SCOTLAND

In Europe's far-flung North-West, Scotland is a tiny country full of wilderness, adventure, Romance. For such a small place, it certainly packs a punch.

Outdoor enthusiasts are in the right place: there are 728 peaks to climb above 2,000ft; 6,000m of coastline to surf and sail; retro ski resorts to carve through; sheer walls to climb; clear fresh waters to kayak; famous hills to cycle between. In fact, head north of the Central Belt and there's little inland except animal, mountain and loch - and there are over 3,000 of them as well. With many of the settlements appearing on the coast and busy Central Belt, much of Scotland still remains unspoilt, untouched and naturally outstanding.

Long-distance hikes and scenic road trips bring more and more visitors every year. But Scotland's cities shouldn't be ignored. Edinburgh is a timeless city, full of splendour, magic and festival. Glasgow, much changed in recent years, is a blurry blast of fun with art, cutting-edge cafes and incredible music. Stirling, St Andrews, Inverness and the Borders are all worth a visit too.

Did we mention the myriad of islands worth seeing? The gin? The whisky distilleries? The sea-life and the bird-watching? What about the world-class seafood and the folk music by warm pub fires? The pinch-yourself-beaches? The fascinating, complex and heart-breaking history? The almost-oppressive friendliness of locals, determined to welcome and warm you?

That being said, the stereotypes all come from somewhere. Pack your waterproofs and you'll learn to appreciate how water has shaped Scotland. In between the ubiquitous cloud and routine rains, the sun's a celebration. And after spending some time in this diverse country, you'll be celebrating more than you thought possible before you arrived.

In Europe’s far-flung North-West, Scotland is a tiny country full of wilderness, adventure, Romance. For such a small place, it certainly packs a punch. 

Outdoor enthusiasts are in the right place: there are 728 peaks to climb above 2,000ft; 6,000m of coastline to surf and sail; retro ski resorts to carve through; sheer walls to climb; clear fresh waters to kayak; famous hills to cycle between. In fact, head north of the Central Belt and there’s little inland except animal, mountain and loch – and there are over 3,000 of them as well. With many of the settlements appearing on the coast and busy Central Belt, much of Scotland still remains unspoilt, untouched and naturally outstanding.Long-distance hikes and scenic road trips bring more and more visitors every year. But Scotland’s cities shouldn’t be ignored. Edinburgh is a timeless city, full of splendour, magic and festival. Glasgow, much changed in recent years, is a blurry blast of fun with art, cutting-edge cafes and incredible music. Stirling, St Andrews, Inverness and the Borders are all worth a visit too.

Did we mention the myriad of islands worth seeing? The gin? The whisky distilleries? The sea-life and the bird-watching? What about the world-class seafood and the folk music by warm pub fires? The pinch-yourself-beaches? The fascinating, complex and heart-breaking history? The almost-oppressive friendliness of locals, determined to welcome and warm you?

That being said, the stereotypes all come from somewhere. Pack your waterproofs and you’ll learn to appreciate how water has shaped Scotland. In between the ubiquitous cloud and routine rains, the sun’s a celebration. And after spending some time in this diverse country, you’ll be celebrating more than you thought possible before you arrived.

 

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