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Free Places to Visit Outdoor Places to Visit Western Isles

The Complete Guide to Visiting Lochranza on the Isle of Arran

The village of Lochranza on the Isle of Arran is located in an exceptionally picturesque area on the north of the island.

Although it is mostly visited for the small ferry terminal that connects the island to Claonaig on the mainland, Lochranza is also worth visiting for its tourist attractions.

The village lies at the foot of dramatic mountains that encircle it to the south while a small scenic bay opens up to the Firth of Clyde and the Campbeltown peninsula to the north.

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City Places to Visit Edinburgh Free Places to Visit

The Grassmarket in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Grassmarket is a bustling square in the heart of the city’s Old Town. This historic site is surrounded by classic tenement buildings that line the roads along the iconic West Bow and Victoria Street but it’s best known for the lively pubs and restaurants that offer superb outside seating areas.

The Grassmarket is one of the oldest parts of Edinburgh and it was originally used as a marketplace for horses and cattle.

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City Places to Visit Edinburgh Free Places to Visit

The Complete Guide to Visiting Leith in Edinburgh

Leith is a historic district of Edinburgh that centres around the Water of Leith, Leith harbour, and the restaurant-packed Shore.

The district has a rich maritime history but it is now a popular tourist destination thanks to its combination of trendy bars, award winning restaurants, superb shopping areas and attractions including the Royal Yacht Britannia.

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Free Places to Visit Outdoor Places to Visit Western Isles

The Complete Guide to Visiting Goatfell Mountain on Arran

Goatfell is an 874-metre mountain on the Isle of Arran on Scotland’s west coast. The mountain (designated a Corbett) is one of four on the island and is located three miles west of Brodick Castle.

Although Goatfell is the highest point on the Isle of Arran the walk to the summit is quite easy with a robust staircase of boulders towards the top and a well-laid path through moorland and forest at the bottom.

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City Places to Visit Edinburgh Free Places to Visit

The Complete Guide to Visiting The Royal Mile in Edinburgh

The historic Royal Mile in Edinburgh connects the Palace of Holyrood at the bottom to Edinburgh Castle at the top, on a road that is one mile in length (hence the name).

The road runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town and is one of the top tourist destinations in the city thanks to the number of tourist attractions, restaurants, pubs and events that can be found along its entire length.

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Free Places to Visit Lothians Outdoor Places to Visit

The Complete Guide to Visiting Prestongrange Museum in East Lothian

Prestongrange in the coastal village of Prestonpans is a free-to-visit outdoor museum that showcases East Lothian’s rich industrial heritage.

The museum aims to educate visitors about the 800-years of industrial activity that left its mark on the area, from the almost-vanished harbour to the long-abandoned colliery.

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Free Places to Visit Grampian Outdoor Places to Visit

The Complete Guide to Visiting Braemar in the Scottish Highlands

Braemar is a small village in Aberdeenshire that is located near the River Dee. The village is a popular tourist destination due to the number of outdoor activities on offer with hikers using the village as a base to explore Glen Tilt, Glen Dee, Glen Derry and Glen Feshie.

The annual Highland Games Gathering is held in Braemar on the first Saturday in September and is traditionally attended by members of the British royal family.

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Free Places to Visit Highlands and Islands Outdoor Places to Visit

The Complete Guide to Visiting Muir of Dinnet in The Highlands

The Muir of Dinnet is a national nature reserve located on the eastern border of the Cairngorms national park in the Scottish Highlands.

The reserve features a wealth of different habitats including heath, woodland and wetland, but it’s perhaps best known for ‘the vat’, a natural gorge formed by glaciers over 10,000 years ago.

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Grampian Historic Places to visit

The Complete Guide to Visiting Dunnottar Castle in Grampian

Dunnottar Castle is set on a dramatic clifftop overlooking the North Sea near the coastal town of Stonehaven.

The 15th-century castle was the home of the Earls Marischal and it offers a fascinating glimpse into Scotland’s past.

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Free Places to Visit Lothians Outdoor Places to Visit

The Complete Guide to Visiting Dalkeith Country Park in Midlothian

The historic county of Midlothian seems to be permanently out of favour with visiting tourists – mainly due to the fact that it borders Edinburgh and most sightseers have already got their hands full trying to fit in as many city attractions as possible before hopping on the coach to their next destination.

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Free Places to Visit Outdoor Places to Visit Strathyclyde

The Complete Guide to Visiting Burncrooks Reservoir near Glasgow

The John Muir Way is one of Scotland’s greatest trails, running across the country from Helensburgh on the west coast to Dunbar on the east.

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City Places to Visit Edinburgh Free Places to Visit Outdoor Places to Visit

The Complete Guide to Visiting Dean Village in Edinburgh

If you were to follow the Water of Leith through Edinburgh you’d eventually arrive at one of the most beautiful areas in the entire city – the tranquil green oasis known as Dean Village.