Explore Some Amazing Places to Visit in Scotland
A passage to historical highlands through Edinburgh. I am your EARTHTRAVELER, starting my world travel will look at Scotland’s natural beauty and historical monuments.
Scotland, the northernmost country of U.K. is a land of mountain wildernesses, interspersed with glacial glens (valleys) and lochs (lakes). It’s iconic hilltop castle and Glasgow famed for its vibrant cultural scene also one more attraction exclusively for Scotch Whiskey lovers.
Our journey started in Edinburgh, Scotland’s compact and hilly capital. It is also known as the “Athens of the North”.
It has a medieval old town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings.
View of Ness Loch
Day one, our destination was to explore Loch Ness, Glencoe, and Scottish Highlands. On the way, we passed through some renowned landmarks of Edinburgh.
Landmarks of Edinburgh :
One of them is Edinburgh Castle. First of all looming over the city, Edinburgh Castle was home to Scotland’s crown jewels and most noteworthy. The Stone of Destiny used in the coronation of Scottish rulers.
Famous Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock. Site occupied since the late Bronze Age (900BC); buildings of present castle date from the 12th to 21st centuries.
Edinburgh Castle occupies the summit of an ancient plug of volcanic rock towering 260ft or 80m above the city and is visible for tens of miles in every direction.
The Edinburgh castle, in the care of Historic Scotland, is Scotland’s most-visited paid tourist attraction.
Another landmark is Scott Monument.
Standing proudly in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, The Scott Monument is the largest Monument to an author/writer (Sir Walter Scott) in the world. It is one of the famous tourist attractions in Edinburgh. By climbing 287 steps to the top of the Scott Monument, from where you can enjoy breath-taking views of the city.
Clock Tower over Balmoral Hotel Scott Monument
Our world travel continues beside Clock tower over Balmoral Hotel at Waverley Station, it was built in the heyday of Victorian railway development as part of the Waverley Station at 1902.
Historical Edinburgh :
Next historical building on our way was Bank of Scotland,
Bank of Scotland Royal Scottish Academy
Some more landmarks and monuments came on our way like Royal Scottish Academy.
A Scottish organization that promotes contemporary Scottish art was founded in 1826.
Royal Bank of Scotland Melville Monument
Some other landmarks, like Royal Bank of Scotland, Melville Monument remind the story of Henry Dundas, Viscount Melville (1742-1811), furthermore he was also known as the “Uncrowned King of Scotland”.
Statue of David Hume General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland St. Giles Cathedral.
Statue of David Hume – the great Scottish Philosopher, in addition Historian, economist and essayist; General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland;
As we proceed out of Edinburgh city, we discovered most popular Forth Bridge with its cantilever structure standing proudly over the Firth of Forth in the eastern part of Scotland, it is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Bridge was constructed by two English engineers Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker, hence inaugurated by the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII (started 1882, opened 1890).
We moved on from the city and proceed towards Highlands of Scotland, we saw on our left “Kelpies”– 30- meter high horse head sculptures, standing near river Carron.
The Kelpies in Falkirk
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