Scotland has received the TripAdvisor seal of approval once again! The preeminent review site has just revealed its list of the 10 places in the UK where visitors are most likely to find winners of their renowned Certificate of Excellence awards, and no fewer than three Scottish towns have made it into the top 5 – congratulations to Perth, Ayr and Fort William!
Based on user ratings and opinions, TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence awards are given only to attractions, accommodation and restaurants that consistently receive outstanding feedback from customers. Internet reviewers are somewhat infamous for their high standards, so you can be sure to enjoy excellent service when you see the TripAdvisor owl peeping out of an establishment’s window.
The picturesque city of Perth has been named as the place in Scotland where visitors are most likely to enjoy impeccable hospitality, or third in the whole of the UK. Fourth place goes to the gorgeous seaside resort of Ayr, while the area around Fort William in the stunning west Highlands comes in fifth. Well done to all the local establishments that have made such a great effort to keep their customers happy!
Check out our recommendations of just a few of the fantastic things to see and do in Perth, Ayr and Fort William, all of which have been granted the Certificate of Excellence for 2014, along with comments from TripAdvisor users.
Located in the gorgeous Balhousie Castle, the Black Watch Castle & Museum is dedicated to Scotland’s most elite military regiment. Fascinating exhibits explain the long history of the battalion and its place in British history, while interactive displays and fun activities keep the little ones entertained.
My small children love coming here on a regular basis and it is so family friendly. The food is excellent! The staff are brilliant! – KJ1982
Scone Palace is steeped in history, being the crowning place of kings such as Robert the Bruce and Charles II. The surrounding grounds and woodland are amongst the most beautiful in Perthshire, with a beautiful star-shaped maze and a great adventure playground for kids.
What a great place to visit! Wonderful architecture, beautiful artefacts, fantastic history, interesting grounds. – BulldogUsa
Comfortable and stylish, the Perth Concert Hall offers a great choice of cultural events. If you happen to be around this week, Perth Festival of the Arts opens today with a fantastic 11-day programme of music, drama and dance. Upcoming shows include smash hit musical Fame (11-16 Aug), comedian Ross Noble (4 Oct) and Ivor Novello winner Joan Armatrading (20 Oct).
Perth is so lucky to have the Concert Hall. It’s a superb facility, with a great programme of entertainment. – Mordrydd
Ayrshire is Burns country, and there’s no better place to learn about the Bard, his life and work than at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway. Visitors can admire original works and the poet’s personal belongings before taking a pleasant walk around the nearby Burns Monument Gardens.
This is an outstanding place to visit. The Museum itself is fantastic and so interesting. I had no idea how much Robert Burns has impacted around the world. – hortonkirkbyboy
The gorgeous Rozelle Park comprises 37 hectares of immaculate lawns and verdant woodland, peppered with ornamental ponds, colourful flowerbeds and interesting sculptures. The estate is home to two galleries, and the café is a big hit with visitors – the cakes come highly recommended.
Lovely place, great little tea-room, lots of space for kids to play and we loved feeding the ducks – lorraine b
Little kids (and maybe some big ones too) will love Ayr Seafront Playpark by Ayr Beach, where swings, slides and giant climbing frames provide hours of fun. Just next door is Pirate Pete’s Family Entertainment Centre, boasting a massive soft play area, mini golf and an American diner serving up delicious homemade burgers.
This is one of the best kids parks that I have been in. So much for them to do. My son didn’t know where to start! – riclie
Train enthusiasts, Harry Potter fans and anyone with an appreciation for remarkable scenery will love the unforgettable rail journey over the West Highland Line, which crosses the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct and gives remarkable views of the Small Isles of Rùm, Eigg, Muck and Canna.
LOVED LOVED LOVED every minute of our steam train experience! Make sure you book early and I suggest going first class if you want the full experience. – Kristi517
Treasures of the Earth, in the village of Corpach, houses one of Europe’s finest private collections of priceless gemstones, crystals and fossils. Admire towering amethyst geodes, examine genuine gold nuggets, or wonder at fossils dating back almost a billion years.
Amazing collection of precious and semi-precious gem stones and minerals from around the world. Staff very friendly, helpful and informative. – FoodyKim
Enjoy spectacular views and high-adrenaline activities at Nevis Range Mountain Experience, based just 7 miles north of Fort William. Take the mountain gondola to marvel at sweeping Highland panoramas, or challenge yourself to high wire adventures, mountain biking or paragliding, plus skiing and snowboarding in winter.
The place is awesome and the gondolas are too good … It is truly an awesome experience. – Chiranjib G
Of course, you’ll find many more top-rated attractions plus fantastic restaurants and quality accommodation in Perth, Ayr, Fort William and all over Scotland. Discover more things to see and do in Scotland, or check out our blog posts to find out more about Scotland’s best islands and best beaches, as voted by TripAdvisor users.