Dominated by the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle, this picturesque city offers shopping on Princes Street, the grandeur of the Royal Mile, St. Giles Cathedral and historic Palace of Holyrood House, where Queen Mary lived and many Scottish kings were wed. Or venture across the moors to marvel at the scenic Highlands.
Kyle of Lochalsh
Kyle of Lochalsh is a small town with lots of personality. The town has been around since the 17th century and retains a large collection of charming whitewashed buildings. There are a variety of markets, restaurants, and shops for visitors to enjoy. Most visitors arrive here by train in order to enjoy the superb mountain scenery. Once in Kyle there is excellent hiking and walking paths to explore the surrounding landscape.
Carrbridge is a small lively village serving as the northern gateway to the Cairngorms National Park. The village sits at the Monadhliath Mountains in the Scottish Highlands of Scotland. Carrbridge’s oldest landmark is almost 300 years old. The packhorse bridge, also the oldest bridge was built in 1717. Sadly, due to the muckle spate of 1829, the bridge is no longer stable enough to use as a launch pad into the river.
Visitors can best explore Carrbridge countryside during the summer and winter seasons. The village welcomes its guests with rich local history and wildlife. Travelers can tour the steam powered saw mill, hike UK’s first nature trail, Treetop Trail, and wildlife watch. Travelers are encouraged to participate in the annual Carrbridge Live Art and Music Festival, the Carrbridge Gathering, the Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Championship and the World Porridge Making Championship!
Boat of Garten
Boat of Garten is a village located in the Scottish Highlands, adjacent to the mighty River Spey. Set in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, magnificent scenery, abundant wildlife and an array of sporting activities can be enjoyed in Boat of Garten. Due to the significant population of Ospreys in Cairngorms National Park, Boat of Garten is known as “The Osprey Village.” Golf, fishing, cycling, hiking and travelling on the scenic steam railway are popular when visiting Boat of Garten. It also serves as a great base to explore the surrounding Scottish Highlands.
Cairngorms National Park
Cairngorms National Park is the largest national park in the British Isles and expanding it even more in 2010 throughout the regions of Perth and Kinross. Mighty and majestic, this national park is filled with cascading waterfalls, ancient trees you can only read about in folklore and mountains as high as 3,000 feet. This protected landscape is also used by its current inhabitants for sustainable development. Cairngorms National Park has everything for every type of traveler – castles, distilleries, outdoor exploration, watersports, snowsports, wildlife and different levels of walking and cycling.
The charming village of Dunkeld sits along the River Tay in Perthshire. It is known for Dunkeld Cathedral, Dunkeld Bridge, The Hermitage and specialty shops along Atholl Street. Many of the brightly colored "little houses" built in the 1700s have been restored by the National Trust for Scotland, and the rebuilt buildings portray the original 18th century Scottish town.
Dundee is a City of Discovery. The city's textile heritage provides inspiration for one of its principal tourist attractions - Verdant Works. Its clean air renowned to be low in pollution and "sunshine hours" way up on many areas in the south - provides a breath of fresh air for visitors. The city center is a shopper's paradise, where major department stores co-exist with specialist shops tucked away in side streets. The high percentage of students in the city make Dundee a buzzing place to be by night, with a lively pub and club scene. Sport remains an activity close to the heart of many Dundonians. The city has a close association with the sea and is home port of the Royal Research Ship Discovery, today a floating museum. Stroll along the quayside from Discovery Point to come across the HM Frigate Unicorn, the oldest British-Built ship afloat. Discover Dundee - one of Scotland's best kept secrets, and you will find an exciting city which really is "The City of Discovery".