As a continuation of our blog about The National Trust, we are presenting historic sites in Scotland that are under the protection of the National Trust for Scotland and Historical Scotland. The first is a charity organization founded in 1931 to protect Scotland's cultural and natural heritage, the latter is its governmental counterpart, an institution responsible for historic monuments in the country. Both organisations encompass outstanding places definitely worth a visit.Apart from the well-known Scottish treasures like Edinburgh or Sterling Castles, there are many more monuments, steeped in history and beautiful natural sites. Getting a closer look at the properties the two bodies protect is an inspiring read for a holiday idea.Urquhart CastleFounded in the 13th century, Urquhart Castle sits on the bank of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. Surrounded by the lake, which contains more fresh waters than the lakes in England and Wales combined, the castle rests in a splendid setting. The history of the place is closely knit with the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century, during which the castle received a royal status.The following turbulent times saw the destruction of the castle in the 17th century. Today, it is one of the most visited castles in Scotland. The visitors' centre tells the bloody history of this medieval fortress. The view from the remaining tower brings you some of the best vistas in Scotland. Take a good look at the Loch Ness waters, the Nessie is somewhere there!Discover the historic monuments and natural sites with the National Trust for Scotland. There are tours, events and holiday packages to book so that you can combine your holiday with an educational element. After all, what is a better way of learning about history than visiting the places that took part in creating it? Scotland is stunning in its beauty and the historic monuments only add to the country's charm.