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Boasting lush green landscapes, castles full of history, unforgettable icons and exciting festivals, Scotland is home to more than just bagpipes and kilts. There’s a world of colourful culture and intriguing history to discover in this country, from the Edinburgh Festival to the legend of the Loch Ness Monster to the imposing Edinburgh Castle, all which will captivate you.
The area of Scotland has been inhabited for ages, early evidence showing hunters and gatherers arrived here around 10,000 BC. During the New Stone Age, the Neolithic people inhabited the lands, leaving their mark in history in Scotland’s now beautifully preserved village of Skara Brae.
Scotland’s grand and imposing castles also stand testament to the country’s gripping history, which is painted with Roman and Irish-Celtic invasions, conflict with neighbouring England, and many prominent heroes and fighters. Don’t miss seeing Scotland’s most famous castle, Edinburgh Castle, which stands proudly atop an old volcano in the country’s capital. This castle is filled with opulent rooms once graced by kings and queens, and is located on the perfect spot to take in panoramic views of the city.
There are even more castles in Scotland to admire, each one holding its own unique story. Blair Castle in Edinburgh is the ancient seat of the dukes and earls of Atholl, which is the headquarters of Europe’s only remaining private army. Culzean Castle in Glasgow is the ancestral home of the Kennedy family and has been beautifully restored by the National Trust for visitors to admire.
The Scottish capital of Edinburgh is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations and offers a wealth of sights to digest. You can marvel at Holyrood House, the official Scottish residence of the Queen, stroll the Royal Mile, explore the 18th century New Town with its classical facades, or shop along Princes Street. In the summer, join the celebratory crowds at the Edinburgh Festival, where you can watch the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo.
Scotland is also shrouded in myths and legends, the most famous being the legend of the Loch Ness Monster. Keep your eyes peeled for “Nessie” as you pass along the banks of Loch Ness, a large freshwater loch southwest of Inverness.
Culture and literature lovers will be happy to know that Scotland has been home to some famous writers, including the country’s greatest poet, Robbie Burns. J.K. Rowling even started writing her ever-popular Harry Potter series at a café in Edinburgh!
Don’t forget to appreciate the lush greenery and dramatic landscapes that surround you in Scotland, whether you’re at the Isle of Skye or the Scottish Highlands. Soak in the natural beauty and rediscover the romance of travel with a Trafalgar tour to mystical Scotland.
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