Although part of the United Kingdom, Scotland maintains a distinct identity even having a separate parliament.
A relatively small country and sparsely populated, life in the towns is culturally rich. The Edinburgh Festival increases in popularity each year, and this city, along with Glasgow are interesting for historians. Not only seats of power in the past, these were once major industrial towns.
In the countryside, the mountains, lakes and moorlands are fascinating with a wealth of wildlife including otters and eagles. Off the shores of the outer Hebrides, dolphin and whales can be seen.
If you enjoy hiking, Scotland is an ideal destination, offering some 300 Munros!
Home to the haggis, Aberdeen Angus Beef and smoked salmon, gourmets delight in the gastronomy of the region, not to mention the fine whiskies distilled here.