Destination Guide Scotland
Introduction to Scotland
In all probability, given the fact that you are visiting this site in the first place, you are an avid golfer who would dearly love to play the array of great golf courses in Scotland, a country renowned throughout the world for being the home of golf. Much like Ireland, Scotland may be hard to beat as a golfing destination but it also has much to offer in terms of legend, culture, song, history and unbelievable natural beauty, all of which are almost as important as the golf with respect to the overall experience.
Though part of the United Kingdom
Scotland, like England and Wales, is an individual country in its own right and this is reflected in their competing as a separate nation in most major sporting events. And though Scotland does boast its own Parliament, the one government based in Westminster, essentially runs all three countries. In terms of the actual island of Great Britain, Scotland lies to the north and covers just less than 35% of the entire landmass.
Scotland may be a small country but it is a land rich in contrasts. Within a few hours travelling, you can experience a landscape that changes rapidly from gently rolling hills to rugged coasts and dramatic, towering peaks. Cosmopolitan cities and throbbing festivals combine with ancient castles, monuments, sandy beaches and nature reserves, with the only constant being the warmth of the welcome you receive wherever you go. Best of all however, because of its size, getting around Scotland is relatively easy, even if you visit some of the more remote areas of the country.
Scotland is a distinctive country and there are many things uniquely Scottish but in truth, there is no single element that defines the country. Rather, it is a subtle blend of many different ingredients that have been added to the mix through the centuries – namely Scotlands often turbulent past, her extraordinary people, the diverse nature of its arts and culture and the many unique features from around the country. All these factors and more go into making Scotland what it is – an immensely proud nation that treasures its past and keenly anticipates the future.
Balancing out the huge areas of unspoiled natural beauty in Scotland are its six principal cities. Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Stirling and Inverness are all modern, dynamic and thriving centres, which encapsulate all that is best about Scotland as it moves through the 21st Century. Each has a distinctive character but all guarantee their visitors a vibrant mix of history, culture and entertainment, stirred together with some of the best retail therapy in the UK! But again, if the cosmopolitan pace gets too much, then an escape to the tranquillity of Scotlands breathtaking landscape is never more than a short trip from each.