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Historic Aberdeen presents a modern cosmopolitan image to visitors, boasting marvelous museums and galleries; a lively nightlife and the best shopping in the northeast. The city is famous for its outstanding parks, gardens, its top attraction being the Winter Gardens at the Duthie Park, home to the stunning Rose Mountain.
The capital of the Highlands, Inverness is one of the oldest inhabited sites in Scotland. Don`t miss the oldest church, Old High Church, on St Michael`s Mount by the riverside. Other interesting sights include Inverness Castle, from which Mary, Queen of Scots was infamously barred; and Urquhart Castle, south of the city, which was a formidable fortress in the Middle Ages.
Located in the Highlands, the largest of Scotland`s lochs, Loch Lomond was the center of the ancient district of Lennox. The loch contains a large number of islands, several of them quite large, including Inchmurrin, the largest island in a loch/lake, where the ruins of Lennox Castle and ecclesiastical ruins. Today, the loch is also well known for the Loch Lomond Golf Club which lies next to it.
Pitlochry is a Victorian town, whose success blossomed when Queen Victoria declared it one of the finest resorts in Europe. Its main tourist attraction is its setting, with the surrounding mountains attracting hillwalkers. The town has two whisky distilleries whose visitor centers are popular attractions. Pitlochry is a good base for touring the Valley of the Tummel.
The Medieval town of St Andrews was the center of Scotland`s religious life for centuries. Surnamed the `home of golf`, it is known as the seat where the rules of golf in Britain and the world are codified and arbitrated. Golf was played for the first time in the 1400s, on the site of St Andrews`s Old Course. Visitors come here for the courses ranked amongst the finest in the world, as well as for the sandy beaches.