daytime dining to late-night pubs and bars.

Castles
Edinburgh, Eilean Donan, Dunnottar… the list goes on. Let the Scottish Tourist Board’s list of the top 10 castles to visit
guide you.


The ruins of Dunotter, on a spectacular peninsula. Image: istockphoto

St Andrews
The world-famous home of golf (with 10 courses to choose from), the town has medieval streets, a cathedral and plenty of shops to explore.

Isle of Skye
A beautiful and enchanting place of unspoilt, natural beauty. For us, a trip to the Fairy Pools, near Glenbrittle, is a must!

Fort Augustus
Located on the southern tip of Loch Ness, this pretty hamlet is also alongside the 60-mile long Caledonian Canal and is a top place to while away some hours watching boats navigate the locks.

Glenfinnan
With a stunning backdrop of Loch Shiel, Glenfinnan is home to a historical monument and also the famous viaduct, spanning 380 metres and rising to 30 metres above the ground.

The Kelpies
At 30 metres tall, the dramatic structure of two horses’ heads is awesome and, when illuminated, will take your breath away.

Orkney
Featuring idyllic beaches, rare wildlife and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Orkney Islands are a magical place.


Read about the other four regions in our top five...

Devon Delights
Enchanting Essex
Captivating Kent
Enjoy Oxfordshire

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