From highland cattle to Annie Lennox, we celebrate the very best that Scotland has to offer.
The Queen would not think of spending summer anywhere else and no wonder. Scotland, that cornucopia of a nation, has heaped the British plate with an abundance of treasures, from seafood to Harris tweed. Here are just a few of its greatest pleasures.
Otters bobbing in sea lochs
Unspoilt habitat and peace also means forests populated by red squirrels, plus golden eagles, capercaillie and the shy mountain hare.
Jim Hawkins, Peter Pan, Miss Jean Brodie, Rob Roy, Richard Hannay, plus Alexander McCall Smith’s Bertie Pollock and Ian Rankin’s Rebus – some of the most memorable characters were invented by Scottish writers.
Her soulful voice and plangent songs are matched by an unmistakable personal style and thoughtful philanthropy: this is how to be a modern diva.
Charge of the Scots’ Greys at Waterloo
One of many legendary engagements by Scottish regiments, recorded in churches, kirks and war memorials.
Some of our most treasured native breeds, from the woolly Highland to the smart Belted Galloway, the prolific Ayrshire and magnificent Aberdeen Angus, were developed and improved by Scottish farmers and landowners.
The most beautiful city in Northern Europe.
You can walk – and camp – more or less anywhere you please (not always a good thing).
Crystal-clear coastal waters
Perfect for diving for shellfish.
David Tennant, Douglas Henshall, John Hannah, Bill Paterson – heavenly voices.
You might laugh, but when the storm has gone through, the clarity and intensity of the light is breathtaking.
Friend and biographer of Samuel Johnson, whose peccadilloes are chronicled with disarming candour in his own diaries.
White, sandy beaches
As glorious as the Caribbean, but quieter.
The island of Orkney alone offers Maeshowe, Ring of Brodgar, the Ness of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness.
Room to breathe
Take Dumfries and Galloway, which measures 90 miles by 50 miles, but has a population of only 150,000.
The Scottish Enlightenment
With its hope that human life can be improved through the application of brain power and that, despite all evidence to the contrary, we’re actually rational beings.
Winsome West Highlands, jaunty Scotties, Dandie Dinmonts, Cairns and Skyes – these are some of the best dogs.
We take a look at the finest country houses, castles and estates for sale in Scotland
Their family histories are full of heads on spikes and villages being razed to the ground, but modern Highland clan
Knockdow Estate boasts a magnificently restored country house in sensational Scottish setting.
Rich with areas of ancient woodland and extensive wildlife, this stunning island off Argyll’s secret coast provides the opportunity to