Top 5 attractions in Scotland

Melrose Abbey, photo by BillBl

Melrose Abbey, photo by BillBl/flickr

The country of Scotland occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain, being bordered with England to the south, the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the Irish Sea to the southwest. Scotland lies on a surface of 78,772 km2. If you decide to visit the country, I am sure you won’t be bored, as it has hundreds of natural or cultural attractions. There are so many things to see and to do in Scotland, that you would need several weeks to spend in this spectacular country. Below I will present the top and most visited attractions of Scotland. I hope I can help you with this guide to make a decision and spend an amazing and memorable holiday in Scotland.

 

Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

 

If you are going on holiday with your family, this is the perfect place to visit, because the children surely won’t be bored during the visit in this fantastic safari park! Blair Drummond Park is situated less than an hour drive from both Glasgow and Edinburgh. If you love nature and animals, you can not miss to visit the park! You can enjoy the presence of the animals in wide open spaces, similar to a safari tour. You will have the occasion to drive through the animal reserves. After parking your car, you can visit the sea lions, the chimpanzees and pets farms, also. There are dozens of species of mammals living in this fantastic park, such as lions, tigers, zebras, giraffes, camels, elephants and so on. For the children there are great entertainment possibilities, like the park’s wooden castle, the bouncy castle, the big pirate ship, pedal boats and the favorite of children, the face painting. I suggest you should spend at least a couple of hours in the park, but an entire day is also recommended for the visit! Between the 24th of March and the 28th of October the park is open every day from 10:00 to 17:30. (June 2012)

 

Blair Drummond safari

Blair Drummond safari, photo by DFSHAW/flickr

 

Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

 

If you are in Edinburgh, you must take a walk on the Royal Mile. As one of the oldest streets in the city, the Royal Mile connects the Old Town to Edinburgh Castle. It is also part of the Old Town conservation area and is listed as a special area of architectural interest. This is not surprising if we think of the several attractions that are located on the Royal Mile, including the Scottish Parliament building and Giles Cathedral, two of the magnificent buildings of the town. The city’s Old and New Towns are distinctly separate and the city centre is small enough which provides to visit the picturesque buildings and attractions of Edinburgh on foot.

 

The Falkirk Wheel

 

The spectacular Falkirk Wheel connects Glasgow and Edinburgh by canal. The Falkirk Wheel was completed in 2002 and opened by the Queen. It is a gorgeous and unique attraction of the country. The Wheel can carry eight or even more boats at a time, scoop them out of the water and deposit them up or down on the waterway between Edinburgh and Glasgow. There is a visitor centre with car parking which offers a magnificent viewpoint of the Wheel in action. It is important to mention that there is no charge for entrance. There is also a boat tour with audio and video support, a trip taking about an hour and provides a memorable day out for the whole family! It can be visited every day from 10:00 to 17:30. (June 2012)

 

Falkirk Wheel

Falkirk Wheel, photo by Bookshelf Boyfriend/flickr

 

Melrose Abbey

 

The abbey is considered one of Scotland’s most beautiful historical attractions. Today it isn’t already functional, comprising the almost complete ruins of the Abbey Church. The Abbey was founded by King David I around 1136 and is the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart. It was attacked several times during the years and needed reconstruction works. The present magnificent rose-stoned building dates almost entirely from the 1385 rebuilding. It is considered one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in Great Britain. You can visit the chapter house where the heart of Robert Bruce is believed to be buried and the Commendator’s House Museum, a rich collection of medieval objects found in the abbey cloister. It is open during summer every day from 9:30 to 17:30 and during winter from 9:30 to 16:30. (June 2012)

 

Melrose Abbey, photo by BillBl

Melrose Abbey, photo by BillBl/flickr

 

The Royal Yacht Britannia

 

The gorgeous ship is considered the most famous one in the world. This must-see attraction of Edinburgh has served the British Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing more than one million miles around the world. The visits start with a look around the Visitor Centre, where can be found photographs, exhibits and displays. The Yacht‘s five decks are presented by an audio tour which starts at the Bridge and finishes in the Engine Room. The Yacht can be visited depending on the season: between November and March from 10:00 to 15:30, between April and June from 10:00 to 16:00, between July and September from 9:30 to 16:30 and in October from 10:00 to 16:00. (June 2012)

 

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