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There’s More to Scotland than Whiskey and Golf!

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Between the soft green rolling hills of the Lowlands with its celebrated literary tradition, you find yourself among the sharp rocky cliffs of the Highlands with its Clans, Tartans, Kilts and Haggis.

You will visit historic places where the original Celts lived and wars took place that helped shape the history of Scotland and see the sites where heroes like William Wallace fought during the 13th century Wars of Scottish Independence. Scotland’s history dates back to the Celts and 5,000 years. No matter where you stand in Scotland, you’re probably standing on the site of an ancient battle.  Yet you will travel to places where the brilliance of the Scottish Enlightenment was born. Scottish philosophers such as John Locke, George Berkeley and David Hume, paved the way for our own Constitution.

Scotland’s outdoors are without doubt magnificent with 47 National Nature Reserves. Mountain wildernesses. Glacial glens. Pristine rivers and lochs teeming with salmon and trout.  If you like to hike there are wonderful paths to follow. And Scotland’s indoors are just as spectacular, from lovely country B&B’s to stately manors and historic castles. When traveling through the country you will find yourself visiting picturesque fishing and country villages like Achiltibuie, Lochinver and Kinlochbervie, as well as quaint towns, each with their own personality, such as Inverness with its Loch Ness monster. Then there is St. Andrews, the birthplace of Golf.

Between post-card Edinburgh and swinging Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city laid the center of the industrial revolution. Now it’s leading a cultural revolution all its own. Which is why it was designated a UNESCO Creative City for its unique music scene.  Here you can enjoy beautiful pipe and traditional music. Edinburgh is a treasure trove for the sophisticated traveler, with museums, palaces, excellent shopping from antiques to the latest fashions, and the birthplace of Sir Walter Scott the historical novelist, playwright, and poet.

When you travel to the Scottish Islands you discover that every island is different. There are over 800 of them. The Orkney Islands, for example have been inhabited for some 8,500 years. Neolithic Skara Brae is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And the Isle of Skye, the largest of the Hebrides, is a naturalist’s paradise. With its jagged mountains, its stunning sea lochs, its heather-clad moors and it bounty of wildlife, it’s like no other place in the world.

And then there is the whiskey!  You’ll find excellent single-malt scotch everywhere in Scotland that’s so smooth and smoky, it’s a sin to add anything but ice, water or a splash of soda. Take a drive on the Malt Whisky Trail and sample a complimentary ‘wee dram’ at every distillery along the way! By the end of the day you will become a  ‘connoisseur’.

But the best thing in Scotland are its people the Scots. They are among the warmest, friendliest and brightest people on the planet.

Call your local travel professional and let us introduce you to the real Scotland!