North half of Great Britain with Mountains, islands, and wonderful cities.
I have not spent as much time here as I would like. Primarily, I have just visited the cities, and a west coast island. My future plans certainly include going back to see The Highlands.
largest city in Scotland
The capital and the most beautiful city in my opinion
In my opinion, Scotland's most beautiful city, and certainly a place to visit if you are a fan of the monarchy.
Visiting places like Edinburgh Castle (back to the 12th Century), Holyrood Palace (16th century) really take you back to the rich history.
Built on Castle Hill, on a site that has been used since the Iron Age. This 1000 year old castle, has been besieged at least 26 times over its history.
The castle grounds include St Margaret's Chapel (12th century), the oldest building in Edinburgh and the National War Museum. When visiting you will appreciate why this place gets over 2 million visitors per year.
After visiting the castle, I like to walk down the hill onto Lawnmarket which becomes HighStreet. Along this way, you will see things such as Gladstone's Land, a 17th century merchant house; St Giles Cathedral on a site that has had churches since 1130; and onto The Royal Mile with its shops and restaurants.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
at the end of the Royal Mile, a 16th century palace still used by the Royal family.
Scotland's largest city, and the cultural base in Scotland as the home of the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland.
The Tall Ship Glenlee
restores Victorian sailing ship with maritime exhibitions.
on the south side of town, castle ruins from the 17th century.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
art and history in one spot, and it is free!
Famous for its namesake castle, this home to Scottish royalty before the union with England, this is one of the largest castles in the UK.
built in the 16th and 17th century, additional defenses were added in the 18th century.
Isle of Arran
Off the west coast, not far from Glasgow and just a short ferry ride.
This is a wonderful place to get away and enjoy the outdoors. Drive the perimeter road seeing sites along the way like Auchgallon Stone Circle, Lamash Stone Circle or Lochranza Castle; or hike up Goatfell, Or, just enjoy one of the many small villages on the island.