Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

What are the Most Popular Attractions in Scotland?

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If travelling abroad has become boring, with annual family holidays becoming all too similar, then why not holiday in Britain? For luxury hotels UK towns and cities are great destinations. And with an array of attractions throughout the whole of the country, you’d be mad not to holiday closer to home.

Scotland might not be the first place you think of when you’re looking to get away, but with such rich culture and heritage behind it, it makes for an interesting and enjoyable visit. Located at the northerly tip of the British Isles, and surrounded by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean, it’s easy to access from England, Wales and Ireland, and will cost significantly less than a holiday in a distant country.

Most of Scotland’s history can be observed in its cities and buildings, with its architecture reflecting traditions of the past with every brick. Whether it’s Edwardian or Victorian buildings, you’ll be roaming modern cities and noticing some of the most beautiful and complex architecture in the world. But the history doesn’t stop there. Scotland also has prehistoric settlements that go back as far as 9600 BC. Scotland is already notoriously popular among travellers that are interested in its complex natural landscapes, tall mountains, and great places to camp. Those who are interested in history tend to spend time in the country, too, and with its rise in popularity with tourists, there are more hotel and accommodation options than ever.

So, what are some of the most popular attractions in Scotland? With so much to offer, it’s hard to list the best attractions, but there are a number that are universally popular. Firstly, there’s Hadrian’s Wall. This is perhaps one of Scotland’s biggest claims to fame, being known all over the world as the home to the Roman remains that stretches across the border of Scotland and England. Hadrian’s Wall was built by the Caledonian tribes in Scotland, during the time of the Roman invasion fronted by Julius Caesar in 43 AD.

Everybody’s heard of the Loch Ness monster, too. The infamous dinosaur-esque creature that has allegedly occupied these waters for decades can become a key part of your family holiday. Why not take the children to visit what is arguably one of the most famous places in Scotland? The serene natural landscapes surrounding the area are perfect for outings and picnics with the family. You and the children can search frantically for the Loch Ness monster within the depths of the water, and afterwards take a walk along one of the many guided paths that stretch over 50 miles, with fantastic views, a variety of foliage and totally different landscapes with every turn.

For history lovers, there’s Edinburgh Castle, which is situated right on the skyline of the Scottish capital looking over the stunning city. It’s known by locals as Castle Rock and is actually built on a dormant volcano. Who would have thought Scotland would be home to such exotic-sounding landscapes? Enjoy walks around the beautiful natural landscape surrounding the castle, sit and watch the city or simply take in the wonderful sight of the ancient castle. The castle is also open to visitors, allowing you to take in the fantastic and rich history that is found in the castle’s great hall.

Finally, there’s the Cairngorms National Park. This is the epitome of natural beauty, and being so close to home, it just goes to show that you don’t have to travel thousands of miles to experience untouched natural beauty. The National Park is the largest of its kind in Britain and is located between Inverness and Aberdeen. As well as providing you with unspoiled views of natural beauty, and miles of untouched landscapes, you’ll be able to take part in a range of activities that can be fun for both you and the whole family. From walking to bicycling, you’ll have the time of your life getting away and enjoying the fresh air. Scotland really is the perfect destination if you’re looking to get away from it all.

Nearby towns like Glenmore and Aviemore provide some of the old-world charm that you would come to expect from a place of such history. Picturesque villages and towns, with ageing buildings and old fashioned streets are found right across Scotland, allowing you to stay in stunning and charming boutique or luxury hotels, as well as dine in some of the classiest restaurants and tea shops. Scotland will provide you with culture and relaxation, close to home.



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