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Major Tourist Attractions in Scotland, Edinburgh!

2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland

Scotland: Scotland is a constituent country of the United Kingdom. It occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain and it shares a border with England on the south. Scotland has a huge tourism industry with as many as 2 lakh employees in this segment.

Scotland Tourism: The official tourism board of Scotland boasts that its country is world-famous for its awesome scenery, vibrant culture and spectacular heritage. Edinburgh, Glasgow and Abderdeen are the most important cities in this small nation.

  1. Eilean Donan: Located in the western Highlands of Scotland, Eilean Donan is a small tidal uninhabited island. There is a world famous castle here built originally in the 13th century and it is so picturesque that it is frequently shown in movies, tv shows, postcards etc.
  2. Ben Nevis: It is the highest mountain in the British Isles standing tall at 1344 m (4,409 ft) above sea level. Ben Nevis is located is close to the Scottish town of Fort William in the Highlands. The location is perfect for Outdoor Activities and Adventure Sports.
  3. Skara Brae: An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Skara Brae is a prehistoric village located on the main island of Orkney. This village was built in the Stone Age and it was discovered only in 1850 by a great storm otherwise it was unexposed for hundreds of years by a sand dune.
  4. Broch of Mousa: Located in Shetland, the Broch of Mousa is a pre-historic tower which was built around 100 BC. The tower stands 44 feet tall and a visitor can climb up to its top by an internal staircase.
  5. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum: Located in the city of Glasgow, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is surprisingly the No.1 Tourist Destination in Scotland. This Museum has over 8000 objects on display. This red-stone building has two main attractions – the most famous painting of Christ of St John of the Cross’ and Sir Roger the Asian elephant.

Edinburgh-Castle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Edinburgh: Edinburgh is the Capital City of Scotland and also one of Europe’s largest financial centres. This city was founded in the 7th century AD and thus is home to many historic sites even today which includes the Edinburgh Castle, Linlithgow Palace and others.

  1. Edinburgh Castle: This historic fortress in the Capital City of Scotland stands on the 427 ft tall Castle Rock which has been at the site since the late Bronze Age. The Edinburgh Castle has been the epicenter of many historical conflicts since the 12th century and today attracts more than a million visitors every year.
  2. St Giles’ Cathedral: Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, this Cathedral is located on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The St Giles’ Cathedral which was founded in the 12th century is considered as the Mother Church of Presbyterianism.
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens: Founded in 1670, the Royal Botanic Gardens consists of more than 13,00 plant species and is world famous for its horticultural excellence. The Gardens are located just a mile from the city center and are spread on 70 acres.
  4. Edinburgh Zoo: Lying on the Corstorphine Hill, the Edinburgh Zoo is celebrating its centenary year in 2013. The Edinburgh Zoo became the first ever Zoo in the world to breed penguins. It is also home to the only two giant Pandas in the UK.
  5. Royal Yacht Britannia: It is one of the best attractions of Scotland. The Royal Yact Britannia is a floating palace in a Ship which served the British Royal Family for forty years.

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