Fodor's Scotland (Travel Guide)
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Scotland offers astonishing variety: its iconic lochs and mountains, as well as lively cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow, have strong allure. Visitors from North America increased 28% in 2014, to over 500,000. St. Andrews is a pilgrimage for golfers; castles dot the country; and whisky distilleries are gaining popularity. Scotland's customs and products--from tartans to tweeds--are known worldwide, but there's nothing like experiencing them firsthand.
Grant are good choices; check hours and tour times, and note that some distilleries require prebooking. Another option for the day is to visit Loch Ness, though it’s not one of Scotland’s prettiest lochs; still, perhaps you’ll spot Nessie. It’s a 20-minute drive from Inverness. Just east of Inverness is Culloden Moor, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s forces were destroyed by the Duke of Cumberland’s army. Logistics: A car is best for this part of your journey. Rent one in Inverness or sign up
also real stovies (a hot potato-based stew) made with beef. This is a great place to warm up or pass away the time with a newspaper if the weather is unbecoming. | 97 High St. | 01224/483079 | www.themachar.com. Old Town House. Serving as a gateway to Aberdeen University, this plain but handsome Georgian building is a great place to learn about this ancient seat of learning. The building was the center of all trading activity in the city before it became a grammar school, a Masonic lodge,
trade with the Baltic Sea ports (he was also known as Danzig Willie). | A980, 5 miles south of Alford | 0844/493–2174 | www.nts.org.uk | £12 | Apr.–June and Sept., Fri.–Tues. 11–4:45; July and Aug., daily 11–4:45. FAMILY | Grampian Transport Museum. The entertaining and enthusiastically run Grampian Transport Museum specializes in road-based means of locomotion, backed up by an archives and library. Its collection of buses and trams is second to none, but the Craigievar Express, a
About half the world’s population (6,000 pairs) of great skuas, called “bonxies” by locals, are found here. TIP These sky pirates attack anything that strays near their nests, including humans, so keep to the paths. Thousands of other seabirds, including more than 50,000 puffins, nest in spectacular profusion on the cliffs, about an hour’s walk from the reserve entrance. Hermaness is not just about birds—gray seals gather in caves at the foot of the cliffs in fall, and offshore dolphins and
Portland Course) | Old Course: 18 holes, 6641 yds, SSS 73; Portland Course: 18 holes, 6289 yds, SSS 71 | Mid-Apr.–early Sept. and mid-Sept.–mid-Oct., Mon., Tues., and Thurs. for visitors. Shopping Regalia Fashion Salon. Many Glaswegians frequent Regalia Fashion Salon for its unusual collection of designer clothing for women. | 46-48 Church St. | 01292/312162. Tantalus Antiques. For a fascinating look at local antiquities, visit Tantalus Antiques. | 79 Temple Hill | 01292/315999.