Explore the magnificent Scottish Highlands and hear tales of kings and queens. This peaceful country offers a sublime retreat for the weary traveler. Scotland is a country located in the north-western Europe that shares a long border with England and separated from Northern Ireland by the Irish Sea. Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland with Glasgow as the largest city. Both places offer virtually stunning scenery, gastronomic adventures, rich culture, heritage sites and a range of activities to try.
A little bit of history
Scotland has a rich storied past that can be recollected through well preserved historic buildings and settlements dating back to 9600 BC. In 43 AD, the Romans, lead by Julius Caesar failed to dominate the entire land because of the strong resistance of the native Caledonian tribes. This is one of the reasons why the Hadrian Wall has become symbolic. The Romans built this wall to protect their selves against fierce Scotland natives. Soon after the withdrawal of Roman forces, the Dark Ages followed and other foreign invasion attempts were raised against Scotland. These include conflicts with the English and Vikings as well.
As modernization envelopes the nation, educational institutions flourished, the rise of many great inventions started. Scotland is the birthplace of the television, the telephone and the penicillin. Dolly, the first cloned mammal was born in Scotland.
Sights to explore
Edinburgh is the perfect place to start your Scottish vacation. It is where you find some of the most popular tourist attractions in the country such as the dramatic Edinburgh castle that sits proudly on top of a valley overlooking the Palace of Holyroodhouse - the official residence of the British Monarch in Edinburgh. Immerse by touring the 'old'and 'new towns'. Visit museums, performing arts venues, stylish shops, quaint restaurants and whisky stores. At Edinburgh you will find some of the most exquisite accommodations such as five star accommodation and rental apartments. Likewise, cheap guest houses for budget vacations are found here.
Glasgow is Scotland's city of style. Here, world-class attractions, museums, impressive architecture and stylish shopping centers wait. While the city is packed with modern comforts, the Glasgow outskirts is a lush countryside with a wealth of enthralling history. Other breathtaking sceneries include Ardnamurchan beach, island of Arran and Orkney, Urquhart castle, Melrose Abbey, Blair Drummond Park and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Scotland indeed offers some of the finest retreats in the world. It is where history, culture and fascinating natural wonders peacefully exist.