Consider the Loch Ness Monster, tartan-clad Highlanders, booming bagpipes, breathtaking scenery, shaggy Highland cattle, eerie castles, and, of course, the origin of golf when you think of Scotland.
All of these elements are woven into the fabric that distinguishes Scotland. The country is ideal for a wide range of travel and exploring activities.
You can visit the castles and historic battlegrounds where the warring clans fought the English. You will be able to follow in the footsteps of legendary kings and queens. You can also follow in the footsteps of literary trailblazers such as Sir Walter Scott and Robbie Burns.
Scotland’s isolation, as well as its lonely stretches of purple, heather-laden moors, solitary sections of shoreline, and breathtakingly beautiful highlands with their lochs and deeply set glens, are all just waiting to be discovered. Here is a list of the best things to do in Scotland!
1 Trossachs National Park: Loch Lomond
The Trossachs National Park includes Loch Lomond, Britain’s largest lake, which is located 14 miles (23 kilometers) north of Glasgow. Anglers from all over the world visit the area because of the plentiful salmon, trout, and whitefish. Hikers, day-trippers, and water sports enthusiasts visit the area, which is surrounded by beautiful mountain slopes and waterways.
For those with unlimited amounts of stamina, a tough hike up Ben Lomond, the area’s tallest mountain at 3,192 feet (973 meters), is well worth it simply to take in the spectacular surrounding views. Cameron House, near the southern end of the lake, is a great place to experience the majesty of a Scottish castle, breathe fresh loch air, and participate in a variety of outdoor activities.
2 Castle Rock, Edinburgh: Edinburgh Castle
Since King David I’s reign in the 12th century, Edinburgh Castle, Scotland’s most iconic stronghold, has dominated the city’s skyline. It is without a doubt the country’s most visited national monument.
The lovely castle, perched on the rim of an extinct volcano, offers amazing views of city attractions like Princes Street, the Royal Mile, and Holyroodhouse Palace, which sits at the far end of the Royal Mile.
An ancient moat with its entryway from the broad Esplanade, the site of the famed Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which takes place every August, is crossed by a drawbridge. As you go along the Esplanade, you’ll notice bronze monuments of two Scottish heroes, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace. In the late 13th and early 14th centuries, both fought and overcame the English.
3 Grosvenor – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee
There are many casinos in Scotland to choose from if you want to try your luck. This casino offers slots, blackjack, roulette, poker, and a variety of other games. Just keep in mind that you must be 18 or older to participate.
Grosvenor is one of Scotland’s two biggest land-based casino brands, with locations in Edinburgh, Glasgow (two), Aberdeen, and Dundee.
Grosvenor is noted for providing the most popular sorts of games, as well as having a restaurant, bar, parking spots, and other amenities. Because the venues are usually among the largest in the country, you may easily wander around and play at different tables.
4 Edinburgh Castle: Festival Finale Fireworks
The Edinburgh Festival fireworks display takes place on the 31st of August each year, marking the end of the festival. It is the world’s greatest yearly pyrotechnic show, which is accompanied by live music and witnessed by around 250,000 revelers, over half of Edinburgh’s population.
Princes Street Gardens, Carlton Hill, Arthur’s Seat, and Inverleith Park are among the best vantage points unless you have a room with a view of Edinburgh Castle, in which case you’re in luck. 100,000 fireworks set off by four metric tons of explosives is a sight not to be missed.
5 Glasgow International Comedy Festival
If you believe that laughter is the best medicine, the Glasgow International Comedy Festival may be for you.
When comedians can get them on the side, Glasgow audiences are acknowledged to be among the greatest! So come see Fern Brady, Larry Dean, Jack Docherty, and Craig Hill at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, where some of the loudest laughters and funniest hecklers may be found.