Scotland is a country rich in architecture, history, natural beauty and natural resources. From the rugged highlands of the north to the gentle glens of the border country, visitors will find inspiring landscapes, quaint villages and pubs, first-class museums, mysterious runes and a nation of people who are fiercely proud of their heritage. This land of lochs, burns, poetry and malt whisky has no shortage of beguiling sights, but here are three (of many) interesting places in Scotland that are sure to capture the interest and imagination of any visitor.
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This imposing fortress, looming large above Edinburgh, is the city's most famous landmark. Sitting proudly on the remains of an ancient volcano, Edinburgh Castle has served as home to royalty and as a strategic military garrison. Today, the structure is managed as a museum, with daily tours bringing visitors back in time for a glimpse at castle life over the last millennium.
011 (+44) 0131 310 5114
Whether you believe in the legend of the Loch Ness monster or not, the namesake lake is still worth a visit. Long and deep and shrouded in mystery, Loch Ness still has an air of the old world. From the tower house of Urquhart Castle---on Loch Ness' west banks---one can take in a bird's-eye view of the cold, murky waters below and ponder what lives in its deeps. A driving tour around Loch Ness brings visitors close up with the scraggly gorse that grows wild across the land, wild sheep that graze here and a chance---always a chance---to view Nessie.
011 (+44) 0145 645 0551
St Andrews Links Golf Course
St Andrews Links has been hosting golfers since the 15th century and is recognized by many as "the home of golf." The Old Course---St Andrews' public course---is so popular that about half of all tee times are determined by a daily lottery drawing. Even if you don't get the lucky ballot, fans of the game are sure to enjoy St Andrews' seaside setting, golfing heritage and a glimpse at the links-style layout and what Tiger Woods called, "...my favorite course in the world."
St Andrews Links
West Sands Road
011 (+44) 0133 446 6666
Todd Whitesel has more than 10 years experience as an editor and writer across a broad range of consumer print and web publications, including "Goldmine Magazine," AVRev.com and GORP.com. His primary areas of expertise are: music, the outdoors, natural history, computers, audio technology, travel, cooking and geography. Todd holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing from Winona State University.