Lake District named as World Heritage Site but do you know the six Scottish places on Unesco list?


The Lake District has been named as a World Heritage Site, Unesco has announced.

The region, in north-west England, joins sites including the Taj Mahal , the Grand Canyon and Stonehenge on the prestigious list.

Lord Clark of Windermere, who chaired the Lake District’s bid, said the decision to recognise the region’s culture, art and literature, as well as its landscape, was “momentous”.

He said: “It is this exceptional blend which makes our Lake District so spectacularly unique and we are delighted Unesco has agreed.

“A great many people have come together to make this happen and we believe the decision will have long and lasting benefits for the spectacular Lake District landscape, the 18 million visitors we welcome every year and for the people who call the National Park their home.”

The UK now has 31 World Heritage Sites with six in Scotland but can you name the ones on our doorstep?

The answers are at the bottom underneath the other UK sites on the official Unesco list, even though some are on British Overseas Territories.

  1. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  2. Blenheim Palace
  3. Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey, and St Martin’s Church
  4. Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd
  5. City of Bath
  6. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  7. Derwent Valley Mills
  8. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  9. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  10. Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast
  11. Gough and Inaccessible Islands (South Atlantic Ocean)
  12. Henderson Island (Pacific Ocean)
  13. Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications (Bermuda)
  14. Ironbridge Gorge
  15. Maritime Greenwich
  16. Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church
  17. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  18. Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
  19. Saltaire
  20. Stonehenge
  21. Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey
  22. Tower of London
  23. Gorham’s Cave Complex (Gibraltar)
  24. Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile CityIn danger
  25. Lake District

The Forth Rail Bridge pictured from alongside the Firth of Forth

Forth Bridge

This iconic structure was completed in March 1890 and it is still awe inspiring to this day. When it opened the bridge had the longest single cantilever bridge span in the world.


Frontiers of the Roman Empire

This cross-border landmark includes the Antonine Wall which was build by the Romans in 142 AD well as Hadrian’s Wall in England.


Heart of Neolithic Orkney

A collection of ancient buildings and sites with purposes ranging from homes to ceremony. It includes the settlement of Skara Brae, the chambered tomb of Maes Howe and the stone circles of Stenness and Brodgar.


New Lanark

The New Lanark community in Lanarkshire was created to provide housing for workers at the mills by philanthropist Robert Owen who provided public facilities and education while supporting factory reform.


Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

The Old Town of Edinburgh was founded in the Middle Ages and the castle and medieval buildings are a major tourist attraction. The New Town was developed between 1767–1890 and its architecture influenced European urban design in the 18th and 19th centuries.


St Kilda

Although inhabited for more than 2,000 years, the isolated archipelago of St Kilda in the Outer Hebrideshas had no permanent residents since 1930. The islands’ human heritage includes various unique architectural features from the historic and prehistoric periods. St Kilda is also a breeding ground for many important seabird species including the world’s largest colony of gannets and up to 136,000 pairs of puffins.

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