Travel - Hot Spots - Scotland
What to See & Do
Perhaps not the kind of place that comes to mind when thinking of conventional tourist attractions, the wonderfully atmospheric Glasgow Necropolis nonetheless attracts many visitors both locally and from all over the world.
The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked
A major new exhibition on the iconic Lewis Chessmen has opened at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked looks at the mystery and intrigue surrounding the chessmen, explores the stories surrounding their discovery and shows how the characters reflected society at the time they were made.
British Golf Museum
At the heart of the home of golf, just 67 yards from the famous Old Course, the British Golf Museum celebrates its 20th anniversary as the 150th Open Championship comes to St. Andrews.
The Titan Crane
Visitors can now take a guided tour around one of Scotland’s most unusual tourist attractions, the Titan Crane at Clydebank.
Attraction of the Week: Edinburgh Castle
No mucking around. We've really gone for it this week. Not only is it Scotland's most popular tourist attraction, but Edinburgh Castle is centrepiece of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site, and a world-famous icon.
Attraction of the Week: New Lanark
Lying deep in the south Lanarkshire countryside south of Glasgow. New Lanark is not only a preserved historical UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it's also our attraction of the week.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse
The official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen, this beautiful palace sits at the bottom of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, sheltered by Arthur’s Seat.
A superb all-round day out for all the family, and always working wonders for conservation, Edinburgh Zoo is our featured visitor attraction of the week.
As Scotland begins to bloom with the advent of summer, our featured visitor attraction of the week is Dawyck Botanic Gardens near Peebles.
Dallas Dhu Distillery
As it is the Speyside Whisky Festival on 29 April - 3 May, our featured visitor attraction of the week is Dallas Dhu Distillery near Forres.
The climate of Scotland is temperate and oceanic, and tends to be very changeable. It is warmed by the Gulf Stream from the Atlantic, and as such has much milder winters (but cooler, wetter summers) than areas on similar latitudes, for example Labrador, Canada, Moscow, or the Kamchatka Peninsula on the opposite side of Eurasia. However, temperatures are generally lower than in the rest of the UK, with the coldest ever UK temperature of -27.2 °C (-16.96 °F) recorded at Braemar in the Grampian Mountains, on 11 February 1895. Winter maximums average 6 °C (42.8 °F) in the lowlands, with summer maximums averaging 18 °C (64.4 °F). The highest temperature recorded was 32.9 °C (91.22 °F) at Greycrook, Scottish Borders on 9 August 2003.
In general, the west of Scotland is usually warmer than the east, owing to the influence of Atlantic ocean currents and the colder surface temperatures of the North Sea. Tiree, in the Inner Hebrides, is one of the sunniest places in the country: it had more than 300 hours of sunshine in May 1975. Rainfall varies widely across Scotland. The western highlands of Scotland are the wettest place, with annual rainfall exceeding 3,000 mm (118.1 in). In comparison, much of lowland Scotland receives less than 800 mm (31.5 in) annually. Heavy snowfall is not common in the lowlands, but becomes more common with altitude. Braemar experiences an average of 59 snow days per year, while many coastal areas average fewer than 10 days of lying snow per annum.
EdinburghWhy go: Close at London's heels is another United Kingdom destination, Edinburgh. An ancient city set in the sweeping Scottish highlands, Edinburgh is a quaint town with a storied history in a breathtaking environment. From traipsing the Royal Mile to climbing the nearby hills and shopping in New Town's Princes and George streets to taking part in the Hogmanay festivities, Edinburgh abounds with things to do. Also, the city's numerous bed and breakfasts offer visitors an authentic experience and affordable lodgings -- plus, the Scottish are known for being more friendly than the English.
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