There have been a number of lists issued recently about some of the amazing places to visit in Scotland and it was pleasing to see that the traditional favourites like Edinburgh Castle remain at the top and refreshing to see so many other attractions being talked about that were less well known. In that theme here are “six of the best” to consider….IMG_2623 copy

1, Scotland is known for its castles and when visiting Scotland, even if you do not step foot into a castle you will see one somewhere. Eilean Donan Castle is an absolute gem in a stunning landscape on the A82 to the Isle of Skye. It is one of the most photogenic venues in Scotland which actually looks better in low cloud than sunshine.

2, Stop off at North Queensferry or South Queensferry and take time to admire the fantastic engineering that went into building the Forth Rail Bridge.  The Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge over the Firth of Forth which was opened in 1890 (having taken 8 years to build) and spans a total length of 8,296 feet (2,528.7 m). There are plenty of parking spaces below the bridge at South Queensferry to admire the view and take it all in.

0443, Wherever you go in Scotland you will be walking in the footsteps of someone famous (or infamous) as history is splashed on every cobble and turn in the road.  Whether it is walking in the Old Town of Edinburgh or looking across Loch Shiel or any loch for that matter.  Back in 1745 the Jacobite Rising began at Glenfinnan when “Bonnie Prince Charlie” raised his standard on the shores of Loch Shiel, which the 60 foot monument commemorates today.

011 copy4, The geography is everything in Scotland and the natural beauty of the Highlands can be breathtaking. On my way to inspect the Lodge at Cape Wrath I recall stopping on the road (there is little traffic in that part of the world) to take this photo of the hills and loch in front of me looking across the Kyle of Durness. This typifies Scotland and photos from tour buses and tourist’s cars can capture so many images just like this.

TheCall5, Genealogy and connections always bring people to Scotland. Recently I was discussing with a client from the US, who had various photographs, including one dating back to 1942 of two US airmen at a monument known as “The Call”. This is sited in Princes St Gardens in Edinburgh and is a bronze monument of a young Scottish soldier, which is a tribute to American Support for Scotland at the start of the Great War in 1914. For them this very little known monument was the most evocative place in the world and was part of their bucket list – and most people don’t know it exists.

171ExtVisit2013 (78)6, The people of Scotland are very under-rated and should get a lot more credit for welcoming friends and family to Scotland. I have been all over Scotland and have always made time to talk and listen to find out the interesting details of the area, the property or just the big topic of the day. I remember discussing what was going on in Edinburgh to these lovely farmers based at a far flung Highland location and just taking a huge interest in all round them.  Likewise, if you are looking for a wonderful location in Scotland, speak to Scotts Castle Holidays today as we are always happy to pass on our years of knowledge to ensure you get the best holiday house in Scotland that is best for you.