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Welcome to Scotland

Scotland boasts centuries of colorful history, UNESCO World Heritage–listed treasures, and a rich culture. With lively cities sprinkled among unspoiled landscapes of beaches, lochs, peaks, and valleys, Scotland has plenty to offer visitors of all ages and interests. The capital city, Edinburgh, is an ancient settlement where efficient hop-on hop-off bus tours shuttle travelers to landmarks like mighty Edinburgh Castle, the creepy Edinburgh Dungeon, and the famous Royal Mile; travelers can also witness the pomp and ceremony of the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Other cities such as Aberdeen, Glasgow, Inverness, and Stirling all offer experiences filled with history, culture, and natural beauty. Travel by road or rail into the Scottish Highlands to experience the magic of Loch Ness or Loch Lomond, or follow hiking trails through the wilderness of Glencoe. History lovers can explore Alnwick Castle and Stirling Castle—constructed to protect Scotland against attack—and Hadrian's Wall, where the country's Roman past comes to life. To experience the best of coastal Scotland, take a multi-day tour out to the Isle of Skye or the remote Orkney Islands, where dramatic skyscapes and wild pastures await. And if you're thirsting to sample some of the world's finest Scotch whiskies, make sure to visit a traditional distillery such as Bowmore or Laphroaig on an Isle of Islay tour.

Top 10 attractions in Scotland

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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Castle—with its fortress walls, cobbled promenades, and winding stone steps—has loomed over Scotland’s capital city for more than 1,000 years. Steeped in history, the former royal residence is now a museum, featuring detailed exhibits; period artifacts, such as the Scottish Crown Jewels; and dark dungeons that illuminate the castle’s storied past.More
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Loch Ness

Loch Ness

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While visitors flock to Loch Ness hoping to catch a glimpse of its elusive and eponymous monster, Loch Ness—a lake in the Scottish Highlands—is worth the trip even if you don’t believe the rumors. Vast and surrounded by magnificent Scottish scenery, Loch Ness is a popular boating and sightseeing spot.More
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Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

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Scotland's largest island, the Isle of Skye is a pocket of wilderness jutting off the coast of the West Highlands. The area is a treat for nature lovers, with its dramatic sea cliffs, windswept valleys, and glittering lochs.More
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Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

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Perched above the city of Stirling on a chunk of volcanic rock, this mighty Scottish fortress has seen it all, from attacks by Robert the Bruce to the coronation of the infant Mary Queen of Scots to the premiere of the movie “Braveheart” in 1993. In addition to the impeccably recreated Royal Palace interiors and the sheer amount of history held within its robust walls, the castle also offers superb views over Stirling and Scotland’s green hills and valleys.More
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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

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Founded in 1835, Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions is one of Edinburgh’s oldest tourist attractions. Located on the top floor, the Camera Obscura provides real-time views of the city, while the five floors below it are crammed with puzzles, optical illusions, and interactive exhibits that fool the eye and the mind.More
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Royal Mile

Royal Mile

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The atmospheric Royal Mile thoroughfare cuts through the historic core of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, extending for slightly more than a mile from Edinburgh Castle all the way to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Both sides of the partly pedestrianized street are bordered by historic granite buildings bearing shop display windows piled high with symbols of Scotland, from tartan to whisky to shortbread. In between the former tenements and taverns are darkened arm-width-wide alleyways, known locally as closes.More
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Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

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One of the most photographed sites in Scotland, the Eilean Donan Castle dates back to the 13th century. Built as a defense against the Vikings and used during the Jacobite rebellions in the 18th century, this loch-side castle was restored in the 20th century and is now a popular destination for weddings and tours.More
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Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

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Originally built as a Norman defense in the 11th century, imposing Alnwick Castle has been expanded piecemeal over the years, and encompasses medieval, Gothic, and neoclassical elements. The castle—about 85 miles (137 kilometers) from Edinburgh—has caught the eye of location scouts, who picked it to serve as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films and Brancaster Castle inDownton Abbey.More
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Cairngorms National Park

Cairngorms National Park

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Stretching over 1,500 square miles, Cairngorms National Park is a popular destination for mountain bikers, nature lovers, sea kayakers, and hikers. The park has been named one of the world’s Last Great Places by National Geographic and is the perfect place to enjoy Scotland’s renowned wild landscapes of granite mountains and deep lochs.More
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Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

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Straddling both the Scottish Highlands and the Lowlands, this island-studded loch boasts the largest surface area of any of Scotland’s lakes. It’s also one of its most famous, thanks in no small part to a well-known Scottish folk song that speaks of its “bonnie banks.” The lake’s mirror-clear waters reflect the crags and peaks that rear up around it, most notably the 3,195-foot (974-meter) Ben Lomond on its eastern shore, whose summit offers views of both Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.More

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Scottish Island Tours from Inverness

Scottish Island Tours from Inverness

Top activities in Scotland

The World Famous Underground Ghost Tour
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3-Day Isle of Skye and Highlands Tour from Edinburgh
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Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

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Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands with Lunch from Edinburgh

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Small Group Royal Mile Walking Tour with Optional Entry to Edinburgh Castle

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Loch Ness and the Highlands Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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Recent reviews from experiences in Scotland

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Wonderful trip!
Michael_M, Jan 2022
Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow
We were truly able to see the beauty that Scotland has to offer on this tour!
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Private Kingdom of Fife/St. Andrews tour
Michelle_J, Jan 2022
Kingdom of Fife & St Andrews Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan
We were able to see and do so much!
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Great day out
Laurence_G, Dec 2021
Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, Glencoe and Ben Nevis from Edinburgh
Nice to see a lot of Scotland.
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Well worth Doing, brilliant!
Linda_H, Oct 2021
Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, Glencoe and Ben Nevis from Edinburgh
How to see the best of Scotland in 12 hours!
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Scotland’s scenic views and a very friendly tour guide
Gerwin_E, Oct 2021
Full-Day Oban Castles and Glencoe Guided Tour from Glasgow
Despite of the rainy weather, we’re still able to see wonderful views of Scotland and Geff is generous enough to take few stops and gave us enough time to enjoy the view and take scenic photos.
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Jeff was a fantastic...
Jordan_O, Sep 2021
Full-Day Oban Castles and Glencoe Guided Tour from Glasgow
The route is a great way to see so many beautiful areas of Western Scotland all in one day.
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Great landscapes ❤️
Laurent_C, Sep 2021
Loch Ness Glencoe and The Highlands from Edinburgh
So wonderful guide , love sharing his experience with us about Scotland Day is a bit long but landscapes and small towns to visit are definitely worth it
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Great way to see Scotland
Tom_L, Sep 2021
Speyside Whisky Trail Small-Group Day Tour from Aberdeen
Excellent, got to see Scottish countryside and drove over large parts of Scotland with a great guide Doug.
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Highly recommended
Stephanie_, Aug 2021
Private One Day Highlands Tour of Scotland
Fabulous day, Rowan was great, very knowledgeable and fun to be around with, the Mercedes Van made our journey very comfortable and We would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to visit beautiful Scotland
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Worth your while
Dilwar_H, Aug 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Great experience if you want to see the most of Scotland in a short space of time.
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The Highlands and Loch Ness
Janet_C, Aug 2021
Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands with Lunch from Edinburgh
If you want to see the highlands of Scotland then Viator tours are reasonably priced and value for money.
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Excellent day trip
Tanjila_R, Aug 2021
Glenfinnan Viaduct and The Great Glen 8 Seater Tour from Inverness
Loved the little stops he took us to, especially the waterfall.
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Amazing highland tour
Hazera_K, Aug 2021
Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands with Lunch from Edinburgh
Would recommend the tour for those that are short on time and want to see most of Scotland in one day.
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A must!
Katie_B, Aug 2021
Loch Ness Glencoe and The Highlands from Edinburgh
Highly recommended if you’re staying in Edinburgh and want to see the best Scotland sights but are time limited
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Must-See Tour
Kade_D, Aug 2021
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Amazing day tour, cannot recommend highly enough; we only had two days in Edinburgh but wanted to see as much of Scotland as possible while we were there.
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Fun and beautiful
Danielle_G, Jul 2021
Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow
You have to see it in person.
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Beautiful
Laura_M, Jan 2022
Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside Small-Group Tour from Aberdeen
The castle was beautiful with great views plus the two waterfalls you also get to visit.
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awesome scenery, awesome guide
Cristin_C, Nov 2021
3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh
It's been a dream of mine to visit Scotland, and was so happy to knock the trip off my bucket list by viewing some of the most breathtaking scenery I've ever seen.
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Getting a pinch of Scots
Kate_H, Oct 2021
The Mountebank Comedy Walk of Edinburgh
Very glad I did Daniel's Comedy Walk - although it cost me a lot sticking out my ears to understand Scottish English and surely regrettably missed some of Daniel's jokes, BUT it's one of the highlights of this Scotland trip - made the entire walking in rain natural and pleasant.
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Amazing Scotland Tour with Timberbush’ Neil
Christian_R, Oct 2021
Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies from Edinburgh
The package was just right to everyone’s budget but apart from the breathtaking heritage sites to see was our expert and knowledgeable driver/tour guide/story teller/historian named Neil.
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