Glencoe Mountain range
According to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, outdoor attractions in Scotland gained a 5% increase in the last year.
The National Trust in particular saw several of its Scottish sites increase in popularity. As the country gears up for the Commonwealth Games, it’s expected these figures will rise even further by the end of 2014.
If you’re looking to enjoy the best Scottish outdoor attractions, below you’ll find the top 5 worth checking out.
Glencoe is known to be one of the most scenic glens in the country. It’s also been voted one of the most romantic glens in Scotland so it would make an ideal destination for couple’s looking to get away from it all.
It was actually used in the ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ movie and while the set has been removed, you’ll still get to see the familiar backdrop featured in the movie.
There’s a great choice of outdoor activities to partake in while you’re here. From hillwalking and mountaineering to wildlife watching and golf; there’s something to suit everyone.
2. Culloden Battlefield
Another outdoor attraction that did particularly well in the tourism stakes last year was the Culloden Battlefield.
The Culloden battle was actually the last ever hand-to-hand battle that was carried out in Britain. The battlefield has been restored and a brilliant interactive exhibit has been opened by the National Trust.
If you want to teach your children a little more about Britain’s history, this is a great place to head to. The battle itself lasted just one hour and it changed the way people in the islands and Highlands lived forever.
3. Glenfinnan Monument
The Glenfinnan Monument is situated in an ideal location to witness the beauty of the Highlands. It’s a monument to honour the last Jacobite Rising.
There’s a visitor centre which educates you on the story of the ‘45. One interesting fact about this attraction is the fact that each year, as near to the 19th of August as possible, hundreds of Jacobite sympathises gather here.
If you take the time to climb to the top of the observation platform, you’ll witness some of the most beautiful views in the country.
4. Pitmedden Garden
The National Trust provides some of the most beautiful and unique outdoor attractions in the UK – and Pitmedden Garden is just one of them.
Best visited in the summer, Pitmedden Garden features thousands of colourful flowers in well-landscaped flower beds.
There’s a Museum of Farming Life joined onto the site too which provides even more entertainment for the family. Two highlights of this attraction include beautiful woodland walks and an interesting herb garden.
5. Edinburgh Castle
No Scottish outdoor attractions list would be complete without a mention of Edinburgh Castle. Located right in the heart of Edinburgh, this famous castle has so much to see.
Just some of the highlights you won’t want to miss include The Great Hall, The Royal Palace, Crown Jewels and the National War Museum. What’s more, while you’re visiting the castle you can also take time to explore all that Edinburgh has to offer. You may want to stay here for a few days to make the most of your trip.
No matter which attraction you decide to visit, it’s worth hiring a campervan to explore at your own pace.