The Highlands of Scotland
The highlands of Scotland have always been famed for their extraordinary beauty, and the great part is that you can visit them on short excursions from Edinburgh city center.
The home of numerous legends, the Scottish highlands with its bogs, mountains, moors, green hills and lochs just beckon you to take tours through them and walk on the footsteps of ancient legends that still stay alive in the hearts of people. Stop off at the quaint little villages nestled at the foot of the mountains on your day trips here and refresh yourself.
Or, you can feel the fresh breeze of the highlands whipping through your hair as you watch the highland cows grazing peacefully. Tours to this region are not complete without stopping off at Glen Coe, which was the spot of the massacre of Clan MacDonald in 1692.
The lochs or lakes of the highlands should certainly not be forgotten on your excursions to Edinburgh. Loch Ness is one of Scotland’s most famous lakes, primarily because of the legend of Nessie, the Loch Ness monster.
On day trips to the Loch Ness region, be sure to stop off and visit the mighty Ben Nevis and the dramatic Glencoe. Monster spotting is a fun pass-time at Loch Ness, and though your chances of seeing an actual monster are quite slim, you can have some fun time on your excursions here, looking at the loch of ripples of what might be the famous Nessie.
Apart from Loch Ness, there are a number of other scenic lakes that you can see dotting the highlands on day trips from Edinburgh. Loch Lomond is another romantic and picturesque lake, and a short distance away lies the Stirling Castle which is the home of the history of Mary, Queen of Scots and many others of her time. The Trossachs National Park, which is Scotland’s first Nation Park, is also in the vicinity.