The beautiful country Scotland is part of the United Kingdom. The country which shares its border with England is made up of more than 790 islands. Scotland, especially the Highlands are known for their sheer natural beauty.
The majestic mountains, vast greenery and the cool climate make it one of the best places on the earth you should visit once in a lifetime. The Scottish Highlands refer to that part north-west of the Highland Boundary Fault which crosses mainland Scotland from Helensburgh to Stonehaven.
The earlier culture of the Highland region is synonymous with the kilt, bagpipes and the castle imagery of Scotland. The place is not only known for its acclaimed landscapes it is also famous for its unique culture and magnificent castles.
Among all the Edinburgh Castle is the most famous of all. It was built in the 13th century and stands on an extinct volcano. The castle offers magnificent panoramic views of the city. There are statues of Scotish war heroes Robert the Bruce and William Wallace at the gate. There is a National War Museum of Scotland in the castle courtyard. The castle's popularity has made it a symbol of Edinburgh.
The 'Queen of Scottish Lakes' Loch Lomond is one of the many tourist favourite centres in Scotland. The place is popular among watersports enthusiasts, picnickers and hikers. The location offers wonderful sceneries, boat trips, and cool air. You can enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities while you are here.
The Wallace Monument that stands at a hilltop near Stirling is a tall tower to commemorate the heroes of the 13th-century Scotish hero Sir William Wallace. The visitors will have to climb about 246 steps to reach the viewing gallery inside the monument that would give you wide views of the valley below.
Visit the open air museum of Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore. It exhibits a vast collection of Highland artefacts and shows the lifestyle of the Highlanders. There are many replica buildings and houses that were connected to the Highland culture.
The Isle of Skye is an attractive landscape that has got many scenic mountains, valleys, glens, waterfalls and pristine beaches. There is also an oak forest on the island which houses numerous species of birds.
Go for a sightseeing cruise to the Fingal’s Cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa. The sea cave which was formed of hexagonally jointed basalt columns as a result of lava flow has an acoustic speciality. The waves that hit the cave walls produce an echo with a melodious effect.
The city Aberdeen is known for its gothic architecture and large port and harbour. It is called the 'Flower of Scotland' as the city has got numerous parks and gardens that are located near the North Sea. Cruickshank Botanic Garden is the most famous of all. The St Machar's Cathedral constructed in the 14th century is worth visiting.
The historic county Ayrshire is a perfect location if you want to enjoy stunning scenery, outdoor activities and go for a historic trail of numerous castles.