9 must see’s in Scotland
Scottish countryside is a pleasure by itself, no matter if you walk or travel by train, bus, bike, or car and observe it from there. The only thing that can destroy the joy of it, is the unpleasant Scottish weather, strong wind, fog and rain. However, with sunbeams the landscape is a feast for the eyes.
Apart from Edinburgh and Glasgow which I mentioned in 6 must do’s in Scotland, there is an eternal list of marvelous places from which I chose 9 must see’s:
1. Oban and Connell Bridge. Oban, often nicknamed as seafood place of Scotland, is a small town of just 8,200 inhabitants, an important ferry port situated in a beautiful scenery of Firth of Lorn. Oban hosts a Gealic Royal National Mod festival every year since 1892. Six km from Oban, there is Connell Bridge which is my fave bridge in Scotland overlooking Loch Etive and mountains.
2. Fort William is a very touristic place, just 10, 000 inhabitants, great for climbing, mountain biking, (famous for its nearby Downhill Mountain Bike Track and Witch’s trails, both attracting many international competitors every year), hillwalking and to get to Ben Nevis.
3. Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. It’s probably the most famous place of the whole Scotland because of Loch Ness monster Nessie. You can take a ship for a cruise around the lake. But the only monster I saw there was me :D
4. Loch Lomond – in my opinion it’s a nicer lake than Loch Ness, especially its surroundings and many little colourful boats, if you don’t count the unique Urquhart ruins at Loch Ness.
5. Scottish Highlands and Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in the British Isles with its 1,344 m. Usually called just The Ben. There is a Distillery at the bottom of the mountain and there was an observatory on the summit built in 1883 to understand better mountain weather. It was closed then in 1904 due to not enough Government funding and nowadays only ruins remain. To climb Ben Nevis, the majority of people use the Pony Track, which is the simplest way to get to the peak. It was built at the time of the observatory to allow ponies to carry up supplies there, hence the name. Still remains very well maintained. Usually there are bad weather conditions over there, but if you are lucky and it’s sunny, you get a view of up to 190 km.
6. Isle of Arran – it is said to be little Scotland, where you can find all the different Scottish landscapes in one.
7. Ailsa Craig – a big volcanic rock rises up to 340m from the sea level in the Firth of Clyde. Now the only inhabitants are birds and cute puffins. I loved watching it from Prestwick coast.
8. Culzean castle – one of the nicest Scottish castles. Its shops and restaurants are open in summer every day. The castle offers accommodation, too. What you can’t miss here is a walk through its amazing gardens. If you are planning a wedding, this would be a perfect romantic place.
9. Kelburn castle – it is a castle of childish dreams – covered with graffiti of million colours. Four Brazil artists stayed over in the castle for a month to draw the graffiti. Since it was built in the 13th ct was inhabited by the same Boyle family. There are very nice waterfalls next to the castle and the forest contributes to its fairy-taleness.