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Top places to visit in Scotland
Have you never visited Scotland, or are you itching to go back? It’s St. Andrew’s Day at the end of this month, a chance to celebrate Scotland’s patron saint. What better time to go! Here are some great places to visit!
1. Hogwarts Express Train
Also known as the Hogwarts Express, Scotland's legendary Jacobite Steam Train is featured in the Harry Potter films when Harry and his crew are transported by train to Hogwarts from Platform 9 at King's Cross Station. This is great for anyone who loves the books or films, but most importantly it’s a chance to enjoy a lovely view and day out in the Scottish countryside.
2. Fourth Bridge
This distinctive red bridge, which links the villages of South Queensferry and North Queensferry, was opened by the Prince of Wales in March 1890. This iconic symbol of Scotland’s engineering heritage also transports about 200 local and intercity trains across the River Forth every single day!
3. Loch Lomond
Take a drive around the leafy western shore and you’ll notice how the northern stretches of Loch Lomond morph from lowland to more stark highland landscapes. Around 30 islands dot the lake and boating enthusiasts take to the water in kayaks, speedboats and on windsurfs. On the southern shore you'll find the Loch Lomond Shores complex with its aquarium, shops and restaurants.
4. Scone Palace
Scone Palace is one of the most important historical sites in Scotland. Located near Perth, it was once the site of an early Christian church, a priory and an abbey. For nearly 1000 years, it was also the crowning-place for Scottish kings, including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce. One of the finest examples of the Georgian Gothic style in the United Kingdom, the palace has been home to the Earls of Mansfield for 400 years.
5. Edinburgh Zoo
Head to the outskirts of Edinburgh to spend a day perusing Edinburgh Zoo; with over 1,000 animals to meet, it’s going to take you at least that long! The Zoo is committed to its animal welfare and conservation programs, and there are a range of activities for visitors that let you get close to the animals and even feed them! This is highly recommended as a day out for the whole family, especially your little ones.
For more information on the many places to visit in Scotland, check out www.visitscotland.com