Attractions and Places to Visit in West Scotland

Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park

Loch Lomond

The National Park is noted for its rugged beauty and breathtaking scenery. The area covers a wide diversity of landscapes, from high peaks to freshwater lakes and seawater lochs. Whatever your age there are activities to suit everyone, from cycling, walking and riding to wildlife watching, sailing and climbing.

Location: 20 Carrochan Rd, Balloch, Alexandria G83 8EG
Image Credit: Katja S. Verhoeven (CC0)

Kilchurn Castle

Kilchurn Castle from the north-east

Built during the mid 15th-c this magnificent castle was once the stronghold of the powerful Glenorchy Campbells. With its strategic position on the northeastern end of Loch Awe, it was a symbol of the clan's great strength and a base from which to launch a blood soaked quest for more territory.

Location: Loch Awe, Dalmally PA33 1AF - Tel: 0131 668 8600
Image Credit: Patrick Mackie (CC2)

Knapdale Forest

Back in the 16th-c this are was home to the European Beaver, which has been extinct for over 400 years. In medieval times beavers were hunted for their fur and meat and also for medicinal purposes. The government was recently granted a licence for the Scottish wildlife trust to carry out a reintroduction of the beaver, which can now be seen around the tranquil lochs of Barnluasgan, Coille-Bharr and Dubh.

Location: Lochgilphead PA31 8PF

Rothesay Castle

Rothesay Castle

The ruins of Rothesay's 800 year old castle has withstood centuries of conflict. It is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It has been invaded over the centuries by many people from the Norwegians to the English and the Cromwellians, who took over the castle but it fell into ruin after the civil war ended. Later it was restored by the 3rd Marquess of Bute but was never finished.

Location: Castlehill St, Rothesay PA20 0DA - Tel: 01700 502691
Image Credit: Leslie Barrie (CC2)


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Towns and Villages in West Scotland

Campbeltown, Dunoon, Inveraray, Lochgilphead, Oban, Tobermory, Ayr, Cumnock, Irvine, Kilmarnock, Kilwinning, Largs, Saltcoats, Troon, Alexandria, Clydebank, Cumbernauld, Dumbarton, Helensburgh, Kirkintilloch, Gourock, Greenock, Inverkip, Kilmacolm, Glasgow, Lanark, Barrhead, Greenock, Johnstone, Kilmalcolm, Paisley, Renfrew

Attractions in Central Scotland

Camera Obscura (Edinburgh) | Canongate Tolbooth | Edinburgh Castle | High Kirk of Edinburgh | Holyrood Abbey & Royal Palace

Attractions in South Highlands

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse | Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre | Clan Cameron Museum | Glencoe Folk Museum | Glenfinnan Monument | Glencoe Visitor Centre | Glen Nevis Visitor Centre | Land Sea & Island Centre | Lime Tree An Ealdhain Gallery | Mallaig Heritage Centre | Nevis Gondola | The Sunart Centre | Treasures of The Earth | West Highland Museum

Attractions in North Highlands

Attadale Gardens | Assynt | Beinn Eighe | Caithness Horizons | Clan Gunn | Clynelish Distillery | Dalmore Distillery | Dingwall Museum | Dunrobin Castle | Gairloch Museum | Glen Ord Distillery | Museum of Childhood | Historylinks | Inverewe Gardens | Loch Ewe Distillery | Castle of Mey | Timespan Museum | Ullapool Museum

Please note that the above information was accurate at the time this page was last updated. This information is subject to change at any time (opening times in particular), therefore if you plan on visiting any of the above attractions, please check the owner's website first or phone them for the latest details.


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