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Places to visit in Scotland

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At Haven, we know that it can be difficult to know where to begin when taking a trip to somewhere large and diverse. That's why we’ve compiled this list of the best places to visit in Scotland, all within driving distance of our fantastic holiday parks, to help you on your way.

Whether you’re a family looking for an unforgettable holiday or a couple after a weekend break, Scotland has something for everyone. With a population just over five million, it may be a small country, but Scotland sure packs a punch when it comes to fantastic sightseeing. From lovely lochs to colossal castles and majestic mountains, you’re never too far away from fantastic sightseeing opportunities and enthralling destinations in Scotland.

Loch Lomand, Scotland

Loch Lomand, Scotland

This picturesque highland lake is one of Scotland’s prettiest locations. Visitors can cruise the lake in a historic steamship, visit the quaint surrounding villages, rent a canoe or kayak, go biking or even try out an aerial adventure park. Loch Lomond is just an hour’s drive from Glasgow and so can be easily reached from Haven’s Craig Tara, one of the best holiday parks in Scotland.

The Loch is also joined up with the Trossachs, an area of wooded glens, braes, and lochs, to form the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park within which there are several short hiking trails for all ages to enjoy. Imagine yourself now, enjoying a hearty meal by the water's edge against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Now tell me there’s somewhere you’d rather be.

Fort William, Scotland

Fort William, Scotland

One of Europe’s most vibrant and upcoming cities, Glasgow is an unmissable addition to your Scottish itinerary. The country’s second city boasts an enviable host of internationally acclaimed cultural properties such as the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Glasgow Science Centre, The Riverside Museum, and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum which welcome millions of visitors a year.

The city is famed for the quality and diversity of its majestic green spaces, true to its Gaelic name “Glaschu” (dear green place), of which the Winter Gardens of The People's Palace are a true highlight. With a year-round schedule of live performances, sporting events and festivals, Glasgow is sure to make your stay an entertaining one.

Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow, Scotland

One of Europe’s most vibrant and upcoming cities, Glasgow is an unmissable addition to your Scottish itinerary. The country’s second city boasts an enviable host of internationally acclaimed cultural properties such as the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Glasgow Science Centre, The Riverside Museum, and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum which welcome millions of visitors a year.

The city is famed for the quality and diversity of its majestic green spaces, true to its Gaelic name “Glaschu” (dear green place), of which the Winter Gardens of The People's Palace are a true highlight. With a year-round schedule of live performances, sporting events and festivals, Glasgow is sure to make your stay an entertaining one.

Loch Ness, Scotland

Loch Ness

Undoubtedly one of Scotland’s best places to visit, Loch Ness is one of those rare destinations that attracts everyone, from keen photographers and hiking enthusiasts to children enchanted with Nessie. Many visitors choose to begin their Scottish Highlands journey in Inverness, making Loch Ness the first port of call. Popular for its famous monster and the dramatic ruin of Urquhart Castle, Scotland's most famous loch forms part of Glen More, a natural fault line that's marked by the Caledonian Canal, one of Britain’s finest feats of engineering.

You can take to the waters yourself and explore the canal by sightseeing boat. The loch and surrounding area combine Jacobite history, awe-inspiring scenery with the possibility of a monster sighting, making it the ideal destination for all ages, all year round.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh

No visit to Scotland is complete without a trip to the country’s grand capital, one of the most popular cities in Europe. Edinburgh’s charm lies in its narrow, cobbled passageways, majestic buildings, and numerous fascinating (and free!) museums. With Haven’s Seton Sands, one of the best caravan parks in Scotland on its doorstep, there’s no excuse for missing out.

Edinburgh is thick with atmosphere thanks to the tales of ghosts that dwell in its buildings and the haunted graveyards that inspired the Harry Potter books. However, it’s not all gloomy - if you want to get to know Scottish hospitality first-hand, why not check out the city’s countless whisky distilleries, pubs, restaurants, and cafes? While the weather in Edinburgh may be chilly as standard, this gives the city a certain moody charm. The Scottish capital is best viewed from Arthur's Seat, an ancient volcano that looms over the city. Take a hike up to see for yourself and earn a perfect photographic memento.