Top things to do

Top Choice Castle in Old Town

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle has played a pivotal role in Scottish history, both as a royal residence – King Malcolm Canmore (r 1058–93) and Queen Margaret first made their home here in the 11th century – and as a military stro…
Top Choice Palace in South Ayrshire

Culzean Castle & Country Park

The Scottish National Trust's flagship property, magnificent Culzean (kull-ane) is one of the most impressive of Scotland's great stately homes. On approach the castle floats into view like a mirage. Designed by Rob…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in West & North Mainland

Maeshowe

Egypt has pyramids, Scotland has Maeshowe. Constructed about 5000 years ago, it’s an extraordinary place, a Stone Age tomb built from enormous sandstone blocks, some of which weighed many tons and were brought from …
Top Choice Archaeological Site in West & North Mainland

Skara Brae

Idyllically situated by a sandy bay 8 miles north of Stromness, and predating Stonehenge and the pyramids of Giza, extraordinary Skara Brae, one of the world's most evocative prehistoric sites, is northern Europe’s …
Top Choice Scottish in Glasgow

Ubiquitous Chip

The original champion of Scottish produce, this is legendary for its unparalleled Scottish cuisine and lengthy wine list. Named to poke fun at Scotland's culinary reputation, it offers a French touch but resolutely …
Top Choice Scottish in South Mull

Ninth Wave

This croft restaurant is owned and operated by a lobster fisherman and his Canadian wife. The daily menu makes use of locally landed shellfish and crustaceans, vegetables and salad grown in the garden, and quality l…
Top Choice Seafood in Thurso & Scrabster

Captain’s Galley

Classy but friendly Captain’s Galley, just by the Scrabster ferry, offers a short, seafood-based menu featuring local and sustainably sourced produce prepared in delicious ways that let the natural flavours shine th…
Top Choice Castle in Stirling

Stirling Castle

Hold Stirling and you control Scotland. This maxim has ensured that a fortress of some kind has existed here since prehistoric times. You cannot help drawing parallels with Edinburgh Castle, but many find Stirling's…
Top Choice Notable Building in Holyrood & Arthur’s Seat

Scottish Parliament Building

The Scottish parliament building, on the site of a former brewery, was officially opened by HM the Queen in October 2005. Designed by Catalan architect Enric Miralles (1955–2000), the ground plan of the parliament c…
Top Choice Palace in Perth

Scone Palace

'So thanks to all at once and to each one, whom we invite to see us crowned at Scone.' This line from Macbeth indicates the importance of Scone (pronounced 'skoon') as the coronation place of Scottish monarchs. The …