Scotland is a land of proud, independent people, known for their intelligence and innovation. It is a land of surprises, home to the game of golf and whisky, accredited with inventing the telephone, television, radar, penicillin, insulin and the first mechanically propelled bicycle. Above all it is a wonderfully appealing land, full of incomparable scenery comprised of rugged coastlines, magnificent heather-covered highlands, peaceful lochs and windblown islands; a land of ruined castles and home to historic towns and quiet fishing villages. Scotland is a land of myth which is permeated by legend and proud of its rich and varied history of clan wars and pitched battles, of heroism and of struggles against the southern intruders. Scotland is a country worth experiencing as it is home to almost 100 breath-catching, active malt distilleries, nearly 800 character-filled islands and over 3,000 stunning castles; and a country worth exploring as it boasts the deepest lake at Loch Morar, the largest lake at Loch Lomond and the ten highest mountains in Great Britain including Ben Nevis at 1,344 metres.
Scotland centres around two great cities; the slightly more conservative, royal city of Edinburgh which is home to numerous exceptional attractions including the hill-top Edinburgh Castle, the Abbey and Palace of Holyroodhouse, St. Giles Cathedral and the famous Royal Mile; while the busy and bustling city of Glasgow offers visitors a taste of the more social side of life. Sports, music and culture reign supreme in this energetic town even though its roots can be traced over a significant number of years having been involved in shipbuilding and heavy engineering. Glasgow’s rich heritage can be arguably seen at its best through its architecture which ranges from the fine medieval Gothic styled Glasgow Cathedral; through the Victorian and Edwardian buildings which reflect the enormous wealth created from the industrial revolution; to the iconic Clyde Auditorium which is symbolic of the cities contemporary connections with music as it was named a U.N.E.S.C.O. City of Music in 2008 for its legendary music scene. Outside of these two vibrant cities the stone built towns and villages warrant a great deal of investigation as it is here on the hills, in the glens and scattered around the coast that the very heart of traditional Scotland survives at its best. Filled with friendly, talkative locals many an hour can be spent just having a chat. Take some time to appreciate the traditional tartans, kilt pins and plaid brooches which are easily seen in the shops or simply enjoy a cup of teas and some well known Scottish short-breads.