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Google Maps of Scotland: Things to Do | Out About Scotland

Google Maps of Scotland: Things to Do

These Google Maps of Scotland show attractions in the main cities and surrounding areas.

There’s a wide range of attractions marked on each city map, from castles and museums and historic buildings to art galleries.

Alternatively, check out the Tourist Map of Scotland

Google maps of Scotland

Map of Aberdeen

Aberdeen, in the northeast of Scotland, is the country’s third-largest city by population and has been settled for at least 8000 years thanks to the fertile lands around the River Dee and River Don.

The city is famed for its granite buildings which led to its nickname ‘the granite city’, and although it’s best known in Scotland as being the country’s foremost oil and gas capital there are plenty of tourist attractions for visitors to enjoy both in the city centre and in the surrounding areas.

This Google Map highlights tourist attractions in the city of Aberdeen and the surrounding area.

  • Council area: Aberdeen city
  • Land size: 21.7 square miles
  • Population: 197,000
  • Primary airport: Aberdeen airport

Map of Dundee

Dundee is Scotland’s fourth-largest city and is highly regarded both for the quality of its universities and as an important trading port.

The city lies in the eastern central lowlands on the north bank of the Firth of Tay and has a rich history associated with the sea, with many historic attractions to be found along the waterfront near the city centre as well as more modern attractions – with the V&A Dundee being one of the highlights.

This Google Map highlights tourist attractions in the city of Dundee and the surrounding area.

  • Council area: Dundee city
  • Land size: 20 square miles
  • Population: 148,000
  • Primary airport: Dundee airport

Map of Edinburgh

Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city and arguably its most popular tourist destination, with around 4 million visitors coming to the city each year. Situated on the banks of the Firth of Forth on Scotland’s southeast coast, Edinburgh is the seat of the Scottish government and the primary residence of the nation’s monarch.

The two oldest areas in the city – the Old Town and the New Town – have both been designated UNESCO world heritage sites and feature a huge number of attractions, including Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.

This Google Map highlights tourist attractions in the city of Edinburgh and the surrounding area.

  • Council area: City of Edinburgh
  • Land size: 102 square miles
  • Population: 465,000
  • Primary airport: Edinburgh airport

Map of Glasgow

Glasgow is the most densely populated city in Scotland and has the third-highest population in Britain.

Located on the country’s west coast and bordering the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow has a rich industrial heritage and features several world-class tourist attractions including Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Glasgow Cathedral.

The city also has a vibrant social scene with some of the country’s best restaurants and bars located throughout the city centre.

This Google Map highlights tourist attractions in the city of Glasgow and the surrounding area.

  • Council area: Glasgow City
  • Land size: 68 square miles
  • Population: 621,000
  • Primary airport: Glasgow airport

Map of Inverness

Inverness is the northernmost city in Britain and is regarded as the capital of the Highlands, with the very attractive Moray Firth bordering it on the north and the equally pretty River Ness on the south.

The city is frequently described as the happiest city in the UK, perhaps due to its location in one of the most beautiful landscapes in Scotland. While much of the old industries have been replaced by tourism, the city retains its quiet charm and is a recommended gateway into the Scottish Highlands.

This Google Map highlights tourist attractions in the city of Inverness and the surrounding area.

  • Council area: The Highland Council
  • Land size: 8 Square miles
  • Population: 64,000
  • Primary airport: Inverness airport

Map of Perth

Perth is a city in central Scotland located on the banks of the River Tay that has been settled for at least 8000 years.

The city is most famous for the mighty river that runs through its centre and also for nearby Scone Palace where Scotland’s kings were once crowned, and in fact, at one time the city was regarded as the country’s capital.

Today, however, it’s a bustling market town and is popular with tourists for its many nearby golf courses and woodland trails.

This Google Map highlights tourist attractions in the city of Perth and the surrounding area.

  • Council area: Perth and Kinross
  • Land size: 7 square miles
  • Population: 47,000
  • Primary airport: Dundee airport

Map of Stirling

The city of Stirling is located in central Scotland and is best known as being a former royal stronghold and capital city, primarily due to Stirling Castle which dominates the landscape.

Surrounded by farmland, this city is regarded as the southern gateway into the Highlands but is a popular tourist destination in its own right due to its central location between Glasgow and Edinburgh and its close proximity to the Trossachs National Park.

This Google Map highlights tourist attractions in the city of Stirling and the surrounding area.

  • Council area: Stirling
  • Land size: 6 square miles
  • Population: 36,000
  • Primary airport: Edinburgh airport

Map of Skye

The Isle of Skye is one of Scotland’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting over 600,000 sightseers annually.

People travel from all over the world to explore this west-coast island’s beautiful landscapes and attractions like the Storr, the Fairy Pools, and the Quiraing are essential places to visit for anyone touring Scotland.

This Google Map features the best attractions on Skye, from historic buildings to museums, landmarks, and beaches.

  • Council area: Highland
  • Land size: 639 square miles
  • Population: 10,000
  • Primary airport: None

Map of the Cairngorms

The Cairngorms National Park is the largest national park in the UK, covering the Cairngorm mountain range, Strathspey, and Glenmore Forest Park.

The region is one of Scotland’s most popular visitor destinations and attracts around 2 million tourists each year who head there to enjoy world-class mountain biking, hiking, climbing and canoeing opportunities.

In addition, the Cairngorms features some of the best ski centres in Britain including Glenshee, Lecht, and Cairn Gorm, 55 Munros (mountains over 3,000 feet), and 6 whisky distilleries.

  • Council area: Aberdeenshire, Moray, Highland, Angus and Perth, and Kinross.
  • Land size: 1,748 square miles
  • Population: 18,000
  • Primary airport: Inverness airport

Map of Castles

This Google map shows the location of all the castles, fortified manor houses, and towers that are worth including in a sightseeing tour of Scotland.

Use it to help you plan your next road trip around the castles of Scotland.

Click on the markers to view more information about each castle.

Map of Lochs

This Google Map shows the best lochs in Scotland to visit as a tourist. Note that not every single loch is included as there are over 30,000 of them!

Click and drag to move and zoom in and out. Click the markers to view more information.

Map of Munros

Munro’s are mountains in Scotland over 3,000 feet (914.4 metres) in height. They can be found in the Scottish Highlands as well as the Western Isles and the central belt, and climbing them (aka Munro bagging) is an ongoing challenge for thousands of hill walkers each year.

See the locations of all of Scotland’s 282 Munro’s with this Google map.

Frequently asked questions

Where are the Scottish Highlands?

The Highlands are traditionally considered as one half of Scotland, with the other being the Lowlands, and both areas are divided by a boundary that follows the Highland Fault.

This fault line starts close to the area of Helensburgh – approximately 40 miles north of Glasgow – and extends all the way to Stonehaven in the northeast of the mainland.

Which are the highest Mountains in Scotland?

Ben Nevis (1,345m).
Ben Macdui (1,309m).
Braeriach (1,296m).
Cairn Toul (1,291m).
Sgor an Lochain Uaine (1,258m).
Cairn Gorm (1,245m).
Aonach Beag (Nevis) (1,234m).
Aonach Mor (1,221m).
Carn Mor Dearg (1,220m).
Ben Lawers (1,214m).

How many castles are there in Scotland?

There have been more than 2,000 castles in Scotland throughout its history but many of them do not exist today. Historic Environment Scotland currently lists around 500 buildings that can be classed as fortified dwellings.

How many lochs are there in Scotland?

There are an estimated 31,460 freshwater lochs and lochans in Scotland, mostly located in the Scottish Highlands, plus 7,500 located in the Western Isles.

Only 350 of these lochs are notable for their size. Some are actually reservoirs, but they are classified as lochs if they originated from natural bodies of water.