Second, the country’s history is interesting, provocative and to some degree familiar to all travelers. Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Clan McDonald and the Stuarts are names familiar to all and their stories are on display over the Scottish countryside.
Finally, Scotland, filled with glens, lochs and greenery, is just plain beautiful. It is one of those unique places where the landscapes and the people seem to merge together. Scotland offers some of the most beautiful vistas in the United Kingdom.
Unlike England, Scotland is countryside occasionally interrupted by villages, and infrequently interrupted by cities. Tourists thinking about visiting Scotland need to be mentally prepared for a trip to a country whose natural beauty and interesting people outweigh the quality of its cultural attractions.
The Scottish countryside consists of mountains, moors, lochs and coastal plains with numerous attractive islands thrown in for good measure. The landscape is rugged in both the Highlands and the northeast and more gently rolling along the border with England. The coastal areas are cool and damp most of the year and uncomfortably so in winter. The highlands are often windy and rainy during the summer and snow-filled in winter.
During spring and early summer, the country is alive with impressive flora and the rhododendrons will startle you with their size and dramatic color, particularly in the Highlands. For many tourists, the west of the country, including its islands, is a great place to walk, hike, and climb. The east and south of Scotland lend themselves to touring, stopping, shopping, eating and relaxing. Scotland is a country with a million things see. Most of them are interesting and uniquely represent Scotland, but the leading attraction of Scotland is its extraordinary landscapes.
Scotland is a place to pace yourself. Often it is hard to stop the day’s touring because there will always be a historic abbey, a castle visited by Mary, Queen of Scots or something that you would like to see, just over the next hill.
Touring Scotland will familiarize you with Robert the Bruce (14th century), Mary Queen of Scots (16th century), Bonnie Prince Charlie – The Young Pretender (18th century) and the country’s recurrent attempts to throw-off the rule of the Britons. Although Scotland won many battles in the fight for independence, the effort sapped the country’s strength while forming its history and influencing the nature of its culture.
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