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Reasons to be Cheerful: Part 14

Your London Tours wants to encourage you to spend your vacation in the UK. But what can the UK offer that other countries can’t? In the latest instalment of a blog series, we continue to list our all-time favourite places that can be visited in the UK.

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Welcome Back to Britain. This month, Scotland: Lowlands & Midlands.

5 reasons to visit the Scottish Borders:

  • Abbotsford: Sir Walter Scott’s home – a mock medieval baronial castle.
  • Melrose Abbey: romantic ruins of church built by French stonemasons.
  • Langholm: border town – birthplace of engineer Sir Thomas Telford.
  • Hermitage, near Liddesdale: 16th cent ‘reiver’ bandit clan stronghold.
  • Floors Castle: Duke of Roxburghe’s home – Scotland’s largest inhabited castle.

5 reasons to visit Glasgow:

  • Kelvingrove Museum: impressive galleries showcasing Scottish art.
  • Glasgow Cathedral: most complete original medieval cathedral in Scotland.
  • Glasgow Necropolis: spooky hillside cemetery overlooking the city.
  • Willow Tea Room, Sauchiehall Street: Macintosh’s Art Deco wonder.
  • Burrell Collection: fine, rare and unique art collection.

5 reasons to visit Edinburgh:

  • Holyrood: Royal Palace that evolved from King David I’s 1128 abbey.
  • Edinburgh Castle: the great fortification built on an extinct volcano.
  • Grass Market: traditional Scottish fayre in this 15th-century marketplace.
  • Carlton Hill Follies: series of 19th-century classical-style monuments.
  • New Town: representing the dawn of the Scottish Enlightenment.

5 reasons to visit the Scottish Midlands:

  • Stirling Castle: no other place so steeped in Scottish history.
  • Wallace Monument: 200ft high monument to the national hero.
  • Doune Castle: 14th century ruin used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Trossachs: the ‘bristled land’, enchanting scenic landscape and lochs.
  • Loch Katrine: cruise on board the Sir Walter Scott and Lady of the Lake.

5 reasons to visit West Central Scotland:

  • Pitlochry: town powered by hydro-electric dam which can be visited.
  • Edradour: Scotland’s smallest and last handcrafted independent distillery.
  • Dunkeld: original Pictish capital. Queen Victoria gave it seal of approval after visit.
  • Scone Palace, Perth: famous for its Black Watch regimental museum.
  • St Andrew’s: Home of Golf and Scottish religious history.

Your London Tours chief administrator Jo Bull said: “We cannot force anyone to spend their vacation in the UK, but we can entice them with these recommendations. We hope they will take them into account when making Your London Tours their first port of call for a trip to remember.”