Scotland, the U.K.’s northernmost country, is a land of mountain wildernesses, glacial glens (valleys) and lochs (lakes). Scotland’s major cities are Edinburgh, the capital, and Glasgow.
Here are a few recommendations of things to see while visiting Scotland.
Loch Ness – We have all heard the myth of the Loch Ness monster. So we have to go check out the lake, right? You can enjoy your monster hunting by taking a cruise on Loch Ness. What a fun activity for the entire family. I met a tow truck driver named Tim who was on a family vacation and he told me about the souvenir shops and various castles on this trip. Located in the Scottish Highlands, this is a trip for the entire family.
Edinburgh Castle is an impressive fortress and military stronghold atop Castle Rock. This castle’s history is so intriguing. Make sure to see the Crown Jewel Exhibition and get a good view of the firing of the cannon. You will get some great pictures and the view from the rooftop is gorgeous.
Due to the popularity of this attraction I would advise purchasing the Fastpass and avoid the long ticket lines. To really enjoy the castle and see everything allow about 3-4 hours to make your way through. Be sure to stop by the Tea Room and enjoy some warm tea and a snack.
If you are a castle enthusiast then you need to visit Stirling Castle. You will enter a world of Scotland’s Renaissance kings and queens. The colors and craftmanship are stunning.
There are many things to see and do at Stirling Castle. If you take the free guided tour the staff are very knowledgeable and full of personality. This is a great place to take the kids. They have staff dressed in costumes that re enact how things were back then. Plus you can take pictures with them. There are many exhibitions throughout and the view from the castle is breathtaking.
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as you will do a lot of walking. And before you leave stop by some of the charming cafes and restaurants in Stirling.
The Scottish Whiskey Experience
This is a fun and informative trip for all ages and very affordable. Take a guided tour through a replica whiskey distillery and learn about Scotland’s national drink. You will learn about the production process, be introduced to a variety of aromas and taste the whiskey you prefer and you get to keep the crystal whiskey tumbler. Children under the age of 18 can sample a famous Scottish soda.
The most fascinating part is seeing the world’s largest whiskey collection. Even if you are not a drinker this is still a fun time. And you might just discover a whiskey to your liking.