The northernmost country in the United Kingdom, Scotland is bordered by England to the south, otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea in the east and the North Channel and the Irish Sea in the southwest.The country is home to nearly 800 islands including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.
Scotland may not cover a vast geographical area, but the Highlands of Scotland offer a wide range of experiences. You should surely visit the country to witness if the legend of the Loch Ness monster is true or not! With an air of mystery, the luring area of Loch Ness cannot not be missed. The major cities are Glasgow and Edinburgh, with the latter being its capital. The Edinburgh Castle exhibits magnificent views of city landmarks including the Princes Street, Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It is a pedestrian-friendly city, and you can hike across to the Arthurs Peak, the main peak and the highest point that overlooks the city.
Glasgow, the port city and also the largest in Scotland is more commercial than Edinburgh. It boasts of fine architecture which infuses elements from Victorian to the new age. Glasgow also flaunts some fascinating museums - the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery are a must visit. The Lighthouse and the Glasgow Science Centre are other major attractions of the city.
Scottish cuisine is similar to British and European foods. Given the cold climate, there is much use of meats and dairy products in their dishes. The plates encompass food without an overt use of spices. The most well-known item on the list of traditional Scottish foods is haggis and now the world famous shortbread. The game of salmon is a highly recommended dish for fish lovers. Also, the Scottish pies, puddings, cakes are some of the best in the world, most recommended being black Bun and Clootie Dumpling. Serving varied authentic cuisines, Scotland provides you a plethora of options.
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