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Scotland, Visitor & Tourism Guide



Quick Links Regions: The Highlands & Islands, The Lowlands
Select Unitary Authorities: Highland, Scottish Borders
Select National Parks: Cairngorms, Loch Lomond and Trossachs
Select NSAs: Trotternish, The Cuillin Hills, Ben Nevis & Glencoe, Hoy & West Mainland
Select World Heritage Sites: New Lanark, Edinburgh
Select Cities: Edinburgh, Glasgow

Landscape and history
To begin, the views. Scotland has some of the best views in the world (The Cuillin seen from Elgol is a must). Then there's the history. Complex, often violent, always fascinating, the country has quite a story. Add in its coastline, mountains, lakes, people, food and drink and it becomes obvious why Scotland's such a popular destination in the world.

Around 5 million people live here. Its natural beauty pulls in tens of millions of visitors from around the world each year. Home to the UK's highest mountains and only true wildnerness, climbers train in the Highlands during winter for their expeditions to the Himilaya, Andes etc.

Highlands and Lowlands
There's a major geological feature called The Highland Boundary Fault which splits the The Highlands & Islands from The Lowlands. The Fault runs from Isle of Arran to Stonehaven.

The Lowlands run from the rolling hills and ruined abbeys of The Borders (note that the magnificent Northumberland National Park is close by if you're holidaying here) up to Edinburgh and beyond to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park from where the The Highlands & Islands begin to rise.

Islands and National Parks
The The Highlands & Islands stretch way north to the fringes of the Arctic Circle. There are world famous prehistoric sites on the Orkney Islands (such as Skara Brae, a village from the Stone Age) and the remote Western Isles are fringed with beautiful blond sand beaches. Inland, in Scotland's first Geopark, are some of the world's oldest rocks and further south are the exceptional mountains around Glen Coe and within the Cairngorms National Park. This is the Scotland of popular imagination with its high peaks and deep glens, its whiskies and clans. There's a monster, too, in the depths of Loch Ness.

National Scenic Areas
Scotland has two National Parks and forty-one National Scenic Areas. There are four UNESCO World Heritage Sites and countless exceptional castles.

Great cities
In Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland has two world class cities which attract vast numbers of people. Both are essential UK visiting.

So why not start discovering Scotland by using the maps provided? Alternatively, why not start discovering popular places such as Highland and Edinburgh, Isle of Skye and Glasgow.


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Top 10 Hotels
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Top 10 Places To Visit
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Top 10 Things To Do
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Top 10 Views
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Top 10 Castles
Selected from the best Castles in Scotland we've listed our top 10.
Top 10 Mountains
Selected from the best Mountains in Scotland we've listed our top 10.
Top 10 Lochs
Selected from the best Lochs in Scotland we've listed our top 10.

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Local Attractions  [See more Attractions]

Royal Museum

Located in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, The Lowlands, Scotland

Less than a mile away.

The Royal Museum and Museum of Scotland make up the National Museums of Scotland. Exhibits covering geology, archaeology, natural history, science, technology and art. Home to 'Dolly The Sheep', the first successful clon...

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The National Gallery of Scotland Complex

Located in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, The Lowlands, Scotland

Less than a mile away.

Comprises: i.) The National Gallery of Scotland, ii.) The Royal Scottish Academy Building and iii.) The Weston Link. Works by Raphael, Titian, El Greco, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Gogh, Monet, Cézanne, Degas, Gaug...

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Edinburgh Castle

Located in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, The Lowlands, Scotland

Less than a mile away.

One of Scotland's top tourist attractions. Built on the basalt plug of an extinct volcano. Edinburgh Castle domintaes the city. The castle houses the oldest building in Edinburgh, St Margaret's Chapel. Home to the Edinbu...

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Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 136; Rates: £101 - £410 Per Night

Hotel Missoni Edinburgh is a luxurious new hotel on the Royal Mile Designed by famous Italian fashion house, Missoni, it has funky, stylish features and colourful designs...

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Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 44; Rates: £48 - £120 Per Night

The ideal base from which to discover all that Edinburgh has to offer, this budget hotel is situated within the historic Grassmarket area, only 2 minutesa walk from The Royal Mile...

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Apex City Hotel, Edinburgh
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 119; Rates: £77 - £255 Per Night

Ideally located in Edinburgh city centre, the Apex City Hotel is in the heart of Grassmarket with its lively shops, bars and restaurants, just 5 minutes' drive from Waverley Train Station...

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