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Scotland's new UNESCO trail

Explore Scotland's special places

Scotland is the first country in the world to bring together its UNESCO sites into one trail - taking you on a journey around some of the countries most iconic and special places.

Scotland is home to 13 of these special sites, or UNESCO designations. And many of them are firsts. Considering the size of the country, that’s quite impressive! It’s a proud testament to the richness and scope of Scotland’s awe-inspiring nature, its ancient and compelling history, the vibrancy of its culture, and its proud scientific and technological legacy.

We’ve got six World Heritage Sites, two Biosphere Reserves, two Global Geoparks and three creative cities. In Fife we have the magnificent Forth Bridge which is UNESCO’s most recent Scottish site. It is one of the most iconic bridges in the world. Spanning the Firth of Forth, this immense railway is considered one of the greatest feats of engineering ever undertaken in Scotland. The Forth Bridge is the world’s longest-ever cantilever bridge and, despite being built in 1890, still transports over 200 trains each day!

A world heritage site can be anything, from an incredible landscape to a city with a rich history and vibrant culture. It can be a magnificent monument, an archaeological discovery or a piece of ground-breaking technology. Most importantly, it must be something of world-renowned significance and occupy a special place in history to earn this prestigious title from the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

You can explore the trail online and plan your trip on VisitScotland's website and find out more about the Forth Bridge here.

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