Scotland in pictures - Highlands
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Boasting a 5000-year history of bloody wars against the English, Celtic and Scandinavian mythology, Roman invasion and the bursting forth of country pub, whisky and fishing culture, not even a hard-lined urbanite can deny that Scotland is a treasure trove begging for exploration.
Take a wander around Edinburgh's medieval castles and discover the city's wealth of theatre, music, dance, literature (in 2004 Edinburgh was declared the first UNESCO city of literature) and art culture, which explode at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. But this intellectual bastion it is not all gentry and fairy tales; the recent establishment of numerous pubs and nightclubs mean that the student population won't get bored or thirsty. Edinburgh was coincidentally voted the Top UK destination for European single males according to a 2012 Excite EU survey. Glasgow and Aberdeen are equally enchanting for a cultural break in a picturesque 'doll's house' city.The Scottish national drink is whisky. 'Whisky' originates from a Gaelic phrase translating literally as 'water of life' and the drink was traditionally believed to have medicinal properties. So get some life into your bones and warm yourself under stormy Scottish skies by heading to the Isle of Islay or Orban, where whisky flows freely and tours of distilleries are popular.
Edinburgh, sometimes called the "the Athens of the North," is Scotland's most beautiful city, combining both ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere, where medieval palaces rub shoulders with the best of modern architecture. We were there and brought back our top hotel selection. ...
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While Scotland is not so much considered a gastronomical destination, there are so many flavours to enjoy and savour. The Scottish culinary adventure begins with the enormous local breakfast then continues with its excellent local products: cheese, seafood, smoked fish, pies... Go from markets to farms, alternate fish and chips with gastronomical restaurants, ...