|With such a unique and distinctive national dress, with the renowned whisky and bagpipe music plus a landscape and folklore that often defies description, Scotland has shaped an identity recognisable the world over.
it's a view over misty lochs or a dramatic west coast sunset, a glimpse back in
time of Edinburgh's Royal Mile or a viewing of our artistic heritage in the National
Gallery, Scotland will always be a country of great contrasts possessing a real
the northernmost tip to the border with England, the Scottish mainland reaches
about 440 km (275 miles). However, Scotland's rugged, intricate coastline stretches
over 20 times that distance at nearly 10,000 km (6,200 miles). Scotland has over
750 major islands, many of the located on its northern and western coasts.
topography is often extremely mountainous with wild heather clad moorlands in
the north and west, pine forests mixed with quality pasture in the middle, fertile
farmland in the east and north east. In the south, we find the rounded, grass-covered
hills of the Lowlands with lochs and rivers scattered throughout.
Most of Scotland's
five million people live in the country's Central Belt. The Scots cherish the
differences that set them apart from the English. They cling tenaciously to their
regional differences - their customs, dialects and the Gaelic language. It is perhaps
more by their differences than in the similarities that the Scots can be defined
but, for all that, they are immensely proud of their nation and its separate institutions,
such as education and law.
a delightful self-depreciating humour and are renowned throughout the world for
their tradition of a warm and generous hospitality.