Scotland evokes thoughts of the ghosts of William Wallace, the tartan-clad army at Culloden and the skirl of a lone piper curling through the mist-clad mountains and glens. A haunting, yet romantic country from the Shetland Isles in the north to the Southern Uplands on the mainland. From the whisky distilleries in the soft hills to high fashion in Edinburgh, with the stark beauty of ruined castles standing guard on the banks of the lochs in between. This land is one of many contrasts.
Edinburgh, the capital, and Glasgow are the main cities offering a very modern way of life with excellent accommodation, hospitality, cuisine and shopping experiences. Away from these cosmopolitan areas, touring is a good way to see the beauty of the landscape. For the sporty, the rivers of the Tay, Tweed, Don and Dee offer excellent salmon and fly fishing. Golf courses abound, and the best are St. Andrews, Gleneagles, Carnoustie and Royal Troon amongst many others. Hunting is very popular on the estates with Ghillie-led shoots for deer and grouse.
Of course, the visitor cannot come to Scotland and not see a Loch or two! Loch Ness, the deepest, being the most famous with excursions onto the deep, dark waters to seek out the ever-elusive monster.
Winter sports are very popular in Nevis, Glencoe, and Fort William and Aviemore in the Cairngorms. Even in the summer months, these areas are outstanding for walking and touring in.
Scotland is the country at the back of many hearts, as so many people have ancestors from this proud and beautiful land, that to walk in their footsteps brings the visitor closer to their own, very personal history.