March 21, 2023


The Tour And Travel Enthusiasts

Scots have their say on the country’s most overrated tourist attractions

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Scots have their say on the country’s most overrated tourist attractions

Though we think all of Scotland’s attractions are absolutely brilliant, it seems some people are not so convinced.

With recent Trip Advisor reviews hitting the headlines – such as the person who complained that Ben Nevis was “very steep and too high”, we thought we’d ask our readers on Facebook which Scottish attractions were “overrated”.

And as always, you weren’t shy in coming forward.

Reader Linzi Cook was quick to agree with us, writing: “Nowhere, all of Scotland is beautiful.”

But others weren’t so convinced.

From costing too much to being “eyesores”, here are the locations people picked out.

The Scottish Parliament building was first up in the firing line, Heather Paterson described it as an “eyesore”, while Diane Ralston agreed, adding that it was “hideous”.

Others pointed out that it was already rusting, “out of character for the surrounding area” and “doesn’t represent the Scottish people”.

One person went as far as to describe it as a “ramshackle over-priced monstrosity”.

Theme park M&Ds was branded as “disappointing”, with Laura Bell pointing out that it used to great 20 years ago, and Helen Turner Clarke describing it as being “far too expensive” now.

V&A Dundee

Though it’s only been open for a few years, the V&A Dundee was another branded as “disappointing”, with one reader stating that it was a “lovely building” but that it needs more exhibits.

Angela Boyd nominated Loch Lomond shores, explaining that it was hailed as a “fabulous shopping and entertainment place at the gateway to the Highlands” but that half the shops are now shut and there is nowhere decent to eat. She added that it was quite sad to see.

Richie Nicoll posted: “‘Nessie Land’ @Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness….. For such global interest, it’s more than embarrassing to have seen (and smelled) what was inside.

“A bit of investment and creation would have the tourists flocking in…”

Emma McLean picked out The Dandylion statue in Elgin, which is often named as one of the ugliest statues in Scotland.

El Haz was let down by the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye, posting: “Famous for its natural beauty but when you visit it’s far too overcrowded and for me takes away the whole natural beauty effect.”

Morag Wilkinson added: “Glasgow’s Transport Museum. Loved it as a child when it was in the Kelvin Hall. You could get up close to the display of cars, bikes, buses & trains.

“The ‘new’ Transport Museum is a big letdown by comparison (cars cut in half high way up the walls). The street is the best display.”

Dean Thomson simply joked: “Loch Ness… Nessie must be the world’s no1 hide n seek champion of all time.”

Hamish Mcintosh had our favourite answer, simply writing: “The road out of Scotland.”

As, any time you need to leave this wonderful little country, you’ll struggle to find anywhere better.

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