I am so excited to share two more of my favorite places in Scotland with you! This time we discover an ancient village and cathedral, and take a cruise on a famous loch. These are great places to stop off during a road trip, or stay longer if you can and explore the area. We had such an amazing time in these places and I hope you can experience them for yourself!
#5 Dunkeld Village and Cathedral
First up, the Village of Dunkeld and the beautiful cathedral. Visiting the village of Dunkeld was a completely unexpected pleasure during my recent trip to Scotland. I honestly had never heard of the town or the cathedral before my visit. I want to make sure you don’t miss this beautiful spot like I easily could have! Touring the cathedral and town was a scheduled lunch stop on our tour, and I am so happy that I didn’t miss this beautiful and charming place.
Located in Perth and Kinross, the ancient village of Dunkeld, which dates back to the 9th century, is situated along the river Tay. Many of the houses that were built in the 1700’s remain and have been restored, so a walk down the street feels like you are traveling back in time. The highlight of the town is the beautiful cathedral, which was first opened in the 1300’s! I would encourage you to follow this link to Dunkeld Cathedral for a lot of really interesting information on the history of the town and cathedral.
To get to the cathedral there is a nice little walk through the countryside from the car park. As we approached the cathedral I was just stunned by how beautiful it is and what a gorgeous location! Part of the cathedral is in ruins but part of it is still in use today.
I was in awe of this ancient place. It was thrilling to walk through the cathedral, and think about all the events, people and history these walls have witnessed over the centuries. After we finished our tour of the cathedral we walked around the grounds. The cathedral is also situated right along the river Tay, and offers some spectacular views as well. Breathtaking isn’t it?
After we finished touring the cathedral, we headed into the town for lunch, and happened upon the most charming cafe called Spill the Beans. It was a perfect place to order up a pot of tea, soup and sandwiches after our time exploring. We are still talking about this place and what great atmosphere it had. We had such a great afternoon in Dunkeld! I highly recommend you take some time to visit this beautiful place during your next trip to Scotland! I can’t wait to visit again.
#6 Take a Cruise on Loch Ness
You can’t miss a chance to visit Loch Ness when touring Scotland. Aside from the chance to search for the mysterious monster, its also just a beautiful place. We took a cruise on the famous loch, which was a fun excursion for all of us. It was a cold, rainy, and altogether blustery day in Scotland! Did that hold us back? Not a chance!
We were all prepared for the changeable and often rainy Scottish weather. If you visit Scotland be sure to have a rain coat with you at all times! Especially if you are traveling with kids. This rain jacket was perfect for the Scotland weather, and kept my 6 year old warm and dry in all sorts of conditions on our trip.
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We enjoyed scanning the loch for sightings of the monster. We had none to report I’m afraid. The main level of the boat was fully enclosed with viewing windows and seating. It was fun to get a cup of cocoa from the snack bar and head up top for the best views. It wasn’t crowded thanks to the rain!
My favorite part of the tour was catching a glimpse of the ancient ruins of the medieval Urquhart Castle from the water. So much history in this castle which dates back to the 1200’s! You can take a tour of the castle as well, which sounds amazing and I definitely plan to do on my next trip!
I hope you give my favorite places in Scotland a try! If you do, come back and let me know what you think! I am confident you will be as impressed as I was!
Enjoy your travels, and Keep Roaming! – Tina