SCOTLAND TRAVEL DESTINATION, REGIONS & ATTRACTIONS
Scotland is part of the United Kingdom, located in the
northern third of the island of Great Britain. Sharing a border with England to
the south, the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west,
the North Channel and Irish Sea to the southwest.
The country is divided up
into a number of tourism regions,
Historical subdivision of Scotland has included mormaerdom, stewartry,
earldom, burgh, parish, county and regions and districts, some still in use
today. For local government purposes, there are 32 council areas, whilst the
Scottish Parliament recognises 73 constituencies and eight regions.
The main cities in Scotland are Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow,
Inverness and Stirling. There are over 790 offshore islands in Scotland, most
of which are found in the four main groups:
- Shetland Islands
— these group of over 100 islands are on the northeast coast of
The largest of the islands is known as Mainland. Other islands include Yell,
Unst, Fetlar, Bressay, Whalsay, East and West Burra, Muckle Roe, Papa Stour,
Trondra, Vaila, Foula, Fair Isle, and the Out Skerries group.
- Orkney Islands
— Orkney is an archipelago just north of Scotland’s mainland and is made up
of approximately 70 islands.
— Located off the west coast of Scotland, the Hebrides is a widespread and
diverse archipelago, grouped into the Inner Hebrides and the Outer Hebrides.
Over time we will be expanding our listing of wonderful destinations,
attractions and memorable experiences in
in the meantime you can check out our current listing.
Scotland • Attractions
Aberdeen City Shire and Grampian Highlands
• Known as the Capital of the Grampian Highlands, the ‘Granite City’ of Aberdeen
offers visitors a perfect destination from which to base yourself for exploring
the surrounding region of Aberdeenshire. With the majestic Grampian Mountains
dominating the skyline to the west, rolling hills and quaint small fishing
villages, plus the dramatic and unspoilt coastline to the east, there is plenty
to see and do.
A prosperous and hard-working city Aberdeen has the modern glamour of the larger
cities, from first class restaurants, great shopping and exciting nightlife, yet
still retaining some of its quaint fishing village charm. With the bordering
rivers, the River Don to the north and the River Dee to the south, the city
boast a fascinating history, fine architecture, museums, and a vibrant art and
If you want to explore Aberdeen’s cultural and natural heritage, there is the
City’s Heritage Trails1 to complement the Grampian
Driving Trails and Castle
Trail (Aberdeenshire being home to Scotland’s only
castle trail, as
well as their long-standing royal connections). One of the most popular
attractions is the
Cairngorms National Park,
Britain’s largest National Park.
Check out our listing of
Scotland Tourism Sites for more information.
Dumfries & Galloway
• Located in the south west region of
Dumfries and Galloway provides a great escape from the stresses of modern life.
With its varied landscape of hills, moorland, forest, rivers and coastline, it
provides a mecca for golfers, walkers, cyclists and anglers. It is also home to
the Mull of Galloway, Scotland's most southerly point. The cities of Dumfries
and Kirkcudbright offer a range of activities.
Edinburgh and the Lothians
• Edinburgh and the Lothians region is
filled with history, culture, attractions, activities and events. Scotland’s
Capital City of Edinburgh has a vibrant buzz both day and night. Edinburgh is a
city of contrast from the cobble streets of the Old Town and the beautiful
Georgian avenues of the New Town. Visitors can relax in the seaside locations of
Newhaven, a quiet fishing village with its Newhaven Heritage Museum located in
the Newhaven Fish Market, one of the best fish markets in the UK. There is the
village of Cramond, some two thousand years old, located on the River Almond on
the eastern side entering the Firth of Forth. Other destinations of interest
include Leith (to the east of Newhaven), Pencaitland (16 miles to the east of
Edinburgh in the East Lothian), Dunbar (on the southeast coast lest than 31
miles from Edinburgh), Stenton (in the East Lothian, near Dunbar).
The Lothian is a region that lie between the southern shore of the Firth of
Forth and the Lammermuir Hills. Encompassing Edinburgh City it also includes
West Lothian, Mid Lothian and East Lothian, the region has a rich heritage with
prehistoric burial sites, castles and palaces. There is the beautiful Rosslyn
Chapel, pretty villages, river valleys, woods, hills, coastline and beaches,
where you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities from exploring, cycling,
walking and play a round on an Open Championship course.
Outer Hebrides and the Inner Hebrides
• Located off the west coast of
Scotland, the Hebrides is a widespread and diverse archipelago, grouped into the
Outer Hebrides and the Inner Hebrides. The Hebrides are named from the Norse
word ‘Harbredey’, that roughly translate to ‘isles at the edge of the sea’.
The Outer Hebrides are the most westerly islands off the Scottish mainland. Made
up of a number of many smaller islands in close proximity to each other, they
include Isle of Lewis (Eilean Leòdhais), Isle of Harris (Na Hearadh), Isle of
North Uist (Uist a Tuath), Isle of Benbecula (Beinn Na Faoghla), Isle of South
Uist (Uibhist a Deas), Isle of Barra (Eilean Bharraigh), and The Islands of St
Check out the
Official Tourism Site for The Outer Hebrides.
• Located on the northeast coast of
Scotland is a subarctic archipelago, of a group of over 100 islands known as the Shetland Islands.
Less than a third
of the islands are populated, the largest island is known as Mainland, a place
of stunning beaches, tall cliffs, sheltered alcoves and the friendliest of
people. With its unique culture, stunning seascapes and abundant wildlife, the
islands have a lot to offer the visitor.
Dominated and influenced by the coast and sea, the islands have a rich history
that date back to the Neolithic time. The impressive Mousa Broch on the Island
of Mousa, rises to 13 m in height and is over 2,000 years old. There is evidence
of even earlier settlements.2
The Vikings influence of course, is everywhere. The ancient Viking parliament,
the Althing, once met near Scalloway and even today, Norse Udal law still plays
a role in Shetland Life. The Norse influence is also noticeable in the Shetland
dialect and on place names and on the last Tuesday of January, Vikings can be
seen roaming the streets of Lerwick for the annual
Up Helly Aa Fire Festival. This is
the world’s biggest fire festival and involves a torchlight procession dragging
a Viking longship through the streets before setting it alight in spectacular
fashion and retiring to the local halls for a night of revelry.
Of course Shetland is a paradise for wildlife watchers. Home to over a million
birds, including over 600,000 fulmars and over 200,000 puffins, this is a haven
for birdwatchers. In fact, Shetland is a haven for all kinds of wildlife, as
seen in its three National Nature Reserves, four RSPB reserves and 78 Sites of
Special Scientific Interest.
1 Aberdeen City Council:
Aberdeen Heritage Trail
• Information about a series of walking
tails around the City of Aberdeen and includes a series of links to trails and
related documents. (Retrieved February 7, 2012)
2 Undiscovered Scotland: The Ultimate Online Guide -
• Informative site that includes a
section on Mousa Broch, with images. (Retrieved February 7, 2012)