Witness and see for yourself the pride and passion of Scotland, a country with a wealth of natural beauty and that is steeped in history and tradition, for an adventure you will never forget!
Scotland, or Alba as we would refer to it in our native tongue of Gaelic, occupies the northern third of the United kingdom of Great Britain and includes over 790 islands of which only 130 are inhabited. With a temperate and oceanic climate, Scotland’s dramatic and breathtaking landscapes are a result of glaciation following the ice age. The variety of inspiring landscapes range from rugged coastlines to sandy beaches, from rocky peaks to rolling hills, from ancient pine forests to heather moor lands, from winding rivers and waterfalls to freshwater and sea lochs, from countryside rich in wildlife to historic towns and cities.
CITIES OF SCOTLAND
Scotland has six fabulous cities for you to explore:
Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city is probably Scotland’s most scenic and historic city.
Glasgow is Scotland’s largest and most vibrant city, bustling with arts, culture and shopping that is acclaimed to be the best outside London in the united Kingdom.
Aberdeen is known for its prosperity and cosmopolitan feel together with its connections to the fishing and oil industry prevalent in the North Sea.
Dundee is a lively city known for its business, commercial and cultural activity.
Stirling lies in the heart of Scotland and is renounced for its history and heritage where the Wars of Independence were fought and won.
Inverness is frequently referred to as the Capital of the North and provides the opportunity to explore the north of Scotland including The Great Glen and Loch Ness, where you might even discover the truth about its famous mythical sea monster – Nessie!
Of the many scenic attractions on offer, Loch Lomond lies only 20 miles to the north of Glasgow, is Scotland’s largest fresh water loch and gateway to The Trossachs, Scotland’s first national park. Further north in the Highlands of Scotland lies The Cairngorm National Park which boasts four of Scotland’s highest peaks, including Ben Nevis, which is also the highest in the united Kingdom.
One of Scotland’s greatest attractions has to be Golf and Scotland, The Home of Golf, is where it all began in the 15th century. Visit Scotland for arguably some of the best, most famous, most challenging and most beautiful courses in the world, including the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie, Turnberry, Royal Troon, Gleneagles, Prestwick and so on.
Scotland is known and proudly associated around the globe for many things including whiskey, the thistle, bagpipes, tartan, St Andrew, the kilt and poet Robert Burns. In fact, the people of Scotland both past and present have made an enormous contribution to society as we know it today through talent and innovation. During the 18th Century Scotland was responsible for an outpouring of intellectual and scientific accomplishment together with technologies in industry that became known as The industrial Revolution and, by the 19th Century, Scotland was known across the world for its excellence in engineers. Many people from Scotland have emigrated across the globe and Scottish ancestry is prevalent in Canada, America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. Scottish people are said to be proud, passionate, patriotic and brave, even if some what a little rugged round the edges. But Scottish people are also said to be socially very friendly in a way that distinguishes from others, therefore you can almost certainly guarantee that you will find a warm welcome to your visit!
Whether you are interested in arts and culture, history and heritage, fashion, music, sport, food and drink, wildlife, the great outdoors or festivals and entertainment, there is so much to see and do in Scotland you will find it hard to fit it all in! Grasshoppers Hotel in Scotland is the perfect base for you to stay whilst you explore!