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Scotland is a beautiful and exciting place; even if you’re a native to Scotland and live in this amazing country, there are still undoubtedly lots of corners of the country which you have not yet explored. Whether you’re a tourist seeking the best sites to experience or if you live in Scotland and are looking for a new adventure to be had in your own country, here are four top experiences you should put on your list.

  1. Explore Edinburgh

The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, is a must for any visitor. With so much to explore in the capital, one trip simply is not enough, meaning if you have been to Edinburgh before, you’ll undoubtedly be planning a return trip. Edinburgh does offer the best of everything for any visitor. Armed with historic sites, a castle, an array of festivals and celebrations throughout the year, hilly walks and cosy coffee shops, Edinburgh is a place which certainly needs more than an afternoon to experience the best of it.

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, Edinburgh is also rich in the magic created by J.K. Rowling; you can experience the best spots by taking in a Harry Potter location tour with operators like Silverscreen Tours and experiencing famous places, cobbled streets or even a fantastic highlands tour, following the track of the Hogwarts Express itself.

  1. Visit Loch Ness

This beautiful loch in the Scottish Highlands is perfect for those wanting to explore more remote places of the country and escape the hustle and bustle of the city centres. While Scotland is no stranger to incredible remote locations and landscapes, a visit to Loch Ness is a must if you are a fan of folklore and have followed the story of the fabled Loch Ness Monster.

While a visit to this fantastic spot can’t guarantee that you’ll catch a glimpse of Nessie, at least you can still say you stood in the place where she’s rumoured to have been seen.

  1. Climb Ben Nevis

One for the bucket list of seasoned hikers, or perhaps walkers who are simply looking for a challenge amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Close to the town of Fort William, this mountain is the highest in the British Isles and offers a challenge for hikers every year. This mountain also offers trails and climbs which are suited for a wide variety of difficulties and experience, so don’t feel put off if you aren’t a professional climber!

  1. National Museum of Scotland

If you’ve never been to Scotland before, learning about the amazing history of this country is a must – and what better place to do that than at the National Museum of Scotland? In this museum, you will find a diverse range of attractions, including exhibits related to the natural world, science and technology, art and design, and Scottish culture and history. As if that wasn’t enthralling enough, entry is also free!