The Central Highlands

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  • 1. Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre

    Military Site

    You can almost hear the trotting of horses' hooves and the zip of arrows in this 21st-century re-creation of the battle that changed the course...Read More

  • 2. Ben A'an

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The climb up the steep, heathery Ben A'an requires a couple of hours and good lungs, but it's a worthwhile trip, providing you with some of...Read More

  • 3. Blair Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Its setting among woodlands and gardens, together with its war-torn past, make Blair Castle one of Scotland's most highly rated sights. The...Read More

  • 4. Drummond Castle Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    These formal Victorian gardens, regarded as some of the finest of their kind in Europe, celebrate family and Scottish heraldry. Combining the...Read More

  • 5. Falkirk Wheel

    Tamfourhill | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The only rotating boat lift in the world, the Falkirk Wheel links two major waterways, the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal, between...Read More

  • 6. Inchmahome

    Island

    The 13th-century ruined priory on the tiny island of Inchmahome, on the Lake of Menteith, is a lovely place for a picnic after you explore the...Read More

  • 7. Loch Katrine

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    This loch was a favorite among Victorian visitors—mysterious and wide and, at times, quite wild. Today it's the source of Glasgow's freshwater...Read More

  • 8. Loch Lomond

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Known for its "bonnie, bonnie banks," Loch Lomond is Scotland's most well-known loch and its largest in terms of surface area. Its waters reflect...Read More

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  • 9. Loch Rannoch

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    With its shoreline of birch trees framed by dark pines, Loch Rannoch is the quintessential Highland loch, stretching more than 9 miles from...Read More

  • 10. Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    For exquisite nature, drive north from Aberfoyle on the A821 and turn right at signposts to Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Along the way you'll...Read More

  • 11. Scone Palace

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The current residence of the Earl of Mansfield, Scone Palace (pronounced skoon ) is much more cheerful than the city's other castles. Although...Read More

  • 12. Stirling Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Its magnificent strategic position on a steep-sided crag made Stirling Castle the grandest prize in the Scots Wars of Independence during the...Read More

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  • 13. The Kelpies

    Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    The Helix, a country park on the edges of Falkirk with cycle and walking paths, play areas, and a wetland, is home to sculptor Andy Scott's...Read More

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  • 14. Antonine Wall

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    West of Falkirk, Bonnybridge is home to the most extensive remains of the Antonine Wall, a 37-mile-long Roman earthwork fortification that marked...Read More

  • 15. Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Garden

    Garden/Arboretum

    The interactive exhibition, specifically designed for children, celebrates the life and work of this much-beloved children's writer who, for...Read More

  • 16. Birnam Wood

    Historic District/Site

    In Shakespeare's Macbeth , the future king meets three witches who prophesy his downfall "when Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane." They were right...Read More

  • 17. Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

    Zoo/Aquarium

    As unlikely as it might seem in this gentle valley, the Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park is the place to see sea lions bobbing their...Read More

  • 18. Callendar House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Near the town center, this grand country house gives you a glimpse of a family's daily life in the early 1800s. In the kitchen, local guides...Read More

  • 19. Castle Menzies

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    A 16th-century fortified tower house, Castle Menzies contains the Clan Menzies Museum, which displays many relics of the clan's history. The...Read More

  • 20. Church of the Holy Rude

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The nave of this handsome church survives from the 15th century, and a portion of the original medieval timber roof can also be seen. This is...Read More

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