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Because so many visitors to the UK remain in London, it’s often the case that Scotland becomes overlooked by some. It’s such a shame because it’s jam-packed with spectacular countryside, quaint villages and exciting cities. Next time you visit Europe, be sure to set aside a few days to head to this wonderful destination. Here are five must-visits for anyone who plans to enjoy a Scottish sojourn.
This beautiful city on the east coast is home to the world’s most famous golf course, but even if you’re not a fan of the fairways, you’ll still find plenty to see and do in St Andrews. The ruins of the city’s cathedral take visitors back to a bygone era, and provide some wonderful photo opportunities. There’s also a stunning beach that lies adjacent to the famous links.
There are so many hugely impressive lochs in Scotland, so it seems almost unfair to single out just the one. However, Loch Lomond has a unique place in Scottish heritage, and the atmosphere on the water and on the banks is wonderfully mystical. The loch is home to several islands, including the stunning Inchmurrin, and there is a thriving water sports industry for those who are looking for a little excitement.
Auld Reekie, as it’s affectionately known, is the most popular visitor destination in Scotland, and the proliferation of art galleries, live music venues, restaurants and historic buildings is enough to attract people from all over the world. To get a true feel of the city, take a slow walk from the bottom of the Royal Mile to the top, where the famous Edinburgh Castle enjoys an incredible view across this stunning metropolis.
Since it became a European City of Culture in 1990, Glasgow has enjoyed a high profile reputation as a haven for the arts. Scotland’s largest and busiest city is home to several museums and galleries that are always worth a visit. They include the Kelvingrove Art Galley and Museum and the Burrell Collection, which is located in Pollok Country Park. And for those who like a different perspective on their sightseeing, a boat trip on the River Clyde is highly recommended.
Away from the centres of population, Scotland has thousands of acres of unspoilt beauty, and the Caerlaverock Wetland Centre is a wonderful location for lovers of what Mother Nature can create. Located on the Solway coast, the reserve gives visitors a golden opportunity to see some of Scotland’s birdlife, so be prepared for glimpses of ospreys, barnacle geese and barn owls, among others.
David Showell lives in England and has visited Scotland on many occasions. He works for www.121carhire.com.