The Great Gallery displays portraits of Scottish kings, both legendary and real. The Queen's Gallery, opened in 2002, as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations, hosts changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection. The neighbouring 12th-century Holyrood Abbey was founded by King David I.
In its 16 galleries, containing more than 8,000 artifacts, one can find Dolly the sheep (the world's first cloned mammal), as well as some of Elton John's more elaborate stage costumes. Traditional museum displays also include materials from Ancient Egypt and the infamous Maiden, an early form of a guillotine.
Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden is the second oldest such garden in Britain. Within its magnificent 70-acres are a herbarium and Britain's biggest palm house, a tropical house with exotic orchids, an alpine house, a terraced moorland garden, heather garden and an extensive arboretum with rare giant trees from the Himalayas, North America, and China.
The canal and each of the lochs is surrounded by some of the most beautiful highland scenery, but no part is more scenic than Loch Ness itself, with the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle on its hillside above the water. The centre of many ancient myths, the 12th-century castle fell victim to fire some 500 years later. The best views of the castle are from the water, and you can arrive by boat or drift past on a Loch Ness cruise.
The largest of Scotland's inner isles, Skye is especially popular with birders, ramblers, and nature lovers. Its wild, romantic mountain scenery is marked by green valleys, caves, lonely glens, sandy beaches, and rushing waterfalls - quite a remarkable variety for an island just 50 miles long and never more than 15 miles wide.
One of Scotland's most visited attractions, the free Riverside Museum in Glasgow gathers together the history of transportation by land and water in an eye-catching new venue. See trams, locomotives, buses, horse-drawn carriages, and vintage cars, along with ships and other models. A highlight is the authentic reconstruction of 1938 Glasgow streets, with shops you can enter.
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