The spectacular Edinburgh Castle dominates the city from the top of a large, volcanic rock. The silhouette of this medieval fortress against the blue sky or overcast by violet clouds is unforgettable. It is, without a doubt, the symbolic heart of the beautiful city of Edinburgh. The castle, still in use, and very attractive, has a long history, full of legends and fairy tales. Protected by cliffs, access to the fort is only possible via the High Street, located in the Old Town. During the summer months you can visit between 9.30 and 18 pm. During winter, the opening times are from 9:30 am to 17 pm. I recommend that you buy tickets in advance (the website has a virtual box office), as Edinburgh Castle is the most visited castle in the whole of Scotland.
This castle has been the scene of films such as "The Immortals" by Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery or "The Trap", again starring Sean Connery and Catherine Z Jones which add to the Serviajera experience. The castle is on the west coast of Scotland, in the northern part of the Isle of Skye, that forms part of a tour that crosses Glen Coe, passes through Skye and returns to Eilean Donan .It can even lead to Fort Williams, where the Jacobite train (or better known as the train in the Harry Potter films), Ben Nevis (the highest peak in the UK and start other routes, such as Glenfinnan, another magical location in the Highlands. It's important to bear in mind that the construction that stands before us is not the original, it's a Victorian reconstruction based on an architect's dream, and a divine dream it was!
It is certainly one of the most beautiful experiences you can have when visiting Edinburgh. I recommend that you go up to the Calton Hill Gardens in the evening to see the whole city iluminated, with a close up of Princess Street and in the background the Balmoral Hotel and the castle dominating the city. It's worth a trip up to this place, which is so close yet so far from the bustle of Edinburgh to enjoy the sounds of the city.
In the northwest of the Scotland there is a bridge that leads to the Isle of Skye, a place of hidden by mist (hence its name, which in Gaelic means cloud), but as the day progresses the clouds give way to a spectacle of color, charm and hidden corners. We traveled with a camper van and looked for remote places to spend the day. We found, in Portree, that road travel is allowed with a charm of Celtic times. A place to forget about the rest of the world.
Edinburgh, in Scotland, is a place that inspires confidence, enhances your desire to walk no matter what time of day it is and feeds your hunger to keep discovering new places in the world that you weren´t previously familiar with (and, if you have already been there, it´s a place which you must keep returning to.) The division between the "Old town" and the "New town" is of interest to the public, either by the Gothic style / culture of the old buildings, or commercial shopping of many travelers who are enjoying their holidays.
I'm a lover of cities with a medieval spirit, with their castles and their cobblestone streets, but also Edinburgh is surrounded with this 18th and 19th century atmosphere, which makes it all the more special.
Also, there's nothing like getting to know the charms of a British city in the dead of winter. Fog, chill, overcast skies... It irresistibly invites you into its mythic pubs.
Hello I am new to this but this summer I went to Inverness about 5 days and it is a wonderful place to relax if you love nature. Besides the the fact that the Scots are friendly and hospitable people, I would recommend everyone to visit Scotland and Loch Ness and of course Inverness. Thank you very much .Rachel.
The good thing about traveling alone is that you have a lot of time to read and, since I love history, I got to soak some up on my way to Edinburgh, especially stories about the battles of William Wallace (widely considered as a national hero ), the never-ending rivalry between Scotland and England, and the experiences of Queen Mary Stuart. And, in this sense, Stirling Castle is the perfect place to delve into Scottish history. I highly encourage you to visit. The views are beautiful thanks to its location on the top of a hill. The visit to the castle lacks no detail, and they show you exactly how they lived in this fortress (I especially loved the Royal Kitchens, and the feeling of being among all the preparations for a royal banquet). If you end up going, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! ;)
Next to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, covering a land of 260 hectares, with a rocky hill 225 meters high, you will find the place called Arthur´s seat or Arthur´s chair. It is an extinct volcano from 350 million years ago. Holyrood's name comes from the time of David I, when in 1128 was knocked off his horse by a deer while hunting. According to legend, a cross appeared miraculously on his hands to ward off the animal. In gratitude, the king founded the Abbey of Holy Cross. If I had had my slippers, I would have climbed to the top because it appeared to be miraculous. If I had gone, I would have also given a candle to the Virgin. The park has 3 small lakes and the ruins of the chapel of Saint Anthony, which are few walls.
Fort Augustus is the largest port in the south of Loch Ness, so it has become a must for all travelers arriving from the Lowlands. This small town lives solely based on the lake, and they have surely lived up to the legend! They have a small pier where there are cruises on the lake, as well as a museum, cafes, restaurants and the typical souvenir shop. I was truly impressed and leaving aside myths, it is the beauty of the landscape in a place with such extreme weather conditions. I visited in June and even sported a blazing sun, the wind was so cold you were completely frozen. It was even hotter when it was cloudy, if you can believe it.
These cliffs are found in the northern part of the Scottish island of Skye. Supposedly the name Kilt Rock comes from the fact that its walls are filled with all the colours of a kilt. To reach the area, we left from Portree north and took the road around the island. After passing the Old Man of Storr monolith by 25 kilometres, you reach the point where you park your car. The views are magnificent from the gazebo. You can see the cliffs, the sea and especially the waterfall that flows into the sea, making it one of the most emblematic and beautiful places on the Isle of Skye. A plaque reminds us that fossilized dinosaur footprints were found in the area. It's worth spending a little time here to admire the sea, and with a little luck, you might see a dolphin jumping or an even bigger surprise.
The Scottish botanical garden consists of 10 greenhouses, varied and contrasting, which showcase the diversity of the planet's warmer climates. When I visited, they were partially closed to decorate for Chinese New Year, but generally they are open daily, and admission is 3 pounds (the rest of the botanical garden is free). Everything inside, the temperature and humidity levels, is controlled by computer, and a vast number of plants thrive here, with extremely rare plants from the island of Soqotra, between Yemen and Somalia. Many of these plants are used for scientific research, and you'll find the largest collection of rhododendrons in the world, as well as orchids, palms and other plants from hot, humid climates. You can see the tallest palm tree in the country, which has been there since 1858. And in front of the greenhouses, you can see another interesting plant, the oldest fossilized tree in the world. Sadly many children play on it, unaware of its significance.
During the few months I lived in Arbroath, a small fishing village on the east coast of Scotland, in the North Sea I sometimes took the opportunity to escape to Stonehaven for the day. I really liked the settlement for its gate as much as its fantastic views. Its major attraction is the castle. It can give you great views if you are lucky enough to visit on a sunny day. Just like the beach cliffs, go along the coastal cliffs and the views are excellent. There is an entrance fee. To get here you can come by train from Aberdeen, Arbroath or Dundee. Here the views from inside the castle and from the front make it a magical and special place
I liked the city with its gardens, old buildings and the top part with the castle is very impressive. I'll give you guys only one photo of the monument of Sir Walter Scott, a spectacular Gothic construction erected in memory of one of the city's favorite sons, the author of many famous novels such as, as Ivanhoe and Rob Roy (who starred in the movie Liam Neeson).
The Cathedral of Saint Andrews is in the corner of the city. It was probably built in 1144 though that is simply an estimate. It is an amazing place. Most of the ruins remain in good shape and there is a nice mix of things to see there. You have the cathedral, the cemetery, a war memorial, and the tower of St Rules. If you climb the towers you can take a picture have a spectacular view of the town. There is a museum of the place that allows you to see the relics of the early Christians who inhabited the sarcophagi and tombs. I recommend this to people who enjoy the old architecture and open spaces near the sea.
If you travel to Scotland, Loch Ness is definitely a place to visit. We stayed in Edinburgh and wanted to go for four days, but they explained that the distance to the lake was about 700 kilometers and that the Lake Loch Lomond was not only much bigger, but also more beautiful, closer, and less crowded. We decided to go to Loch Lomond thanks to the unique and wonderful guide Miguel of Scotland and I recommend it too. It really did not disappoint us.
St Giles Cathedral is the former royal cathedral of Edinbourgh city in Scotland. It used to be used by the kings of the castle, which is only 500 meters from the cathedral. Also called High Kirk of Edinburgh. It is no longer a Cathedral like it was in the seventeenth century, but now it's more. It belongs to the Church of Scotland, and is still a religious emblem of the country, since it was built on such an ancient and sacred place. After five o-clock masses are held on Sunday, and rest during the week, you can visit the church, the entrance is free, but they charge two pounds if you want to take pictures. St Giles is the patron saint of the disabled and the lepers. He was a saint invoked in the Middle Ages. It has very beautiful stained glass of the finest quality in the region, and a bell tower in a strange shape, which appears to be a crown. At night, the cathedral is lit up, and it's nice to look at from the royal path. On Sunday and sometimes during the tourist season a guy comes to play the Bagpipe, the national instrument of Scotland, with a kilt and the whole costume.
Despite being in ruins the castle is well worth the trip!. Primarily because the visit seemed very well organized, with lots of interesting information about the history of the castle, and its previous inhabitants, and secondly because you are in the Loch Ness area, and .... who has never believed in the legend?