The density of the historic circumstances which led to a monumental architectural heritage, along with the world famous countryside landscapes, complemented by the spectacular seascape and beaches bordering it, all these give Scotland a unique dash which could never be but high thought of by any advised tourist. Yet, Scotland might make its way through in the mentality of others as a standard in the production of scotch whiskey, whereas for others it is the scene on which the clash between Celtic and Rangers is being represented each year.
The bottom line is that Scotland has a lot to offer from a tourist point of view, since an extremely heterogeneous flow of tourists find that their curiosities and interests are well serviced by this country. A trip to Scotland could be nothing but a rich experience which is worth making.
The most impressive remnant of the early history of Scotland is represented by the Antonine Wall, a landmark deemed a World Historic Heritage by UNESCO. However rough the ancient times might have been with the place nowadays referred to as Scotland, given the Roman rule, during the Middle Ages Scotland had to face other menaces, such as the conquering incursions of England or of the Vikings. Scotland reached a political climax in the 17th century when the Scottish king James VI inherited the throne of England, and in the 18th century, when the country, together with England, constituted the present Kingdom of Great Britain. From that moment on, Scotland became a thriving cultural and commercial power, but its attempts of gaining autonomy as compared to England have been constantly made and are worth noting.
It's highly likely that accommodation in the big cities of Scotland (Edinburgh or Glasgow) is somewhat pricier as compared to other regions of the country. Besides the mainstream hotels, Scotland has a solid infrastructure of hostels and bed and breakfast establishments, which are often deemed a better option than hotels as such. Camping is yet another possibility, but tourists should know that the generally moist atmosphere might become a nuisance during certain moments of the year. A specific offer of accommodation services is put forward by the Scottish cottages or wooden lodges which provide high quality services complying with the most demanding modern standards.
Given its historic trajectory, the gastronomic Scotland has received several culinary influences, the most notable being the English and the French touches. Yet, Scottish cuisine has an unique profile which is substantiated by the presence of certain dishes. Thus, the famous porridge is close to being a gastronomic emblem of Scotland, since there is an entire international festival dedicated to this course. Scotch broth, the haggis, the Scotch eggs or the Scotch pie are the peak of the culinary tradition of Scotland. However, in terms of dessert and sweets, the Edinburgh rock, the Scottish crumpet and the Moffat Toffee are worth sampling. But one should never overlook the rich offer of cheeses (the Scottish Cheddar is a definite must-try) and of drinks, of which the Scotch whiskey needs no introduction, next to the Scottish beer.
All of the six cities of Scotland – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Stirling and Inverness – have their own tourist profile, but one should not focus all their attention and interest to such destinations, since Scotland is famous for its unique countrysides and quiet and peaceful beaches. However, some of the most spectacular landmarks refer to the Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Parliament, the Scott Monument and the Royal Museum (all in Edinburgh), the King's College and the Maritime Museum (in Aberdeen), the Wallace Monument, the Old Town Jail and the Castle (in Stirling), the Castle and the Old High Church (in Inverness), the Broughty Castle and the numerous churches (in Dundee) and the Glasgow Cathedral and the many museum it hosts.
Edinburgh hosts a large range of festivals, ranging from the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh International Festival to the Jazz and Blues Festival and the International Book Fair. Glasgow, on the other hand, is renowned for its calendar dominated by musical events, such as the Celtic Connections Festival and the International Jazz Festival, but the clashes between the Celtic and Rangers (during every football season) are definitely worth attending to. The World Porridge Making Championships are a definite mark of the eventful Scotland, the competition being held in Inverness (more precisely, in Carrbridge).
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