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  • 1 National Museum of Scotland Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    st. Chambers GB - Edinburgh EH1 1JF

    Two adjoining buildings make up the National Museum of Scotland. The Royal Museum, housed in a masterpiece of Victorian architecture, exhibits disparate collections: fossils, furniture, decorative arts, stuffed animals etc. The Museum of Scotland, me..

  • 2 Charlotte Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    sq. Charlotte GB - Edinburgh

    Designed by Robert Adam in 1791, this square is delightful for the harmony and elegance of the its façades, especially on the north side. You will be impressed by the detail of the lattices enrich this square. If you would like to immerse yourself in..

  • 3 Royal Botanic Garden Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    20A Inverleith Row GB - Edinburgh EH3 5LR

    The origins of this garden, a veritable haven but also a research tool, dates back to the late 17C. The rhododendrons are one of the estate's main attractions. You can wander around the winding paths inside the futuristic greenhouses (1967) between t..

  • 4 Mousa Broch Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GB - Mousa HS2

    The brochs are the end of a long tradition of small fortified farms built from 500 BC. Mousa dates back to one of the first centuries AD and was built more solidly than the 500 other brochs recorded in the Highlands and islands, as most are now rubbl..

  • 5 The Pleasance Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    B966 GB - Edzell DD9

    This classic walled garden - one of the rare ones to be seen in Scotland - was designed in 1604 by Sir David Lindsay who also planned the castle's interior courtyard. Its design comes from ideas that flourished during this time of peace that was the ..

  • 6 Queen's View Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Pitlochry PH16 5BX

    Queen's View is a viewpoint up above Loch Tummel. There is a magnificent panorama over the loch and the cone-shaped peak of Schiehallion (1,083m). Queen Victoria visited this place in 1866, hence the name.

  • 7 Rosslyn Chapel Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    GB - Roslin EH25 9PU

    Rosslyn Chapel is famous for the wealth and richness of its carvings, a veritable "Bible of Stone". Work lasted from 1446 to 1486. The buttresses, windows and cornices are covered in decorative sculpture, which is rather unusual. The choir ..

  • 8 The Cuillins Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Sligachan IV47

    These dramatic and austere mountains are a breathtaking sight. The Black Cuillins are a horseshoe-shaped range encircling the glacial trough of Loch Coruisk. Twenty sharp peaks stand over 900m high, with the highest point reaching almost 1,000m. They..

  • 9 Gardens of Crathes Castle Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    A93 GB - Banchory AB31 5QJ

    The lifetime work of Sir James and Lady Burnett, these gardens combine a wide variety of forms, colours and scents. Yew hedges dating from 1702 separate the predominantly red and yellow Pool Garden from the two formal French gardens, the Fountain (sh..

  • 10 Loch Maree Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Talladale IV22

    Loch Maree epitomises the rugged scenic grandeur of the west coast. The loch is ensconsed between the towering form of Ben Slioch (980m) to the north and the foothills of Beinn Eighe. It is studded with isles, one of which, Isle Maree, was where Sain..

  • 11 Cairn Gorm Panorama Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Coylumbridge PH22 1RB

    The cable car provides an easy way to enjoy something of the magic and beauty of this mountainous region. From the terminal (about 1 100m, exhibition, restaurant), there is a grandiose view westwards over the Spey Valley, which widens into a basin be..

  • 12 Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National ParkTrossachs Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Callander

    From Callender to Loch Venachar in the east and Loch Katrine and the shores of Loch Lomond to the west, the rugged mountains and wooded slopes of the Trossachs are reflected in the waters of countless lakes. Since 2002, this superb region, which rose..

  • 13 Inverewe Gardens Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    B8057 GB - Poolewe IV22 2LG

    The gardens, situated north of Poolewe, on the west coast, are a source of unequalled pleasure and beauty whatever the season. Visitors are always captivated and appreciate their charm, a combination of abundance, exotic and other varieties of plants..

  • 14 Old Man of Hoy Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Hoy GB - Stromness KW16

    The best moment to admire the breathtaking sight of the Old Man of Hoy (a 450m-high sea stack of red sandstone) rising out of the turbulent waters, is during the Pentland Firth Crossing, a 2hr ferry service between Stromness and Scrabster. The boat p..

  • 15 Mackintosh House Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    82 st. Hillhead GB - Glasgow G12 8QQ

    This wing is a reconstruction of the house of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). Its interiors decorated with highly original motifs show that he was a pioneer of architecture and what today is called design. The white wood panelling heightened b..

  • 16 Burrell Collection Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    2060 rd. Pollokshaws GB - Glasgow G43 1AT

    This collection is a must-see on two accounts: the venue, Pollock Park, is the town's largest park and an oasis of freshness and tranquillity; and for the museum, which embodies the success of a collector, the ambitions and the breadth of his collect..

  • 17 Glasgow Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    st. Castle GB - Glasgow G4

    The fourth sanctuary built on the site chosen by St Mungo in the 7C, the present cathedral was not completed until the 15C but the interior dates from the 13 and 14C. It is hard to encompass it all from the square; much better to go to the Necropolis..

  • 18 Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    st. Argyle GB - Glasgow G3 8AG

    The popularity of this museum, one of the most visited in the world, can be put down to the beauty of the site and the variety of the exhibits (8 000 in total) and the quality of the fine art collections, which include works by renowned artists: the ..

  • 19 Riverside Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 Bunhouse Road GB - Glasgow G3 8DP

    This collection is so interesting that you run the risk of spending more time in the museum than you intended. Horse-drawn vehicles, fire engines, bicycles and underground stations etc; only Aviation is not represented here. Do not miss the collectio..

  • 20 Hilltop Viewpoint Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Aberfoyle FK8

    North of the village of Aberfoyle, Hilltop Viewpoint affords an excellent panorama of the Trossachs (viewing-table) encompassing various mountains (Ben Venue, Ben An, Ben Ledi and the Menteith Hills to the east), several lochs (Loch Katrine, the Fing..

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