The overwhelming beauty of Scotland

Scotland is undoubtedly one of the most magical countries in Europe.

This wonderful land is full of incredible places, so today we will try to show you some of them!

Edinburgh

From 1437 the capital of Scotland. Since 1999, the seat of the Scottish Parliament, which was re-established after a break from its reunification with England in 1707. It is the seventh largest city in the United Kingdom and the second largest city (after Glasgow) in Scotland. The city is famous for its many annual festivals and festivals, the most famous being the Edinburgh International Festival, Fringe (theater festivals) and the military tattoo (military tattoo) held in August.

The vast majority of people associate Edinburgh with the famous castle. The castle and the entire complex are open to the public. The second most popular royal estate in Edinburgh is the Holyrood Palace, which is the official residence of the royal family in Scotland.

 

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These two complexes connect the famous Royal Mile, which is Edinburgh’s most important historical street. It is worth strolling through.

If you still have not had enough – a bit further from the center you will find the ruins of Craigmillar Castle.

Of course, we cannot forget about the famous Royal Yacht Britannia – a huge ship serving as the main means of transport of the royal family on the sea and the oceans!

Both Old and New Town of Edinburgh have been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

In turn, the New City is characterized by its neoclassical climate. What is worth to mention is that the New Town is not so new, its reconstruction started already in the 18th century.

 

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Glasgow

It is situated on the River Clyde in the country’s West Central Lowlands it was once a small rural settlement, but with time it became the largest seaport in Britain. It became a major center of the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century. It is now the largest city in Scotland, and third largest in the United Kingdom. Some of the main tourist attractions of the city are the George Square, dominated by large administrative buildings, mainly City Chambers, the Vincent Street, Glasgow School of Art, considered the architectural masterpiece of Art Nouveau, Museum of Transport, with a wide collection of vehicles, and the Botanic Gardens,located in the heart of the West End.

 

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Inverness

A city in the Highlands. It lies near two important battle sites: the 11th-century battle of Blàr nam Fèinne and the 18th-century Battle of Culloden. It is the northernmost city in the United Kingdom and lies within the Great Glen (Gleann Mòr). The first settlement was established there by the 6th century with the first royal charter being granted in the 12th century.

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Loch Ness

Approximately 37 kilometers long it is located at an altitude of 16 meters n.m., southwest of Inverness. It is the largest water reservoir on the Great Glen. It is the second largest Scottish lake, with an area of 56.4 km², but it has the largest volume due to its depth. At its deepest point it measures 226 meters. Loch Ness is well-known for the famous monster that is said to live in its waters.

LOCH NESS

 

Isle of Skye

It is the second-largest island in Scotland (1700 km²) and the fourth largest island in the British Isles. The coast line is strongly fragmented. The island area is dominated by the Cuillins Mountains.

Larger towns on the island are Portree, Armadale, Broadford and Uig. There is also the famous Talisker whiskey distillery on Skye.
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St Kilda

An isolated archipelago 64 kilometers in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Territorial islands are part of the Scottish Outer Hebrides. The largest of the islands is Hirta, whose cliffs are the highest in Britain. All island residents of the island were evacuated in 1930.

 

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Staffa

It is one of the islands belonging to the Hebrides archipelago. Its surface is 33 hectares with the highest point of the island at 42 meters above sea level. The island became known at the end of the 18th century after Sir Joseph Banks visited it. He and the accompanying travelers were fascinated by the natural beauty of the basalt columns and the sea cave on the edge of the island, which was called the ‘Fingal Grotto’. Today it is under the protection of the National Trust for Scotland.

 

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Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

The first national park in Scotland, established by the Scottish Parliament in 2002. There are 57 reserves on its site. The Trossachs is a small woodland glen in the Stirling council area of Scotland. It lies between Ben Aan and Ben Venue to the south, with Loch Katrine to the west and Loch Achray to the east. However, the name is commonly used to refer to the wider area of wooded glens and braes with quiet lochs, lying to the east of Ben Lomond. The Lake of Menteith, lies about six miles (10 km) to the south of the glen, on the edge of the Trossachs area.
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Luskentyre Beach on Lewis And Harris Island

Standing on one of Scotland’s most beautiful beaches, Luskentyre on Lewis And Harris Island in the Western Hebrides, you will feel like you are in one of the paradisiacal Isles of the Mediterranean. Crystal clear turquoise water, white sand and gorgeous mountains – only the temperature of the air and (unfortunately) the water reminds us that it is North Europe.

 

Luskentyre beach

 

Glencoe

As for the visual layer, Glencoe is a Highland pearl. We find beautiful, majestic peaks and clear lakes. In the Glencoe Valley scenes were made known from the movie “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” The name “Glencoe” is in the Gaelic language “The Valley of the Tears” and is associated with the steep slopes forming the walls of the valley, after which streams of water run.

 

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Scotland is a stunning, misterious yet friendly land, definitely worth visiting if you have a chance!

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