Not one of the largest countries in Europe, Scotland still has a lot to offer and to discover. With big open skies, beautiful landscapes, wildlife, food, culture and people, you can’t go wrong with visiting Scotland.
Visiting Scotland you will see that it is a place where every part of the landscape is steeped in the past, filed with hundreds of castles, tower houses, and fortresses. See where import battles took place that paved their history and built their nation. Every historical site is brought to life, as they are well maintained for everyone to visit and learn.
In Scotland, you will find museums and art galleries, eminent architecture, music everywhere, plenty of shopping, cultural, top-notch restaurants and more. With so many things to see and do we helped break it down for you with our top 5 things to you don’t want to miss in Scotland.
1. Tour Pollock House and Pollock Country Park
Pollock House was built in 1752, the ancestral home of the Maxwell family until 1966 when they gifted it to the Glasgow City Council. Take a tour inside and get a feel of what their life was like in the 1930s, since most of the house was left untouched and set to display that period. Some servants’ room have been transformed into gift shops, book shops, and the original kitchen is now the Edwardian Kitchen Café. Pollock Country Park has more to see with old stable courtyard, walled garden, glasshouses, walking paths through the woodlands and along the riverside. To find out more, like the hidden history of the Pollock House click here.
2. Doune Castle
Visit Doune Castle for a bit of Scotland’s history and some films favorite filming location. According to Historic Environment Scotland, Doune Castle was once home to ‘Scotland’s uncrowned king,’ Regent Albany, he was known for his rich tastes which are noticeable by the architecture of his medieval courtyard castle. Today, you can view this castle and see where both real and fictional rules lived. This castle has been featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Game of Thrones and Outlander. While there you can opt to take an audio tour narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones; try to picture the cathedral-like great hall, or step into the kitchen and envision how great banquets were prepared.
3. Jacobite Stream Train
Travel by rail on the Jacobite Steam Train to visit Fort William. Some of you might recognize this train, it is known as “Hogwarts Express” in the Harry Potter movies. This historic train runs from Fort William to Mallaig, great for touring Scotland’s West Coast. Have your camera ready; you will pass through beautiful Highlands, valleys, lochs, and glens. To learn more about the Jacobite Stream Train click here.
4. Fort William
Don’t forget to pack a good pair of walking shoes or hiking books, according to TripAdvisor, Fort William is known as the “Outdoor Capital of the U.K. Here you can enjoy a historical site, great photo opportunities, shopping and hiking trails. You might recognize Fort Williams if you have seen the movies Braveheart and Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix.
5. Edinburgh Castle
Last but not least, the world famous Edinburgh Castle. This castle has dominated Scotland’s skylines for centuries. Explore the castle where former royal once resided. See Scotland’s crown jewels and other national treasures that are on display. Today Edinburgh Castle is an active military base. To learn more about Edinburgh Castle, click here.
Scotland is a beautiful country, rich with history and cultural, they have all four seasons there and said to sometimes have all four in one day! If you love to take photos this is one country that you can capture the history in the landscapes, as well as different landscapes with different seasons. Whether you want to see the landscapes, Medieval Castles, history and art museums, shopping; you can’t go wrong with a trip to Scotland.
At Journeys for Women, we have a trip planned for Scotland at the end of August; where we plan to see all of this and a lot more. If you prefer to visit on your own, feel free to contact anyone from our team, who will be more than happy to make recommendations and offer our expertise.
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