Sparsely populated Scotland stretches from the southern lowlands, which border England just north of Hadrian's Wall, up to the Norwegian latitudes of the rocky Highlands and remote islands. Outside the main cities, the sights are subtle, but the misty glens, brooding countryside castles, and warm culture are plenty engaging. Whether toasting with beer, whisky, or a can of Irn-Bru soda, enjoy meeting the Scottish people. It's easy to fall in love with the irrepressible spirit and beautiful landscape of this faraway corner of Britain.
At a Glance
▲▲▲ Edinburgh Proud and endlessly entertaining Scottish capital, with an imposing castle, attractions-studded Royal Mile, excellent museums, and atmospheric neighborhoods.
▲ St. Andrews Sandy beach town that gave birth to golf and hosts Scotland's top university.
▲ Oban and the Southern Highlands Handy home-base town of Oban — with boat trips to the isles of Mull and Iona — and the stirring "Weeping Glen" of Glencoe.
▲ Isle of Skye Remote, dramatically scenic island with craggy mountainscapes, jagged Trotternish Peninsula, castles, and distilleries.
▲ Inverness and the Northern Highlands Regional capital with easy access to more Highlands sights, including Culloden Battlefield (Scotland's Alamo) and monster-spotting at the famous Loch Ness.
Glasgow Scotland's gritty but gentrifying "second city," a hotbed of 20th-century architecture.
Pitlochry and Stirling Whisky mecca of Pitlochry and stately castle and battlefield at Stirling.