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An Interactive Click On Map of Scotland showing Attractions, Tourist Cities, Towns, Airports and Castles.

The Map of Scotland below, allows you to click on the Centre of the Aircraft or Islands for quick links to that Airport or Island page. Click on the Red Dots for quick links to that City or Town, and yellow squares for links to the castles. This Scotland Map only displays towns and cities known for tourism.

You can also use the Castles Page to view large images, more links, and reviews for each castle.


Top Attractions Abbeys Castles Cathedrals Mansions Whiskey Distillers Highland Games    
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For larger maps of Scotland Areas with mountain climbing guides and other activities, view: Borders . Central Scotland . Edinburgh & Fife . Highlands . Southern Scotland .

The most popular Tourist Cities are Edinburgh * Glasgow * Stirling * Inverness & Aberdeen.

Popular Tourist Towns are Oban * Fort William * Aviemore * Ullapool * St Andrews * Callander * Perth * Ayr * Largs * Peebles * North Berwick * Kelso & Melrose.

The most popular Tourist Islands are Arran * Mull * Skye * Lewis * Harris * Orkney * and the Shetland Islands north of Orkney. There are many more smaller Island to vist All Islands.

There are a wide range of Hotels throughout scotland from 5 Star to more basic. There are a number of extremely interesting Country Hotels in scenic locations, many used to be mansions, castles or hunting lodges.

There are hundreds of Self Catering buildings for holiday lets throughout Scotland. These range from Cottages to Castles. Use the Self Catering Link to find the area and check properties in that area.

There are a number of Holiday Lodge Parks with log cabins/lodges throughout Scotland. These are becoming very popular as they are as large as a house. They are normally situated in quiet country estates.

Holiday Caravan Parks are extremely popular with families with young children. They are less expensive than log cabins/lodges and have more facilities for children, some have extensive entertainment for adults.

Boat Trips are popular throughout Scotland such as to the Islands, Lochs and to Fingals Cave, the Scottish part of the Giants Causeway in Ireland. You can even take a boat trip on Loch Ness with sonar to try and find the Loch Ness Monster.

River Fishing for salmon and trout is popular from the southeast of Scotland to the northeast, many beats are on large country estates.

Sea Fishing is popular all around Scotland for Haddock, Turbot, Cod, Mackerel, Pollack, Bass and Ling as well as a few more elusive species.

Golf in Scotland is second to none with many of the best know Links courses in the world such as St Andrews, Turnberry, Carnoustie & Royal Troon just to name a few. The largest cities Edinburgh and Glasgow are surrounded by golf courses as well, all welcome visitors, the choice is amazing.

Highland Games attract vast numbers of tourists and competitors from around the world. Many of the games are spread throughout the summer so you can normally find one on the date of your visit.

Mountain and Hill Climbing is extremely popular in Scotland, from southern Scotland to the far north, with mountains up to over 4,000 feet.

There are a number of Whiskey Distillers throughout Scotland that can be visited. These normally allow a tour of the distillery and a sample of the whiskey.

Abbeys * Castles * Mansions and Cathedrals are some of the most impressive buildings in Scotland. Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle are huge fortresses used by Scottish Kings. Many of the other smaller castles were built for the head of a Clan. If visiting Stirling Castle, you have to visit the Wallace monument a few miles east and climb to the top, the view is stunning.

Below is a list of events through history that led to Scottish Clans gaining or loosing their power.

858 Kenneth I died, king of the Picts, and regarded as the first king of Scots. Kenneth I founded the dynasty that ruled Scotland for most of the medieval period, turning this land of warring tribes, into an organized civilization. The early Scotland Kings are burried at Iona Abbey, founded by St Columba and his Irish followers in AD 563, on the Isle of Iona, just off the west coast of Scotland.

1018, King Malcolm II of Scotland won the Battle of Carham (Northern England) against the Northern English. This led to the Kingdom of Scotland’s border being drawn to almost what it is today. The Scots captured more land in Northern England in the following years, but failed to hold them.

1263 1st October, King Alexander III of Scotland defeated the Norwegian King Haakon at the Battle of Largs. The Vikings had been plundering the Western Isles and west coast of Scotland for over 400 years. The Battle of Largs led to the Vikings being pushed out of Scotland, and the western isles over the next few years.

1286, the death of King Alexander III of Scotland, and that of his only heir, the four year old Princess Margaret (Maid of Norway) four years later, led to the powefull English King Edward I (Longshanks) sending his forces into Scotland to gain control for himself.

1292, John Balliol was chosen by the Scottish Nobles to be their King. Balliol then tried unsuccessfully to drive the English out of Scotland. Edward captured and imprisoned Balliol in the Tower of London. Balliol's release in 1299 saw him moved to France, where he lived on his estate there until he died.

1297 11th September, William Wallace lead about 15,000 Scottish rebels against an English army, about 50,000 strong, that were on route to Stirling Castle. Wallace’s victory at Stirling Bridge saw him rewarded with the title Guardian of Scotland.

1298, William Wallace’s army was defeated by a huge English army led by Edward I at Falkirk. Wallace escaped Falkirk, but was captured in Glasgow 5th August 1305, and executed in London 23rd August 1305.

1314 June 23rd, the Scottish army of Robert the Bruce engaged an English army led by King Edward II (son of Edward 1 who died in July 1307). This battle was at Bannockburn, close to Stirling Castle. Bruce’s victory in this three day battle, led to the English flee towards their remaining strongholds in Scotland, and back across the border. The Scotland / England war continued for a further 14 years, until the treaty of Edinburgh was signed on the 17th March 1328. Bruce then became king of an independent Scotland. Bruce died at Cardross, probably from leprosy on the 7th June 1329.

1371, Bruce’s son David II died without leaving an heir, leading to the crowning of Robert the Bruce’s grandson Robert II (Stewart) this starting the house of Stuart, that would soon rule Scotland and England.

1488, the disliked King James III (Stuart) is killed at the battle of Sauchieburn by the army of his son James, who became King James IV of Scotland.

1513 9th September, the Battle of Flodden Moor, in Northuberland England, took place between the armies of James IV (Stuart) of Scotland, and King Henry VIII (Tudor) of England. Henry provoked the Scottish attack by capturing Scottish ships travelling between Scotland and France. Scotland’s losses in the battle included the king himself, and many nobles.

1530s, King Henry VIII of England (Tudor) encourages England to adopt Protestantism. The German monk Martin Luther, was stating the Christian Catholic religion, built around the Pope in Rome, should be changed. Luther’s preaching’s split the Christian religion into Catholic and Protestant. The Protestant religion was adopted by Henry so English churches would then send money to him instead of the Pope. Also, Protestants could get divorced, , and clerics could marry. Many thousands of British died, or had to emigrate over the following two century’s, fighting over religion.

1542, King James V (Stuart) of Scotland, died only one week after the birth of his only child Mary. The death of James V, saw Henry VIII of England send troops into Scotland to pressure the Scots into having Mary mary his son Edward. Mary was taken to France for her safety in 1548. She later married a French prince and became Queen of France. Following the death of her husband, and the death of her mother soon after in 1560, Mary returned to Scotland to take on the title Mary Queen of Scots. At this time, Scotland and England were constantly fighting over the Catholic and Protestant religions. Catholics from Scotland, England and France, claimed the Queen Elizabeth I (Tudor) of England since 1558, a protestant, should be replaced by Mary, who was a catholic with claims to the English throne, as she was Margaret Tudor's granddaughter. There were a number of battles at that time, that only ended after Mary was captured and imprisoned by Elizabeth’s forces in 1568. Mary was held captive until she was executed by beheading in 1587. The death of Queen Elizabeth in 1603 without leaving an heir, led to Mary Queen of Scots son James VI of Scotland, declared King of England and Scotland.

1642, Charles I (Stuart) of England & Scotland, is so unpopular, England ends up in a Civil War. Forcing a new prayer book on the Scots, and having little regard for the English Parliament, led to the war. The parliamentarians (Roundheads) led by Oliver Cromwell, finally defeated the Monarchy (Cavaliers) in 1649, Charles was sentenced to death and beheaded soon after. This allowed Cromwell to rule England & Scotland as Lord Protector until he died in 1658. The death of Cromwell’s son in 1659, led to the Stuart’s returning to the throne.

1560, the Scottish Parliament passed an Act, abolishing the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, this led to most of the Cathedrals and Abbey's in Scotland being destroyed. Much of their stonework was then used for the construction of other buildings.

1707, Queen Anne (Stuart) manages to set up the Union of the parliaments of Scotland and England. The parliaments then become the Parliament of Great Britain. Scotland merchants were then free to trade with America and the West Indies, that had been mainly controlled by England until that time. Sugar, tobacco and slavery made many Scottish merchants rich, leading to Scotland's towns and cities growing dramaticaly from that time, with impressive Georgian and Victorian buildings being built all over Scotland from the mid 1700s till the early 1900s. Much of the historic architecture found in Scotland's towns and cities today, was built during this time.

1714, the death of Queen Anne (Stuart) a Protestant, without leaving an heir, lead to George I (Hanover) becomming king of Great Britain. This was requested by Queen Anne to prevent her exiled Catholic brother, James the old Pretender, from becomming king. George was the son of the Electress Sophia of Hanover /Germany, a granddaughter of King James I of England. As George was a protestant German, the catholic Stuart’s disputed his right to be king.

1715, the sixth Earl of Mar (John Erskin) raised an army for James Francis Stuart (the Old Pretender) and joined up with English forces that also wanted King George I overthrown. That uprising was defeated by Hanoverian supporters, and became known as the first Jacobite Rising.

1719, the Battle of Glenshiel led to another defeat of the Jacobites by the Hanovarians.

1745 September 19th, the Battle of Prestonpans, led by Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) defeated a Hanovarian army led by Sir John Cope, the first Jacobite victory.

1746 January 17th, the Jacobites defeated English troops at Falkirk.

1746 April 16th, the Battle of Culloden Moor by Inverness, ended in under one hour with the defeat of the Jacobites. Bonnie Prince Charlie survived the battle only to flee to France. This was the last major battle fought on the British Isles.

1762 The Highland Clearances start, as Chiefs and land owners begin forcing crofters off their land so they can make way for large sheep farms. Many crofters relocated to coastal areas, where it was difficult to survive, so moved into large towns and cities in search of work. Many crofters were forced to emigrated to America and Canada, where they were encouraged to move into new territory, whre they would have to face hostile native Americans.

1837-1901, Queen Victoria (Hanover) ruled Britain with her children marrying throughout Europe. Her marriage to Prince Albert (son of Ernest Duke of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha, Germany) produced 9 children and 40 grandchildren. Victoria Adelaide, their first child, married the German Emperor Frederick III, with their son becoming Kaiser Wilhelm II of World War I era. Edward II, their second child, ruled Britain under his fathers title Saxe-Coburg & Gotha, with his son becoming George V of Britain of the World War I era. Princess Alice, their third child, married the German Louis IV of Hesse, Grand Duke, with their daughter Princess Alexandria marrying Csar Nicholas II of Russia of World War I era.

1917, during World War One, King George V of Britain takes on the name House of Windsor for the British royalty, in an attempt to distance them from their German relations. As the war came to an end, George’s cousin Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, abdicated and move to Holland. Czar Nicholas II of Russia, George’s other cousin, was forced to abdicate in 1917 during the Bolshevik Revolution. The Czar, Princess Alexandria and their family, were shot by the Bolshevik’s on the 16th July 1918. The House of Windsor survived the war, and have remained popular monarchs in Britain into the 21st century.

Three rulers of the most powerful countries that fought each other during World War One, Britain, Germany and Russia, were related through Queen Victoria. This must be the largest family feud in history, that led to the death of around 9 million people.

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