Historic Cities and Beautiful Highlands

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Discovering Scotland

Often voted the most beautiful country worldwide in polls, Scotland offers everything from historic cities to unspoiled scenery. This site describes some of its wonders so that would-be travellers can get a taste of what's on offer.

Glasgow vs Edinburgh

Glasgow and Edinburgh are less than 50 miles apart, and they're Scotland's two biggest cities. The former is a sprawling metropolis with great shopping, a world-famous music scene and lots of free tourist attractions. Edinburgh is a walkable city with beautiful scenery, top-class restaurants and stunning architecture. The latter could fairly be described as more touristy.

Glasgow the Happening Place

For young travellers with a taste for nightlife, Glasgow is probably the place to go. It's great for low budgets, too, with attractions such as the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on offer for free. Glasgow was named as the UK's first UNESCO City of Music in 2008.

Edinburgh: Capital of Scotland

Architecture in old Edinburgh is wonderfully cohesive, which, in common with other European cities such as Prague or Paris, makes it an attractive place to walk. There's a sense of history in the air. Popular tourist attractions include the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens.

The Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands is the largest region in Scotland and is renowned for its breathtaking landscape. It has everything, including high mountains (by UK standards), rugged coastline, wild moorland, rich forestry and incredible lochs.

Among the many fabulous places to visit in the Scottish Highlands are Eilean Donan Castle, The Three Sisters of Glen Coe, Rannoch Moor, Ben Nevis, Loch Ness, Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Isle of Skye.