Alyona Kaltya
Have you ever been to Scotland? If not, you must to visit it!!! because is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world…historic castles, dream landscapes, traditional Highlands games, gorgeous lakes and incredible legends make Scotland an ideal place for adventures of any kind.
Scotland is a realm of legends, with a rich history and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the World, awakens to life the spirit of adventure that exists in each of us. You can live the feeling that these places will give you, which inspired the filmmakers of the epic movie “Braveheart”, Harry Potter etc. Scotland is a small country, but what a fantastic impact it has! If you want to make sure you don’t miss any of this extraordinary site of the country, you can hire a guide to take you through the most interesting places, so you can find out the legends of the place with the Giants and fairy. If you want to explore yourself, download a guide map of Scotland witch, will help you a lot.
As soon as you get out of Edinburg airport, the cold, Scottish wet air hits you, I hope you’ll have the right clothes. The language spoken by the lad which ensures that everything is going by the book on the dressing of passengers on the bus, which goes downtown, is almost unintelligible. You need 10-15 seconds to understand the first word in English. And that one in a special pronunciation. Don’t panic, ask them to speak slowly and soon you’ll get used to it. If I had heard this “speech” in another area of Scotland, not at the airport, I would have sworn that the guy speaks Gaelic, an old, Celtic, taken from the Irish neighbours.
Any journey in Scotland must begin in the capital of Scotland – Edinburg. This town is not only the cultural centre of Scotland but also one of the most beautiful European capitals. It has a lot of amazing things for any tourist depends what you are interested in: castles detached from stories, Museums, Botanical Gardens, friendly locals and gorgeous landscapes.
Start with Edinburgh Castle a fortress that dominates the skyline of Edinburgh, due to its position atop Castle Rock, an establishment with volcanic rock. Edinburgh Castle was a royal castle still from the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until the Crown Union in 1603. Since the 15th century, the role of the castle as the residence has fallen, and since the 17th century its main purpose was the military base, with a large garrison.
After you’ve visited Edinburg Castle go to National Museum of Scotland. This museum is the cultural pride of the country being designed in 2006 through the merger of the Museum of Scotland, with collections related to Scottish antiquities, culture and history, and the Royal Museum. Here you can find collections covering the field of science and technology, natural history, and world cultures. The museum is part of the National Museums of Scotland, and the most beautiful part is that the entrance is free…
Lovers of history will definitely like visiting Stirling Castle one of the most spectacular in all of Scotland. Sits atop Castle Hill, an intrusive crag. It’s surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, giving it a strong defensive position. Its strategic location has made it an important fortification in the region from the earliest times, and served for defence. There have been at least eight sieges of Stirling Castle, including several during the Wars of Scottish Independence, with the last being in 1746, when Bonnie Prince Charlie unsuccessfully tried to take the castle. If you have time take a taxi or if you have energy to walk to the centre of Bannockburn Heritage or Monument of William Wallace. Sir William Wallace (he appeared in “Braveheart” film directed by and starring Mel Gibson) is a Scottish knight who became one of the main leaders during the First War of Scottish Independence. Along with Andrew Moray, Wallace defeated an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in September 1297. He was appointed Guardian of Scotland and served until his defeat at the Battle of Falkirk in July 1298. In August 1305, Wallace was captured in Robroyston, near Glasgow, and handed over to King Edward I of England, who had him hanged, drawn, and quartered for high treason and crimes against English civilians. Experience art, culture and life as it was in the 13th century. Wear comfortable, solid shoes as the castle features are uneven. HYPERLINK “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Scotland”
Explore Eileen Donan a 13th century Castle, located in the western part of the hills of Scotland and you’ll embark on a journey through time and history. Is one of the most popular Scottish castles, bound to the shore through a bridge, the island is dominated by a picturesque medieval castle which was founded by Clan Mackenzie and Macrae, for defensive purposes in the face of Viking attacks. Currently, the castle is one of the most photographed monuments in Scotland and a popular location for organizing weddings and filming films. He appeared in films like “Highlander” and “The World Is Not Enough.” So, prepare your camera because you will have a plenty of incredible photo landscapes.
It is impossible to visit Scotland without seeing Loch Ness one of the most famous lakes in the world, (after Loch Lomond). In Scottish folklore the Loch Ness or Nessie is a monster from the legend. It is often described as large in size with a long neck and one or more humps protruding from the water. Although most locals say that Nessie is just a myth you shouldn’t discourage yourself. Rent a boat and start looking for the mythical creature you never know what you can find there.
Don’t miss the Hogwarts Express! Harry Potter fans will be delighted to find out that they can really take the express train to Hogwarts. The train called “The Jacobite ” travels a distance of 66 km between Fort William and Mallaig passing through the most beautiful landscapes of Scotland. The Jacobite runs from Monday 9th April to Friday 26th October 2018 (Monday to Friday). Saturday and Sunday from Saturday 2nd June to Sunday 30th September 2018. The scenery will take your breath away.
Don’t go home without visiting Glasgow, the most popular city in Scotland, and the third most popular city in the UK. Glasgow grew from a small rural settlement on the River Clyde to become the largest seaport in Britain. In 1707, Scotland gained further access to the vast markets of the new British Empire, and Glasgow became prominent as a hub of international trade to and from the Americas, especially in sugar, tobacco, cotton, and manufactured goods.
One of the attractions of the city is Riverside Museum, a journey in time following which you will understand the history of transport in Scotland. Bicycles, scooters, cars of all nations, steam locomotives, fire trucks, etc, are exhibited in this museum, whose roof resembles a lightning bolt. You must start from the idea that Riverside is a museum for all ages, and children will surely be fascinated by the variety of colours and shapes. It is reproduced inside the museum even a street in Glasgow from the old days, and in the subway, station is waiting for you a wagon from 100 years ago, with low ceilings and a narrow space on the inside. In case you didn’t know, you now find that the Glasgow Subway is the third oldest in the world, after London and Budapest. In Glasgow the entrance to most museums and galleries are free of charge.
As you go from the Riverside Museum to the University of Glasgow through the picturesque West End careers, it winks at some point at alley paved with cubic stone and a whitewashed restaurant in white, with flowers at the entrance. The street is called Ashton Lane, it’s not great, but it hosts numerous pubs and restaurants. It seems broken by the world and could represent an excellent photo shop.
Go to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. It is among the 3 rd. most visited museums with free access. Recently reopened to the general public, the museum is a real cultural mall – a mix of art museum, Museum of Natural Sciences, contemporary art museum, etc. Just think of the fact that at Kelvingrove you will find works of art of artists like Rembrandt, Monet, Renoir or Van Gogh. If you want to really enjoy these galleries, book yourself half a day, if not more. There’s a coffee shop inside the museum.
And before you go home go Shopping on Argyle Street and Buchanan Street to buy some souvenirs. Along with Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street, Argyle forms the main shopping area of the city, you can find there whatever you want. The atmosphere in the centre is similar to the one on Oxford Street in London. Shops of all kinds, hotels, cafes, restaurants…
About food. Scotland has a lot of variety of traditional food with unrivalled quality. From Aberdeen Angus beef, Stornoway Black Pudding, Arbroath Smokies and Shetland salmon and shellfish to Scottish whisky, ales, scones, shortbread, not to forget haggis – Scotland is a culinary heaven for foodie lovers. The restaurants are quite expensive, but there are countless places where you can eat Italian, Indian, Thai or Vietnamese dishes, with 10£, on the “buffet with all you can eat”. The Irn-Bru is the most common Scottish carbonated soft drink, often described as “Scotland’s other national drink” (after whisky)
About clothes. As you know Scottish people are big fans of football, so avoid wearing blue or green clothes in public If possible (because of the Celtic and Rangers teams)
Traditional Scottish clothing or kilt have an ancient tradition, first mentions under this name appearing around the years 1530, but parts of the kilt are known long before, such as tartan (the model of Print from the material from which the kilt is made, this model being different from family to family. The best-known models of tartan are Douglas, Campbell, MacDonald, Fraser, MacLeod, etc.). Initially, the kilt consisted of a long-wrapped advocate around the waist and thrown over the shoulder, leading to the well-known “skirt” of today.
The best time to visit Scotland is the summer-the days are longer and the weather is much milder. The weather is very unstable and can quickly pass from sunny to cloudy, from dry to rainy, from hot to cold so, be prepared for everything. Wherever you are coming from, travelling to Scotland is convenient and simple, with lots of travel options available. Once here, the country’s road, rail, buses and ferry network provide good access to all regions and to our many great visitor destinations.