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.
Inverness is an excellent tourism destination. With its suspension bridges across the River Ness and old stone buildings, it is a pretty place well-known for its floral displays. Walk along the river banks and to the Ness Islands for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the shops. Cross the river on little bridges and visit Bught Park. The Floral Hall has a sub-tropical horticultural extravaganza with a small waterfall, fish and all sorts of plants and trees. Walk up the river in the other direction and see Ben Wyvis on the skyline. Inverness has an excellent museum and art gallery. Local history talks take place here. Eden Court Theater, situated near the cathedral, has events listings and incorporates part of the old Bishop's Palace and is said to be haunted by the 'Green Lady' ghost of a wife of one of the bishops who hanged herself there. Also check out art.tm which is an art gallery and studio. The Spectrum Centre has a cafe and is the meeting place for local clubs and education classes. Look out for Scottish Showtime music and dance performances during the summer.
Invergordon (Inverness/Loch Ness)
The northern part of Scotland, known as the Highlands, ranks as one of the world’s most magnificent scenic spots. Among the main attractions is a landscape of dramatic mountains and forested hills. Invergordon is the port for Inverness and capital of the Highlands. The surrounding countryside offers such famous attractions as the Battlefield of Culloden, Loch Ness, the villages of Tain and Cromarty, numerous historic castles and old established whisky distilleries. Enjoy the picture-perfect scenery and an opportunity to chat with a Highlander eager to introduce you to his fabled land and its rich heritage. Inverness Castle is a predominantly 19th-century edifice perched high above the Ness River. Today’s remains house the Sheriff’s Office. The exhibits of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery may be worth viewing as they provide a good overview of the development of the Highlands. Located 14 miles southwest of Inverness the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition tell the legend of the monster from 565 A.D. to the present.
This northern seaside village is a jewel in the Scottish Highlands with its charming pearlescent cottages resting quietly off the harbor. The woodland pines tower over this scenic village and compliment the rugged landscape of Plockton. During the summer flowers are in full bloom, cattle come down from the highlands, yachts fill the waterfront and visitors satiate the small businesses.
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.
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.
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".