The biggest city in Scotland and the third biggest in the UK, Glasgow really is a vibrant metropolis (despite what their biggest rivals – Edinburgh residents – may say). Once the centre of the UK’s industrial revolution, Glasgow is now brimming with world class museums, art galleries, and architecture both old and new. It’s also got a booming music scene, and you shouldn’t leave without checking out at least one live venue.
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Sandwiched between the stunning Loch Linnhe and the foothills of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, Fort William is simply unforgettable. The town makes an excellent base for hiking either Ben Nevis or the surrounding Munroes, or for the less outdoorsy types, a cruise along Loch Linnhe is a great way to relax and spot some local wildlife (don’t worry, there’s no monster in this one). The Jacobite steam train to Mallaig is also a throwback to days gone by.
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Marketed as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’, Inverness is a picturesque town on the banks of the river Ness. There are many walks to take along the leafy river bank, leading up to the magnificent Inverness castle and beyond to the Ness islands or the Calendonian Canal towpath. Golfing, cycling, and watersports are popular activities, and this town is also home to the biggest myth of all; the Loch Ness Monster. Go searching if you dare!
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A small town a short distance from Perth, Pitlochry shouldn’t be overlooked. The charming Pitlochry church and quaint buildings of the town make for a pleasant afternoon stroll, or you can visit the spectacular Falls of Bruar or the Pitlochry Dam and Salmon Ladder. Top it off with a visit to Scotland’s smallest distillery and try some Edradour single malt whisky. Ben Vrackie, a mountain topping 840m, is also nearby for any hikers.
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This stunning medieval city is the jewel in Scotland’s crown, and ever popular with visitors. Edinburgh Castle sits right in the centre on top of a craggy hill overlooking everything below, with Greyfriars Kirkyard and Mary King’s Close providing plenty more insights into this city’s spooky, creepy history. The Edinburgh arts festival in August is one of the best in the world and not to be missed.
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