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Travel around Scotland – Landmarks and Hidden Treasures

micJosé MartíneztodaySeptember 2, 2023 1

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Journey Through Scotland’s Iconic Landmarks and Hidden Treasures

Welcome to our travel around Scotland podcast, where we’ll take you on a captivating journey through some of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks and hidden gems. From historic castles and breathtaking landscapes to ancient burial sites and serene bridges, Scotland offers a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be explored. So, grab your headphones, and let’s embark on this adventure of discovery.

  1. Eilean Donan Castle: Eilean Donan Castle, a national treasure, is a must-visit landmark in Scotland. Perched in the Highlands, it offers a fantastic view of the Isle of Skye. This iconic castle has even graced the silver screen in movies like James Bond’s “The World Is Not Enough” and the cult-classic “Highlander.”
  2. Glenfinnan Viaduct: The Glenfinnan Viaduct, famous for its appearance in the Harry Potter films, is a top tourist attraction. Thousands flock here to catch a glimpse of the Jacobite steam train crossing this iconic bridge. The surrounding area is a photographer’s paradise, accessible via a 20-minute hike from the car park.
  3. Clava Cairns: Step back in time at Clava Cairns, located near Culloden Battlefield. These ancient burial sites, estimated to be around 4,000 years old, include passage graves, ring cairns, kerb cairns, and standing stones. Historians and enthusiasts can explore these sacred monuments for free.
  4. Neptune’s Staircase: Neptune’s Staircase, the longest staircase lock in the country, is a marvel of engineering. It takes boats up to 90 minutes to navigate the locks, offering an impressive view of Ben Nevis in the distance. Cyclists and walkers along the Great Glen Way route often pass by this location.
  5. Whaligoe Steps: Experience the awe-inspiring Whaligoe Steps in Caithness, surrounded by 250ft cliffs. These well-maintained steps provide access to Whaligoe Haven, once a bustling fishing harbor. Visitors can climb up and down the 365 man-made steps and witness a unique piece of coastal history.
  6. Castle of Mey: The Castle of Mey holds a special place in the Royal Family’s history, once owned by the late Queen Mother. Explore the castle’s rooms, including the Front Hall, Library, Drawing Room, and more, and discover the royal connection to this charming estate.
  7. Dunrobin Castle and Gardens: Dunrobin Castle, the largest castle in the Northern Highlands, is a historical gem with 189 rooms. Overlooking the Moray Firth, it offers tours of rooms like the Dining Room and Library, housing a vast collection of books. The castle and its gardens are a true Scottish treasure.
  8. Bridge of Oich: The Bridge of Oich, built in 1854, provides a serene atmosphere and stunning views. This bridge, once destroyed by flooding, was reopened to pedestrian traffic in 1997. It’s a tranquil spot to appreciate Scotland’s natural beauty.
  9. Old Man of Storr: The Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye is an iconic natural landmark created by a landslide. Photographers frequent this area in search of the perfect shot, and its striking silhouette can be seen from miles away.
  10. Urquhart Castle: Urquhart Castle offers over 1,000 years of history to explore, with artifacts like a working trebuchet siege engine and a short film. The castle ruins provide a stunning view of Loch Ness, and visitors can enjoy the experience fully at the on-site cafe.
  11. Beauly Priory: Beauly Priory, meaning “beautiful place,” is a stunning abbey church that stands as a testament to history. It was once used by monks of the Valliscaulian order from France. Visitors can appreciate the beauty and tranquility of this historic place of worship.

That concludes our journey through Scotland’s iconic landmarks and hidden treasures. We hope you’ve been inspired to explore these remarkable destinations, each with its own unique charm and history. Thanks for joining us on this travel podcast, and until next time, happy exploring!


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