Scotland is a land of legends! It must be said that the country has one of the richest histories in all of Europe, which has left many castles that regularly disappear in the mist that covers Scottish lands. Many mythical battles took place there and many heroes roamed the “lands” of this mysterious country. This is what created many legends of ghosts or monsters, the most famous of which is Nessie, the famous monster of Loch Ness.
But what we also remember from Scotland is the warmth of the inhabitants, just like the atmosphere of pubs where it is pleasant to drink a beer or a scotch.
Scotland has such a rich history and strong identity that at every step you could be transported in the middle of a clan battle.
The Highlands, the mythical Scotland
While the Highlands is the least densely populated region in the country, it is the most famous and mythical region in Scotland. It must be said that it brings together all the components of our imagination about Scotland: castles destroyed by clan wars, mysterious lochs, mountains surrounding green expanses and famous long-haired cows… No doubt that the Highlands will delight all travellers who come to look for the typical and mythical Scotland.
Of course, the Highlands are the lands of the famous Loch Ness, which, beyond its legend, offers an extraordinary landscape. Many hikes are possible in the surroundings to discover this loch from every angle. The Highlands are an ideal playground for all lovers of nature and landscapes. Points of interest include Ben Nevis, which is the highest point in Great-Britain, the Glen Coe Valley, the Moray coast where dolphins can be observed and the many islands off the coast.
But visiting the Highlands is also about taking a “shoot” of Scottish culture. The tradition has remained particularly strong and the pubs are particularly full. You will discover all the warmth of these inhabitants and have the opportunity to drink a good scotch in one of the distilleries in the region.
Highlands Games are held every summer as the highlight of the year. This competition is all about strength with events such as throwing trunks, hammers or stones, tug-of-war and Scottish wrestling… and everything in kilt of course.
Among the main cities are Inverness, the ideal starting point for most of the Highlands’ points of interest, and Fort William, a small village wedged between the sea and the mountains.
Edinburgh, capital of Scotland
Edinburgh is certainly the most beautiful city in Scotland and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will discover the typical Scottish Gothic architecture, dominated by the castle, which can be seen from all over the city. A stroll through the streets of Edinburgh helps you to better understand the different moods in the city’s neighbourhoods.
With more than 700 bars, a pub tour is required to discover the festive and welcoming aspect of the Scottish people. But it is also possible to enjoy the many festivals that take place in the city throughout the year. Edinburgh is also a very literary city, and you will be able to follow in the footsteps of famous writers, including J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter writer.
For a more unusual visit, the city has a very extensive underground network that can be discovered… But beware of ghosts!
You can take the opportunity to visit the distilleries in the region.
Glasgow, Edinburgh’s cultural rival
Glasgow is undoubtedly the cultural capital of the country, and more particularly the musical capital. Every week there are more than 130 concerts organised all over the city. So you have a wide choice of musical styles to choose from.
Very student, the city obviously has a large number of pubs, especially in the Ashton Lane district. It is also possible to go out in a nightclub in an old church. But it is customary to say that it is better not to plan anything in the evening and let yourself be carried away by the Scots… They will take you to the best places to spend a crazy night.
But Glasgow is also very architecturally beautiful. Here modern buildings and works of art elegantly coexist with old buildings. For the bravest you can take a walk in the necropolis, considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the country.
An hour from Glasgow, you can go to New Lanark, a listed site, a socialist village built around its textile factory that will take you back to its best years.