Scotland! Why You Need To Visit This Year!
Scotland has so much more to offer than just lush landscapes and golf. I was recently in Scotland, and even though it was Summer, I was surprisingly shocked at how cold Scotland was.
Yes, I might be a little more warm-blooded than most people. I tend to prefer 90-degree weather (32 Celsius). I expected Scotland to be a little warmer than the 65 degrees that it actually was.
Besides taking a vacation in the middle of August and expecting a warm holiday. I fell in love with the Country even though I was cold.
The people, although quite hard to understand were far more friendly than I had expected. Everywhere we stayed they went above and beyond to make sure we were happy and comfortable. Making our trip a truly unique experience.
The People in Scotland
I can’t say enough about the people of this Country, although they were hard to understand when speaking. They were so friendly and so warming. They want to make sure you don’t leave Scotland without a proper history lesson of the country. I didn’t meet a single local Scott’s person that didn’t give me a fun fact about the country.
They are so enriched in their culture and keep so many of their traditions alive. Including the infamous bagpipes and kilts.
It is almost impossible to go a day in Scotland without seeing older and younger generation men walking around in their kilts.
Hearing bagpipe music in a local pub or while visiting a castle.
Scotland has some of the most diverse and stunning landscapes I have seen in Europe. From their stunning white sand beaches, famous rolling hills, 1,000 + waterfalls, and cliffsides that fall off into the sea.
Which is all covered in green grass. It’s hard not to go to Scotland without taking a long road trip around the country and just enjoying all the pretty views that this beautiful country has to offer. I highly recommend renting a car and just getting lost.
Scotland also has so much to offer in the terms of “Glamping”. When camping is done in style and comfort. Be sure to include this on your trip and get a “tent” with a see-through ceiling, so you can enjoy the beautiful stars as well.
The Alcohol and The Food
I was never a fan of Scottish Food before I came to Scottland.
As I found everything to be deep fried, which for the most part it was. I don’t know if it was the cold weather in Scotland or the fact that I was in Scotland made everything taste 10x better. Not a day went by that I didn’t have fish and chips.
I never before liked Scottish eggs, which is a soft boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, then breaded and deep fried.
But somehow I found myself not only eating them her but also doing a paring test with Scotch.
I also thought that Scotch was going to be big in Scotland, that being the local drink. I was surprised when I was drinking more Gin and Tonics, than Scotch.
The Scottish taking almost more pride in their gin than their Scotch. They took so much pride in their Gin that everywhere we went there were over 50 different types of gin to choose from, and everyone one of them having their own special tonic or ingredient to bring out the essential taste and flavors of the gin.
The Culture in Scotland
I was lucky enough to visit Scotland when the fringe festival was going on, however when I booked my trip I had never even heard of it before. I am so glad I was able to go and experience such an amazing and inspiring festival.
People from all around the world come to perform and there is such a wide range of shows you can see at all times of the day, for all types of people.
It is even great for those on a budget as well, because they offer tons free shows from stand-up comedy, plays, musicals and even attracting more street performers.
There are over 50,000 performances over the 3 week period fringe takes place in Edinburgh. It is the largest festival celebrating the cultural arts.
The Castles in Scotland
If you are a castle fanatic, you won’t want to miss Scotland. It was once home of in between 2,000- 4,000 castles, not all of them are still standing today there are still plenty to check out to keep you busy while you are there.
Whether you want to wander around the outsides of the castles or take a look inside and look at the period furniture of what life was like back in the time.
Scotland offers the right castle for everyone. Be sure to check out the Top 16 Castles in Scotland you can’t miss.
The Scottish have a laid back lifestyle to them, where no one seems to be in a hurry. They always seemed willing and happy to stop what they were doing to help someone out.
Whether they are pointing you in the right direction if you were lost on their country roads, or to putting their gin and tonic down so they could tell you a story of their Scottish history.
They truly love having tourists in their country and want to make sure you leave loving Scotland. It is a beautiful country and has so much more to offer than it’s pretty scenery, although the scenery is stunning enough to make the trip totally worth it.
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