Scotland is the home of tartan, bagpipes, whisky, Braveheart, and haggis. Add to that the fertile rugged highlands, stunning castles, lochs (lakes) along with the welcoming locals and their effervescent jovial spirits and thick accents. There's nothing to disappoint in this country, covering the north of Great Britain, it is renowned for its festivals, dances, bars, and party atmosphere.
Scotland crams numerous treasures into a small country. Ancient architecture sits beside some of the largest wilderness areas left in Western Europe. Golden eagles, otters, and Minke whales are just some of the wildlife. Restaurants dish up the best and freshest from reef to beef, venison, and vegetables all grown locally. And of course, all dinners should be finished with a dram of single-malt whisky.
Edinburgh, the capital, is a cosmopolitan and cultured city famed worldwide as 'the world's leading festival city'. August is the biggest month with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which is a string of festivals pulled together under one banner. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, now running for over 70 years, is a highlight, with the best pipers, fiddlers, and dancers from around the world performing.
Head out of the capital and visit Glasgow, the largest city, and coined the Gateway to Scotland along with the 'Curry Capital' of the UK with a thriving vegan scene. As a UNESCO City of Music, it hosts many music festivals during the year. Celtic Connections celebrates the unique Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe where musicians from around the globe descend on Glasgow for 18 fun-filled days. Four major universities draw international students from around the world, ensuring there are numerous parties. For shopping, head to Buchanan Street, known by the locals as the style mile.
Away from the cities, there are the wild highlands, craggy cliffs diving into the sea, and the western islands of Islay, Jura, and Mull to explore. Then there are the friendly locals who are always ready for a chat, or you could go searching for Nessie, the famous Loch Ness monster. Scotland is also perfect for a driving holiday. The road from Glasgow to Loch Lomond is just over 30 minutes through beautiful countryside, and there are many others.
Did you know some other claims to fame by Scotland include the first telephone, invented by Alexander Graham Bell, and the daily disposable contact lens by Ron Hamilton? It's a country with something intriguing and entertaining around every corner.
It's simple as, 'pick your activity' then choose the time to visit. There is much to see and do at any time of year. Summer and winter are great for events. Spring and autumn are perfect seasons for outdoor activities like hiking, golf, kayaking, exploring mountains, lochs, self-drive tours, and the endless array of attractions.
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