Scotland is as varied and diverse a country as you could possibly imagine, covering the northern third of the United Kingdom. It borders England in the south east and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, the North Sea to the north east, and the Irish Sea to the south. It has more than 790 islands, and its population is largely concentrated in what is called the Central Belt, which also contains the capital city of Edinburgh.
Containing staggering mountains, called Munros, with heights over 3,000 feet (914.4 m), it’s a climber’s paradise. Munros are named after Sir Hugh Munro, 4th Baronet (1856–1919), who produced the first list of such hills. The best-known Munro is Ben Nevis. It’s the highest mountain in the British Isles at a staggering 4,411 feet (1,345 m).
Scotland is also home to Gretna Green, the historic village of clandestine weddings. Just over the Scottish border from England in Dumfries and Galloway, and just off the A74(M), it’s steeped in history, tales and romantic folklore. Together with the village’s original Blacksmiths Shop’ being in situ has kept Gretna Green to this day the marriage capital of the UK and over 5,000 marriages still taking place there yearly.
The Scottish scenery is dramatic and rugged, and you’ll find all sorts of accommodation that make the most of it. One such place is The Allan Ramsay pub, nestled within the beautiful village of Carlops, Penicuik. It’s just 20 minutes away from Edinburgh but far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city.
There are plenty of options for a hike or tour, and our authors have provided inspiration for places to stay and eat in Scotland, as well as inspiring places to visit, from walking Rob Roy’s Way to kayaking on Loch Lomond. Or maybe a visit to the Kelpies is what you’re looking for.
The Kelpies, the world’s largest equine sculpture, is based in Falkirk, Scotland. Standing at 30m high, the two horse head sculptures rise high into the sky and dominate the local landscape.
From historic places, such as the lovely Edinburgh city to rural locations to explore, Scotland has it all.