Edinburgh Castle and the Ross Fountain

If you are planning a trip to Scotland, there are so many amazing places to visit that it can be hard to narrow down your list. I asked Edinburgh based Blue Badge Guide Fiona Maxwell for a few suggestions. This was a bit of a challenge because you are spoilt for choice, as you will no doubt find out when you visit. Here are her top five places that every first time visitor must see when they come to Scotland.

Fiona maxwell’s 5 Wonderful must see Places to Visit In Scotland

First of all, Edinburgh Castle and the world famous Royal Mile. This castle has been around since at least the 12th century and it sits on Castle Rock which was once an ancient volcano cone. The castle is now a museum with lots of great exhibits that will teach you all about Scottish history from its earliest days until today. There are also some cool ghost tours if you like spooky stuff like that!

Second, Stirling Castle, which played a prominent role in the Wars of Independence between Scotland and England. Nearby you can visit The Trossachs known as the Highlands in Miniature. Take a boat ride or go for a hike here, but either way, make sure not to miss out on seeing these beautiful rolling hills covered in heather during peak season (July-August). It’s like having the best parts of Scotland all wrapped up into one perfect package!

Third in the list, Loch Ness in the Highlands, where you can do some Nessie hunting during a boat ride or climb to the top of Urquhart Castle overlooking the deep, dark water. It is said that there have been sightings of this mysterious creature lurking beneath these waters since 565 AD!

Next up should be climbing Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain at 1,344 metres high (4,409 feet) which towers over Fort William and Loch Linnhe. It is a challenging climb but well worth it when you reach the top to take in the views of this beautiful country. You need to be pretty fit for this climb, so it won’t be for everyone. Then head to Inverness where you can explore Culloden Battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated in 1746 by British forces led by Duke of Cumberland

Finally, the stunning Island of Skye, known for its fjord-like sea lochs and incredible geological formations as well as fabulous sea food and the Talisker distillery for a wee dram or two. You can easily get there by ferry from Mallaig or Kyle of Lochalsh so why not make a day trip out of it? There really is nothing like seeing these sights with your own eyes!

So, what are you waiting for? Click this link and let’s get started on planning some fantastic days out! And thank you Fiona, for your time.

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