As restrictions ease we are able to explore Scotland once again. But after staying at home for so long, you may be in need of some inspiration on where to go.
We asked staff at VisitScotland’s iCentres for their recommendations.
The Innocent Railway
Next to Holyrood Park lies this historic pathway, running partially underground, that traces the route of Edinburgh’s first railway line.
Horse-drawn carts started transporting coal to the city from mines to the south in the 1830s, with some sources claiming the “Innocent” tag came from the perceived safety of horsepower rather than steam-powered locos.
Nestling on the banks of the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, Cashel has a network of paths meandering through its ancient oak woodlands.
It’s also known as The Forest For A Thousand Years due to a restoration project to protect the ancient oaks.
Provan Hall is a well preserved 15th Century house in Auchinlea Park, Easterhouse.
Originally part of a medieval estate and used for hunting and fishing. It is believed that King James IV spent time and here. Provan Hall is rumoured to be one of the most haunted buildings in Glasgow.
Burns Heritage Trail
This driving route takes you on a journey through Robert Burns’ life, taking in his birthplace in Alloway to his grave in Dumfries.
As you drive through the south west you’ll find visitor centres, museums and statues commemorating his life.
Stonehaven’s Dunnottar Woods is a wonderful place for nature lovers, and it is full of hidden gems, including the Shell Hoosie and Lady Kennedy’s Bath that belonged to the Kennedy family in the 1800s, or the Fairy Trail which is great fun for kids.
Take a stroll through the streets of Leith, and look out for street art, murals and fascinating architectural details on the many hidden away historical buildings.
There’s plenty of places to pick up some tasty takeaway treats along the way.
Discover historical spots with stories to tell relating to Mary Queen of Scots, maritime trade and architectural hidden gems.
Peterhead Prison Museum
This five-star museum situated in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire offers a fantastic day out.
It was used to house Scotland’s most notorious criminals. Enjoy an audio tour and hear former staff members speak of their experiences. Visit the cells, hospital, laundry, silent cell and shower block. Learn about the SAS raid which ended a prison riot.
Law Hill, Dundee
Dundee Law is a must for every visit to Dundee. Walk 45-50 minutes from the city centre or drive to the top of the hill to take in the 360-degree view of the whole city, look down the coast towards Broughty Ferry, across the River Tay to Fife, up to Perthshire and behind you have the Sidlaw Hills.
Bridge over Water of Feugh
What could be better than standing on the bridge over the Water of Feugh, listening to the river rushing over the cascades and scanning the white water for the shiny scales of a salmon on its way upstream.
And it’s all within walking distance of the gorgeous town of Banchory.
River Tay at Perth
Walk along the banks of the River Tay in Perth and follow the River Tay Public Art Trail. The sculptures are inspired by the river and its wildlife, the city, its history, poets, and its life.
They are positioned in the most beautiful of settings taking you past the Riverside Park Heather Garden, Rodney Gardens, Bellwood Park, and Willowgate Walk.
The Commando Memorial is a popular viewpoint for Ben Nevis and the neighbouring mountains but the walk is less known. It is ideal for people wanting some amazing views of the ruin of High Bridge running over Spean Gorge.
It also joins a small section of General Wade’s military road, which allowed the English troops to move through challenging terrain during the Jacobite risings.
The circular easy level walk itself takes just over an hour so a good one for stretching the legs after travelling to the area.
P.S. Morton Lochs near the Tentsmuir NNR in Fife is a great location to immerse yourself in the natural environment. You can stop and look for wildfowl and other wildlife from the bird hide. If you are quiet you may even spot red squirrels.
Please be responsible as you explore. Plan ahead and keep up to date with Scottish Government guidelines to protect yourself and others. For more info go to visitscotland.com
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