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Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, UK
History buffs should not miss this sprawling museum housed in adjacent ultramodern and classic Victorian buildings—the latter with a magnificent birdcage Great Hall. The monarchs of the auld nation are explained in exhibits, as is the movement of...
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The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, UK
From the flagship building with classics (Velázquez to Botticelli), to the Portrait Gallery (don't miss Ken Currie's haunting Three Oncologists), to the Gallery of Modern Art, Scotland's collection of artwork proves itself distinct from and no...
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35 Largo Rd, St Andrews KY16 8NJ, UK
The town of St. Andrews was historically the ecclesiastical and educational capital of Scotland. Oh, you heard something about a golf course, too? Yes, links golf has been played here since the 1600s and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club is traced...
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5A Chapel St, Valleyfield, Dunfermline KY12 8SJ, UK
A residence for Scotland's earliest monarchs back in the 11th century, Dunfermline also has ecclesiastical roots, though today the medieval nave exists beside a 19th-century Gothic Revival church. The old abbey had ample accommodations, so those...
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Castle Esplanade, Stirling FK8 1EJ, UK
Scotland's Stuart monarchs spent more time here than in Edinburgh, and many scenes of high drama and intrigue played out at Stirling Castle. This is an A++ destination because so much of the sprawling site, from gardens to Great Hall to James V's...
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Royal Mile, Edinburgh, UK
Linking Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse two kilometers to the east, the Royal Mile runs through the heart of the city's medieval Old Town. Off either side of the street—which goes by different names as it descends—ancient alleys...
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Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, UK
There is only one easy way up this crag in central Edinburgh, so it was the perfect location for the city's ancient fortifications and famous castle. Scholars say Castle Rock has been inhabited continually for more than 7,000 years and there has...
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Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, UK
When Edinburgh Castle had outlived its usefulness as a royal residence, James IV began to build a palace worthy of the Stuart dynasty. Begun in 1501, the Palace of Holyroodhouse was completed during the reign of his great-great-great-grandson...
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2 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3NY, UK
While Glasgow tends to live in the shadow of Edinburgh's international renown, this vibrant city should be on the itinerary of any tourist to Scotland. To name just a few of the draws to Scotland's largest city: lively pedestrian districts with...
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Culross Palace, Culross, Dunfermline KY12 8JH, UK
Under the guidance of Scotland's National Trust, the once-decaying 16th-century royal burgh has become a conservation village—"a three-dimensional document" of a prototypical Scottish town between the 16th and 18th centuries. With narrow...