This classic tour of Scotland starts in Glasgow and explores the Isle of Skye, Loch Ness with plenty of wonderful scenery as you travel through the Scottish Highlands. Discover castles, watch skilled sheepdogs and cruise Loch Lomond. Stay in elegant ma
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Glasgow is Scotland's biggest city and major tourist destination, possessing some of Britain's finest architecture and hosting a variety of cultural events and attractions.
Glasgow has been described as the finest surviving example of a great Victorian city. Of particular interest is George Square - lined by several buildings constructed in the Italian Renaissance style. Few buildings pre-date 18th century. The most prominent of these are Glasgow Cathedral, and Provand's Lordship, which is the city's oldest house (c. 1471) and now a museum. The cathedral, situated on high ground to the east of the city and dating in parts from 12th century, is an outstanding example of Gothic architecture. The city has numerous parks and ornamental open spaces, including the Botanic Garden and zoological gardens. Glasgow grew around a church built in the 6th century by St Kentigern, who converted Scots to Christianity. The commercial growth of the community dates from the union of Scotland and England in 1707 and the opening up of trade in the 18th century when Glasgow became a major port and shipbuilder.
Dominated by the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle, this picturesque city offers shopping on Princes Street, the grandeur of the Royal Mile, St. Giles Cathedral and historic Palace of Holyrood House, where Queen Mary lived and many Scottish kings were wed. Or venture across the moors to marvel at the scenic Highlands.
East of Inverness, the hills gradually give way to the narrow and sheltered lowland strip around the edge of the Moray Firth, where the main town is Nairn, a long-established small resort notable for its golf and fine beaches. Overall, this area offers plenty of Scottish strands to follow, with a good range of historic sites and castles, as well as Europe's best preserved 18th-century fort (at Fort George).
Located just a couple miles from Glencoe lies Ballachulish, which means “the Village by the Narrows”. The Scotish Highland village is separated into two, North Ballachulish and South Ballachulish, divided by the loch. A passenger ferry used to carry those wishing to cross the lock at the narrows, but today The Ballachulish Bridge connects both sides of the village. Ballachulish originally was centered around the slate quarries, and the quarries can still be seen. Today there’s lots for visitors to enjoy in the quiet village - from shopping, strolling through art galleries, having a drink at a local pub, to water sports and golf.
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