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  • Attractions

    Wallace Monument

    Enjoy the beauty which seeps through the gothic architecture of this astounding monument dedicated to immortalizing the memory of Sir William Wallace - a hero to the Scottish people. This magnificent building, which rises up to 220 feet or 67m high, came into existence in 1869 on the former site of the ancient Pictish hill fort in the time of nationalism that was far-reaching ...

  • Castles

    Cadzow

    Cadzow Castle lies in ruins approximately two miles southeast of Hamilton in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. It lies above the gorge of the Avon Water to the west of the hunting lodge in the beautiful grounds of what is now the Chatelherault Country Park. The Park was the pleasure grounds of the Hamilton Palace. The town was known as Cadzow till 1455 when its name was changed to Hamilton in ...

  • Castles

    Stirling

    Stirling Castle is one of the grandest castles of Scotland and one of the most popular visitor attractions in the country. It towers majestically from its imposing location, 250 feet above the plains on an elevation that was an extinct volcano. Stirling Castle was of the greatest strategic importance militarily during the 13th and 14th century Wars of Independence.

  • Castles

    Kirkwall

    Kirkwall Castle does not exist; but in the fourteenth century it did stand at the present junction between Albert Street, Castle Street and Broad Street. All one can see today is a commemorative plaque on a building on Castle Street in the lovely city of Kirkland on Orkney, Scotland. In the 13th century the islands were ruled by Norse kings and Henry Sinclair, (or St. Clair) a well known ...

  • Castles

    St Andrews

    St Andrews Castle was not really a castle, but has been the main residence of the bishops and archbishops of St Andrews since the 1200s. It was the seat of power and administration of the Scottish Church and was the location for some of the turning points in the long history of Scotland. As a part of Robert Bruce’s policy the original structure was destroyed by the Scots in 1337 to avoid it ...

  • Castles

    Caerlaverock

    One of Scotland’s the most attractive and interesting castles is Caerlaverock, which was built to control the waters of Solway Firth, the southwest entrance to Scotland. The border conflicts with England gave the castle a turbulent history. Till the12th century, when it came under the Normans, the eastern Solway had alternated between English and Scottish rule.

  • History

    Overview

    The Romans invaded Britain in the 1st century AD, during which time they added southern Britain to their empire as the province Britannia. They were, however, unable to subdue the fierce tribes in the north. A massive wall was built across the island from sea to sea on demand by the Emperor Hadrian to keep these tribes from invading Britannia. Parts of this Hadrian's Wall still ...

  • Aberdeen and Grampian

    Aberdeen

    Aberdeen is Scotland's third largest city. Situated at the mouth of the Dee River, it is known for its granite quarries, fishing industry and sea port. Aberdeen is also known as the Oil Capital of Europe due to the abundant supply of crude oil which is found in the North Sea.

  • Regions

    Argyll

    Argyll is situated on the Western coast of Scotland and has a variety of attractions to appeal to every taste. Because the region is costal is also includes several islands and waterways which mean that ferries and water activities are commonplace. Argyll can be split up into several areas - each with its own unique appeal. Right at the top of the region you'll find North Argyll ...