Falls of Shin, Lairg Free
The Falls of Shin, known locally to many as ‘Shinfalls’ is one of the best sights in the Highlands. With waterfalls that welcome leaping salmon every year, it really is worth the trip up past Bonar Bridge. As well as the actual waterfall, there is a newly opened visitor centre which has a restaurant, kids play area, crazy golf and walks around the woods. On their remarkable journey, salmon make their way back from the ocean to the rivers and follow them upstream. During this time, there are fierce currents to get through and waterfalls to climb. Falls of Shin is named to be the best place to see the salmon leaping upstream and you are most likely to see them in Autumn!
Aviemore is one of the greatest tourist locations for outdoor activities, but it’s most popular attraction is the Funicular Railway. Cairngorm Mountain is home to Scotland’s only funicular railway and it’s a railway that is placed on a mountain side. This is a unique visitor experience that allows people to reach the top of the Cairngorm where they are greeted by the Ptarmigan Restaurant and viewing terrace that provides spectacular views from over 3,500ft. There is also an exhibition, shop and the highest post box in the British Isles. Visitors can also book on to a guided walk to the summit and back from there, but may not otherwise exit the Top Station.
Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift in Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. The lift is named after the nearby town of Falkirk in central Scotland. It opened in 2002, reconnecting the two canals for the first time since the 1930s as part of the Millennium Link project. The wheel raises boats by 24 metres and then they also have to pass through a pair of locks between the top of the wheel and the Union Canal. The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world, and one of two working boat lifts in the United Kingdom. The Kelpies are an extraordinary sculpture that towers up beside the road just outside of Falkirk. The two beautiful steel horses were built on site in just 90 days! Andy Scott’s vision for The Kelpies follows the lineage of the heavy horse of industry and economy, pulling the wagons and ploughs, barges and coal ships that shaped the structural layout of the area.
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh £13.50/8.55/11.70
Dynamic Earth is a visitor attraction in Edinburgh, and also functions as a conference venue. It is in the Holyrood area beside the Scottish Parliament building and at the foot of Arthur’s Seat. The overall focus of Dynamic Earth is to simplify a better public understanding of the processes that have shaped the Earth since the beginning of time. This includes the Big Bang, Abiogenesis, Plate tectonics and Glaciation. The whole experience is in 4D and you can touch an iceberg whilst standing under the Aurora Borealis. Dynamic Earth is fun for all ages and also includes a snowdome cinema with a 360 degree digital dome that showcases different films throughout the year.
Skye is one of the most popular tourist destination in the world with over one million people travelling to the isle every year. Skye is most famous for its beautiful scenery which has been used for popular shows such as Game of Thrones and the remake of the BFG. However, when people think of Skye, they think of the Fairy Pools. The Fairy Pools are bright blue crystal water that follow a series of mini waterfalls up towards the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle. The Fairy Pools are for people who fancy a swim (wetsuit recommended) and people who generally just want to admire the beautiful natural phenomenon and take photographs.