Scotland is a land of contrast, from the vibrant and exciting cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, to scenic grandeur with its breath-taking lochs, mountains and coastlines, not to mention its 800 islands, home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Scotland is certainly not lacking in history or culture either, having produced some of the world's best writers, painters, sculptors, poets and musicians, and continues to do so. Today's great talents can often be seen at Scotland's many festivals, most notably the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. When in Scotland, you'll never be far from a traditional pub playing great live music.The Big 2
Scotland's two largest cities Edinburgh and Glasgow vie for your attention and both are definitely worth visiting. In Scotland's capital Edinburgh, the Castle dominates the city, with one of the world's most famous city backdrops. The cobbled Royal Mile, with its many closes (alleyways) connecting the streets of the Old Town is home to many cafes, various museums and specialist shops.
Overflowing with style and culture, Scotland's biggest city Glasgow blends internationally-acclaimed museums and galleries, stunning architecture, great shopping and unbeatable wining and dining. If you want to party the night away you won't be short of choices in Glasgow, which has over 150 pubs, clubs and bars.
Stirling is Scotland's heritage capital, where the Wars of Independence were fought and won; where, for three centuries, monarchs ruled in regal splendour and where merchants and craftsmen plied their trade below the castle rock.
The home of golf
If there's one sport the Scottish landscape was made for, it's golf, which was invented by the Scots in the 15th century. Scotland boasts over 540 golf courses to choose from including world famous championship golf courses such as the Illustrious Open venues including The Old Course St Andrews, Royal Troon, Carnoustie, Muirfield, Turnberry and Gleneagles.
The Islands and Highlands
The Isle of Mull has a rich cultural heritage, some stunning land and seascapes and impressive wildlife, including rare sea eagles. The island's main town, Tobermory, is renowned for the brightly coloured buildings of its waterfront lining the natural harbour.
Scotland's largest island Skye boasts wildlife, history, geology, incredible scenery, hill-walking and range of outdoor activities. Even when days become cloudy, there is much to do and see with castles, crofting museums and plenty of homely pubs and restaurants to retire to.
At the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest mountain is the town of Fort William which makes a good base for exploring the surrounding mountains and glens. Glen Nevis below the Peak of Ben Nevis has been used in the Films Braveheart, Rob Roy and Harry Potter and the Sorcerers' Stone.
By Ruth Lancey
Date: 2018-01-17 10:09:21