If you are thinking of visiting the United Kingdom for one of your next holiday trips and you are wondering whether or not a part of it, namely Scotland, is worth the trip, you should definitely read the following article. Find out why a trip to Scotland is more than necessary and discover and all the notable sights you should not miss!
Location and demographics
Scotland is part of the United Kingdom and occupies the northern part of the island of Great Britain. It borders England, the North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, the North Channel and the Irish Sea. The capital of Scotland is Edinburgh. Yet, the largest city is Edinburgh. Scotland has over 5.000.000 residents according to the 2001 Census.
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and the second most visited tourist destination in the United Kingdom (first comes London). It is situated in the south east of Scotland, near the North Sea and has over 450.000 residents (May 2010 Edinburgh Statistics). Do not miss the Old Town and the New Town which are amongst the numerous other buildings that are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you find yourself in Edinburgh during the summer do not pass on the Edinburgh Festival, which lasts for approximately a month, hosts a variety of festivals and events and attracts thousands of visitors annually.
Glasgow Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and United Kingdom’s third most popular destination. Glasgow is situated in west central lowlands of the country on the River Clyde. It has a little less than 600.000 residents (2007 Glasgow Population Estimates), known as the Glaswegians. While you are in Glasgow, make sure to visit the Mitchell Library, the Scottish Opera, the National Theatre of Scotland, the Theatre Royal, the Glasgow City Chambers and the St. Mungo’s Cathedral.
The Scottish Highlands It is a worth visiting historic region of Scotland, distinguished from the Scottish Lowlands. The area is one of the most sparsely populated areas in Europe and has many mountain ranges, including the tallest mountain in Britain and Ireland, namely Ben Nevis. The Scottish Highlands are a Scotland must see, due to the uniqueness of the area.