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Scotland has fostered an unforgettable image, from ghost stories and romantic ruins to moors covered in heather, the Loch Ness monster and kilt-clad giants playing the bagpipes. And just think of all the films, from Hamlet to The Da Vinci Code, that have used Scotland as a backdrop.
Nature has been carefully preserved here, thanks to the work of the Scottish Wildlife Trust founded in 1964. You can see its famous red deer, grey seals in North Rona, majestic golden eagles on the Isle of Skye, as well as dolphins, killer whales, Minke and humpback whales, especially around the Hebrides.
Nothing evokes Scotland quite like the sublime landscapes of the Highlands with their spooky but ultra-photogenic ruins, their rugged and beautiful mountains and misty lochs.
Although the coast isn’t exactly brimming with seaside resorts, due to the temperature of the water, it does possess some beautiful scenery: cliffs that turn red at sunset, fjords worthy of Scandinavia, traditional little fishing ports and endless unspoilt beaches.
The historical and architectural legacy from the country’s rich and turbulent past (marked by wars against the English) is of the same calibre. You’ll see for yourself when you explore its two main urban and industrial centres, Glasgow and Edinburgh, fascinating places to visit year round with their beautiful Georgian and Art nouveau buildings by Mackintosh, their museums and festivals!

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Scotland : Must-see towns and regions

  • Edinburgh

    Capital of Scotland and seat of the Scottish Parliament, the beautiful and verdant city of Edinburgh rises on a cluster of volcanic hills. It has two contrasting parts: the medieval Old Town is perche...

  • Glasgow

    Scotland’s most populous city, Glasgow flourished in the 19C. In the 1960s it went into decline with the closure of its shipyards, but subsequently diversified into technology industries. Its architec...

  • Aberdeen

    Facing the North Sea, the “Granite City” is a major fishing port and the petro-capital of Europe. The pleasant streets of its centre are lively with businessmen, students, seafarers and tourists, who ...

  • Avebury

    Avebury and its surrounding district are less renowned than Stonehenge, but are however rich in prehistoric monuments and structures, the oldest of which date from about 3700 to 3500 BC. Avebury's sit...

  • Isle of Skye

    77km long and 40km wide, Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides group and is famed for its high mountains, the Cuillin Hills. In Norse and Gaelic tales, it was known variously as the cloudy isle, m...

  • Maes Howe

    This exceptional Neolithic cairn was erected, using basic tools and without mortar, around 2700 BC. (Stonehenge dates from 2800 to 1560 BC). Its design is so clever and building work so skilful that i...

  • Saint Andrews

    At the threshold of East Neuk and its lovely fishing villages, the medieval and Belle Époque streets of St Andrews extend between two fine sandy beaches. The majestic seafront ruins of the cathedral b...

  • Stirling

    The modern town of Stirling stands on the alluvial plains of the Forth, laid out around and upon a steep rocky outcrop, topped by the town’s castle and historic old centre. Given its central location,...

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