5 Famous Landmarks in Scotland | Scottish Tours

You’ve seen it in the movies, now it’s time to see Scotland for yourself.

Scotland offers something for everyone. From its rolling mountains, bustling cities, and legendary sea monsters to its quaint and charming villages, Scotland has it all.

Delve a little deeper into the Scottish way of life and you’re guaranteed to fall in love with the unforgettable views and remarkable history.

Whether you follow in the footsteps of kings and queens at centuries old castles or ride the steam train along the Glenfinnan Viaduct on the West Highland Railway, it’s hard not to feel like you’re in a movie.

Join us as we explore five of our favourite Scottish landmarks and what makes them so special.

Stirling Castle, Scotland

Stirling Castle

Step back in time as you walk through the 14th and 15th century buildings and courtyards that Scottish kings, queens, nobility and soldiers once called home. History buffs will love Stirling Castle, home to a number of impressive events. It was here that James V and Mary Queen of Scots were crowned and the first attempted flight took place in 1507 after John Damian flung himself from the castle battlements wearing a pair of feathered wings.

During your visit, you’ll encounter the castle’s interiors, Great Hall, kitchens, Chapel Royal and scenic gardens that boast panoramic views for miles. Visit these impressive grounds and learn the history on a day tour from Edinburgh.

The Kelpies, Scotland

The Kelpies

Constructed in 2013 these 30-metre high stainless steel horse-head sculptures are one of a kind - well, two of a kind really.

Designed by Scottish sculptor Andy Scott, The Kelpies mark the eastern gateway to the Forth and Clyde canal.

The structures pay tribute to the strength and endurance of Scotland’s waterways as well as the historic role that horses have played in growing Scotland's economy and industry. They’re also based on the Scottish myth of ‘water kelpies’, a mythical horse-like spirit that inhabits Scotland’s lochs and pools.

Hop on our memorable day-long tour from Edinburgh to see these magnificent beasts up close and personal.

Jacobite Steam Train

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

Voted Number One in the world by readers of Wanderlust magazine, the 19th-century West Highland Railway Line passes through some of Scotland’s most beautiful and iconic scenery. The sheer awesomeness of the Nevis Mountain Range will be within touching distance. Known far and wide for its appearance in the Harry Potter movies, visiting the Glenfinnan Viaduct is a once in a lifetime experience.

Begin your railway journey in Fort William and travel all the way along the line to the small town Mallaig. Unfortunately, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry won’t be your final destination but there are lots of magical sights to see along the way.

All aboard our Jacobite Steam Train Tour!

Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, Scotland

Urquhart Castle

Travel to the land of myths and legends for a chance to spot the Loch Ness monster.

Join the Loch Ness Tour to see if you can catch a glimpse of the elusive ‘Nessie’ yourself. If you don’t spot this mythical beast, you’ll still get a chance to visit Loch Ness, the largest lake in the United Kingdom. Did you know, it contains more water than all the lakes of England and Wales combined?

Or, if hunting for sea monsters isn’t your thing, explore the 13th-century ruin of Urquhart Castle located on the rocky shore of Loch Ness.

Urquhart Castle was a strong-hold of Robert the Bruce in the 14th century. It was later destroyed by the English during an assault on the Jacobites at the end of the 17th century. And, today, the ruins are protected by Historic Scotland.

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle

Don’t miss the exquisite Edinburgh Castle during your trip to the Scottish Capital.

Located at the top of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle provides the perfect view over Edinburgh and all its glory. A visit to Edinburgh Castle offers more than remarkable views.

Edinburgh Castle has been the seat of royal power to a number of different Scottish monarchs. Today, visitors can venture into the Crown Room to see the Scottish Crown Jewels, sceptre and sword of the state.

In the 16th century, the historic fortress was repurposed as a military strong-hold and this tradition continues today with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Every August, the British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military, and troupes of artistic performers use the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle as the stage for the world-class Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. It’s a sight to behold!

Discover Edinburgh Castle and take a journey into Scotland’s extraordinary past with our Edinburgh Day Tour from London.

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