Hundreds of beautiful photos to view and to buy.
Listed on this page are the links to sites which cover either the whole of Scotland or a number of regions.
Other areas and aspects in the Rampant Scotland site of interest to the virtual tourist include:
VisitScotland, the national Tourist Board, has a very large site full of information on most parts of Scotland. Full of illustrations, navigation is aided by an active map and a useful menu. As well as touring all the main tourist areas of Scotland, the they have provided information on travel to and from (and within) the country together with an accommodation guide, places to visit and practical information for the visitor.
The National Trust looks after a wide range of properties around Scotland. The Web pages give a brief description of each one, together with opening times, price of entry, facilities and a few illustrations. The Trust properties Places to Visit include:
This extensive site is a combination of visitor guide, accommodation listing and business directory. The number of Scottish locations and visitor attractions covered with detailed descriptions and many good-size illustrations is impressive.
Written by Joanne Winters whose grandmother was born in Harris, this is a very detailed travel guide to a growing number of areas, towns and islands of Scotland. Written by someone who clearly knows her subject, the pages cover how to get to the various locations, where to stay, what to see and where to eat. Areas and places covered include:
In addition, a large number of the Islands around Scotland have an individual page to themselves, including:
Scotland's Gardens (formerly known as "Scotland's Gardens Scheme" facilitates the opening of gardens throughout Scotland with private gardens, not usually open to the public, of paramount importance. Many glorious country house gardens continue to participate in the programme, and these are now joined by town and village gardens which have proved very popular amongst visitors. Small gardens are encouraged to open as groups and often villages open with up to twenty five gardens. Around 200 charities, both large and small, benefit annually from the 40% gross of the takings that are donated to the charities chosen by the garden owners. Site provides details of garden opening by district and date.
Brief details of attractions and places to stay, with links to pages with more information, categorised by geographic area or by such subjects as boat trips, cruises, wildlife centres and nature reserves, ecotourism, walks, sports activities, castles, museums, gardens and places to eat etc.
The Gazetteer for Scotland is a geographical database, featuring details of towns, villages, bens and glens from the Scottish Borders to the Northern Isles. The site provides maps for the different regions of Scotland, and brief descriptions (often with an illustration) of the geography and history for many of the places included. Currently, the Gazetteer covers about 50 percent of the country, focusing on the larger regions, with more places being added regularly.
A range of towns and villages with a wealth of detail and excellent, sensibly sized graphics (including some delightful line drawings). The towns and villages covered (a number of them with street plans as well as illustrations) so far include :
In addition to describing these towns and villages, the site also has historical background to such items as The McGregors > and of course, Rob Roy. Also covered are Blair Castle > and Castle Menzies>.
Illustrations, information and opening times of the sites owned by Historic Scotland around Scotland, from Shetland to Galloway.
SNH promotes the care and improvement of Scotland's natural heritage, its responsible enjoyment, its greater understanding and appreciation and its sustainable use, now and for future generations. Their Scottish Natural Heritage Information Service - SNHi - has sections which help you to find out about sites designated for their natural heritage value across Scotland, data on Scotland's countryside and all about the National Nature Reserves (NNR).
A recent project by SNH is View from the Train, a series of audio guides which take you on a journey of discovery around Scotland. From the busy central lowlands to the wild and beautiful highlands, the railway network links together cities, towns and villages. You'll pass castles, forests and battlefields and travel through open glens and high mountains. Itís currently available for journeys between Edinburgh and Inverness; Glasgow and Inverness; Edinburgh and Aberdeen; Glasgow and Aberdeen; Glasgow and Oban. If you want to download these it is probably best to select the zip folder covering them all. There is also a parallel series on the SNH Youtube channel where the commentary is accompanied by some illustrations. There is also a "View from the Train" free app (with commentary and illustrations) for Apple and Android platforms (search the appropriate app store).
Extensive information on all aspects of travel to Scotland covering Area Tourist Boards, BTA Offices around the world, Tour Operators, long list of hotels, events, attractions and travel by air, land and sea.
Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions>
Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA) has well over 400 members ranging from Historic Buildings to modern Science Centres throughout Scotland. There is a site search engine which produces a brief description, opening times, admission prices, locations and e-mail contact addresses for each location.
Scotland Vacations Tourism and Travel Guide>
Information on a range of subjects and links to other sites covering regions, attractions, castles, clans, cities, events, fishing, hiking, great Scots, history, humour, newspapers, sports, tours, travel tips - and whisky.
A comprehensive A-Z Gazetteer of country houses, stately homes and palaces in Scotland with descriptions, hours of opening and sprinkled with illustrations.
World Travel Guide - Scotland>
This is the Scotland section of a world-wide travel guide. It provides basic information about Scotland including a climate chart > for Edinburgh, Lerwick and Oban (the rainfall in Oban is amongst the highest in the country).
This site covers a number of towns across Scotland (and into England and Wales too) providing a large picture and a map showing the shops along their High Street or equivalent main road. There are links to Web sites for some of the businesses listed. Keeping it up-to-date must be a major undertaking!
Scotavia Images provides a quality aerial photography service for Scotland. Several hundred of their excellent photographs, largely of the north of Scotland and the Highlands, have been included in their site. They give a unique view of castles, golf courses, glens, Highland scenery, towns and villages, stately homes, events, archaeology, events - and oil platforms. Prints from the large gallery are available for purchase. If you have ancestors with a Scottish Highland origin, they can provide an aerial view of the area they came from!
This DVD was filmed over 2 years and captures some of Scotland's finest locations by air and land. Locations include Loch Lomond, Stirling (and the castle), William Wallace Monument, Luss, Glencoe, Glasgow, Balloch, Isle of Arran and much more. The DVD is packed with an hour of entertainment and has been enjoyed already all over the world by lovers of Scotland. See the salmon leap at "The Pots of Gartness" and experience the fine aerial photography. Includes historical facts on, for example, the massacre and clans of Glen Coe amongst much more. Only £10 and free world-wide delivery.
This is a large, well written and illustrated site covering Castles> and Abbeys> as well as a number of more general tourist attractions. The Abbeys include:
The more general pages include:
Created to allow you to record the places where you had a positive experience and you think they deserve a special mention - where the service has gone that "extra mile" for you. It might be a visitor attraction, shop, accommodation: in fact, any kind of service-giver anywhere in Scotland. Of course, once a good number of comments have been added, it will be a useful recommendation for places where customers have had good service.
Comprehensive information, history and maps for all of Scotland's waterways - Caledonian in the Great Glen in thae Highlands and Crinan canal in Argyll as well as the recently renovated Forth and Clyde canal and Union Canal to which it is connected via the Falkirk Wheel.
This is a unique guide to help you explore the textile visitor attractions throughout Scotland. It provides information and links to a surprisingly wide range of locations across Scotland which have an association with a world of textiles on the Scottish textile trail. Locations covered include:
A Scottish Picture a day from all parts of Scotland, brought to you by Scotland Info, itself a practical online guide full of lavish photography.
A tour of Scotland in words and pictures (thumbnails which lead to larger versions for those you want to see in detail). You can take the whole tour or access areas at random using the map. The author is keen on hillwalking but the site covers a lot of other parts of Scotland as well.
An overview as well as a detailed description of the main designtaed long walks in Scotland (though many folk choose to enjoy parts of them, rather than going the full length in one go. Thi site covers the most poular long distance walks including Great Glen Way (Fort William to Inverness over a distance of 79 miles / 127 km; Kintyre Way (87 miles / 140 km of trail from Tarbet to Dunaverty); Rob Roy Way (92 miles / 148 km, from Drymen to Pitlochry, crossing the Highland fault line and passing 4 lochs); Southern Upland Way (A 212 mile / 341 km coast to coast route from Portpatrick to Cockburnspath); West Highland Way (from Milngavie to Fort William, this is Scotlandís most famous path and is 94 miles / 151 km long). The site also has a Gps/Gpx Downloads page with free GPX file downloads for long distance walks in Scotland, including waypoints, tracks and routes.
While many folk want to see the wilder parts of Scotland, many of us tour around by car and want to go to places which are within walking distance of our transport. This site will take you on an illustrated journey through Scotland and show you sights that can be seen from the roadside or close by. Along the way are the mountains, glens, lochs and rivers that make up the landscape. Also the historic buildings and monuments that form a great part of the Scottish culture and history.
This site provides the opportunity for visitors and residents alike to plan an integrated public transport journey within Scotland or from Scotland to main points in the UK using public transport - either rail, bus, coach, ferry, air and Glasgow Underground or any combination. On the journey planner page you can select which mode or modes you wish to travel by. When it is needed, full information on connections are given to make transfers as smooth as possible and fares information is also shown (where available).
Scottish Railway Route Guides>
This Guide Book is designed to be read onboard a train on the routes described and they have hundreds of items of interest. There are three railway route guides covering the routes Edinburgh to Inverness via Ladybank, Edinburgh to Inverness via Stirling and Edinburgh to Aberdeen.
Hans Walter Arends is an enthusiast about Scotland and the Scots (he's written a book about Scotland "Die kleine Schottlandfibel") and this Web site, written in German, is designed to help Germans understand a bit more about various aspects of Scotland.
More about Scotland - Neues Łber Schottland>
Informationen Łber Schottland - Die Menschen, das Land, die Kultur - bei uns erfahren Sie das Wichtigste. The popularity of Scotland as a tourist destination for Germans has resulted in this Web site from Germany, written totally in German.
Elisabeth and Teije's Travel Site
Elisabeth and Teije Smit from the Netherlands have travelled to a number of destinations, including Scotland. Their site provides (in English and Dutch) information, history and lots of photos including castles, prehistoric sites and panoramic views of Scotland. There is also an account of their journeys in Scotland.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh>
The Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh are a major tourist attraction in the city - at all times of year. The site also links to satellite gardens such as Benmore Botanic Gardens>, Logan Botanic Gardens> in the south-west and Dawyck Botanic Garden>
Essential British Gardens is a digest of some of the finest gardens and arboretums throughout Britain and is based on the author's experiences and those of other keen gardening friends. The North of Scotland and South of Scotland sections have links to a wealth of Scottish gardens.
Information on the Scottish Wildlife Trust reserves in various parts of Scotland.
Elsewhere can be found Forvie National Nature Reserve > in Aberdeenshire..
Auchterarder Ornithology> provides a narrative description of what can be seen in that area.
The Scottish Communities Web Database is a dynamic collection of links to village, town, city and area specific websites in Scotland. The locations covered is being added to all the time and is particularly useful for the smaller communities around the country.
Landscape and Waterfalls of Scotland>
Part of a larger site concentrating on Southern Scotland and Edinburgh, this section has some beautiful illustrations of waterfalls (many using the Scots word "linn" for waterfall) around Scotland and some special lansdcapes, including:
A Japanese site with an active map of the UK leading to illustrations of all the main bridges. The Scottish bridges covered are:
We all like to look at illustrations of the Highlands and Islands and Colin Palmer has over 500 wonderful images of Scotland here, covering the mainland and many of the individual Western Isles (and other parts of Britain too). Indexed by thumbnails to reach the individual photographs, the main sections (they're growing all the time) are:
The Stock Scotland stock photo library holds over 150,000 high quality photographs of Scotland with 10,000 images currently on-line covering the Highlands, landscapes, castles, wildlife, natural history and Scottish business, industry, lifestyle, culture and much more.
Scottish Mountain Photo Gallery
A massive collection of over 1,000 high resolution photographs, 360 degree views and QuickTime movie panoramas of mountains, islands, sea water lochs, fresh water lochs and rivers of Scotland. And in addition to all those views from the tops of mountains, there is an extensive set of photos on rivers and whitewater kayaks; coastline and sea kayaks; windsurfing; and aerial photos.
The site is the product of three years' photography of the Scottish landscape, particularly the rugged mountain areas. There are a good number of stills available to view on the site and you can purchase panoramic prints or arrange for specific shoots in areas not covered.
Landscape and Aerial Photos of Scotland
A great collection of richly coloured photographs taken across Scotland, in some cases from a microlight flying across the landscape. The large collection includes pictures of Glencoe, Glen lyon, Loch Lomond, Drummond Gardens, Loch Tay, Loch Katrine and the Trossachs, the Wallace Monument, Stirling and autumn and winter scenes. And many more!
Lots of lovely, artistic photography by a professional photographer taken from all around Scotland on view and on sale. And if you have a particular interest in an area or subject, just drop a line with your requirements.
"PJ" is Peter-Josef Meisch from Germany who has created an excellent, illustrated travel guide to Scotland from his experiences cycling round Scotland. This is not a "chocolate box" guide - rain and broken spokes are a feature as well! The selection of photographs, however is first class.
A large gallery of landscape photograpy by Graham Macfarlane divided into sections on lochs, cities, glens, isles and castles. There is a selection of panoramic prints available for secure online purchase.
Large collection of photos which you can view as a slide show or via area menus. Areas include Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland Islands, North West Highlands, Eastern Highlands, Argyll, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, Tayside and Fife, Glasgow, Edinburgh, South West and Lothian and Borders. Covers tourist destinations such as Inverness, Oban, Pitlochry, Callander, St Andrews and Stirling with information on places to visit, sport and recreation, places to shop, eating out. The best part each town's description is the scenic town centre map and local area map which can be printed out.
The landscape photographs in this site are accompanied by text telling some of the History of the area and where the photograph was taken. Travel through the Trossachs and the start of the Scottish Highlands, to the rugged landscape of Wester Ross. The site covers a large number of locations and it's well worth having a look at the Site Map to home in on areas of specific interest.
From the end of May to the end of July, 1998, Paolo and Diego made a tour of about 150 Scottish prehistoric sites. This work is in coordination with SCRAN (Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network) with the intention of producing an educational website and a CD-ROM about the stone monuments of Scotland. There is an online travel diary covering the eight weeks searching for clues to the builders of the impressive stone circles of Brodgar and Callanish, the enigmatic stone alignments of Mid Clyth, the magnificent burial chamber of Maes Howe and many other wonderful monuments. Lots of illustrations, active maps and a relaxed narrative (sorry about the Scottish weather folks - this was one of the wettest Junes on record).
More of a non-profit organisation than a company, all the images on this site can be used for any non-commercial purpose - the owner only asks for a link to his site. 60+ illustrations, including Princes St, Royal Mile, Leith, Grassmarket, Bridges, Calton, Views from Salisbury Crags plus the Pentland Hills. There are also illustrations from around Scotland - Lothians, Borders, Skye, Glasgow, Lowlands and Highlands.
David and Christine have created a Web site with over 500 lovely photographs of Scotland from the Highlands to the Lowlands and many points in between. Nicely indexed and with good-size thumbnails you can spend many happy hours touring sunny Scotland via this well-illustrated site.
A large collection of good photographs taken on a holiday in 1994. The places covered are too many to list here but here is a selection of some of the more interesting and some of the more out of the way places:-
Here are pictures from Felicia's tour of Scotland which included Edinburgh during the Tattoo and Festival, Braemar, Dornoch, Portree and Glasgow with thumbnails and the full size image.
Andy Arthur from Helensburgh has lots of photographs of Scotland, Sailing & the Sea and a growing section on Scottish War Memorials, including a number in the remoter parts of Scotland.
A guide to pottering about on boats on the West Of Scotland - marinas, lochs, anchorages, places of interest, weather, charters, tides, canals, chandlers and a photo gallery.
This collection of photos consists of all types and size of fishing boats, trawlers, Seine-netters, Crab and Lobster potters from across Europe and includes many Scottish boats. There is a list of 7000 named fishing boats with illustrations of some of them. These photographs can be purchased from the list. There is also a collection of Links to maritime and fishing communities with a Scottish flavour.
Bonny Scotland - Digital Picture Gallery
Full of beautiful scenery pictures of Scotland in a digital pictures gallery plus descriptions which provide a virtual trip to Scotland. Sections include:
Corbis - The Place for Pictures on the Web>
Type in "Scotland" and the search engine will find 1,700 "personal use" graphics to give visual picture of Scotland.
Scot-Photo> has lots of photos of Scotland, free to download for personal use. There is also a personal digital library available.
Catriona Fraser> has assembled a series of atmospheric black and white photographs of Castles> and Landscapes> as well as Pictish Stones> with thumb-nails linked to larger versions (which are also avilable for purchase as prints).
Scotland in Pictures > is a collection of land and townscapes taken in black and white. The selection is continually growing into an extensive collection of views of Scotland. Unique prints of the photos are available for purchase.
Discover the beautiful scenery and natural habitats through the unique photography of Michael Macgregor>.
Dave's Bonnie Scotland> is a collection of illustrations fom Dave's holiday in Scotland.
Freefoto> has a very large collection of graphics from around the world, available for downloading. The Scottish content includes a collection of photos of Staffa> and Eigg>. A recent addition is illustrations of the Royal Yacht Britannia >
Dave Henniker> has lots of pictures of Edinburgh (Princes St, Royal Mile, Leith, Grassmarket, Bridges, Calton, Views from Salisbury Crags) and Scotland generally (Lothians, Borders, Skye, Glasgow, Lowlands and Highlands) and they are available for use on another Web site, provided you give credit and a link.
Scottish Photography> has a selection of lovely images divided into four sections - Air, Fire, Water, Earth by an Edinburgh based photographer. Limited edition prints are available.
Andra Graphs> has a collection of photographs of Scotland derived from annual visits "back home".
Toubab in Scotland is a pictorial tour through the magnificent scenery of the far North East of Scotland in Springtime from John O'Groats in Caithness to Aviemore on Speyside.
Not just Scotland but the site covers various views of Edinburgh Castle (including a panoramic moving view), the 18th green at St Andrews, Inverness Castle, The Forth Bridges, the Edinburgh Tattoo - and more on the way.
Candacraig can organise a wedding with a difference whether it's in a remote Highland glen, a boat on Loch Ness or a sophisticated ceremony in a castle with a ceilidh to follow. They can provide everything for that special occasion from choice of venue to full co-ordination of the day - and honeymoons too.
Some good graphics and text on a mixture of aspects of Scotland including Edinburgh and Glasgow, some History, food and drink, bagpipes, clans and Rabbie Burns.
Where else would you like to go in Scotland?
If you are planning a trip to Scotland you may wish to use a specialist company offering guided tours. Rampant Scotland has teamed up with Go Scotland to provide quick access to a one stop shop for a very wide range of tours in Scotland. Go Scotland offers tours from a number of recommended tour guide companies in Scotland with sightseeing tours from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.
Click the graphic to see what they have on offer:-
Use the Go Scotland Tour Search to find a tour departing on your desired time frame. If you can't find what your looking for contact them and they'll find it for you. Go Scotland Tours also arranges private driver guided tours and customised itineraries with tailor-made bespoke Scotland tours.
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