Mihaira Friel photographed at Pollock Country Park (left) and Inveraray Castle (right).Mihaira Friel/Insider, De Agostini/Getty Images

  • I was born in Glasgow, Scotland and have lived there most of my life.

  • Scotland is known for its famous castles, whiskey tours and beautiful scenery.

  • There are many places that are not listed in guidebooks, so I will introduce my recommendations.

I was born and raised in Scotland and know all the best travel spots you won’t find in any guidebook.

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Mihaira Friel poses for photos at the Scottish royal family’s Balmoral mansion.Mihaira Friel/Insider

I was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, and spent most of my life here. The country is famous for its castles, whiskey tours and natural scenery, but there are many places that tourists have never heard of.

From uncharted beaches to Glasgow’s country parks, there’s plenty to see and do for first-time visitors to Scotland.

Kilbury’s Portovan is a holiday park with a beautiful beach that I have frequented over the past few years.

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Port Van Holiday Park in Scotland.Mihaira Friel/Insider

Port Van Holiday Park Motorhomes and campgrounds located on the west coast of Scotland, mostly holiday and visits by Scottish locals on weekends. I have visited the site several times as my partner and his family have a camper there.

The site overlooks Creshengan Bay, a public beach with spectacular views of the islands of Islay and Jura. accessible by ferry.

Perfect for those who enjoy outdoor activities such as swimming, canoeing and surfing. It is also a perfect location for stargazing.the beach is Popular spots for weddings that too.

Pollock Country Park is Glasgow’s largest park, but I visited it for the first time earlier this year.

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Mikhail in Pollock Park, Glasgow.Mihaira Friel/Insider

Many visitors to Glasgow choose to visit Glasgow Green or Kelvingrove Park, two public parks perfect for picnics and long walks. But often overlooked is Pollock Country Park. Glasgow’s largest park It has beautiful gardens, wooded areas and Highland cows.

I was born in Glasgow but visited this park for the first time earlier this year. I couldn’t believe what I was missing.

Within the park grounds, barrel collectiona free museum displaying artwork and various historical objects.

The Devil’s Pulpit is a gorge in Stirlingshire where locals swim during the summer months.

Devil's pulpit in Scotland

Satan’s pulpit in Scotland.Westend61/Getty Images

Devil’s Pulpit is less than an hour’s drive from Glasgow. It is most frequented by locals in the summer when people go swimming and take pictures with friends by the waterfall.

His real name is Finnich Glenn, but he is known locally as the Devil’s Pulpit from lore. According to Travel Awaits, named For a mushroom-shaped rock at the bottom of a stream rumored to have been visited by “evil”, including the devil himself. The devil is said to have preached to believers from an underwater pulpit.

The Victorian village of Ballater in Royal Deeside is known for its ties to royalty.

Ballater Village, Royal Deeside

Ballater Village, Royal Deeside.Mihaira Friel/Insider

went Ballater First reported in September of this year Death of Queen Elizabeth IIThe monarch died at Balmoral Castle, a royal summer residence ten minutes’ drive from the Victorian village.

The village was quiet when I visited. Filled with beautiful churches, bookstores and cafes, it’s set against the backdrop of the Cairngorm Mountains.

If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of visiting Buckingham Palace, a visit to Ballater is recommended. Today you can also visit the castle grounds. offer free admission After Her Majesty’s death, according to its website.

When most people think of Scotland, they think of Edinburgh Castle in the capital, but Inveraray Castle is far more picturesque.

Inveraray Castle.

Inveraray Castle.Richard Croon/Getty Images

According to Travel + Leisure, 1,500 castles in Scotland.Edinburgh Castle is the most famous and the country’s Second Visited Attraction, according to tourism group Visit Scotland.

Inveraray Castle My favorite castle in Scotland. Located on the shores of Loch Fyne in the small town of Inveraray, 60 miles (60 miles) northwest of Glasgow, it looks like something straight out of a fairy tale.

According to the website, an adult entry ticket to the castle is £14.50, about $18.

Loch Fyne is just a stone’s throw from Inveraray Castle.

Mihaira Friel at Loch Fyne, Inveraray, Scotland, 2017.

Mihaira Friel at Loch Fyne, Inveraray, Scotland, 2017.Mihaira Friel/Insider

Loch Fine is one of them. Over 30,000 freshwater lakes In Scotland, according to the Nature Scott website. The lake and surrounding area are well worth a day trip, especially if you plan to visit the nearby castles.

On a sunny day, it’s a great place to take pictures, stroll around, and sit and eat fish and chips.

Campsea Fells in central Scotland is perfect for hill walking.

Campsea Fells

Camp Sea Fells, Scotland.Papers/Getty Images

The Campsie Fells are a series of hills just north of Glasgow. The hill is popular for walking and swimming in the summer due to several waterfalls and rivers. It’s a short drive from where I grew up, so it was a place my family used to visit when I was a kid.

The hill is up. dormant volcanoVisit Scotland reports geological evidence for 30 lava flows dating back to the Carboniferous period, over 300 million years ago.

If you plan to visit the famous seaside town, the St Andrews Botanical Gardens are a must.

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Mihaira at the Botanical Gardens in St Andrews, Scotland.Mihaira Friel/Insider

St Andrews is a small town on the east coast of Fife, known for its prestigious university. Prince William and Kate Middleton met for the first time The town is also famous for golf and has beautiful beaches.

One of the places many people don’t consider when visiting St Andrews is the botanical gardens, filled with greenhouses, beautiful flowers and forests. It was one of the places we visited during our Spring 2021 vacation to St Andrews.

adult ticket The website says it costs £6, or about $7.20.

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