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Top 10 Places to Visit in SCOTLAND

The Telegraph offers a guide to 10 of the best places and cities to visit in Scotland for familes, kids and couples, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Skye and the Cairngorms, and what to do when there..

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/scotland/11740536/Top-10-cities-and-places-to-visit-in-Scotland.html

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Linda Macdonald, Telegraph TraveI’s Edinburgh expert, writes: “It is not difficult to understand how local boy Robert Lewis Stevenson came to write Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, growing up as he did in a city of such extraordinary variety. From the history-soaked medieval Old Town to the sweeping Georgian elegance of the New Town, Edinburgh deserves its reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful and compelling cities”.

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Glasgow

Glasgow

“Glasgow is back,” says Gavin Bell, our expert. “Once the second city of the British Empire, when its shipping, industry and commerce circled the globe, it has reinvented itself as a cultural powerhouse of music, creative arts, theatre, design and innovative cuisine.”
It is architecturally impressive, with “a wealth of extravagant Victorian buildings in red and blond sandstone… Italianate palazzo facades, Art Nouveau reminiscent of Gaudi, and classical Greek and Roman motifs”, and is a “sociable city that has always known how to party”.

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The Outer Hebrides

The Outer Hebrides

Scotland isn’t the most obvious choice for a beach holiday, but the 15 inhabited islands that make up the Outer Hebrides can boast some of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of sand – many of which could easily be mistaken for somewhere in the Caribbean.
On mountainous Harris head for Luskentyre, an ethereal blur of swirling sands and shimmering blue streaks, or Scarista, which, being prone to big Atlantic swells, attracts surfers.

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The Inner Hebrides

The Inner Hebrides

This chain of 79 islands – 35 of which are inhabited – can boast some of Scotland’s most fascinating destinations.
Iona is a haven of peace, its Abbey is a place for quiet reflection amid the sacred remains of 60 Scottish, Irish and Norwegian kings.
There’s whisky galore on Islay, with no fewer than eight distilleries, as well as tranquil beauty, sweeping vistas and more than 20 beaches.

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Skye

Skye

The largest of the Inner Hebrides deserves its own entry.
Elgol’s boulder-strewn beach is a good place for visitors to start. The view from here of the mighty Black Cuillin mountain range has been lauded as the finest in Britain. Then head for a walk around the Quiraing, between Staffin and Uig or a wild swim in the crystalline waters of Glen Brittle’s Fairy Pools.

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Cairngorms National Park

Cairngorms National Park

One of Scotland’s two national parks, the Cairngorms is a true mountain wilderness and contains five out of six of Scotland’s highest peaks, and four out of 10 of the highest in Britain. Mike Dennison, in his insider guide to the park, recommends a walk around Loch Muick, or cycling the Speyside Way. His favourite view is from the top of 1,309-metre Ben Macdui.

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Fort William and Glencoe

Fort William and Glencoe

The second largest settlement in the Scottish Highlands is a popular base for climbers and hikers targeting Ben Nevis and other surrounding mountains. It is within easy reach too of Glencoe - a haven of windswept, rocky splendour. “It is one one of the most dramatic, haunting places in Scotland,” says Gavin Bell. “There are mountains, and a history of clan warfare. It is a broad highland meadow in the heart of Glen Coe, scene of the infamous massacre of MacDonalds by Campbell soldiers in 1692.

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Shetland and Orkney

Shetland and Orkney

Orkney, the closer of the two, is littered with archaeological treasures, including Skara Brae, a 5,000-year-old housing complex, while there’s a lively arts and folk music scene in Kirkwall, the capital. The picturesque harbour town of Stromness was home to the late poet George Mackay Brown, who wrote: “The essence of Orkney’s magic is silence, loneliness, and the deep marvellous rhythms of sea and land, darkness and light.”

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Arran

Arran

South of the Hebrides, in the Firth of Clyde, the Isle of Arran is “Scotland in miniature”, according to Gavin Bell, a “jumble of hills and glens and pretty seaside villages that can be explored in a day, but better in two, within easy reach of Glasgow.

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The Ardnamurchan Peninsular

The Ardnamurchan Peninsular

The isolated stretch of coast has empty beaches worthy of Robinson Crusoe. At the very end of the peninsula, Scotland's most westerly point, lies Sanna Bay. Artists and photographers come here for the astonishing colours – snow-white sand dunes, aquamarine seas and jagged black rocks – and striking views of Muck, Eigg and Rum. Nature-lovers collect shells and look for dolphins and whales.