The Seven Wonders of Scotland

1 Sep

This is the first of my “Seven Wonders” posts. These are posts about the seven places you should make your priorities visit in a city, country, or region. Today I’m doing one for Scotland. The following seven wonders are not ranked in any order. It may not be possible to see all of them in one trip, and that’s fine. But do realize that these are major highlights.

EDINBURGH

Scotland’s major tourist city is that way for a reason. This city has a huge number of museums and attractions. Definitely check out the castle and the national museum of Scotland. But you should also make sure you visit the national gallery of Scotland. Although the Royal-Mile is very touristy it is surprising how the crowds thin out so quickly as you walk away from it. The city is expensive but definitely worth it.

GLASGOW

The opposite of Edinburgh but equally as interesting in my opinion. And it doesn’t have Edinburgh’s tourist crowds. The city has suffered from a grim reputation but that shouldn’t stop you going. This city has revitalized itself very well and has plenty of museums to enjoy.

THE CAIRNGORMS

The Cairngorms are one of the British Isles greatest mountain ranges. There is a huge national park with great hiking opportunities. Unlike the jagged peaks near the coast, the Cairngorms are round, plateau-like, and actually have snow at times. Aviemore, the major town in the area, is slightly ugly but the hiking opportunities nearby make up for this.

THE ISLE OF SKYE

I haven’t been here but from what I’ve heard it sounds amazing. A misty island full of jagged peaks, brown hills and interesting villages. It definitely sounds like a great place.

STIRLING CASTLE

Britain’s castles are all over the place and there are many to choose from. This really is Scotland’s must see castle. There’s so many interesting exhibits as well as great views from the walls.

WEST COAST

Scotland’s west coast looks almost as interesting as Norway’s. The brown, jagged peaks and the fjord-like lochs, as well as the curtains of mist, give this place a very interesting, mysterious beauty.

 

 

 

 

One Response to “The Seven Wonders of Scotland”

  1. Michael Forbes Wilcox September 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    I like your descriptions. It’s interesting to me that Nova Scotia *looks* a lot like Scotland. I guess it was natural that people born in Scotland would find it comfortable when they came to the New World.

    My grandfather, Stewart Archibald Forbes, was born in Craigmore Castle in Edinburgh, according to my mother. The first time I went to Edinburgh, I went to see the Castle, only to find that it no longer exists. There was a nice park that was built around its ruins.

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