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Interesting places to visit in Scotland

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Here you'll find a 'hefty' selection of some of the finest villages cum towns in Scotland. In a sense they all typical "Scottish picturesque" with (most of the time) accommodation, restaurants and pubs.

Quaint cobblestone streets, thatch cottages, fishing villages and historic towns. Each place boasting its own unique charm

Scotland is the proudest of all the nations which make up the present-day United Kingdom.

The independent Scottish spirit is forged from the years of border-struggle between the Scots and the English. The many, many castles were primarily used defensively – to hold power, and to protect communities against invaders. Castles were not only built in the areas most at risk from invasion (Galloway and the Scottish Borders) but across nearly the whole of Scotland. There are literally hundreds of castles! Many have not survived the ages and have all but disappeared, but that still leaves the visitor with many interesting, sometimes even spectacular discoveries to make.

Historic battles hold a significant place in the Scottish consciousness and play an important part in the Scottish sense of identity. These momentous events live on today through memorials, music, poetry and literature. The landscapes where these events took place are hugely important because of what they can tell us about the course of the battle and the physical remains and artefacts they can contain. Battlefields are also places of remembrance, as sites where people fought and died for many a different cause and may have been buried.

Scottish museums and galleries are a veritable treasure trove of inspiration, home to some of the most coveted art and artifacts in the world. From works by Salvador Dali, Damien Hirst, David Shrigley and Botticelli, there is something to satisfy every artistic palate. No trip to Scotland would be complete without a visit to one of these thought-provoking spaces. They are the perfect place to gain an understanding of Scottish art, science, history, engineering and culture.

Follow in the footsteps of the Celtic Saints and the pilgrimages they inspired in the Middle Ages. Visit some of the most secluded parts of the country and unveil the history and the beauty of many of the churches along the way.

Brochs, stone circles, remains of defensive fortifications on remote hill tops and elusive remains of forms of worship. You will find them all over Scotland.

The natural beauty of Scotland is simply beyond compare. From the rugged north west Highlands and the incredible beautiful Cairngorms to the wind swept craggy coasts of Berwickshire.

This part of Britain has so much to offer.

There will always be those (often visitable) places or sites of interest that are difficult to categorize. The word "miscellaneous" might spring to mind but that sounds to derogatory. Here you'll find Roman forts, but also a gravesite with a story, a viewpoint, an evocative monument or the sad remains of the infamous 'clearances'.

A very interesting tool with near endless possibilities!

Scran Search

SCRAN is a service of the Scottish charity Historic Environment Scotland.

SCRAN aims to provide educational access to digital materials representing Scottish material culture and history. Scran hosts images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media and is one of the largest educational online services in the UK supporting thousands of schools, libraries, colleges and universities.

Scotland's Finest offers visitors the SCRAN Search Box. For additional information and all available options visit https://www.scran.ac.uk/info/aboutscran.php