North of Scotland Top Attractions

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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh

one of Scotland's best known landmarks
mighty fortress - dominates the Edinburgh skyline - built on volcanic rock - occupied for thousands of years - Scotland's crown jewels - three military museums - National War memorial - cafes and shops - open all year

Balmoral Castle

Ballater

Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, the Estate has been the Scottish Home of the British Royal Family ever since.

Bannockburn Heritage Centre

Stirling

From this battlefield the Scots 'sent them homeward to think again', when Edward II's English army was soundly defeated by King Robert the Bruce. This brought the independence for which William Wallace had also fought.

Ben Nevis

Fort William

The dramatic effect of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, is emphasised by the fact that it begins its rise from sea-level on the shores of Loch Linnhe, to tower 4,406ft (1,344m) above the town of Fort William

Cairngorms National Park

Grantown-on-Spey

The Park stretches from Grantown on Spey to the heads of the Angus Glens, from Ballater to Dalwhinnie and Drumochter including much of the Laggan area in the southwest and a large area of the Glen Livet estate

Castle of Mey and Gardens

Thurso

The most northerly castle on the Scottish mainland, it was built between 1566 and 1572. The castle was acquired by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 1952 and renovated and restored by her.

Glamis Castle

Forfar

Family home of the Earls of Strathmore. Childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and birthplace of the present Queen's younger sister, the late Princess Margaret Rose. Legendary setting of Shakespeare's "Macbeth".

Glenfiddich Distillery

Keith

Guided tours; film in six languages; new Visitor Centre; new Glenfiddich Bar and Coffee Shop; exclusive Gift Shop; large car park; outdoor picnic tables.

Kilchurn Castle

Dalmally

The Castle was historically a Campbell stronghold but is likely to have been built on an earlier McGregor of Glenstrae site. The McGregors were the dominant clan in the area until being eclipsed by the Campbells.

Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow

The magnificent ruin of a great Royal Palace set in its own park and beside Linlithgow Loch. A favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens from James I (1406-37) onward. Building work commissioned by James I, III, IV, V and VI can be seen.
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