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19th October 2015 | Regional News

Scotland under the Magnifying Glass

If you saw our Facebook post recently then you’ll be wondering if you guessed our famous Scottish landmarks correctly. Well, take a look below. And if you’re left feeling a burning sense of achievement, then share it with us! We want to know.

Fort George up close

Fort George, Scotland

Aha! Yep, it’s Fort George. Bet you’re kicking yourselves… No? OK, well if you don’t know about this place, then it’s time you did. With its fascinating history, real operating army barracks, and amazing views, it’ll leave you pretty awe-struck. Following the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie (apparently he was much tougher than his name), George II created the fort. It was to be the ultimate defence against any further unrest. And it was. In fact, it’s the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain, if not Europe.

The place itself is perfectly preserved, and offers loads of photo opportunities. You can even spot dolphins from one of the viewpoints. Awesome! Plus there’s a captivating military museum there too. And it’s actually interesting even if you’re not a military/history buff. Make sure you check out their café too, as they serve hearty homemade food at great prices.

Nearby parks: Nairn Lochloy, East Beach, Nairn, Inverness, Morayshire IV12 5DE (9 miles), Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame, Embo, Dornoch IV25 3QD (56 miles).

Dunrobin Castle up close

Dunrobin Castle, Scotland

If you got this one right, then that’s pretty good going. Why? Because you’ve only seen a tiny part of one of the biggest landmarks in the Highlands. This is an absolutely striking building, inside and out. With 20 amazing rooms to explore, it’s one of the finest private residences anywhere in Scotland.

Also, hidden away in the gardens is an absolutely killer museum. Literally. Sure to raise a few eyebrows, one part displays the heads of numerous animals shot on safari many years ago by the family that lived there. Not to mention loads of other trinkets from all around the world (particularly Africa) and an important collection of archaeological relics. Get involved.

Nearby parks: Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame, Embo, Dornoch IV25 3QD (12 miles), Nairn Lochloy, East Beach, Nairn, Inverness, Morayshire IV12 5DE (60 miles).

Loch Lomond up close

Loch Lomond, Scotland

Whether you guessed this one right or not, we think it’s time you got to know your future love a little better. Seriously, this is one beautiful loch. In 2005, a poll of Radio Times readers voted it the sixth greatest natural wonder in Britain. Woah. So it’s a definite must-see while up in Scotland.

There’s loads to do all around it. And it’s huge, so they do loads of watersports on it too. You can enjoy hill walking, nature trails, golfing, jet skiing, sailing, fishing, shooting, cycling, quad biking and four wheel driving (Phew! And breathe).
But if you prefer a more relaxed time, then you’ll adore how serene and picturesque it is. Everywhere you look you’re greeted by super stunning views. Just lovely.

Nearby parks: Wemyss Bay, PA18 6BA (40 miles), Tummel Valley, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH16 5SA (60 miles), Sundrum Castle, Coylton, Ayr KA6 5JH (60 miles).

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