You’ll take the high road, and I’ll take the low road, but either way, we’ll both see the best of Scotland. In the lowlands, you can sample the laid back bohemian culture of cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh, known internationally for its annual Fringefest, the world’s largest art festival. Or soak in the courses at St. Andrews, the most expansive public golf course in Europe — did you know Scotland is where golf originated?
Scotland’s majestic highlands, however, are the scene-stealers. In the past, their misty cliffs and blue lochs have provided inspiration to everyone from novelist and playwright Sir Walter Scott to Danish auteur Lars Von Trier, who used this otherworldly landscape as a set for his 1996 masterpiece Breaking the Waves. The Highlands are often considered the most romantic part of Scotland, conjuring to mind the beauty of Inverness, a magical place full of medieval castles and untouched glens, and the vast majesty of Cairngorm's National Park, where red deer graze in the hills and eagles roam the skies.
There is also incredible biodiversity throughout the country, from dolphins who frolic off the Moray Coast to the wild birds that roost in the sparsely populated islands and stretches off its coastline to the fly-fishers dream - flashes of salmon, brown trout and pike that live in the rivers and bays of Sutherland. Of course, no trip to Scotland would be complete without a shot of Scotch, which should be easy to find with 98 active malt distilleries. But don’t forget to eat first: proving there’s more to Scottish cooking than haggis, make it a point to dine on local favourites like poached duck eggs, Shetland salmon, Angus beef, and wild partridge with pear sauce.
Just south of the border lie the must-see landscapes of Northumberland, Cumbria, Newcastle, the Lake District, and then on down into the full length of England... Enjoy, (just don't tell the Scots where you're heading).
Samantha McCoach remembers her grandmother, a kilt maker in Scotland with 40-years’ experience, hand-making her a kilt not too long ago, and wearing it out and about in London.read more
Once a remote shooting lodge home to the Duke of Sutherland, Kinloch
Lodge now provides a remote and inviting retreat into the vastness of
nature. Boutique, urban touches meet a rustic, countryside canvas so
striking and so open, it is as if you are in floating in an earthy infinity
pool. Embrace the mountains and the sky with family, friends, the clan, or