Scotland Things to Do

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Scotland Things to Do

  • Arthur's Seat

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Arthur's Seat is the main peak of the group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park. The hill itself rises above the city to a height of 250m. It provides excellent panoramic views of the city. Many claim that its name is derived from the myriad legends pertaining to King Arthur, You can watch my 3 min 01 sec Video Edinburgh Arthur's Se

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  • Necropolis

    Glasgow Things to Do

    The Necropolis is located behind the Cathedral. The foot bridge to access it is just to the right of the Cathedral, and it's definitely worth the visit. Some of the monuments you will find there are incredibly impressive and the place is huge. Though I would describe Glasgow as a city with incredible views, it's nice to get a glimpse of the city...

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  • Fort George

    Inverness Things to Do

    Ft. George is still a working fort. It was built to subdue the rowdy Highlanders after the Jacobite Rebellion. You cross an interesting draw bridge over the moat to enter the fort and then can walk around to visit the ramparts, the chapel, the museum and a few other places that are open to the public. The ramparts are great for seeing dolphins in...

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  • Dunnotar Castle

    Scotland Things to Do

    Unbelievable! You could hear the audible gasps as the full extent of the castle came into view.Sited on an enormous flat-topped rock with sheer cliffs on 3 sides (OK, so couldn't see the third side:)) jutting into the sea, connected to the mainland by a narrow neck of land. This 9th century fortress was once the most important in NE Scotland, held...

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  • Mousa Broch

    Shetland Things to Do

    If you haven't arrived in your own boat a boat-trip will show you a side of Shetland which is otherwise inaccessible. There are several trips operating out of Lerwick, including the 'Seabirds-and-seals' trip which I took (see the Lerwick page for the review). Well worth the money. Or you could take the Mousa ferry from Aithsvoe (see my Mousa...

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  • Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    When I said (in my Intro page) that I would come back, it could be for the tattoo. The castle impressed me a lot, but as an appreciator of folk arts and dance, I think that the tattoo that happens each year in the castle, would be "the cherry on top of the cake". I’m not going to tell you anything about the castle, because you may find it for...

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  • People's Palace

    Glasgow Things to Do

    The People’s Palace sits at the heart of the historic Glasgow Green by the River Clyde. This free museum covers the social history of Glasgow, with displays on how ordinary people have lived their lives since the industrial age. You can see paintings, prints, and photographs displayed alongside a wealth of historic artifacts, film, and...

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  • Culloden Battlefield

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Inverness Things to Do

    This is where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobites were soundly defeated by the king’s forces. The museum has an ‘immersion room’ that really gives a sense of what the fighting was like. You stand in the middle of the room while floor to ceiling 3D screens on all four sides of the room play battle scenes with sound effects. When cannons fire on one...

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  • Royal Mile

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    The World's End? OK, Edinburgh does border the sea, but the World's End? This tip is actually about some golden colored bricks on High Street. Edinburgh was a walled city in the 1500's in order to protect the city and its inhabitants. The gates to the city, named The Netherbow Port, were located just outside the Pub which exists today with the...

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  • Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Glasgow Things to Do

    Outraged at the orgy of vandalism, in the period from 1560 that destroyed so many Scottish churches and monasteries, the ordinary people of Glasgow said a distinct ‘No’ to the destruction of their cathedral during the Reformation. They took up arms to protect Glasgow Cathedral. If it had been destroyed, this would have lost over 1,400 years of...

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  • Loch Ness

    Inverness Things to Do

    It seems every tourist's favorite activity (and with good reason) is to go to Loch Ness and search for a glimpse of Nessie. Located just south of Inverness, the Loch is easy to explore on a day-trip. Renting a car is likely the best way to get up close and personal, but the public bus to Fort William will also do the trick. There are numerous stops...

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  • Calton Hill

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    This isn't exactly a hike, but it is a very nice walk up the hill and there are plenty of monuments to see, as well as great views of Edinburgh on one side, the Firth of Forth on another, and the countryside (near King Arthur's seat, I believe) on the last side. When we went in May there were also some really pretty yellow flowers blooming. One of...

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  • Byres Rd - West End

    Glasgow Things to Do

    There is plenty things you can do at Byres Road. I discribe Byres Road as Small Happening Shopping Area. In the weekend you can just drop by at Hillhead Library that situated along Byres Road. After that you can relaxing at bar or coffe shop nearby.

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  • Urquhart Castle

    Inverness Things to Do

    This is a local and national icon. One of the most photographed... It is on the west shore of Loch Ness. We visited on a very cold, frosty, December morning. It was sunny and beautiful, with frost covering the ground and the trees, and mist floating around the nearby hills. Could not ask for better. It was relatively quiet, but I can imagine it...

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  • Holyrood

    4 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    The Holyrood Palace as well-known is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. I saw it only from outside at the bottom of the Royal Mile in at the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle.

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  • George Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    Glasgow Things to Do

    The City Chambers were designed by William Young in 1880, and was one of the 19th centureies finest public buildings. It took seven years to build and craftsmen were brought from Italy and France to complete the building of this important building. A great deal of extravagence was lavished upon the project and today this can still be seen by...

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  • Clava Cairns

    Inverness Things to Do

    It is an 4000 years old burial site, consisting of 3 doughnut shaped rock mounds, 2 with passage to the inner circle.You will probably not spend 3 hours to this site, but it's free, mysterious, old and for me north american, it is just amazing to see how far the history goes.

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  • Tours

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    It was a spur of the moment thing - but we booked a tour with this company. We took the Loch Ness, Glen Coe and the Highlands tour - we left at 0800 and arrived back in the city at about 1940. It was a long day and we travelled about 600km on the round trip. It was enjoyable and we had about 22 passengers on the bus. There was one downside to the...

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  • Kelvingrove

    Glasgow Things to Do

    Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum opened in 1901 and is still going strong. In the UK only London museums can match its popularity. Its curious red sandstone Spanish Baroque building holds 8,000 display items and is the most popular in Glasgow. On entering beautifully gilded ceilings and magnificent stonework greeted us. A Glasgow Squadron...

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  • Castle

    Inverness Things to Do

    The first castle on this sport was built in 1057 by Malcolm III. The castle was erected to replace another one which was destroyed by Malcolm as that one was the place where his father was presumably killed by MacBeth. That 11th century castle was a wooden structure and throughout the centuries, many other castles have stood on this spot. Mary,...

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  • Scott Monument

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    The cultural reference to Scotland, Walter Scott, couldn't pass without a significant monument in the capital. Soon after his death, in 1832, the movement began, and in 1844 was finished this elegant tower 60 meters high. The statue in Cararra's is a small white detail in the dark structure.

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  • Museum of Transport

    4 out of 5 stars

    Glasgow Things to Do

    The museum won the European Museum of the Year Award in 2013; and is considered by many as an import part of transportation history. The museum has some 3000 exhibits on show in this facility. In addition to the museum building (designed by Zaha Hadid; it is also the mooring berth for The Glenlee which is a sailing ship built in Port Glasgow in...

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  • Cawdor Castle

    Inverness Things to Do

    Just east of Inverness is Cawdor Castle. Tour of part of the castle is well done. However, highlight of the show are the gardens, which are dazzling. Two distinct garden areas and several miles of paths through deep woods. Hedge maze and every type of flowers imaginable. Next to Cawdor Village, which is also a pleasant walk.

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  • Military Tattoo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    I decided to return to Edinburgh for a few days prior to a driving trip that we will be taking throughout England and Wales, since the trip is for my birthday in August, I booked the trip before seeing what was going on in Edinburgh. The Military Tattoo is one of the many events that happens in August in Edinburgh, there are nightly performances at...

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  • The Barras

    Glasgow Things to Do

    Held every Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM, the Barras Market is a gigantic outdoor and indoor flea market. It's best to get here early in the morning before it gets crowded. You can get anything from antiques to new electronic appliances, collector's vinyl Beatles records, knitted goods, cigarettes, fresh produce, clothes, and bootleg...

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  • Dolphins

    Inverness Things to Do

    You just gotta love dolphins, right? There are numerous companies offering tours of the Moray Firth and its dolphins, but we decided to go with the highly recommended EcoVentures on the Black Isle (not far from Inverness). Located at the heart of the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation, EcoVentures offers a truly exhilarating and memorable...

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  • Greyfriars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    We took the opportunity to visit the Kirk and the cemetery - it was late in the afternoon and it was warm and quite peaceful. Famous for the story of Greyfriars Bobby, the little dog who stood guard on his owner's grave for many years.

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  • Shopping

    Glasgow Things to Do

    Anyone who knows me well, knows that one of my favourite pastimes is shopping! And Glasgow really is a great place to shop. Its second only to London in the UK for shopping. The main shopping streets in the centre of the city are Sauchiehall St, Buchanan St (pictured) & Argyle St and there are also a few shopping centres such as the St Enoch...

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  • St. Andrew's Cathedral

    4 out of 5 stars

    Inverness Things to Do

    The Cathedral doesn't really stand out between the other churches in Inverness, such as the Old High Kirk or the Free North Church. One of the reasons might be that the original design included two spires which were never built due to lack of funds. The church was built between 1866 and 1869 in the neogothic style which was the fashion of its time....

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  • Old Town

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    The Old Town is the name given to the oldest part of Edinburgh. Together with Calton Hill it is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. When walking around the Old Town I was able to see and admire St. Giles' Cathedral, the General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland, the National Museum of Scotland, the Old College, University of Edinburgh...

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  • University

    Glasgow Things to Do

    I think it is safe to say, that this is an excellent museum to visit and it is one of the oldest public museums in the country. the collection has grown over the years, but continues to reflect the original interests of Dr William Hunter - both scientific and artistic.

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  • Town Hall

    Inverness Things to Do

    This beautiful victorian building is still in use as a town hall, although some authorities have moved to more spacious places. Still, it is one of the most remarkable building in the town centre. It was built in 1872 and features neogothic little turrets as it was the fashion at the time. There is a possibility to see take a guided tour through...

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  • Princes Street

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    With a Scotsman to the door we are received by the impressive "station hotel," one of the most famous of Edinburgh The exterior is notable for its architecture and its tower, that is seen from "all" Edinburgh, in which there is a bell which is called the Big Ben By the way the clock is three minutes in advance all year, so that travellers "do not...

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  • St. Mungo's Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Glasgow Things to Do

    This unique museum explores the importance of religion in people's lives across the world and across time with Buddha, Ganesha, Shiva, amongst other spiritual leaders, saints, and historic figures treated equally. The themes of life, death and the afterlife are explored through works of art. Admission is free. The museum promotes understanding...

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  • Culloden Moor

    Inverness Things to Do

    The battle of Culloden Moor which took place on 16 April 1746 put the end to the Stuart hopes of regaining the throne of Scotland. Bonnie Prince Charlie and his men were defeated at the battle by the English army under Cumberland in only 40 minutes.. The battlefield has monuments to both the victorious English army - the Field of the English and...

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  • Royal Yacht Britannia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    It was not the first visit to Ocean terminal, however it was the fist visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia. The interesting thing that the visit does is to confirm the class divide as a tour of the cramped staff rooms are compared to the Royal apartments. The ticket includes an audio guide available in a number of languages. There is a shop and...

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  • Provands Lordship

    4 out of 5 stars

    Glasgow Things to Do

    Provand's Lordship, opposite Glasgow Cathedral, is a rare example of 15th-century Scottish domestic architecture. Its survival has been due to the efforts of the Provand’s Lordship Society. Because of their work and later others you can step, free, into Glasgow's past in the only house to survive from the medieval city. Even better you can take...

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  • St Giles Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    St Giles' Cathedral or the High Kirk of Edinburgh is the main Church of Scotland. Its distinctive crown steeple is unique and famous. The Cathedral located on the way down the Royal Mile and was built for approximately 900 years ago.

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  • River Clyde

    Glasgow Things to Do

    Coursing through the heart of Glasgow is the River Clyde. Upstream at the Falls of Clyde its power once turned the cotton mills of innovative New Lanark. Reaching Glasgow it slowed and widened. People here used to wade across its muddy depth. Being tidal though gave the opportunity to deepen and canalise its channel to enabled ships to steam into...

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  • National Museum and Gallery of Scotland

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    All of what you wanted to know about Scottish painting and Scots artists. The cornerstone was laid by Prince Albert - for more about all the collections see their web site! The Gallery has a fine collection of Scottish and International art works and sculptures. I find that it is always worth visiting and seeing the collection and any of the...

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  • Green Park

    Glasgow Things to Do

    Glasgow boasts 70 public parks and open spaces, each with its own distinctive charm. On the north bank of the Clyde in the East End is its oldest, Glasgow Green. Originally common grazing land, it has served also for drying greens, bleaching linen, drying salmon nets, sports area, the site for Glasgow Fair, protest marches, hangings, markets,...

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Next to the entrance to the castle, this centre is an attraction well conceived and planned to please adults and children. The tour is simple but pleasant, the tasting demonstrations are quick but concise, and the shop is large and varied. We had lunch in the restaurant, at a reasonable price, with a common meal (nothing to remember or...

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  • Gallery of Modern Art

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Glasgow Things to Do

    I lived around the corner for 7-8 years, but this only became a gallery after I'd moved away. Since it was opened, I've walked past any number of times and not ventured in. Finally, while killing time between pub assignations one November Saturday afternoon, I took the plunge. It is free, but a donation of £1 is suggested. To be honest, it's over...

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  • Festivals

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    It's "The Fringe" because to begin with it was on the fringes of the "official" International Festival. Now it seems to be bigger than the official version. Venues are all over the city, and free shows abound - not just in the streets during the day. Downsides are that accommodation is full, and so are the restaurants, pubs, public transport...

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  • Burrell Collection

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Glasgow Things to Do

    Sitting on the edge of Pollock Park with a prize herd of highland cattle grazing nearby sits a custom-built, ultramodern, building of pink sandstone and stainless steel. With walls of glass, which look onto woodlands, its circular concrete columns complement the acres of wood in walls and ceilings. Encompassing open airy spaces and intimate areas...

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