The land of Loch Ness, men wearing kilts, whisky and the bagpipes, Scotland tells those who know how to listen of fabulous legends borne from its misty lands. A journey of discovery for nature lovers.
2 really unmissable cities
Glasgow: The third largest city in the United Kingdom, Glasgow is also the largest city in Scotland. It harbours genuine treasures, starting with the works of its famous architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, which are in a complete collection at the Hunterian Art Gallery. To judge his genius "in situ", visit the current Glasgow School of Art then the House for an Art Lover for which he drew the plans in 1901. Museum lovers can continue by visiting the magnificent Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum and the Lighthouse. Nature lovers can enjoy the Botanical Gardens located in the heart of the West End and the Winter Gardens of the People's Palace.
Edinburgh: Situated on the East coast, amongst volcanic hills, Edinburgh is Scotland's capital city. Its very hilly location gives it an exceptional panorama which lets the city be appreciated from different viewpoints. It can be roughly divided into four districts: the historic centre, the old town, the new town and the Port (Leith). While history enthusiasts will rush to its splendid castle which dominates the city centre, then to the Palace of Holyroodhouse (the Queen's official residence in Scotland) and of course, the Scottish Parliament, those who like their spirits will expand their knowledge at the Scotch Whisky Museum (300 years of whisky distilling history!). Also on the agenda are: The Writers' Museum, the National Gallery of Scotland, the National Museum which has re-opened its doors after 3 years of renovation work, the Royal Yacht Britannia and lastly, the maze of little streets in the old town in the company of ghosts!
Landscapes: You will certainly have noticed Scotland's breathtaking landscapes in Trainspotting, Danny Boyle's film. Put it into top gear: buy a ticket and you will lose yourself in its woody hillsides. On the agenda, the Highlands with Loch Ness, the Falls of Dochart and the Mull of Kintyre (made famous by Paul McCartney). Head then for the North-East and take the road to follow the trail of the castles that are dotted throughout the landscape (unless you'd rather take the Highland Malt and Whisky trail?). Take the boat and escape to the Hebrides, the Shetland Islands and the Orkney Islands…
Fooding: It's impossible to visit Scotland without trying its traditional dish: haggis (a savoury pudding containing sheep's offal). You will find one of the best in Edinburgh at Whisky (pub), backpackers swear by it! To find the list of the best restaurants in Glasgow and Edinburgh:
Music and performing art: Come and visit Scotland to the sound of the bagpipes, the saxophone and the guitar! This small region of Great Britain shines through the number of its festivals which take place throughout the seasons: the Ceilidh Culture Festival (25 March-16 April in Edinburgh), the Glasgow International Jazz Festival (29 June-3 July), the Rock Ness Festival (11-13 June), the Dundee Blues Festival (16-18 July), Piping Live and its bagpipes (6-12 August) etc.
Sport: A land of rugby - alongside England, New Zealand and Australia - Scotland provides an exceptional sporting moment with the Melrose Sevens tournament (14 April). Golf lovers won't be left out with Saint Andrews Week (8-14 April). Lastly, horse lovers can watch several equestrian shows in various towns around Scotland from June to August, without forgetting the Blair Castle Festival (23-26 August).
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