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Scotland has so much more to offer than lush landscapes and golf. I was recently in Scotland, and even though it was Summer, I was surprisingly shocked at how cold it 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 it 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. This made our trip a truly unique experience.

The People In Scotland

Scottish Man with bag pipe

Although they’re sometimes difficult to understand, I can’t say enough about the people of this country. They were friendly and warm, and want to make sure you don’t leave Scotland without a proper history lesson. 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 many of their traditions alive, including the infamous bagpipes and kilts.

It is unlikely to go a day in Scotland without seeing intergenerational men walking around in their kilts and hearing bagpipe music in a local pub, or while visiting a castle.

The Landscape

Isle of Skye, Scotland

 

Scotland has some of the most diverse landscapes I have seen in Europe. From their stunning white sand beaches and famous rolling hills, to cascading waterfalls and cliff sides that fall off into the sea, Scotland is full of breathtaking views.

Everything is also blanketed in green grass. It’s hard not to go to Scotland without taking a long road trip around the country and 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

Scottish eggs and Scotch

I was never a fan of Scottish food before I visited.

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 swept away while traveling there that made everything taste 10x better. Not a day went by that I didn’t have fish and chips.

I never before liked Scottish eggs. A classic dish of a soft boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, then breaded and deep fried.

But somehow I found myself not only eating them, but also doing a scotch pairing test.

I also thought that scotch was going to be big in Scotland, that being the local drink and all. I was surprised when I was drinking more gin and tonics, than scotch.

The Scottish almost take more pride in their gin than their scotch. Everywhere we went there were over 50 different types of gin to choose from, and every one of them had their own special tonic or ingredient to bring out the essential taste and flavors of the gin.

The Culture In Scotland

 

City view of Edinburgh, Scotland

I was lucky enough to visit Scotland when the fringe festival was going on, however, when I booked my trip I had never heard of it. 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 a wide range of shows you can see at all times of the day.

It’s great for those on a budget as well, because they offer tons of free shows from stand-up comedy, plays, musicals, and street performers.

There are over 50,000 performances over the 3 week period that fringe takes place in Edinburgh. It is the largest festival celebrating the cultural arts.

The Castles In Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

If you are a castle fanatic, you won’t want to miss Scotland. It was once home to between 2,000- 4,000 castles. Not all of them are still standing today but there are plenty to check out and keep you busy while you are there.

You can wander around the castle grounds or take a look inside at the period furniture to catch a glimpse 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 while lost on their country roads, or to putting down their gin and tonic 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 much more to offer than it’s pretty scenery, although the scenery is stunning enough to make the trip totally worth it.

If you are traveling around Europe and plan on visiting France. Check out my Blog post on Best Villages in the South of France

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