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Scotland’s UNESCO Trail spans the length and the breadth of the country. With so much to see and do, it can be difficult deciding where to start exploring. To make things easy for you, we’ve pulled together individual journeys you can take in every direction, highlighting top attractions, locations to base yourself in, recommendations on where to stay and where to eat, helpful advice on how to get around, and much more.

How to do the trail

4 Ways You Can Explore Scotland's UNESCO Sites on the Trail

There are different ways to experience the UNESCO Trail, depending on how much time you have or which part of Scotland you want to explore. We’ve also got options for families, and ideas for a last-minute break so anyone can look differently at Scotland’s wonders.

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The UNESCO trail geographical journeys

UNESCO Sites to Explore in Central West Scotland

In central west Scotland you have three UNESCO sites to discover - the Antonine Wall, New Lanark and Glasgow, City of Music.

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A woman carrying a walking stick with a backpack looks out over a loch and trees to some hills, from a rocky ledge

UNESCO Sites to Explore in North Scotland

Check out the beautiful UNESCO sites of North Scotland - the Wester Ross Biosphere and the North West Highlands Geopark.

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The buildings around the cobbled Royal Mile, lit up in red and blue colours at night

UNESCO Sites to Explore in Central East Scotland

There are four UNESCO sites to explore in this central east spot. Explore Edinburgh with two designations and then travel across and stop to learn more about the Forth Bridge. Your final stop is Dundee, our City of Design.

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Explore South Scotland's UNESCO Site

Travel easily to the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere. Why not begin your trip at one of the biosphere communities where you’ll be given a warm welcome and information to help you explore?

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Explore the UNESCO Site in the Outer Hebrides

Head over to the Outer Hebrides to learn more about St Kilda, a dual UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's a very special and hard to access place, but there's plenty you can learn while on the larger Hebridean islands.

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Cuween Chambered Cairn made of stones, sits on the top of Cuween Hill as the light fades against the water

UNESCO Sites to Explore in Scotland's Northern Isles

Explore the two UNESCO sites in Scotland's northern isles. Shetland is a recognised Global Geopark, while Orkney is home to the World Heritage Site of Heart of Neolithic Orkney.

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Other ways to experience the trail

A panoramic image of the hills, mountains and rocky grassy ground, a river running through the middle

6 UNESCO Family Day Trip Ideas

These great attractions and activities will keep the kids entertained for hours and get them learning about Scotland’s top UNESCO sites. See Roman artefacts, climb aboard a ship and enjoy homemade ice cream – it’s the best day of learning your kids will ever have!

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A man cycles past a large Roman head sculpture

7 Last Minute Break Ideas on the UNESCO Trail

Short on time, or planning a last minute break? It’s possible to enjoy the wonders of Scotland’s UNESCO Trail on a short break, but still travel sustainably.

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