Bagpipes, Braveheart and the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, think you know everything there is to know about Scotland’s history, tradition, and roots? Think again. Scotland is a land with great history and scenic landscapes. Thousands of acres of green stretch from the ragged coastline up the hills to be replaced by scenic mountains, lakes, castles and churches.
Glasgow has transformed itself from an industrial city to one of the cultural capitals of Europe. It combines the energy and sophistication of a great international city with some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery. Glasgow boasts world famous art collections, the best shopping in the UK outside London, and the most vibrant and exciting nightlife. Just beyond the city of Glasgow lies some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery. The local area is rich in history and heritage and each of its delightful country towns and villages has its own fascinating tale to tell.
Sights to see in Glasgow: City Chambers, People’s Palace, Merchant’s House, Glasgow Cathedral, Queen’s Cross Church, St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Clyde Auditorium, Ibrox Stadium, Scottish Football Museum, Glasgow Science Centre, The Tall Ship, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Willow Tearooms, St. Enoch Centre, Titan Clydebank, University of Glasgow, The Glasgow School of Art, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow West End, The Mackintosh House, Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace and much more!
Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh, is famous for it's history, architecture, festivals, friendly people, and city walking. The city is divided between the Old Town and the New Town. The Old Town is where you will find the vast amount of ancient buildings while the New Town is more a celebration of business, order and classical Georgian architecture. A great way to get a good feel for the city is to take one of the Open Top Bus City Tours. The majority of these tours allow you to hop on and off as you wish at each stop.
Sights to see in Edinburgh: Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Holyrood Park, Royal Mile, St. Giles Kirk, Parliament House, Arthur’s Seat, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo (August only), Sir Walter Scott Monument, Canongate Kirk, Castlehill, St. Giles Cathedral, Craigmillar Castle, Royal Yacht Britania, National Museum of Scotland, Old Town, Gilmerton Cove, Camera Obscura & World of Illusions, Royal Botanic Garden, Scottish National Gallery, Calton Hill, National War Museum of Scotland, The Scotch Whisky Experience and much more!
St. Andrews has a special place in Scottish history and legend and takes its name from the saint whose relics were brought to the town. It played an important role on Scotland's affairs, its cathedral was the largest building in Scotland and it was the centre of the country's religious life. It has the oldest University in Scotland (where Prince William studied) and of course has been a pilgrimage to golfers wishing to play on the Links where golf was first played. The historic town is easily and best explored on foot where the shops, many interesting buildings, museums, bars and restaurants are all easily accessible.
Sights to see in St. Andrews: St. Andrews Cathedral, St. Andrews University, St. Andrews Castle, St. Andrews Links Golf, St. Salvator’s Quad, The Swilcan Burn Bridge, West Sands Beach, The Old Course and the Himalayas Putting Green, Kingsbarns Golf Links, Old Course Beaches, St. Andrews Botanic Gardens, The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, British Golf Museum, Byre Theatre, Cambo Estate Gardens and much more!
Stirling is Scotland’s youngest city gaining the status in the summer of 2002. This is Scotland’s heritage capital, where the Wars of Independence were fought and won; where, for three centuries, monarchs ruled in regal splendor and where merchants and craftsmen plied their trade below the castle rock. Nowadays you can literally touch and feel the sense of history and nationhood, which is Stirling’s trademark, as you meander through the Old Town, enter the spectacular cliff-top castle or sample the town’s unique ‘living history’ events programme.
Sights to see in Stirling: Stirling Castle, National Wallace Monument, Stirling Old Bridge, Cambuskenneth Abbey, Bannockburn Battlefield & Heritage Centre, Argyll’s Lodging, Stirling Old Town Jail, Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park, Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Falls of Falloch, Rob Roy’s Grave and much more!
For more information about Scotland, visit Scotland’s National Tourism website.
“I am so glad we made the decision to attend the Loch Lomond Festival in Scotland because it was such an amazing experience for my 13 year old son and myself. The caliber of football and teams we played was amazing and the friends we met are invaluable. Excel International Sports had everything so well organized and everything went off without a hitch. The sightseeing tours were wonderful and we always had someone from Excel with us if we had questions. We are already planning our next trip.”
--Jill Hartke, Parent, Cedar River Soccer Association, Scotland