provides superb opportunities to enjoy wild, grand unspoilt scenery, which
is often even more impressive than the postcards suggest. It also offers
an array of towns and cities boasting a rich cultural life, an excellent
mix of accommodation and exquisite places at which to eat and drink.
and welcoming, Scotland is an interesting and colourful all-season destination,
where scenery and environment, sport and leisure pursuits, heritage and
history, culture and cuisine each conspire to provide the visitor to Scottish
shores with a thoroughly enriching and unforgettable experience.
reason for choosing to go on holiday to Scotland is this - it is quite
simply one of the last places inside a crowded European continent where
it is possible, indeed easy to be alone in empty countryside. This is
not to say that Scotland, like everywhere else does not have its tourist
traps, its crowded roads or its popular beauty spots. It is merely that
it is easy to escape from them. Nor does this imply that Scotland is a
deserted wilderness - it has great cities, superb hotels unbelievable
golf courses and countless festivals. But again, if one wishes, it is
easy to get away to tranquil countryside.
weather, Scotland is without doubt one of the most beautiful countries
in the world. The quality of the light is not to be matched further south,
while the variety of vegetation and landscape makes for constant change.
At every season of the year, the Scottish landscape is an extraordinary
blend of subtle colours. Blues predominate in the sea, lochs and distant
hills; greens and whites add their shades in spring; lilac and purple
in summer months; tans and russets in autumn, while a frosty winters'
day shrouded in sharp white, grey, black and intense blue shows a landscape
less subtle, more magnificent.
alone may lead you to Scotland. For a thinly populated, mountainous country
on the fringes of Europe, it has a disproportionately large impact on
the world. Quite apart from the golf, scenery and history, Scottish inventors,
philosophers and scientists have been responsible for many of the ideas
on which our understanding of the world is based.
It is a
mistake to even think of considering Scotland as merely an extension of
England. Indeed no attitude is capable of causing greater offence. The
Scots, much like the Irish, resisted English attempts at domination for
seven hundred years and many differences between the countries remain.
Scotland's history, which is reflected in its castles, battlefields, ancient
trading links with France, Flanders and Scandinavia, is truly distinct.
enjoy Scotland to the full, one must enjoy being out of doors - and not
just in the fine weather. For the naturalist, angler, walker, golfer or
rock-climber, the country is a real delight. Heavenly too, for those who
are happy to track down Neolithic sites, old castles, hill roads or interesting
geological outcrops across rough and sometimes boggy country.
Glasgow, Stirling, Perth or Aberdeen each offers a plenitude of attractions
to provide solace in a rainy spell and are even better in a fine one.
Both Edinburgh and Glasgow deserve better than to be tacked onto a general
Scottish holiday. Both are ideal short break cities - Glasgow for its
energy, wealth of galleries and shopping, Edinburgh because it is one
of the most beautiful cities in Europe and one of the most historic.