Scotland is full of Traditions, Beauty, and Tranquillity and of course Adventure, around every-corner you will find something that you will love. If it’s your first experience of Scotland then you are in for the time of your life, whether you are here for the beauty and tranquillity of the Scottish landscape or the adventures of the mountains, lochs and the sea you will find something for you, your children and if you are disabled including your abilities.
Accommodation in Scotland ranges from 5 star hotels to bunks houses and of course for the adventurous of you there is the wild camping, plenty of hills and mountains to climb, rivers to wash in as well as canoe down and lochs and the sea to sail on. There is 30,414 square miles (78,770 km2) of Scotland for you to enjoy and 6,160 miles (9,910 km) of stunning coastline as well as the islands which many are unoccupied and you can seek permission from the owners to gain access which have some of the best wildlife you will see in the UK including native and visiting birds. Montrose has a tidal basin which once a year thousands of Canadian geese flock in for the winter, it is one of nature’s amazing spectacular, as well as swans, seals and otters and the visiting Sea Eagle you’re in for nature overload, with a few miles outside Forfar a visiting pair of breeding Ospreys, as well as Golden Eagles found all over the highlands……..as well is the Wee Haggis…..
Scotland have the highest mountain in the UK for you to climb or sit at the bottom either way it’s to be admired, Ben Nevis 1.334m, which is a very popular with all levels of walkers, as well as the largest inland water way of beautiful Loch Lomond 27 square miles (70 km2) and the longest river, The Tay 120 miles (190 km) and the deepest loch with its own monster Nessie found in Loch Ness.
There are adventure centres around Scotland where guided hill and mountain walks along with climbing are available, some have mountain bike for hire for the trails, white water rafting and canoeing. Some of the centres which are coastal, run sailing courses from a single day to a week long, fine way to get your sea legs.
If you are looking for a residential week then look to the island of Raasay a beautiful island which lies between the Isle of Skye and mainland Scotland. You can Sea Kayak, Coasteer, Sail, Gorge-walk, and Canadian Canoe, Climb, Abseil and more in this stunning island location.
Scotland has some of the best skiing in Europe , good winter snow fall with piste and off piste skiing, Glenshee Ski Centre offers the UK's most extensive skiing and snowboarding facilities - we hope you will enjoy the Glen Glenshee's impressive 22 lifts and 36 runs which offer an amazing diversity of natural terrain for all standards of skiers and snowboarders. This is just one of five ski centres Cairngorms, Glen Coe, Nevis Range, The Lecht, in the summer months they are still worth the visit for hill walk, climbing and stunning scenery with wildlife around every rock. Horse riding, pony trekking for the novice to the expert along the beach, through the tide or along a mountain path, like the good ol’ days
There are lots of options to choose from - you can join a class, go private, hire an instructor for your group, get into race training or simply take advantage of one of the great value package deals.
But of course Scotland is not all about climbing mountains, rushing about on mountain bikes and all the energetic activities. There are so many tranquil activities to do; Scotland is a wonder of history, art and music. Castles some complete and some in ruins but available to access many have easy access like Glamis Castle the birth place of the presents Queens Mother and said to be the inspiration for Macbeth and in the castle Duncan’s Hall commemorates an actual event the killing of King Duncan by Macbeth.
But of you are feeling fit and can manage steps then you cannot miss Dunnottar Castle seen by many users of Windows 7 as the castle on the island. Dunnottar is a stunning castle and played a very important role in the English Civil War and the hiding of the Honours (crown jewels) of Scotland and how they were lowered below the castle walls and stole away into the night under the nose of Cromwellian forces who have sieges of the castle. Even the beach at the bottom of the steps is worth the visit and the castle has been the inspiration for many stories and films.
Fort George one of the oldest operational forts in the UK and is also worth the visit and access is much easier and on the flat, a visit to Culloden close to Fort George is also advised.
The popular beautiful Stirling Castle and the Wallace monument where you will find the sword belonging to William Wallace another of Scotland’s hero also nearby Bannockburn, also if the kids have had enough of historic Scotland then visit Blair Drummond Safari Park next to the city of Stirling for a fun day.
Now you have had the history, there are so much art both inside the many many galleries around Scotland but also outdoors. Scotland is known for its art and artists and they are there for you. Since 1985 the town of Lumsden has hosted a sculpture walk along the picturesque foothills of the Grampian Mountains, Striding Arches is a project for Cairnhead Community Forest led by renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy and is complimented with sited works by poet Alec Finlay and stone carver Pip Hall. Just to name a few.
The music, tradition, folk, modern, jazz, blues, Scotland has it and more. You can possible say that between Spring and Winter you will find a music festival celebrating music every week with the largest of festivals in the height of the summer, people travel from all over the world to be entertained by the many forms of music around the mainland and the Isles you will find folk or traditional Scottish music in local pubs or in a field, world known artists come to Scotland to play for some of the best crowds in the world.
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