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The Enchantments of Scotland

The myths and legends of Scotland are mysterious, fitting of the storyteller culture that has emerged in its people. They call forth the natural surroundings of foggy coasts and cliffs. With more than 790 islands along its coast and hills as far as the eye can see, Scotland has plenty of true wilderness to explore. Its cities are reminiscent of the middle ages that coexist with the growing modern world. Add in a hospitable and down-to-earth people – you’ve go an amazing destination for the traveler all around.

  • The traveler will find a shining example of Scotland’s spirit is in Edinburgh. This city has been the recognized as the capital of Scotland since the 15th-century. It sits on rocky hills that overlook the sea, with an Old Town that is as picturesque as it gets. Medieval turrets pointed spires accentuate the skyline, while the olden character of the streets begs for attention. Then there’s Edinburgh Castle, a fortification sitting atop the tallest hill in the city, to explore. And, as it hosts some of the world’s most recognizable art festivals, there is a definitely a creative undercurrent running through the city. From wandering, to late-night revelry, to catching a taste of Scotland – Edinburgh will be a joy for the traveler.

 

Aerial view from Calton Hill, Edinburgh, UK

 

  • However, there are many spots around outside of Edinburgh to woe the traveler. Doune Castle, near Edinburgh, lies in the village of Doune since the 13th-century. It was important fortification in the Scottish Wars of Independence, and was the shooting locations for the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail and the show Outlander. Nearby Lilinthgow Palace, in Lilinthgow, is a great stop to view the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Further north is Pitlochry, a popular place to walk the rolling hills. On the road there though, the traveler will roll through Sma’ Glen – a beautiful and narrow valley that follows along the River Almond.

 

Doune Castle is perhaps most famous as the location for several scenes in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

 

  • For learning about Scottish history, including pre-history, the Scottish Crannog Centre is the way to go. Including a museum and a fully replicated crannog with demonstrations on ancient crafts and technologies. The village of Luss is on the west coast. Luss is known for its small allure and views off the west coast of Scotland. It features picturesque cottages and a church that preforms many weddings a year. Also along the west coast is Troon, a small town with beaches and also a view of the western waters. Just off the west coast is the Isle of Arran. The traveler will find magnificent mountain scenery, quaint villages, and, of course, whiskey distilleries to knock back a few.

 

An example of an ancient Crannog House

 

Scotland, and the UK, are areas that were made for mini-coach tours. A perfect way to take in the mythic countrysides and varied cultures. That’s why Blue-Roads Touring Co. has the back-roads experience that traveler’s crave. And Scotland is only one of the nations that their tours, with a maximum of 18 passengers per tour and paths that larger groups cannot reach, take the traveler. Blue-Roads Touring Co. been taking the road less traveled since its beginnings, and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon.

 

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