Top 5 Things we Love About Scotland!
Scotland offers so many options to its visitors; exploring the capital, its vibrant cities, scenic countryside, coastal islands and, of course, must see attractions and hidden gems.
The fast-paced way of life is infectious and its ingenuity inspiring. Whether you’re one to marvel at the stunning architecture or prefer fine dining with a wee dram of Scottish whisky to follow – there’s nowhere else quite like bonny Scotland!
Whilst also hosting several UNESCO World Heritage sites, Scotland is responsible for world-changing innovation as well as being industry leading pioneers. Therefore, keeping in mind that this year marks Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, we’ve compiled a list of our top five things we love about this spectacular country!
When you talk about Scottish design you simply have to include one of the most famous of them all, tartan kilts! Whilst universally recognised and symbolic of Scottish traditions, kilts shouldn’t just be considered a novelty. They are an enormous export contributing to £360 million in textile trades from Scotland.
Originating in the Scottish Highlands in the 16th century, kilts are most often created out of a woolen cloth and designed in a tartan pattern. Whether high street or high fashion, several recognised designers including Scotland’s very own Siobhan Mackenzie are producing iconic kilts. Usually worn for special occasions such as weddings and ceilidhs, the kilt can also be donned as everyday wear.
Designed by Andy Scott and unveiled in October 2013, the Kelpies make a stunning addition to the Scottish skyline. The Kelpies stand at over 30 meters tall, making them the largest equine structures in the world! Artistic exhibitions are constantly being hosted to showcase the Kelpies, along with plans for further future expansion.
- Scott Monument
Also standing tall, 200 feet to be exact, in the heart of Edinburgh’s Princes Street is the Scott Monument. This incredibly unique design is a Victorian gothic creation erected in 1844 as a tribute to famous Scot writer Sir Walter Scott.
Whether you’re brave enough (and fit enough) to climb the 287 steps inside for that breathtaking 360-degree view or prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, the Scott Monument is a stunning piece of architecture and a ‘must see’ for tourists.
- Riverside Museum / National Museum of Scotland
The Riverside Museum is an extension of Glasgow’s Museum of Transport, which opened mid-2011. Based in Glasgow, the museum showcases artifacts from Glasgow’s maritime past, through to its 20th century innovations.
This building is a striking contrast with Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland. The bold design and architecture of both are rooted in opposites, contemporary versus traditional. The National Museum of Scotland, established in 1866, is one of the Top 10 UK Visitor Attractions, also sitting in the list of the top 20 Most Visited Museums and Galleries list, boasting more than 1.6m visitors in 2015.
- Forth Crossings
The Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge built over the Firth of Forth in the east area of Scotland in 1980. The ingenious construction revolutionised travel in Scotland – previously only ferry boats were used to cross the Firth. It’s now considered a global symbol of Scotland’s ingenuity and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Across the water, you can spot The Forth Road Bridge! This is the suspension bridge located in east central Scotland. Construction began on the bridge in 1958 and opened in 1964, spanning 2,512 meters over the Firth of Forth, connecting Edinburgh at Queensferry, to Fife, at North Queensferry.
Gareth is co-founder & director at the holiday apartment specialists Reserve Apartments, who offer the largest selection of professionally managed holiday apartments in Scotland.