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Sightseeing in Scotland

Scotland has no dearth of natural sights to dazzle you - just have to keep your eyes and your heart open to the sometimes hidden wonders of this quaint country. From the sparkling waters of the Loch Ness to the kilted bagpipers dotting Edinburgh castle, from the hustle and bustle of Glasgow to the deepest valleys cutting across the highlands, Scotland’s grandeur will overwhelm and beckon you at the same time.

If you haven’t walked along the banks of the Loch Ness or the Loch Lomond , you don’t really have the right to say you’ve seen Scotland. These breathtaking water bodies have some of the clearest, purest water in the whole world.

In Edinburgh, you can delve into the scintillating mix of the historic Old Town and the Georgian New City. Set in the backdrop of the beautiful Calton Hills,the Edinburgh Castle is where you should start your discovery of this dramatic city. An overwhelming sense of Scottish history and national consciousness becomes evident as you walk through its many exhibits and carefully preserved interiors. Once the seat of the royal family, the Edinburgh castle is today a symbol and tribute to the country’s bloody sacrifices for sovereignty. Other major monuments such the Sir Walter Scott Monument and the National Gallery of Scotland add to the elegance of the New Town.

Not far from Edinburgh is (arguably) the cultural nucleus of modern day Scotland: Glasgow , with its old Gothic structures, colleges and universities, vibrant plazas such as the Sauchiehall St. Centre. From the 15th century Glasgow Cathedral to the Art Nouveau structure of the Glasgow School of Art which houses some of the best work of Renee Macintosh, Glasgow may be one of the most underrated British towns architecturally.

If you have wanted to be in sync with nature walk the dales of Fort William and take in the invigorating clean air. Feeling energetic? Follow the trail from Fort William and climb the highest peak in Scotland – the Ben Nevis . It is only a 5 hour round trip but will leave you in doubt that this is Nature at it’s best!

Want to really get a piece of Scottish highlands? You can go rock climbing in the Calton Hills , which provides some panoramic and unusual views of the city.

If you happen to be a golf addict, then a game at St Andrew’s or at least a visit is an absolute must. This stark windswept course is the Mecca of golf enthusiasts the world over. Another tourist hub is Aberdeen – an unusual port city built almost entirely of granite.


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