On the northern end of Great Britain lies Scotland, a small country that neighbors England but retains its own uniquely Scottish identity. The people of Scotland are incredibly proud to be Scottish, and it shows.
While Scotland is home to many world-class cities like the historic and entertaining Edinburgh and the gritty and cool Glasgow, this country is best known for its rugged terrain and dramatic landscapes.
From stunning lakes to craggy mountains, Scotland is filled with beautiful scenery. Some of the most scenic places in the country include the wild Scottish Highlands, the craggy peaks of the Isle of Skye, and the remote beaches of the Hebrides.
Scotland quick facts
- Population: 5.4 million
- Language: English
- Currency: Pound (GBP)
- Capital city: Edinburgh
- Country size: 30,900 square miles
- High season: Summer (July and August)
Top 10 things to do in Scotland
- Explore the Royal Mile and the historic Old Town of Edinburgh
- Take part in Edinburgh’s incredible festival culture
- Experience Hogmanay, a uniquely Scottish New Year’s celebration
- Experience the music scene in Glasgow
- Discover Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands
- Cruise Loch Ness and keep an eye out for the lake’s mythical monster
- Travel the Malt Whisky Trail in Speyside
- Castle-hop along Aberdeenshire’s Castle Trail
- Explore the rugged landscapes of the Isle of Skye
- Ride the Harry Potter train through Scotland
Since Scotland is quite small, driving or train travel is typically the easiest way to get around. However, regional flights to reach more remote destinations like the Hebrides or Shetland Islands are sometimes faster and more affordable alternatives.
Trains are a great way to get around Scotland, especially when traveling between major cities. There are also a number of extremely scenic rail journeys like the West Highland Line.
Renting a car is another good option for getting around Scotland, especially if you want to explore more rural areas. Keep in mind that Scottish drivers use the left side of the road, which can be tricky for American drivers! (Search for rental cars here.)
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