Scotland Travel Guide
Bordered with England and part of the United Kingdom, Scotland is a proud country of natural beauty and dramatic landscapes. In the south of the country, where the majority of the population reside, there are extensive lowland areas, moorland and pastoral scenery. Conversely, to the north, the landscape is dominated by the sandstone and granite Scottish Highlands, including the Grampian Mountains and Ben Nevis - the highest mountain in the British Isles measuring 1344m/4140ft. The highlands, with their mix of heather covered hills and snow-capped mountains are one of Scotland’s most beautiful assets. Indeed, approximately three-quarters of the country (2 million acres) is wild, untouched bog, rock and heather. The jagged coastline is windswept and spectacular, punctuated with lochs and lonely beaches. There are many off shore islands off the coast of Scotland, the largest and most famous of which being Sky and Lewis. There are many more in the Outer Hebrides, the Shetland and Orkney Islands.
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland is also the country’s cultural heart. Spanning out from the dark and brooding Edinburgh Castle which towers over Prince’s Street and the rest of the city, Edinburgh is one of the most attractive cities in the United Kingdom. The Castle, which houses the Scottish Crown Jewels is a popular tourist attraction and has stunning views across the city right over to the Firth of Forth in the distance. Prince’s Street is shopper’s heaven and leads down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official Scotland residence. The city is proud home to Scotland's National Galleries and Royal Museums, namely the National Gallery of Scotland, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the National Museum of Antiquities. There is theatre, comedy, music and dance and Edinburgh boasts to largest stage and largest theatre in the entire United Kingdom.
Other major cities include Aberdeen the Granite City and Glasgow to the west of Edinburgh. Home to Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and a large number of theatre companies, Glasgow is a very lively and exciting place to visit. Once the Cultural Capital of Europe, it is crammed with museums, art galleries and has the only complete medieval cathedral in Scotland. From the bustling and culture laden Scottish cities to the dramatic landscape of the highlands and lochs including the famous Loch Ness and Loch Lomond, Scotland is a beautiful country and there is no better place to go for a wee dram of whisky.
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