Explore Beyond the Boundaries of the Scottish Capital
Looking at the rest of our Edinburgh guide, it’s easy to see that there’s so much to see and to do in the Scottish capital. The array of sights, attractions, festivals and shopping will keep you entertained no matter what the length of your visit is. However, just because Edinburgh is so exciting, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t venture out into Scotland. Scotland is a country full of breath-taking natural beauty and pockets of culture and activities in the towns and cities dotted across the landscape.
Edinburgh is one of only seven cities in Scotland, the others being Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, Stirling, Perth and Dundee. Each of these cities comes complete with excellent Scottish hospitality, but no two are the same. Inverness is a peaceful city at the edge of the highland, while Glasgow is a hub of industry, and all of these cities deserve to be experienced.
As mentioned, the natural beauty of Scotland can rival any country, with imposing, unforgiving mountains, to the grand lochs that have inspired a legend. Ben Nevis is the UK’s tallest mountain, and a rite of passage for keen hill walkers, while Loch Ness spawned the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster.
Finally, Scotland, unlike most of the rest of the UK, is surrounded by hundreds of islands, both large and small, composing of a number of famous island groups. Many of these islands have thriving communities, while others are completely uninhabited. In the Shetland and Orkney Islands, there are some to the UK’s oldest examples of human life, while the Hebrides are home to amazing trails and walks.
Scotland has something for all visitors. Whether you’re a keen explorer, or simply want to stroll through a picturesque town, stopping in the odd pub here and there for a pint or a quick dram, you can and should explore this magnificent country.
Explore Scotland's Thriving Cultural Centres
Scotland may only have seven official cities, but that does not mean it's in any way short on culture. The seven cities range from the vast and sprawling Glasgow, to the compact Perth and Stirling.Cities
Natural Landmarks Gracing the Scottish Landscape
Scotland, as a country, can compete with the world when it comes to natural beauty, from the harsh yet breathtaking highlands to the tranquil Lochs that are dotted across this fair land.Beauty Spots
Hidden Gems off the Scottish Coastline
Make your way around the Scottish coast and sooner or later you'll spot one of the hundreds of islands and islets protruding from the distant waters. From Shetland and Orkney, to Arran and the Hebrides, Scotland is home to plenty of interesting islands.Location