Shore Excursions in Edinburgh

The city of Edinburgh is the hilly capital of Scotland. It is dotted with gardens and neoclassical buildings along with a medieval Old Town and an elegant Georgian New Town. Edinburgh Castle is home to Scotland’s crown jewels. So, if you plan to visit this town, make sure your shore excursions in Edinburgh include the following destinations.

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond is a freshwater loch that crosses the Highland Boundary Fault. It is considered as the boundary between the lowlands of Central Scotland and the Highlands. The loch is split between the council areas of Argyll and Bute, Stirling, and West Dunbartonshire. The southern shores are about 23 km northwest of the centre of Glasgow. It also forms a part of the Trossachs National Park. Loch Lomond is included in almost all shore excursions in Edinburgh.

Loch Lomond is the largest lake in Great Britain by surface area. It also has many islands like Inchmurrin, Torrinch, Creinch, and Inchcailloch. It is a popular leisure destination surrounded by hills like Ben Lomond on the eastern shore. In the south, it is surrounded by the Scottish Munro peaks. The depression in which glaciers carved out the ch lies during the final stages of the last ice age.  

The Kelpies

Kelpies are the horse-head sculptures that depict the kelpies located between Falkirk and Grangemouth. The kelpies stand next to an extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, near the River Carron. Sculptor Andy Scott designed these sculptures. The structures form a gateway at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde Canal. Scottish Canals chose the name Kelpies to reflect the mythological beasts that possess the strength and endurance of ten horses. They represent the lineage of the heavy horse of Scottish industry and economy, pulling ploughs, wagons, coal ships and barges.

The Kelpies are built of structural steel covered with a stainless steel cladding. They are 30 metres high and weigh 300 tonnes each. They are positioned on either side of a specially constructed lock and basin and inspired by Clydesdale horses.

The Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament is the legislature of Scotland, located in the Holyrood area of Edinburgh. It is also referred to as the metonym Holyrood.

Deanston Distillery

This is a single-malt Scotch whisky distillery that is located on the banks of River Teith. It is situated at the gateway to the dramatic Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. It produces whisky handmade by the ten local craftsmen, naturally coloured and un-chill filtered.

The distillery was started in the year 1785 as a cotton mill designed by Sir Richard Arkwright. It remained as a cotton mill and was transformed into a distillery in the year 1966. This decision was driven by the supply of pure water from the River Teith. Deanston Distillery is the only distillery in Scotland that is self-sufficient with electricity. An on-site hydro-energy facility generates the power.

To Sum Up

These are some of the places that you should not miss out on when in Edinburgh. You can look for guided tours that will give you the best trip of your life, guiding you through the best places in Edinburgh.

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