Summertime in Scotland
the highlands are calling...
Scotland, the U.K.’s northernmost country, is a land of mountain wildernesses such as the Cairngorms and Northwest Highlands, interspersed with glacial glens (valleys) and lochs (lakes). Its major cities are Edinburgh, the capital, with its iconic hilltop castle, and Glasgow, famed for its vibrant cultural scene. Scotland is also famous for golf, the game first played at the Old Course at St Andrews in the 1400s.
Situated within vibrant Europe, Scotland is a progressive nation built on innovation, creativity and the fabulous warmth of its people. The Scottish people have a worldwide reputation for warmth and friendliness. Whether it’s the millions of visitors who travel to Scotland every year or the thousands who come to live permanently, so many talk of a genuine friendliness and a welcoming hospitality.
Think of Scotland and you'll likely conjure up images of tartan kilted Highlanders, skirling bagpipes, the Loch Ness Monster, lonely castles, the birthplace of golf, magnificent scenery, and shaggy Highland cattle. All of these are part of the fabric that makes up this unique country. This wild northern country lends itself to exploration in countless different ways, each an adventure of discovery rich in unforgettable experiences. You can tour the castles and fabled battlefields where clans fought fiercely, trace the footsteps of legendary kings and queens, or follow literary trails blazed by the likes of Robbie Burns and Sir Walter Scott.
Another of Scotland's great attractions is its solitude, with its remote stretches of heather-covered moors, secluded beaches and wild, romantic mountains with their deep glens and lochs, all waiting to be explored.
While you're there
Your trip to Scotland is not complete without a visit to at least some of these major attractions:
- Edinburgh Castle
- The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews
- Loch Lomond
- Isle of Arran
- Loch Ness
- Isle of Skye
- The Northern Highlands
- The Burns Heritage Trail
- Scotland's Castle Trail