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Top 5 Places to Go in Scotland

Scotland is easily the greenest country in all of Europe. Just type “Scotland” into Google Images and a colorblind person is lost in a world of grayscale. Besides the traditional, ever-present, kilt-wearing bagpipers, there is much history and greenery to be taken in from the north most country on the island of Great Britain.

1. Edinburgh

The capital of Scotland is split into two historical sub-cities. Old Town, Edinburgh consists of medieval buildings, including Edinburgh Castle. The castle dominates the western profile of historic Edinburgh. New Town, Edinburgh was constructed in the 1700s to support the increasing population of Old Town. Edinburgh has a vast array of entertainment venues, from theatres to nightclubs, pubs to fine dining. The Royal Road cuts through New and Old Town, and would make for the perfect trek of art and entertainment.

2. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

The building that took Scotland’s number one tourism spot from Edinburgh castle, is located in Glasgow, Scotland, just fifty miles west of Edinburgh. The gallery and museum is free to enter, which is probably why it has so much attraction from tourists. Since its opening in 1901 Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has accumulated about 9,000 total exhibited objects. Kelvingrove is the most visited museum in the UK outside the London area, and deserves a peek from sojourners such as ourselves.

3. The Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are the mountainous region in northern Scotland which contain some of the most beautiful bits of nature in the world. There are several lakes (lochs), castles, and famous mountains to be admired in Highlands of Scotland. There are twenty total lakes of interest in the Highlands, Loch Ness – home of Nessie – being one of them. There are quite a few castles in the Highlands as well; however, many of them are private estates – just for looks. When, as travelers, we are stunned to simply be backpacking across Europe, so what’s a castle we’re not allowed in? Ben Nevis, in the western Highlands, is the highest mountain in all of Great Britain and attracts a hundred thousand hikers per year. So when visiting Scotland, be a Highlander, observe the beauty of Northern Scotland, and ascend some mountains.

4. Glenmorangie

Glenmorangie is a single malt Scotch whisky distillery in Ross-shire, Scotland in the Highlands. The distillery has been around since 1843, and has since been producing ten years and older Scotch whiskies. What makes the Glenmorangie distillery different from the other Scotch whisky distilleries in Scotland is the fact that it has the tallest stills. Glenmorangie boasts 26 ft. tall stills which boil the water and alcohol in a base, while the alcohol boils at a lower temperature than water. According to the distillery, the height of the stills makes for an extremely light taste. A visit to Scotland would not be complete without a tour of the Glenmorangie distillery to experience the process of single malt Scotch whisky manufacturing, as well as getting a taste for the history of this marvelous attraction.

5. Falkirk Wheel

This incredible feat of mechanical engineering changed nautical transport forever. The Falkirk Wheel located near the city in Scotland of the same name, is a rotating wheel that transports ships from the lower Forth and Clyde Canal with the 79 ft. higher Union Canal. Strangers to ship travel wouldn’t find this interesting until they found out the method used prior to the wheel’s construction. Before the Falkirk Wheel, there was a series of 11 locks which transported ships up and down the hillside. Locks use a method of raising and lowering water levels one at a time to make for an extremely slow escalator ride. The installation of the Falkirk Wheel now gets the job done in four minutes. When visiting Scotland, pay the Falkirk Wheel a visit. Sojourners are sure to appreciate not only the mechanics, but the artistic use of boat lifting as they are taken up in a boat tour.

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5 Responses to “Top 5 Places to Go in Scotland”
  1. This guy is worth a look – http://planetedinburgh.wordpress.com/
    Some very good insights, and insides into Edinburgh.

  2. Noni says:

    Great highlights and all well worth the mention. I love Scotland! I enjoyed the Whiskey Tour through the highlands although we only followed the road (no tasting or touring) and it was a treat to see the Highland Cattle (long shaggy beasts) and green hills dotted with sheep.

  3. mjolln1r says:

    Hi Justin, please note that whisky is spelt without an ‘e’. It comes from the Gaelic ‘uisge beatha’ (pronounced oosh-kih bay-uh) meaning water of life. The word uisge was anglicised into whisky so it literally means water (and some of us Scots drink it like it was!), but that minor point aside keep up the good work 🙂

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