Guides Europe Scotland
Many visitors to Scotland are motivated by a search for their family history, the lure of visiting the birthplace of golf, Harry Potter scenery up close and personal or finding the springs that create what locals call the water of life ... Scotch whisky.
What few suspect
is that the home of St. Andrews golf course, Scotch whiskey tours, moody & mysterious landscapes, and the Loch Ness Monster, Scotland is a study in contrasts between wild & woolly and traditionally royal.
Nowhere is this more evident than in its capital, Edinburgh, where lively pubs, swinging night life and cutting edge art festivals vie for attention with its Royal Mile, the retired royal yacht Britannia, famous medieval castles and the traditional Royal military tattoo.
Further north, another of Scotland's storied fortresses, Sterling Castle, gained new fame in modern times for its associations with the Hollywood film ‘Braveheart’, starring Mel Gibson (so be sure to pay homage at the William Wallace monument near the castle grounds while you're here!)
Major tourist attractions in Scotland include mysterious Loch Ness (left); visits to the mighty
Edinburgh Castle (middle); and driving tours around the picturesque Scottish Highlands (right).
Meanwhile, for art and architecture lovers, Glasgow wins in popularity for its singularly beautiful Gothic cathedral, plus Victorian and art nouveau building design at every turn -- not to mention the prestigious Burrell Collection of art and the historic turn-of-the-century Tenement House.
Farther afield, the Scottish Highlands offer breathtaking beauty and vistas of Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain (towering at 1,344 metres or 4,409 ft.) For sport and nature lovers the Aviemore area beckons with scenic walks and mountain ski resorts, while the Inner Hebrides just off the western coast features mysterious ancient ruins and awesome landscapes.
One thing that can always be expected is that Scotland will catch you off guard.
The beauty... from the wind swept grandeur of the Isle of Skye to the loch regions that offer stunning landscapes, mountains where locals ski in
the winter months. The breathtaking scenery in Scotland may be the world's best kept secret!
The food and drink... the wonders of the best Scotch whiskey, seafood restaurants that delight with freshly caught North Atlantic salmon and other culinary delights... haggis may be the food that is best known, but discover the new cuisine in Scotland for a real treat!
The welcoming people, the shopping, the ruins of medieval churches left empty by the Restoration, cultural experiences... expect to be amazed. Scotland is a treasure waiting to be discovered.
also see -> Scotland's 5 Star Luxury Hotels
More about Scotland travel around the Web:
Scottish Tourist Board - The official site with interactive maps, online hotel booking, sample itineraries including golfing vacations, outdoor adventure, walking tours, Scottish history, practical travel tips, weather information.
Highlands of Scotland Tourist Board - Online guide to Inverness, Loch Ness, Skye, and the Northern Highlands with facts & information on major attractions, Scottish history & cultural highlights, hotels & restaurants.