1. Glasgow Science Centre
Glasgow Science Centre is an impressive and pioneering institution that has been entertaining and enlightening visitors for over two decades. Situated on the River Clyde, the centre’s striking titanium-clad exterior houses some of the most state-of-the-art facilities and exhibits imaginable, attracting over one million visitors each year.
The centre’s groundbreaking exhibits cater to all ages, whether you’re an aspiring astronaut or a curious kid trying to understand the fundamentals of the universe.
You can explore the interactive exhibits, marvel at the feats of engineering, and even take a spectacular journey through space and time at the planetarium. There’s always something new to discover at Glasgow Science Centre, from the innovative displays and shows to the latest ground-breaking research being conducted on-site.The Science centre is situated right in the heart of the old ship building area of glasgow that is now gradually being replaced by modern and iconic buildings, take a walk around the area for some fantastic views.
2. The Devil’s Pulpit
Deep in the heart of Scotland lies a place of eerie mystery and chilling legend. The Devil’s Pulpit, also known as Finnich Glen, is a deep gorge filled with what looks like crimson-red water that has long captured the imaginations of adventurers and thrill-seekers alike.
Surrounded by steep cliffs and dense forest, the area is said to have once been a meeting place for Druids, and a site where witches danced under the moonlight. Today, visitors can descend the very slippery and dangerous stone steps to the bottom of the gorge, where they can explore intricate rock formations.
But beware: the Devil’s Pulpit is not for the faint of heart, and many have reported strange occurrences and eerie sensations while visiting this mysterious Scottish landmark. It’s not the easiest to park at and you will find that many people actively discourage the visiting of the gorge because of how dangerous the decent is. Nonetheless if you are of an adventurous disposition, we’re sure this won’t stop you.
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3. Sea Life Loch Lomond
The Sea Life Centre at Loch Lomond is a fascinating experience for visitors of all ages. With over 1,500 creatures to marvel at, including seahorses, sharks, and even stingrays, there’s always something new to discover. The highlight of any visit has to be the 4D cinema, where you can feel like you’re right in the middle of the underwater action. And if you’re feeling brave enough, you can even take a walk through the Ocean Tunnel, where you’ll come face to face with some of the centre’s most impressive residents. With interactive exhibits, educational talks, and plenty of opportunities for hands-on exploration, it’s no wonder that the Sea Life Centre at Loch Lomond is one of Scotland’s top tourist attractions.
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4. Loch Lomond
In the heart of Scotland’s Trossachs National Park is the stunning Loch Lomond, a natural wonder that has been captivating visitors for centuries. With its crystal-clear waters reflecting the lush greenery of the surrounding hills and mountains, Loch Lomond is a truly breathtaking sight. But this body of water is not only beautiful, it is also steeped in history and legend, with tales of faeries, mythical beasts, and tragic love stories passed down through generations of Scots. Loch Lomond has many uninhabited islands that you can paddle to in a hired canoe or kayak. It’s a truly wonderful feeling to paddle onto a deserted beach and drag your boat and bag onto the shore for a private picnic.
5. The Drive to Glen Coe
There are so many viewing points on the way to and in Glen Coe. It really is worthwhile taking your time to stop and really suck in the views, such as the following viewing points that we recommend:
- Falls Of Falloch
- Loch Tulla Viewpoint
- Lochan na h-Achlaise view point
- Loch Ba Viewpoint
- Rannoch Moor Viewpoint
Rannoch Moor, located in the Scottish Highlands, is a vast and breathtakingly beautiful wilderness that is steeped in history. Throughout the centuries, this area has witnessed countless battles, skirmishes, and cultural shifts, leaving behind a rich and fascinating legacy that continues to fascinate historians and visitors alike. From the clans that roamed these lands for generations to the struggles of early settlers trying to carve out a life amid the rugged landscape, the history of Rannoch Moor is a complex and multi-layered tapestry that reveals new insights with each passing year.
- Stob Dearg viewpoint carpark
- River Etive Bridge
- Glencoe Viewpoint
- The Meeting of Three Waters
As you wind your way through Glen Coe, breathtaking scenery surrounds you at every turn. With towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, and vibrant foliage, it’s no wonder this drive is considered one of the most scenic routes in Scotland. As you take in the beauty around you, keep an eye out for the area’s rich history, including the infamous massacre that took place here in 1692. While the drive itself is a memorable experience, make sure to stop at some of the viewpoints and hiking trails along the way to fully immerse yourself in the majesty of Glen Coe. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or simply looking for a stunning drive, this Scottish gem should be on your bucket list.
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6. Glencoe Visitor Centre
Glencoe Visitor Centre is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to explore the rich history and stunning natural beauty of Scotland. Managed by the National Trust for Scotland, this award-winning centre offers a range of exhibits and interactive displays including a charming thatched roof traditional house. This stunning building brings a touch of old-world charm to the modern-day visitors. The custom made thatched roof is a rarity in today’s world and to see it fully built with mud bricks is an incredible sight. Another highlight is the full length split logs in the cafe which has the tastiest macaroni cheese we’ve ever eaten – and that truly is saying something.
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7. Old Inverlochy Castle
Old Inverlochy Castle stands proudly on the banks of the River Lochy, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. The castle has a rich history, dating back to the 13th century when it was first built by the Comyn Clan. The castle has seen many battles, including the famous Battle of Inverlochy in 1645, when the Royalist forces defeated the Covenanters. The castle ruins are a great tourist attraction, and visitors can climb the towers for a stunning view of the surrounding area. The castle is an important part of Scotland’s heritage and is a must-visit for anyone interested in history or architecture. A visit to Old Inverlochy Castle is an experience you won’t forget.
8. Neptune’s Staircase
Neptune’s Staircase is an impressive feat of engineering located in the Scottish Highlands.
This series of eight locks was built in the 19th century to connect the Caledonian Canal to the ocean, allowing ships to navigate between the two bodies of water. It took almost ten years to complete the construction of the locks, which raise boats a total of 64 feet.
Today, Neptune’s Staircase remains a popular attraction for tourists and boaters alike, providing stunning views of the surrounding rugged landscape. The sheer scale and ingenuity of this engineering marvel is a testament to human innovation and perseverance. It is great fun to watch small and large boats climb the stair case; kids love watching the gate mechanisms move as such large engineering projects are rarely seen in such open view in modern times.
Just a few meters away from the staircase you will find an old fishing boat wrecked on the coast: it’s well worth taking a look at as, again, it’s a rare sight to be able to stand underneath a ship perched on the shore like like this.
9. Treasures of the Earth
The Treasures of the Earth in Fort William is a spectacular museum of geology that unveils the secrets of the earth’s history. The exhibition takes visitors on an incredible journey as it showcases a vast collection of stunning gemstones and minerals from all over the world. It is fascinating to learn about different types of gemstones and their unique qualities as you wander through the exhibition. The beautiful displays and interactive exhibits provide an immersive experience that educates and entertains visitors. There is also a large shop at the end that contains everything from low cost trinkets to expensive fossils and gemstones.
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10. Glenfinnan Viaduct
As I stood at the base of the Glenfinnan Viaduct, my eyes were immediately drawn to the impressive arches towering above me. The construction of this railroad marvel is truly mesmerizing, with 21 arches spanning a length of over 1,000 feet. And of course, it’s impossible to mention the Glenfinnan Viaduct without referencing its iconic place in pop culture as the bridge made famous by the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter movies. As I watched the steam train chug along the tracks, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of awe and wonder at the beauty and history of this stunning location. Visiting the Glenfinnan Viaduct is not only a must-see for Potterheads, but a truly unforgettable experience for anyone who appreciates the magic of nature and engineering.
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11. Commando Memorial
As I stood at the base of the Commando Memorial, I couldn’t help but feel a deep sense of reverence for the heroic individuals it honors. The three commandos, rifles at the ready, seemed to stand as stoic reminders of the incredible bravery and sacrifice that has been made in defense of freedom. Surrounding the memorial were majestic views of the Scottish Highlands, with misty mountains stretching off into the distance. I marveled at the beauty of it all, even as I felt the weight of the sacrifices that had been made in this rugged terrain. The Commando Memorial is not only a tribute to those who have served, but also a reminder of the incredible natural beauty that surrounds them. There are times when you get the most incredible view of Ben Nevis from the sight (and soemtimes you will be in the clouds and see nothing)and very often you will see a military plane flying through the valley on a practice flight.
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12. Loch Ness View Point, Fort Augustus
The beauty of Scotland’s Loch Ness is something that must be experienced to be believed. As you make your way to Fort Augustus, you’ll find yourself mesmerized by the natural landscapes around you. But what really sets this area apart are the iconic Loch Gates.
These impressive structures are over 150 years old and serve as a testament to Scotland’s rich industrial history. Visitors can watch as boats navigate through the gates while drinking a coffee or enjoying an ice-cream in one of the many places that line the canal – a process that has remained unchanged for generations.
There’s something truly fascinating about witnessing such an important piece of history in action, and the Loch Ness Fort Augustus loch gates are a must-see sight for anyone traveling to Scotland. While you are here please take the time to walk to the Loch Ness Viewing point where you can get some truly amazing pictures down the Loch. There is a little stone you can stand on right at the end of the peninsula that makes for a sublime picture looking out to the loch.
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13. Invermoriston Summerhouse
You could drive through Invermorriston in a few seconds and pass this wonderful sight by. I promise you it’s worth stopping: there is a car park in the centre of town and just 100 meters through a wooded trail you will end up at a summer house on the edge of a fantastic roaring waterfall. You can enter it for free and enjoy the view.
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14. Urquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle stands aside the banks of Loch Ness, inviting visitors to step back in time and explore Scotland’s rich history. There is ample parking and good facilities on site.
As you approach the ruins, the impressive structure demands your attention, looming over the water like a proud sentinel from another era. Inside the castle walls, you can imagine the knights, lords and ladies who once walked these same paths, defending their fortress with all their might. The breathtaking views of Loch Ness from the top of the tower will take your breath away, and the informative displays throughout the site offer a glimpse into the castle’s intriguing past. You can get right into some of the tiniest staircases inside the castle and it really feels like you are discovering a medieval structure.
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15. Plodda Falls
This is a very out of the way waterfall that has a good few miles on an unpaved road. If you were planning on heading straight to Inverness after visiting Urquhart Castle then this waterfall will be a two hour detour but oh my what a detour it is. Plodda Falls is a breathtaking sight to behold. As you make your way through the serene forest path, the sound of rushing water grows louder and louder, until suddenly you’re hit with the awe-inspiring view of the waterfall in all its glory. There is a wooden view point that hangs over the falls and if you are brave enough to walk right to the end you will see the crystal clear water cascading down to the rock below. If you have decent footwear on then you can take a small trail to the foot of the waterwall where you can see the single drop fall in all it’s glory. Suffice to say, Plodda Falls is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves nature and wants to witness one of Scotland’s most incredible waterfalls firsthand.
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16. Inverness Castle
Perched atop a hill overlooking the picturesque city of Inverness is the formidable Inverness Castle. This historic fortress has stood watch over the city for centuries, having been built in the early 1800s to replace an earlier castle that had fallen into disrepair. While it no longer functions as a royal palace or military stronghold, the castle remains a beloved landmark that attracts visitors from all over the world. Visitors can climb the tower to take in sweeping views of the surrounding landscape, or explore the castle’s fascinating history in the on-site museum. The castle may no longer serve a functional purpose, but it continues to be a proud testament to Inverness’s rich and enduring legacy.
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17. Clava Cairns
Clava Cairns is an ancient and beautiful site located in the Scottish highlands.
Dating back to the Bronze Age, this prehistoric graveyard is made up of three groups of megalithic burial cairns and stone circles strategically placed and carefully aligned with the sun. The atmosphere here is incredibly calm – there is something melancholic yet peaceful about visiting this historic place and it’s as if you can sense a connection to those from centuries ago who had crafted such intricate stones. Travellers are able to explore the chambered cairn at Balnuaran of Clava, crossing a vibrant carpet of purple heather and golden grass on their way. Truly a captivating experience for any history buff or nature lover!
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18. Culloden Battlefield
Stepping onto the Culloden Battlefield, one can immediately sense the weight of history bearing down on them. The vastness of the field, with its rolling hills and open skies, is both serene and haunting. It’s hard to believe that this beautiful landscape was once the site of such a devastating battle – one that changed the course of Scottish history forever.
As you walk across the grassy expanse, you’ll come across countless plaques and memorials, paying homage to the thousands of soldiers who lost their lives on this very spot. It’s a sobering experience, and one that will stay with you long after you’ve left. But despite its heavy past, there’s something deeply peaceful about the Culloden Battlefield. Maybe it’s the way nature has taken over the scars of battle, or maybe it’s the quiet hum of visitors paying their respects. Whatever it is, it’s a place that demands reverence and reflection.
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