Loch Ness is one of Scotland’s largest and most famous lochs, known around the world thanks to its elusive monster Nessie. Just a short distance from Inverness, this impressive stretch of water is 23 miles long and over 700 ft at its deepest, making it Scotland’s largest loch in terms of volume. Loch Ness runs from Loch Dochfour to Fort Augustus, it is bordered by picturesque villages such as Foyers and Dores and you can drive along the western edge of the loch on the A82. Overlooking the water from the western shore is Urquhart Castle, a former royal castle that has witnessed some of the most dramatic periods in Scottish history. Walk around the iconic ruins for a first-hand look at the cells and towers, or learn about the castle’s role in the Wars of Independence and the Jacobite uprising at the excellent visitor center.
Claimed sightings of the Loch Ness Monster date back to 1933, though there have been rumors of a beast in the waters since the 7th century. With its stunning views and untouched landscapes, Loch Ness is ideal for walking and hiking and is also the site for the annual Baxters Loch Ness Marathon. The loch is also a popular spot for sailing and fishing enthusiasts, with salmon, pike, trout and more living in its fresh waters.
Edinburgh has an almost fairy-tale setting and every step is a revelation. Its magnificent architecture shifts from the proud tenements of its medieval Old Town, to the grace and geometric precision of the Georgian New Town. Above it all stands Edinburgh Castle perched high on its volcanic rock looking down on a city where medieval lanes and elegant, sweeping terraces hold over ten centuries of history, mystery, and tradition.
Scotland`s jewel on the River Clyde, Glasgow is an architectural dream: Victorian red and honey sandstone, Italianate steeples and medieval spires sit harmoniously with neo-Gothic towers, the sensuous Art Nouveau of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the titanium, glass and steel of the contemporary city. Glasgow has an amazing portfolio of museums and galleries, many of them free!
Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights Must See`s:
The Lighthouse, Willow Tea Rooms, Merchant City, The Style Mile, Glasgow Science Centre, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, and so much more!
The capital of the Highlands, Inverness is one of the oldest inhabited sites in Scotland. Don`t miss the oldest church, Old High Church, on St Michael`s Mount by the riverside, a site used for worship since Celtic times. Other interesting sights include Inverness Castle, from which Mary, Queen of Scots was infamously barred; and Urquhart Castle, south of the city, which was a formidable fortress in the Middle Ages. Inverness is a good base for exploring the Highlands.
Recommended Stay:At least 3 nights Must See`s:
Inverness Castle, The Steeple, Ness Islands, Inverness Castle, Abertarff House, Cawdor Castle, Urquhart Castle, Culloden Battlefield, and so much more!
Surnamed the "Granite City" because of its buildings constructed largely of pink or gray granite, the historic Aberdeen presents a modern cosmopolitan image to visitors, boasting marvelous museums and galleries; a lively nightlife and the best shopping in the northeast. The city is famous for its outstanding parks, gardens, its top attraction being the Winter Gardens at the Duthie Park, home to the stunning Rose Mountain. The city's two miles of sands also ensures it a status of coastal resort.
Located close to Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, and the beautiful Glen Nevis, Fort William is a major tourist centre for hillwalking and climbing. The town's attractions include the West Highland Museum with a large number of Jacobite relics including a secret portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie, and one of the old paneled rooms from the fort has been rebuilt here. Fort William was the first town in Britain to be lit by electricity generated by its own water power scheme.
Situated at the base of Craigmore (1271 foot high) and on the Laggan, a head-water of the River Forth, Aberfoyle is a beautiful alpine resort. This land belonged to Rob Roy (1671-1734), the outlaw and leader of the MacGregors. Sir Walter Scott's romantic poem "The Lady of the Lake" greatly increased tourism to the area, eventually attracting Queen Victoria, who was enchanted by its beauty. It is the perfect is the gateway to the Trossachs, one of the most picturesque regions of Scotland.
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