Some of Scotlands Best Attractions

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Aug 19, 2014 by British Blog

With so many wonderful places to explore in Scotland, a month would not be enough to see them all. Historic castles, stunning lochs and mountains – where to start. However first things first – do not forget to take out the all-important travel insurance, as much of Scotland is rugged. Consider watching a soaring eagle swooping over the moorlands and mountains. The red squirrels playing in the forest at Dalbeattie in Dumfries & Galloway. Let's also not forget the beautiful Harbour Seals that can be seen playing or snoozing around the Firth of Tay and the Moray Firth. Now let's take a look at some 'not to be missed' sights in the Edinburgh area, starting with the most famous.

Edinburgh Castle

This magnificent castle dominates the skyline from its lofty height. Tales of its history of battles fought and lost, dating as far back as the sixth century, will keep you enthralled. Scottish kings acknowledged Edinburgh Castle as the official royal residence around the 11th century. Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to her son, James VI, there in 1566. It is still the Scottish residence of the present Queen, Elizabeth II and home to the Royal Tattoo in August. With so much history to absorb – be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to explore. 

The Royal Mile

This wonderful walk totally reveals Edinburgh in all its glory. A little over a mile long, you will pass by many historic buildings, such as Giles Cathedral and the magnificent Scottish Parliament building. The array of shops selling special goods from their ancient emporiums will keep you happy for hours. If you are lucky enough to be there in August, you will be well entertained by the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Royal Mile is a hive of activity and there are street performers to entertain you. 

Edinburgh Zoo

There are well over 1,000 different species of animals at the zoo, which can be found approximately four miles from Edinburgh city centre and was first opened in 1913. It is acknowledged as being one of the world's foremost zoos. It gives priority to the welfare of the animals which include gorillas, camels, lions, tigers and snow leopards. Also to be seen are the hilarious meerkats. There is also a wonderful collection of exotic birds. 

The Royal Yacht Britannia

The most famous ship in the world, she served the British Royal Family for more than 40 years before being put into retirement. Launched in 1953, she is now moored at Leith, just a short bus ride from Edinburgh city centre and was decommissioned in 1997.

Also on a nautical theme and not to be missed is the Falkirk Wheel, an exceptional feat of engineering that will take your breath away. Situated just 29 miles from Edinburgh, it is capable of lifting eight or more boats by just scooping them out of the water, then depositing them where required on the waterway between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Best of all, entrance is free so enjoy.