There are many hidden gems found dotted across Scotland and Ireland, just waiting to tell the true stories of its green hills and seaside cliffs. Over the Tower Bridge, beyond Edinburgh Castle, and past the Cliffs of Moher, we know travellers want to discover avenues, paths and cobblestones less travelled. From the hillside to the seaside, discover the beauty of some of these jolly jaunts across Scotland and Ireland.
Tucked away in the Highlands of Scotland is the wee hamlet of Glenfinnan. Its special location has spectacular scenery that attracts visitors from far and wide. Its popularity rose when featured in some of the Harry Potter movies, with the Glenfinnan Viaduct becoming instantly recognisable overnight. The viaduct is the longest concrete railway bridge in Scotland at 380 metres, built 30 metres above the River Finnan with 21 semi-circular gaps underneath. The railway sees through passenger trains so you can jump onboard for an exciting ride across the viaduct!
Perched above the North Sea, Dunrobin Castle holds a special place in Scotland’s hearts. The castle resembles Scotland’s version of a French château with its conical spires and Versailles-inspired gardens. The castle has a longstanding history with the Sutherland family who were one of the most powerful families in Britain. Earls and Dukes of Sutherland have called Dunrobin Castle home since the 13th century, passing through generations until present day! Private accommodation has been kept for the Sutherland family while the castle and grounds have been open to the public since 1973. With heathered moors, mountain views and the nearby seashore, this is a quintessential Scottish setting.
Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford, was founded by Vikings in 914 A.D. Nowadays it holds many precious pieces of Ireland’s history – like its cathedral and Reginald’s Tower which are both the oldest in all the land. The name may also ring a bell being the birthplace of Waterford Crystal. While most of the crystal production is now outside of Ireland, Waterford Crystal is regarded as the finest in the world. With its narrow streets and medieval architecture, you’re sure to be charmed by this fine Irish city.