WHY VISIT SCOTLAND ?
Scotland's history ranges from Sir William Wallace, a knight during the Wars of Scotland's Independence, to Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone.
Scotland's rich history includes ancient Celtic tribes, Roman and Viking conquerors, Kings and Queens, monarchs and clansmen, explorers, inventors and architects. Visit Edinburgh Castle, home of the oldest crown jewels in the British Isles, or the mysterious standing stones in Orkney and Shetland, believed to have been erected thousands of years ago.
Discover Scottish culture and learn about kilts, thistles, bagpipes and whiskey. Kilts originated in the Highlands of Scotland hundreds of years ago, and each tartan pattern represents a different Scottish clan. The thistle is Scotland's symbol and national flower, and is found all over the country. The tale of its origin as Scotland's emblem details how it saved Clansmen from an ambush planned by the invading Norse army.
Scotland is the birthplace of whiskey. Whiskey is Scotland's national drink and largest export. Distillery tours teach you how whiskey is made and offer exclusive tastings.
Scotland is famous for its picturesque views and scenery. Scotland's landscape includes snow covered mountains, beautiful lochs, incredible coastlines and rich forests. Ben Nevis is the UK's highest mountain, standing 1,345 metres above sea level. Cairngorms National Park is the largest National Park in the UK, and is twice the size of the Lake District. Furthermore Scotland has four Royal Botanic Gardens, including the Edinburgh’s, which is Britain's second oldest botanic garden, and is complete with a grand view of Edinburgh Castle.
Edinburgh has been the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, and is home to the Scottish Parliament and the seat of the monarchy in Scotland. Historic sites in Edinburgh include Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the extensive Georgian New Town, built in the 18th century.