Points of Interest
Royal Yacht Britannia (Edinburgh): Experience what life was like on board The Royal Yacht Britannia with a fascinating audio tour. Discover this floating palace that served the British Royal Family for over forty years. Highlights of the tour include the elegant State Apartments, the Crew’s Quarters, the Engine Room and the stunning Royal Deck Tea Room. Complimentary audio guides in 21 languages. Open year round with free parking at Ocean Terminal. Only 15 minutes from Edinburgh city center
Camera Obscura & World of illusions (Edinburgh): A unique image of Edinburgh is displayed in the fascinating Camera Obscura. In the World of Illusions you will experience a huge variety of visual treats and interactive exhibits, including stunning views of the city from the rooftop terrace. This site is very hands-on, original, and above all, lots of fun for all ages. There is also a gift shop full of unusual items.
Royal Botanic Garden (Edinburgh): The Royal Botanic Garden is about 2kms north of Princes Street. The site covers 31 hectares with various habitats showing a huge collection of plants, trees and elegant flowers. The Garden is beautiful, and off the beaten track, making it a great visit while in Edinburgh. Everything is easily accessible and there are audio aids to suit children as well as adults. The restaurant serves excellent food at reasonable prices.
Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh): Scotland’s national museum offers free entry and free guided tours taking you through the history of this great land as well as artifacts, and a diverse range of displays and exhibits.
Scott Monument (Edinburgh): Dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the Scott monument is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Edinburgh, offering breathtaking views of Edinburgh including Bass Rock and the Firth of Forth. Visitors can choose how far they want to climb, with 283 steps to the top!
Portobello Beach (Edinburgh): This stretch of sandy beaches is lined with café’s, pubs, ice cream shops and even old-fashioned amusement arcades. Great for kite flyers and dog walkers, the sunsets are also amazing with stunning views from across the bay. Portobello Beach is a great location to spend a day with children.
Edinburgh Castle (Edinburgh): Scotland’s oldest castle and most popular tourist destination, Edinburgh Castle is a must visit attractions when exploring Scotland. Perched on an extinct volcano, this instantly recognizable fortress is a powerful national symbol and part of Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Its story is Scotland's story.
Holyroodhouse Palace (Edinburgh): Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Situated at the end of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is closely associated with Scotland's turbulent past, including Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived here between 1561 and 1567. Successive kings and queens have made the Palace of Holyroodhouse the premier royal residence in Scotland.
Scottish Parliament (Edinburgh): Take a guided tour through Scotland’s Parliament building, detailing the history of the Scottish Parliament as well as the architecture and history of the building.
Castle Hill (Edinburgh): Castle hill is the top end of the Royal Mile. It is the narrowest part of the stretch and has many interesting buildings: the Edinburgh Old Town Weaving Centre sells all the tartan kilts and rugs your heart desires, the Witches Fountain pays homage to the three hundred women that were burnt here, accused of sorcery.
Loch Ness Monster Exhibition Centre (Inverness): The Loch Ness Monster Exhibition Center presents the facts and documented evidence from photographs, descriptions and film footage of sightings. It also highlights various search expeditions over the years by respected institutions and individuals such as Operation Deepscan. There is also a 40-minute audio-visual display in eight different languages that tells you about the history of the monster and all the main sightings of it. A must visit attraction in Scotland!
Culloden Battlefield (Inverness): This battlefield marks the site of the historic 1746 battle between the Duke of Cumberland and Prince Charles. The Battle of Culloden is the site of a pivotal point in Scottish and British history, the last battle fought on British soil. It has become recognized as one of the best museums in Scotland, combining relics from the battle with new technology like GPS walking tours and a “battlefield immersion movie” that literally surrounds you with the sights and sounds of 18th century war in the Highlands.
Caledonian Discovery (Inverness): ‘Fingal’ is a large comfortable barge that cruises Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands of Scotland, providing a unique holiday experience amidst superb Highland scenery. Guests can choose to walk, cycle, canoe, sail or just sit back in relax as the holiday barge cruises through Loch Ness and the Great Glen
Urquhart Castle (Loch Ness): The impressive ruin of Urquhart Castle sits on a rocky promontory with commanding views along Loch Ness. One of the largest of all Scottish castles, Urquhart has seen many battles and sieges throughout its 500-year history as a medieval fortress. The visitor center features an excellent exhibition, film shows, shops and restaurant.
Highland Activities (Inverness): Highland Activities is a modern outdoor adventure company offering quality outdoor activities. Activities include quad biking, white water rafting, canyoning & gorge walking, clay pigeon shooting, off road driving, paintballing, archery, mountain biking quad biking and much more! Highland Activities will guarantee you a fun, safe and memorable outdoor experience in Inverness.
Stirling Castle (Striling): Stirling Castle is a great symbol of Scottish independence and a source of enduring national pride. The castle’s long, turbulent history is associated with great figures from Scotland’s past, such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots. Stirling Castle is most recognized from its role in the movie Braveheart. Stirling is located only 37 miles from Edinburgh.
City Chambers (Glasgow): The City Chambers has functioned as the headquarters of Glasgow City Council since 1996, and of preceding forms of civic government in the city since 1889, located on the eastern side of the city's George Square. The building was constructed between 1882 and 1888 by the architect William Young and is an eminent example of Victorian civic architecture. Offering free guided tours, the City Chambers is a great place to spend a day in Glasgow
The Burrell Collection (Glasgow): This museum houses the private collection of Sir William Burrell. With free entry and guided tours, the Burrell Colletion offers so much to see including medieval tapestries, stained glass, weapons and other artifacts, ancient treasures from Egypt, impressionist art by Rodin, Degas and the like, and even re-creations of rooms of the Burrell estate.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum (Glasgow): The building houses one of Europe's great civic art collections. Since its 2003-2006 refurbishment, the museum has been the most popular free to enter visitor attraction in Scotland, and the most visited museum in the United Kingdom outside London
New Lanark (Lanark): The New Lanark World Heritage Site is an award-winning Visitor Centre, which is one of Scotland's top attractions, welcoming over 400,000 visitors every year from all over the world. As you wander around the village it is easy to imagine how people lived and worked in Owens’s time, and you can explore all the attractions in the Visitor Centre with just one passport ticket. Lanark is about an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Glasgow Necropolis (Glasgow): Located on the eastern edge of Glasgow city centre, the Necropolis stands on a hill to the east of Glasgow Cathedral, just a short walk across the Bridge of Sighs. The Necropolis remains one of the most significant cemeteries in Europe, exceptional in its contribution to the townscape, its symbolic relationship to Glasgow Cathedral and to the medieval heart of the City. Glasgow Necropolis is a major attraction, especially to those with Scottish roots.
Glasgow Speedway (Glasgow): The stadium is home to the Glasgow Tigers, a motorcycle speedway team from that competes in the British Premier League. The Speedway is a great place for an afternoon out whether going as a family, with a friend, or on your own.
Cathedral Square (Glasgow): Cathedral Square is a public square in the city of Glasgow in Scotland. The square is situated adjacent to Glasgow Cathedral on the High Street and nearby to many other famous Glasgow Landmarks such as Provand's Lordship, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, the Necropolis and the Barony Hall used by Strathclyde University.
Glasgow Cathedral (Glasgow): An attraction that shouldn’t be missed, Glasgow Cathedral has a rare timelessness. It’s a shining example of pre-Reformation Gothic architecture, and the only mainland Scottish cathedral to have survived the Reformation. Most of the current building dates from the 15th century, and only the western towers were destroyed in the turmoil.
Culzean Castle (Culzean): Culzean is one of Scotland's best-loved Castles, offering something for everyone to enjoy. Culzean has a long tradition of welcoming local people, members of The National Trust for Scotland and holidaymakers from all around the world. With over 600 acres, the estate offers lots to see and do. Culzean Castle is approximately 50 miles south of Glasgow
Traquair House (Innerleithen): Dating back to 1107, Traquair was originally a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland. Later a refuge for Catholic priests in times of terror, the Stuarts of Traquair supported Mary Queen of Scots and the Jacobite cause without counting the cost.Today, Traquair is a unique piece of living history welcoming visitors from all over the world, providing a magical setting. Visitors are invited to enjoy the house, extensive grounds, maze, craft workshops, 1745 Cottage Restaurant and the famous Traquair House Brewery housed in the eighteenth century wing and producing the world famous Traquair House Ales. Traquair House is about 20 miles from Edinburgh.
Falkland Palace (Falkland): Rising majestically out of the town centre and dominating the skyline is the outstanding 16th-century Falkland Palace, a country residence of the Stuart monarchs. Mary, Queen of Scots is said to have spent the happiest days of her life ‘playing the country girl in the woods and parks’ at Falkland. The palace was built between 1501 and 1541 to replace a castle dating from the 12th century; French and Scottish craftspeople were employed to create a masterpiece of Scottish Gothic architecture. The king’s bedchamber and the chapel, with its beautiful painted ceiling, have both been restored. Don’t miss the prodigious 17th-century Flemish hunting tapestries in the hall. One feature of the royal leisure centre still exists: the oldest royal tennis court in Britain, built in 1539 for James V. It’s in the grounds and still in use. Falkland Palace is less than 22 miles from Edinburgh.
Mount Stuart (Isle of Bute): Mount Stuart is Britains most astounding Victorian gothic mansion. Home to the Stuarts of Bute, decendants of the Royal House of Stuart, this magnificent house sits proudly on the isle of Bute, the ancient stronghold of Scottish Kings. The flamboyant house and its 300 acres of gardens reflect the artistic, religious and astrological interests of the 3rd Marquess of Bute.
Dirleton Castle (Dirleton): Set within the Castle by an estate wall is a magnificent garden which the Guinness Book of Records certifies as home to the world's longest herbaceous border. There is more to Dirleton Gardens than meets the eye. Viewed from the village you can see it contains an attractive domed dovecote. And from some angles you can also catch glimpses of a more substantial structure hiding amongst the trees. But it takes active exploration to uncover the real secret of Dirleton Gardens. As you make your way through the trees you suddenly find yourself confronted by a remarkable edifice. Dirleton Castle comes into view, perched proudly on a rocky outcrop as improbable as it is impressive. What you stumble across in Dirleton Gardens is one of the very best castles in Scotland. If you like gardens, all the better. But even if you don't, this is still an absolutely must-visit castle: fascinating and beautiful, and far more complex than it at first appears.
The Border Abbeys: The four magnificent Borders Abbeys consist of Melrose, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Kelso. The abbeys were founded by King David I of Scotland in the 12th Century, and their proximity to England meant that the abbeys were subject to frequent attacks by the English. Today, the Border Abbey’s is one of Scotland’s biggest visitor attractions, offering insightful history to both Scotland and England.
Fort George (Inverness): Fort George is the only ancient monument in Scotland still functioning as intended – a working army barracks - but still welcoming visitors. A gift shop and café (seasonal) are among the attractions. The Regimental Museum of the Highlanders is found at the property, while dolphins can often be seen from the ramparts.
Linlithgow Palace (Linlithgow): Linlithgow Palace is the classic romantic ruin, steeped in royal history and set beside a picturesque loch. The palace is roofless now (it was gutted by a fire in the eighteenth century), but plenty of the old grandeur remains. There's an impressive great hall and a magnificent three-tiered fountain in the courtyard. The palace served as a home to both Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I during each of their childhood, and continues to be one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions.
Iona Abbey (Iona): Iona Abbey was the home of St. Columba, whose missionary work in the 6th century brought Celtic Christianity to Scotland. Now home to the ecumenical Iona Community, it remains a place of Christina pilgrimage. The island of Iona is small with a population of just 125 inhabitants. The isle is peaceful and beautiful, with rock-strewn meadows leading into sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters.
Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery (Moray): The picturesque distillery of Dallas Dhu was built in 1898 to produce malt whisky for Glasgow firm Wright and Greig’s popular ‘Roderick Dhu’ blend. Visitors to the unique time capsule of Dallas Dhu can see and hear how whisky was made – there is an audio-visual presentation and free audio guide – and sample a free dram.