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Best Places to See in Scotland

Scotland is home to some of the UK's most impressive areas of true wilderness. Mountains and lochs present scenes of breathtaking beauty, as does the varied, island-strewn coastline. If you are not a fan of the great outdoors, Scotland's hospitable towns and cities proclaim the legacies of an intensely enterprising people.

In architecture and engineering, arts and crafts, and thriving cultural traditions, the spirit of Scotland is as distinctive as the other national spirit, the malt whiskey distilled from the clear, peaty streams of Speyside.

Scotland at a Glance

The Isle of Skye, renowned for its dramatic scenery, has One of Scotland's most striking coastlines. On the east coast, a stream plunges over Kilt Rock, a cliff of hexagonal basalt columns named after its likeness to an Item of Scottish national dress.

The Trossachs are a beautiful range of hills straddling the border between the Highlands and the Lowlands. At their heart, the forested slopes of Ben Venue rise above the still waters of Loch Achray.

Culzean Castle stands on a cliff's edge on the Firth of Clyde, amid an extensive country park. One of the jewels of southern Scotland, Culzean is a magnificent showcase of work by the Scottish-born architect, Robert Adam.

The Cairngormscover an area prized for its beauty and diversity of it wildlife, though there are also many historical relics to be found, such as this early 18th century arch at Carrbridge.

Royal Deeside in the Grampains has been associated with British royalty since Queen Victoria bought Balmoral Castle in 1852.

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland. Between its medieval castle and The Palace of Holyroodhouse stretches the Royal Mile. Here, the historic sights range from the old Scottish Parliament buildings to the house of John Knox. By contrast, Georgian terraces predominate in the New Town.

The Burrell Collection, on the southern outskirts of Glasgow, is a museum of some of the city's greatest art treasures. It is housed in a spacious, glass building opened in 1983.