Edinburgh is not only one of the most important cities in Scotland, it is one of the most charming places in Britain. Nicknamed the "Athens of the North", it offers places as interesting as its urban center, which is a World Heritage Site. Of course, in the capital we must also highlight its castle, which houses buildings of great beauty, such as the Chapel of Santa Margarita; the Royal Mile, the most important street, where the Holyrood Palace and the Parliament are located; the underground city; the National Gallery, the most important museum in the country; and Calton Hill Park, which hides the monument to those who died in the Napoleonic Wars. And these are just some of its attractions.
Although there are many things worth doing and seeing in Edinburgh, if you have time to spare, we recommend that you take an excursion to some of the wonderful places around the city. Today we are going to recommend 4 excursions , but you should know that there are many interesting places to discover. Would you like to join us?
Loch Ness and Highlands
There are many agencies that offer excursions to the Highlands, known in Spanish as the Highlands of Scotland. One of the great attractions of this spectacular mountainous region is Loch Ness, one of the best-known lakes in the world, since there is a legend that says that a monster lives here. Of course, the excursion to this Scottish corner is worth it for many other reasons. And you will have the opportunity to discover the Trossachs National Park, small lakes, the Glencoe valley, the beautiful village of Fort Augustus … In addition, in many agencies the excursions include a visit to the Cairngorms National Park, the town of Dunkled and to the structure of the Forth Bridge. The only bad thing about this tour is that you have to spend many hours on the bus.
Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond
Also worth the trip to Stirling Castle, which in many agencies also includes a visit to Loch Lomond. The castle was one of the most important fortresses in Scotland during the Middle Ages. In fact, Stirling became the capital of the Scottish Kingdom. From a distance you can see the monument to William Wallace , a key figure in the Scottish Wars of Independence against England. Of course, the old part of the city is also worth visiting. The next stop on the tour is Loch Lomond, the largest lake in the country. Also, back in Edinburgh, some agencies include a visit to the town of Falkirk, which is home to the famous Falkirk Wheel; and the town of Linlithgow.
Saint Andrews and the fishing villages of Fife
Another excursion that we recommend is the one that includes a visit to Saint Andrews and the fishing villages of Fife. Saint Andrews is a small city that marvels for its university life, its history and its idyllic surroundings. Its ruined cathedral stands out, facing the sea. Just a few miles south, you can hike the Fife Fishing Village Route, home to scenic spots such as Crail and Anstruther. In addition, you can visit Scotland’s Secret Bunker, a bunker built during the Cold War.
Finally, we want to recommend a visit to Glosgow, one of the most important cities in Scotland. Beyond its center, which is full of shops and malls, some of its museums are worth discovering. Also, you should know that every week it hosts numerous concerts . And that’s not to mention its lively nightlife. Some of the corners that you will be able to visit during your excursion to Glasgow are the cathedral, the only medieval one that has survived the Protestant reform; George Square and the bank of the River Clyde; and Kelvingrove Park, which houses the University of Glasgow and the Kelvingrove Museum.