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The vibrant culture, rich history and rugged landscape make Scotland so popular with the millions of tourists who visit each year. Planning a Scottish holiday? These top attractions will keep you entertained.

Edinburgh Castle

Take a tour of Edinburgh Castle, one of Scotland’s most-visited tourist attractions. Highlights include the Great Hall and the One O’clock Gun. You can also explore the shops and attractions on the Royal Mile, the famous street between the castle and Holyrood Palace.

The Loch Ness Monster

Myths and sea monsters are part of Scotland’s fascinating history and culture. For example, you can search for the Loch Ness Monster. Also known as Nessie, this legendary creature supposedly lives in Loch Ness. Some people believe she is a type of prehistoric marine reptile. Then again, others believe the monster is simply other animals, such as seals or otters. Regardless of what Nessie is, she remains one of the most famous legends in history.

Walk the West Highland Way

The West Highland Way is a fantastic challenge whether you’re an experienced hiker or a complete novice. The 154-kilometre (96 miles) route passes through some of the most stunning scenery in the country, taking in lochs, glens, mountains and forests. Well-behaved dogs are welcome on the route too.

If you are holidaying in Scotland with your pet, check out The Hollies pet-friendly luxury lodges with hot tubs. The lodges are an excellent base for exploring the best of Scotland.

Beautiful Loch Lomond

This enormous freshwater loch is never short of visitors. Loch Lomond is over 22 miles long with a surface area of 27.5 square miles. You can enjoy cruises and private charters. If you’re feeling more adventurous, choose your favourite watersports, such as water skiing, kayaking and paddleboarding. If you have time, you can also visit the Sea Life Aquarium.

Scottish Architecture

Impressive buildings are part of the unique Scottish sightseeing experience. For instance, Glasgow Cathedral, the oldest building in Glasgow, is known for its beautiful Gothic architecture. Glasgow also gives you an insight into Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s legacy and most famous works. With so much to see and explore, private or public walking tours are often a great way to admire some of the finest architecture across Scotland.

Explore the Highlands

The Scottish Highlands attract visitors from around the world. For example, the Cairngorms National Park has much to offer holidaymakers and outdoor adventurers. You can enjoy over a hundred community paths across the park. This natural playground is also perfect for cycling tours, wildlife spotting, water sports and snow sports. See also fun things to do in Scotland.

The North Coast 500

Described as Scotland’s ultimate road trip, the North Coast 500 is a 516-mile scenic adventure. The six regions it covers include Wester Ross, Inverness-shire and Sutherland. Enjoy dolphin spotting, hill walking, and a dramatic northwestern landscape of mountains and sea along the route.

You can seek out some of the most beautiful beaches too. For example, the seaside town of Dornoch in Sutherland has a gorgeous golden beach. And when you’re not behind the wheel, you can enjoy restful downtime. The Hollies has a selection of luxury self-catering Highlands accommodation.

Whisky Tours

Unsurprisingly, whisky tours are a popular visitor attraction. Scotland’s whisky is legendary across the world. You can enjoy a guided walk through the whisky-making process, followed by an opportunity to sample some of the best Scottish whiskies.

Top attractions include The Glenlivet Distillery Tour in Dufftown, about 20 miles from The Hollies Highland Lodges. You can also visit  The Glenmorangie Distillery Tour by the shores of Dornoch Firth.

The top visitor attractions in Scotland will keep everyone entertained wherever you go. Historical castles, mythical monsters and gorgeous scenery are some highlights to add to your itinerary. However, there is never enough time to see and do everything once you get there. So, start planning your next visit to Scotland before you leave. Book Highland holiday cottages in Aviemore today!