If you’re after a holiday in the sun, then you should maybe look elsewhere, but a holiday in Scotland is guaranteed to show you just how unique this country is. Despite the small size, you’ll leave wanting to see more of the stunning landscapes and quaint little towns. You probably know all about Glasgow and Edinburgh, two unmissable stops on a Scotland tour, but this list is about those lesser known locations without the airports that draw tourists to them. Check them out and plan your next trip to Caledonia accordingly.
1. St Andrews
Situated on the coast of Fife, St Andrews is famous for its University which is the third oldest in the United Kingdom (having been founded in 1410) and boasts the famous alumni of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Other notable sites include the Cathedral, the castle ruins and the golf course.
Arriving at Stirling train station, you can head through the hilly, ancient city towards the over half a century old Stirling castle. Wander through the castle walls, learn the history and enjoy a fantastic view over the city. Then you can walk back to where you started, at the train station, and head towards the other side of Stirling, where you’ll find the Wallace Monument. The Wallace Monument is a memorial to Scotland’s greatest hero, William Wallace, and is located at the top of a hill along with a museum, with an enjoyable historical re-enactment taking place outside.
Located between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Falkirk is a town which deserves much more attention from tourists than it currently gets, meaning travellers who do stop by will be surprised by the tranquillity of such a vibrant place. In Falkirk you’ll find the iconic Kelpies and the impressive Falkirk wheel, along with a number of interesting historical sites that are easily accessible on foot.
The ancient capital of Scotland, Perth is situated to the north of Edinburgh and is an historically important place in the country. Many Scottish kings were crowned at Scone Palace with the famous Stone of Destiny below them, the River Tay is one of the biggest in the country and there are several Gothic styled buildings and churches.
Known as the jewel of the Highlands, Plockton in a small town located in the northeast of Scotland, just across the water from Skye. The town has preserved its natural beauty and offers an excellent choice of accommodation which fits into the environment. Enjoy traditional Scottish music, delightful fish and chips and the typically warm, Highland welcome.