Scotland’s Gems: 5 Things That Have Made Us Fall in Love with Scotland

If you’ve ever traveled to Scotland, you can’t help but fall in love when you visit a cliff-top castle, walk Edinburgh’s winding cobbled streets, or tour the city’s Royal attractions. It is more than just kilts and tartans; it’s a country with a rich history and striking landscapes. With its, rich history, unique food, and stunning views, Scotland should be on everyone’s radar. Here are five things that will make you fall in love with Scotland.

The Culture

Scotland has a unique and distinctive culture that you won’t find anywhere else. The kilts and bagpipes, along with the highland games and traditional dancing, are all examples of what has come to symbolize the culture of Scotland. The Highland Games, which originated in the 14th century, according to the Scotland Info Guide, were a way to recruit the best fighting men for the clan chiefs. Scotland is also home to some fantastic festivals, throughout the year. For three weeks in August, Edinburgh is home to one festival after another, in a celebration of its arts, culture, theater, music, and more.

The Food

Contrary to popular belief, Scotland has more to offer than haggis and whiskey. Scotland offers many other delicious dishes, including deep fried mars bars and Arbroath Smokie, a specialty smoke kind of Haddock that originates in Auchmithie, a small fishing village north of Arbroath. Along with the excellent tasting whiskey, like Glenlivet 12, there is also the Scottish National Drink, Irn-Bru, which is a carbonated fruit flavored soft drink.

The History

The history of Scotland is steeped in blood and war, especially in the 17th and 18th centuries during the Jacobite Risings, which lead to the 1746 Act of Proscription, which prohibited the traditional wearing of clan tartans and kilts, which played a significant role in the eventual destruction of the clan system, according to the official site of Scotland, tourism. Along with the castles, you can visit ancient landmarks throughout the country, many of which predate the Egyptian pyramids.

The Castles

Scotland is known for its castles and is a land where kings and queens reigned. The beautiful historic castles dominate the Scottish landscape. From ruins to beautifully maintained structures, there are more than 2000 that you can visit during your trip. Many of the castles have activities for children to help keep them entertained as you explore Scotland’s rich past.

The Views

From the city to the countryside and the lochs to the mountains, Scotland is home to some of the most spectacular views and scenery in the world. Scotland boasts wild marshlands, rugged mountain peaks, and glistening lochs. Scotland’s most famous Loch is a 754-foot deep lake that is home to the notorious Loch Ness Monster. You can enjoy a hike around the lakeside or visit the ruins of one of Scotland’s largest castles.

Whether you’re visiting Scotland for the first time or your twentieth, there is plenty of history and scenery to make you fall in love with the small country to the north of the United Kingdom.

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