For those who have never visited and perhaps don’t know much about Scotland, it is a country which offers rich and romantic experiences that are a feast for all the senses. From the stunning scenery to the idiosyncratic nature of the natives, there is something for everyone to enjoy. As it is such a small country and in many ways overshadowed by its often brash neighbour (England), the impression that most people have of Scotland is attributed to stereotypes. However, in most cases foreigners know hardly anything about the beautiful country and are missing out on the magic that awaits there. Here are a list of reasons why you should visit Scotland.

Brown, shaggy, highland cow with large horns standing among craggy rocks on a grassy mountain side in Scotland

Breath-taking Scottish Terrain

It is true that Scotland suffers from predominantly dreich weather (for those not familiar with the term it means grey and bleak) however the landscapes are so stunning that despite the rain and clouds they are guaranteed to stop you in your path. From the snow-topped mountains to the glassy lochs you will be overwhelmed beauty. Much to many people’s surprise the beaches of Scotland are also a spellbinding site with many being swathed in soft sand leading to entryways to the ocean that allows locals to partake in surfing sports.

 

The Fringe Festival

Every year in August the Scottish capital hosts a festival that spans across the entire city, with venues of all shapes and sizes opening their doors to singers, dancers, actors, comedians and every other type of performer from all over Scotland and the rest of the world. The historic cobbled, winding streets are laden with street performers and strewn with visitors from every corner of the earth come to bask in the festivities.

View of Eileen Dolan Castle on a grey cloudy day

Historic Sites

Skara Brae is one of the most remarkable prehistoric monuments in Europe. A Neolithic village was discovered there in 1850 after a storm stripped the grass from a large mound revealing a number of stone buildings. Due to the terrain surrounding the village, after it was abandoned it has been impressively preserved by sand and grass. Not only are the walls of the structure still standing with the original stone slabs but also the interior fittings of each home thus allowing keen historians and visitors a glimpse into life as it was in Neolithic Orkney. In addition to Skara Brae, there are dinosaur footprints embedded into the rock at An Corran beach on Skye.