Explore Scotland by Motorhome in 2011
Here are Scotland’s top attractions for anyone who wishes to visit Scotland by Motorhome or Campervan and explore our amazing Country:
Loch Ness is located in the North of Scotland and is one of a series of interlinked lochs that run along the Great Glen.
The Great Glen is a glacial gash created millions of years ago after a sustained period of volcanic eruption that created the landscape that we see today. It extends along an old fault line that extends from South West Scotland on the Atlantic Coast in a diagonal through to the North East Coast of Scotland.
Loch Ness is famous for a creature called ‘Nessie’, ‘Skypie’ or ‘Niseag’ and many other names although scientists suspect that a Pleiosarus may be in existance here; The only remaining dinosaur.
Just west of Inverness, the expanse of Loch Ness is availableto all to view its 23 mile length.
Over 750 feet deep and 23 miles long it will include every loch and waterway in England and Wales in its volume, it is one of the world’s most famous attractions for Monster Hunters and persons seeking an answer to the ‘Monster’.
There has always been a notion based on photographic and direct witness testimony that there is a large dinosaur like monster resident in Loch Ness as it has been studied for the last 40 years.
Visit Loch Ness view its dark depths with your camera ready and add to the volume of evidence available to other researchers.
The Original Loch Ness Monster Exhibition Centre presents the facts and documented evidence from photographs descriptions and film footage of sightings. It also highlights various search expeditions over the years by respected institutions and individuals such as Operation Deepscan. There is also a 40-minute audio visual display in eight different languages that tells of the history of the monster and all the main sightings of it.
Website: Loch Ness
Perched high on an extinct volcanic outcrop, Edinburgh Castle is an evocative landmark with a fascinating history spanning 3000 years and was the residence of many Scottish Kings and Queens. It offers splendid panoramic views of the city and is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels. You can see the room where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI and I, the first ruler of both Scotland and England. If you see one thing in Scotland, make it this fascinating beautiful castle.
Website: Edinburgh Castle
Highland Mystery World
Highland Mystery World energises the ancient mysteries of the Highlands right before your eyes. It brings to life the myths legends and folklore that rest so richly within Scottish history. Here you will you embark upon a journey back in time to the world of bogles, kelpies and fachns. Experience the Highlands of yesteryear. Enter the mysterious stone circle and meet visitors from long ago who will tell you amazing tales of Scotland’s legendary past. Experience the riddles of the serpents’ cavern where the Blue Man of the Minch and other legends come alive just for you. Feel for yourself the sensations, sights, sounds, and smells of ancient Scotland.
Website: Highland Mysteryworld
Glencoe is one of Scotland’s most historic and scenic glens and continues to rank among the most frequented areas in Scotland. The ruggedness of the mountains with spectacular spires, cliffs and gullies is awe inspiring. You will be amazed by the sheer scale and grandeur of Glencoe’s surrounding mountains and fascinated by its intriguing turbulent past. To enjoy and appreciate fully the attractions of Glencoe it is important to understand something of its natural history and the circumstances which led up to and during the infamous massacre of 1692. Signal Rock and NTS Visitor Centre at the foot of the glen near Clachaig Inn will provide you with detailed information and history of the glen.
Melrose Abbey is probably the most famous ruin in Scotland. It was founded by David I around 1136 as a Cistercian abbey but was largely destroyed by Richard II’s English army in 1385. The surviving remains of the church date largely from the early 15th century and are of an elegance unsurpassed in Scotland. The charm of this celebrated structure is breathtaking and it well deserves its reputation. Its noble columns windows and arches are of exquisite beauty. Many of the monarchs of Scotland are buried here and recently the heart of Robert Bruce was reburied in the grounds after it was discovered in its original lead container.
Website: Melrose Abbey.
Stirling is one of Scotland’s oldest towns. Its original inhabitants lived at the foot of what is now the castle rock, living off oysters and seafood. Later, the Romans occupied the strategic castle hill. The town was granted a Royal Charter in the 12th century and became one of the most important towns of medieval Scotland. A visit to Stirling Castle is an essential part of any visit to Scotland. Its location alone rivals even Edinburgh Castle for sheer magnificence as it sits on its high volcanic rock, visible for many miles in every direction. The castle overlooks some of the most important battlefields in Scotland’s history including where William Wallace defeated the English in 1297 and Robert the Bruce’s defeat of the same foe in 1314. Rooms on view include the Great Hall, which is the largest of its type ever built in Scotland. It was intended for great celebrations and occasions of state and is heated by five fireplaces.
Website: Stirling Castle
Burns’ National Heritage Park
If you wish to embrace and explore the life and genius of one of Scotland’s greatest literary figures then the Burns National Heritage Park is the place for you. Start at Burns Cottage and visit the Burns Museum a veritable treasure trove of manuscripts, books, paintings and artifacts. The Tam O’Shanter experience brings Burns’ most famous poem to life.
Website: Burns National Heritage Park
Culzean Castle and Country Park
Culzean is a romantic 18th century castle and one of the most impressive stately homes in Scotland. It is perched high on the cliff edge above the Firth of Clyde with ever-changing views of Arran and the Ailsa Craig. It was designed by master architect Robert Adam to replace the original 16th Century castle. The present structure was completed in 1777-1792. The Oval Staircase one of his greatest achievements is particularly striking. Every room in the house is palatially decorated using the finest materials. One bedroom is said to be haunted by a lady in green. Set in a country park of over 500 acres with wooded walks a swan pond, a new adventure playground, walled gardens, visitor centre, shops and restaurants, there is literally something for everyone.
Website: Culzean Castle & Country Park
Scottish Mining Museum, Newtongrange, Midlothian
The Scottish Mining Museum allows the visitor to experience the life and times of a coal miner. The museum is a wonderful day out for all the family. The guides are former miners and they will give you a true insight into life down the pit. A typical day in the life of a nineteenth century miner is portrayed in a series of award winning scenes with life size figures and all the sights, sounds and smells of the colliery. The museum’s audio visual show gives a moving insight into the terrible conditions endured by men women and children working underground.