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Travel Guide To Scotland

  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • 78,772 km²
  •  Pound sterling
  •  English, Gaelic
  • 5.2 million
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Facts About Scotland

Situated within a vibrant Europe, Scotland is progressive nation built on dynamism, creativity and the fabulous warmth of its people. Tourism is one of Scotland’s most lucrative assets, focusing on such attractions as golf, walking and a rich history. In industry, too, the country is pioneering and enterprising. Key business sectors include life sciences, electronic technologies, energy and financial services. Scotland also boasts a thriving export market with an impressive global reach, especially in food and drink – including Scotland’s famous whisky – and chemicals. Our people are also a major strength. In the workplace, the Scots are well-educated, skilled and motivated – and they are proud of our heritage of inventiveness and innovation. They also like to play – whether it’s a party, festival or sporting event.

Scotland's Capital City

About The Capital

Welcome to Edinburgh, the world's festival capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Scotland's inspiring capital, where centuries of history meet surrounding Lothian countryside and spend a day exploring the stunning scenery of the beautiful coastline and countryside, the striking architecture and fine food and drink. Take in a festival, soak up the incredible nightlife, tee off at some of the finest golf courses in the world, or browse the excellent selection of high-end luxury and independent shops.

Scotland's Culture and History

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Culture

Scotland has been handing down its traditions for close to a thousand years now, since the earliest days of the clans in the 12th century. However, Scottish traditions are not something sterile under glass and steel in a cold museum. They are vibrant, living things, constantly growing and evolving, and every generation adds the thumbprint of its own particular Scottish culture to the whole. Take, for example, the 60 Highland Games that still take place all across Scotland annually - those are a uniquely Scottish mix of culture, sports, music and community. Everybody knows the cliché of the piper on the shortbread tin. But have you experienced the breath-taking reality of a hundred pipers skirling in uplifting unison? This isn't an image from Scotland's cultural past: it happens every August at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and on Glasgow Green.

History

The history of Scotland is fascinating and complex; there are Roman soldiers, Vikings, noble clansmen, powerful ruling monarchs and even enlightened philosophers. Scotland has experienced extraordinary growth and change during the course of its lifetime - it’s a place that has been invaded and settled many times and that has made mighty contributions to culture and society. Explore thousands of years of people and events that highlights some of the most significant moments in Scotland’s fascinating history at Scottish History.
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Landscape

The geography of Scotland is varied, from rural lowlands to barren uplands, and from large cities to uninhabited islands. Located in Northern Europe, Scotland comprises the northern one third of the island of Great Britain as well as 790 surrounding islands encompassing the major archipelagoes of the Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands and the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Scotland's only land border is with England, which runs for 60 miles (97 km) in a northeasterly direction from the Solway Firth in the west to the North Sea on the east coast. Separated by the North Channel, the island of Ireland lies 13 miles (21 km) from Mull of Kintyre on the Scottish mainland. Norway is located 190 miles (310 km) to the northeast of Scotland across the North Sea. The Atlantic Ocean, which fringes the coastline of western and northern Scotland and its islands, influences the temperate, maritime climate of the country. The more rugged Highland region contains the majority of Scotland's mountainous terrain, including the highest peak, Ben Nevis. Lowland areas, in the southern part of Scotland, are flatter and home to most of the population, especially the narrow waist of land between the Firth of Clyde and the Firth of Forth known as the Central Belt. Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland, although Edinburgh is the capital and political centre of the country.

Scotland's Top Spots

We all know the stereotypical notions of traditional Scottish fare - haggis, porridge and whisky. Not anymore. Scotland's new elite of super-chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Nick Nairn, Tom Kitchin and Andrew Fairlie are taking the country's incredible natural produce – Scotland's beef, venison and seafood – and elevating them to Michelin starred levels. One stereotype the Scot's will admit to is their love of a party. This has led to some very popular nightspots about the country.  

Popular Restaurants

 
McKirdy's Steak House
151 Morrison Street, Edinburgh

Tel. : 0131 229 6660
5pm - 10:30pm

Fine steaks and haggis dishes with all the trimmings, was more can one say! Very popular so be sure to book in advance.
 
The Sheep Heid Inn (Est. 1360)
43 The Causeway, Edinburgh

Tel. : 0131 661 7974
11am - 11pm

Serving Scottish pub food and real ale for over 600 years, with skittle alley. HM Queen Elizabeth last there for supper early July 2016.
 
The Wee Restaurant
61 Frederick Street, Edinburgh

Tel. : 0131 225 7983
Lunchtime & Evenings

Simple good food and wines since 2006. Se more about Craig Wood "Chef of the Year" award winner at theweerestaurant.co.uk
 
Timberyard
10 Lady Lawson St, Edinburgh

Tel. : 0131 221 1222
12pm - 2pm & 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Creative menu of locally sourced artisanal produce in hip, industrial-chic former warehouse space.

Popular Bars

 
Outhouse
12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh

Tel. : 0131 557 6668
3pm - 1am

Cool, arty hangout with cocktails, craft beers, live music and beer garden.
 
Thomson's Bar
182 Morrison Street, Edinburgh

Tel. : 0131 228 5700
12pm - 1am

A haven for real ale aficionados and malt whisky fans alike. With original oak timer detailing, the bar is beautifully designed in the style of celebrated Scottish architect, Alexander "Greek" Thomson, and the staff aren't too bad looking either, especially Lee!
 
Kay's Bar
39 Jamaica Street, Edinburgh

Tel. : 0131 225 1858
11am - 1am

Cosy Victorian pub with wooden barrel decor and a library for guest draught beers and plain lunches.
 
Cafe Royal Oyster Bar
17 West Register Street, Edinburgh

Tel. : 0131 556 1884
11am - 1am

A warm welcoming Victorian bar with lots of character, offered real ales, whiskies and seafood specialities.

Popular Transport

 
easiCab CITIGO service


Tel. : 0131 777 7777
Operated by Capital Cars

To help you get around Edinburgh City 24/7 at 20% off all taxi meter fares - t&c's apply
 
Enterprise Car Rental
67 Salamander Street, Edinburgh

Tel. : 0131 555 0555


Probably the best and most competitive car & van rental business in Edinburgh. Let Gary and the team make all the arrangements for you, they will even come out and collect you and take you back there at the end of your hire, how cool is that?

Popular Hotels

 
Premier Inn


Enquire and book on-line at premiering.com
 
Carberry Tower Mansion House
Carberry Tower Estate

Tel. : 0131 665 3135


Set in 35 acres in an 18th century castle with connections to Mary Queen of Scots, a refined hotel, a place strategically located for Edinburgh and the surrounding area. To arrive here, is to weave your own journey into a story that goes back to 1480.
 
Maintlandfield House Hotel
24 Sidegate, Haddington

Tel. : 01620 826 513


This plush hotel set in an elegant 17th century mansion is a 2 minute walk from St Mary's Parish Church and 20 minutes from Haddington Golf Course. One of the best preserved 18th century towns in the country.
 
Marine Hotel & Spa
Cromwell Road, North Berwick

Tel. : 01620 897 300


North Berwick is renowned for it's beautiful coastal setting and glorious 19th century Victorian architecture. A perfect choice for golfers, who can choose from 20 championship courses in the surrounding area. Within easy reach of Edinburgh by car or rail.

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