Where in the World: Scotland

Scotland-map.pngDo you love Europe, but are looking for a unique travel experience? Maybe you want to stay away from the crowds and enjoy an exiting adventure in the north. Scotland may be just what you’re looking for. Although this country is a part of Great Britain they stand out on their own in many ways. Rich in culture, history and whisky this a must see location.

Scotland became unified with England in 1707 with the formulation of Great Britain. Located on the northern part of the Island, Scotland boarders England to the south and the Atlantic Ocean on it’s eastern, western and northern sides. And although Scotland is located on the Island of Great Britain, it also has 790 islands of it’s own. With a population of 5.3 million people this country carries some weight in the world. Scotland’s largest city is Glasgow, but it’s capital city is Edinburgh. The county has 3 national languages: English, Scots and Scottish Gaelic.

p.php.jpegKnown for it’s rich culture and history throughout the world, Scotland has some of the most beautiful must see locations. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club located in St. Andrews, Scotland is the home and perhaps birthplace of golf. The club itself was established in 1750, but it’s many courses developed hundreds of years before. The club is internationally recognized as the ruling body of golf and holds the annual British Open. It’s most popular course is known as Links and runs along the jagged, yet picturesque coastline. Interestingly enough in 1457 James II of Scotland banned men from playing golf because he thought Scottish men were spending too much time on it, rather than archery. The ban was lifted by James IV in 1502 because James was a golfer himself.

loch-ness.jpgFor lovers of folklore Scotland is a rich treasure trove of myth and mystery. Staring with one of its most famous tales of lore–The Loch Ness Monster. Located in the Scottish Highland, Loch Ness is the 2nd largest Scottish Loch and largest by volume in the British Isles. Visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition to learn of the area’s natural history as well as the legend of Nessie. The Loch Ness Monster, is a large unknown animal, which supposedly inhabits the Loch Ness. The first sighting was in 1933 and continues to be a site for tourists and locals alike. If you are interested in lake monsters, no worries, these creatures are quite common in several other Scottish lakes.

edinburgh_castle_0.jpgNow I know I said this sort of vacation could pull you away from the crowds and let you experience a more picturesque quiet side of Europe, but if you’re looking for a great tourist attraction, then Edinburgh Castle is your next stop. The history of the castle dates back to the 12th century, but people have been living on the rock that is the foundation since the Iron Age. At least as far back as the 12th century David I of Scotland resided in the royal palace. It has gone through many transformations in the last 900 years, as many things do, when during the 17-20th centuries it was used as a military barracks. And although it has been involved in many historical conflicts today it is a symbol of Scottish heritage. It is the most popular tourist attraction in all of Scotland and is one of the few castles today with a military garrison. Although mostly symbolic, it is still an exciting and must see location.

Now that I have inspired you to pack your backs, don’t forget the kilt by the way, and head over the pond, give us a call 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com to schedule an appointment today.

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