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 is interesting for historians. Not only seats of power in the past, but these were also once major industrial towns.
In the countryside, the mountains, lakes and moorlands are fascinating with a wealth of wildlife including otters and eagles. Those with a keen eye may spot dolphins and even whales off the shores of the outer Hebrides.
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.