Scotland Things to Do

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Scotland Things to Do

  • Edinburgh Castle

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    Standing at the head of Old Town the Edinburgh Castle is the main paid visitor attraction and dominates Edinburgh skyline. You may want to save these £16 but if you pay the ticket for this not really big castle you can easily spend some time inside (from 2 to 5 hours depending on your pace) as the castle includes military museums, café/restaurants,...

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  • Necropolis

    Glasgow Things to Do

    There are good views over Glasgow from the Necropolis, especially towards Glasgow Cathedral and the Royal Infirmary. The Necropolis has lots of interesting graves, some of them are extremely ornate. As usual I took too many photographs for one tip.

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  • Dunvegan Castle

    Isle of Skye Things to Do

    The castle is the seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod, chief of the Clan MacLeod and is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the stronghold of the chiefs of the clan for more than 800 years. The castle is perhaps not the most striking castle in Scotland when viewed from the loch but from the land entrance is an imposing...

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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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  • Duart Castle

    4 out of 5 stars

    Island of Mull Things to Do

    Duart Castle is open daily in the May to October period but please check for opening dates before you visit. The castle is the ancestral home of Clan McLean on Mull and it is over 800 years old. It was renovated back to a castle from a ruin in 1911 and today sits on the cliffs on the south side of Mull. You can see displays of family history of...

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  • West Ardnamurchan

    Fort William Things to Do

    West Ardnamurchan is the most westerly area of the UK and is well worth a visit despite the mainly single track roads that lead here - from Fort William allow a 2 hour drive. Corrachadh Mòr is actually the most westerly point of the UK and is in fact a small island linked to the mainland by a very ornate brick viaduct (see photo). There is a light...

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  • Dunfermline Abbey

    Dunfermline Things to Do

    We decided to take a drive around some places in Scotland and Dunfermline Abbey and Palace grounds just happened to be one of the places we stopped at. We almost didn't get into the Palace grounds, asbthe lady was off on her lunch break. We waited for her for a few minutes and good thing we did, we got to go into the palace grounds. It was a dreary...

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  • O'Brien's pub

    Ayr Things to Do

    I have explained on other pages that In September 2015 my dear friend VT member Ravenswing aka Lynne and I were having our autumn tour of Northern Ireland and Scotland and when it came time to move between Belfast and Glasgow we had decided on the ferry / bus / train option which sounds like a lot of hassle but runs seamlessly. The r

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  • Inveraray Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Inveraray Things to Do

    Inveraray Castle dates back to the 15th century but the castle as you see it nowadays was built in 1745 by the Duke of Argyll and it is still owned and even partly inhabited by that family today ! You will find the entrance to Inveraray Castle a bit outside of the village, there is a large park and at certain times you will also have a chance to...

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  • Smoo Cave

    Durness Things to Do

    Smoo Cave is without doubt the best tourist-attraction of Durness, it is a natural cave with the size of a large cathedral and parts of it you will be able to enter free of charge, when I remember that correctely. In the cave you will find a waterfall and depending on the ebb and tide there will be boatrides offered inside the cave as well. I...

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  • Dunnottar Castle

    Stonehaven Things to Do

    This is Dunnottar Castle, one of the bestknown castles of Scotland, because it was used as the scenery for some famous movies. The castle was built on top of a massive rock standing alone next to the sea, there was no way to approach the castle from the seaside and from the landside there was just a narrow path getting close to the castle and there...

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  • Kelpies Helex Park Falkirk Scotland

    Falkirk Things to Do

    Clydesdale Horses. STATUES. In Helex Park built on old industrial land is two statues of Shape Shifters {Clydesdale Horses} heads. Clydesdales were used to pull cargo along the canals. Kelpies are mythical Celtic beasts. Helex Park is near Falkirk Scotland. 30 minutes walk from the bus station or 10 - 15 minutes by bus in the station. The...

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  • St Magnus Cathedral

    Kirkwall Things to Do

    St Magnus' cathedral dominates Kirkwall's historical centre and its spire has been a welcome landmark for sea travellers for many centuries. St Magnus is an Orcadian saint. In the early 1100s Magnus Erlendsson shared the Earldom of Orkney with his cousin Hakon, but they disagreed. They set up a peaceful meeting on the island of Egilsay to settle...

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  • Linlithgow Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Linlithgow Things to Do

    Linlithgow Palace is a wonderfully evocative and atmospheric place to explore. There is no parking for coaches (they can't get under the entrance gate) so it's rather 'off the beaten path' for tour groups. If you are lucky you'll have the place more or less to yourself, as I did, with only the pigeons and the wind for company. The palace grew to...

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  • Town Centre

    Stromness Things to Do

    Stromness has just one long, winding, flagstone-paved main street (known as 'the street') . In the past almost all Stromness' houses and buildings were set along that street, either standing (mostly) gable-end onto it or in the many narrow, often stepped, 'closes' that lead off 'the street' at right angles. In more recent decades Stromness has...

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  • Traigh Ban Nam Monach

    Iona Things to Do

    ... (& sit) Most visitors get as far as the Abbey, do the tour and then march back to the ferry. A minority (oddballs like me) go exploring. The island is renowned for having a spiritual dimension. You’ll miss that if you just do the tourist slog, even if you do it slowly and quietly. I decided to look for the spirit of the island by...

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  • Highland Wildlife Park

    Kingussie Things to Do

    This is a hidden gem as I have yet to see a review for this place on VT which if true is surprising , this is a wildlife park in the middle of the Scottish Highlands set in some wonderfull scenery but the animals are the main attraction . Ranging from Polar bears, Amur Tigers , Snow leopards , European wolves ,Bison , Dromedarys ,Red Pandas , Snow...

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  • Crawick Multiverse

    Dumfries and Galloway Things to Do

    We made a special trip to this area to visit this new venture, a 55 acre landscaped ex opencast mine which opened it's gates last year. In 2005 the Duke of Buccleuch commisioned the renowned land artist, Charles Jencks, to landscape 55 acres of old open cast mine in Crawick, near Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway. The landscaping was to create...

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  • Scara Brae

    Orkney Things to Do

    There is nothing to compare with the Neolithic village of Skara Brae. It is, quite simply, a totally unique prehistoric site ...and that is why it forms part of the 'Heart of Neolithic Orkney' UNESCO World Heritage site. The village lies on the western coast of Mainland, at the southern end of the beautiful Bay of Skaill. It was hidden under the...

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  • Jarlshof

    Shetland Things to Do

    Located very close to Sumburgh airport, at the southern most point of the Mainland Shetland are the ancient ruins known as Jarlshof. The name is derived from Sir Walter Scott's novel called 'The Pirate' in which the ruined Laird's house on the present site inspired the author in telling the story. Jarlshof is managed by Historic Scotland and has...

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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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  • Military Tattoo

    5 out of 5 stars

    Edinburgh Things to Do

    One of the great events of my city of the Military Tattoo that takes place during the month of August annually, as part of the wider Edinburgh Fringe celebrations. 2015 was great with Military bands from all over the world, coming together to proudly showcase their talents on the international stage. This year looks to be great too, bands from...

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  • Museum of Transport

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Glasgow Things to Do

    From Kevingrove Museum I walked for about 15’ to visit Riverside Museum. It’s an interesting modern structure ()made by Zaha Hadid architects) that as you can guess is located on the banks of the river Clyde. It opened in 2011 with more than 3,000 exhibits on display and it’s a typical but nice Museum of Transport covering a wide range of vehicle...

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  • Landscape

    Isle of Skye Things to Do

    The River Lealt discharges in to the sea at Inver Tote down waterfalls in to a gorge and in to the sea. There is good parking on the A855 and you can find this spot on the A855 shortly after passing Loch Leathan on the road north of Portree. The day I visited was one of high winds and it was difficult to walk and take photographs but below are some...

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  • Culloden Battlefield

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Inverness Things to Do

    On 16th April 1746, five miles to the east of Inverness, the last pitched battle on British soil resulted in the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his attempt to reclaim the thrones of Britain and Ireland for the House of Stuart. The Young Pretender’s ambitions have gone down in folklore and often been romanticised to such an extent that the real...

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  • Tobermory

    Island of Mull Things to Do

    Tobermory is the main town on the Island of Mull and has a population of just 700. I was amazed to find so many English people living and working here and in fact a quarter of the towns population are from England and mainly retired people. The town has a large Coop that sells a good range of groceries and provisions and some specialist shops aimed...

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  • Fort Augustus

    Fort William Things to Do

    Fort Augustus is a 40 minute drive from Fort William and lies at the southern end of Loch Ness. Its best sight is the many impressive locks that carry the Caledonian Canal up and down the incline in the village. It is a very picturesque village with nice views to Loch Ness and you can take boat trips on to the loch from the village. Other than...

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  • Burns Statue

    Ayr Things to Do

    I wonder how many people reading this tip will have sung "Auld Lang Syne" on New Year's Eve, I am sure it is quite a number and most rightly appreciate that it is Scottish. Let's be honest, nobody celebrates New Year / Hogmanay quite like the Scots. I wonder how many of them also appreciate who actually wrote it. I am not tryng to insult...

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  • Inveraray Jail

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Inveraray Things to Do

    This is the most interesing part of Inveraray Jail in my personal opinion: the Royal Court, where you will be able to meet the judges as well as the audience of the old times - made by puppets - and the best part of this is the fact, that you as a visitor will be able to sit between these puppets in the Courthouse, while the puppets are speaking...

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  • Balnakeil Bay

    Durness Things to Do

    When you drive the road to Durness watch out for the signposts for Balnakeil Bay and the raod will take you to these great sandy beaches. There are times when the weather is perfect for surfers, but for swimmers it might be a bit too chilly. Balnekeil Bay is a great area for a walk and explore the scenic landscapes there. http://www.durness.org/

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  • Gravestones

    Stonehaven Things to Do

    Take a look at the main cemetery of Stonehaven and you will see some special details like I have seen them only in Scotland so far: In the front of the tombstone there is the name plus the dates of birth and death, BUT the backside of the tombstones have a special kind of decoration that has obviously a connection to the former profession of the...

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  • The Falkirk Wheel

    Falkirk Things to Do

    We took the opportunity to visit The Falkirk Wheel during our Glasgow trip and we are so glad we did! We access the wheel from Falkirk High Station via the Union Canal. On our arrival we booked our boat trip at the visitors centre (Tip: book soon as you arrive as they are very popular!) and we were lucky to get the time we wanted as it was very...

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  • Earl's Palace

    Kirkwall Things to Do

    The Earl's Palace was built for 'Black Patie'.....Patrick, Earl of Orkney. His intention was to create a vast 'palace of the yards', incorporating the remains of the Bishop's Palace. Patrick ruled Orkney from 1592 until his execution in 1615. He, like his father Robert, was a brutal ruler and at his trial it was alleged that he used forced labour...

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  • Blackness Castle

    Linlithgow Things to Do

    We just happened to stumble onto this castle. You might say that we were a little lost; and then we saw a sign for Blackness Castle. It just happened to be included in the *L[http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/2439e4/] Explorer Pass so since the admission was free we popped in for a look. Blackness Castle was built around 1440's .At this...

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  • Broch of Gurness

    Stromness Things to Do

    Skara Brae is actually multiple villages built on the same site over the centuries. It was fascinating. The day we visited it was blustery with rain showers which I gather is pretty much any day in Orkney. The weather just added to the atmosphere. You can't enter the ancient dwellings but you see them from above so you get a good look. Nearby...

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  • The Nunnery

    Iona Things to Do

    The Nunnery was an Augustinian convent established sometime after the foundation of the nearby monastery in 1203. Bethóc, daughter of Somerled, was first prioress. The ruins form the most complete remains of a medieval nunnery in Scotland. After the Reformation, the priory was dissolved and the building reduced to rubble. I’d like to know...

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  • Sanquhar

    Dumfries and Galloway Things to Do

    Our intention was to visit the Multiverse, nearby, but upon arrival, the heavens opened. We decided to take a look at the museum in Sanquhar and give the weather a chance to clear. Oddly, when we got to Sanquhar, no rain had fallen!! The Tollbooth Museum is on the main road and stands facing the High Street. It's a fascinating looking...

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  • Culloden Battlefield

    Scotland Things to Do

    The Battle of Culloden Moor, fought between the Jacobites and the British Government army, was the last major land battle fought in the United Kingdom. It was the climatic battle of the Jacobite Uprising of 1745. The Jacobites were lead by Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) who was attempting to restore the House of Stuart (and to some...

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  • Ring of Brodgar

    Orkney Things to Do

    The Ring of Brodgar is the third monument you are likely to visit in the 'Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage site. It stands on the strip of land between the Loch of Harray and the Loch of Stenness, visible for miles around. It is worth noting that when the stones were erected the Loch of Stenness did not exist. In the Neolithic period...

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  • Sumburgh Head

    Shetland Things to Do

    It's a very easy and beautiful route. If you travel by public transport you have to start the walk at the Sumburgh hotel. There is a regular bus line connecting Lerwick with the Sumburgh Hotel. The bus operate several times a day connecting the airport with the Shetland capital LERWICK. The ticket costs 2.20 Pounds one way. Get off at the hotel....

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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 marble is a small white detail in the dark structure.

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  • Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Glasgow Things to Do

    It is free to enter Glasgow cathedral, though you can make a donation towards its upkeep. The grave of St Mungo, patron saint of Glasgow and founder of the first church at this site, is located in the lower chapel of the cathedral. Glasgow cathedral has some beautiful stained glass windows. It also houses several impressive tombs. There is a...

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  • Portree

    Isle of Skye Things to Do

    Although Portree is the main town on Skye it has only a population of 5000 and is a rather functional town. It however does have all you need with some small shops and a local Coop for daily essentials. There is large Coop on the edge of the town (not walking distance) where you can buy a very good range of food and drink. The town is built high on...

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  • Fort George

    Inverness Things to Do

    After we were done at Clava Cairns, we still had a few hours and just a short drive to get to our next hotel in Elgin so I looked on our passes and found that Fort George was on the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass. Fort George, named after George II, is located 11 miles from Inverness on a spit of land in the Moray Firth. It was built after the...

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  • Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust

    Island of Mull Things to Do

    The Trust have a shop in Tobermory and out in the harbour a boat they use for marine conversation and dolphin / whale watching. They conduct a programme of high quality cetacean monitoring and research: onboard their boat Silurian, and supported by our Community Sightings Network, we conduct long-term monitoring of distribution, relative abundance...

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