Travel guide: Scotland in just a few clicks!

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The land of Loch Ness, men wearing kilts, whisky and the bagpipes, Scotland tells those who know how to listen of fabulous legends borne from its misty lands. A journey of discovery for nature lovers.

2 really unmissable cities

Glasgow: The third largest city in the United Kingdom, Glasgow is also the largest city in Scotland. It harbours genuine treasures, starting with the works of its famous architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, which are in a complete collection at the HunterianArtGallery. To judge his genius "in situ", visit the current GlasgowSchoolofArt then the HouseforanArtLover for which he drew the plans in 1901. Museum lovers can continue by visiting the magnificent KelvingroveArtGallery & Museum and theLighthouse. Nature lovers can enjoy the BotanicalGardens located in the heart of the West End and the Winter Gardens of the People'sPalace.

Edinburgh: Situated on the East coast, amongst volcanic hills, Edinburgh is Scotland's capital city. Its very hilly location gives it an exceptional panorama which lets the city be appreciated from different viewpoints. It can be roughly divided into four districts: the historic centre, the old town, the new town and the Port (Leith). While history enthusiasts will rush to its splendid castle which dominates the city centre, then to the PalaceofHolyroodhouse (the Queen's official residence in Scotland) and of course, the Scottish Parliament, those who like their spirits will expand their knowledge at the ScotchWhiskyMuseum (300 years of whisky distilling history!). Also on the agenda are: The Writers' Museum, the NationalGalleryofScotland, the NationalMuseum which has re-opened its doors after 3 years of renovation work, the RoyalYachtBritannia and lastly, the maze of little streets in the old town in the company of ghosts!

Landscapes: You will certainly have noticed Scotland's breathtaking landscapes in Trainspotting, Danny Boyle's film. Put it into top gear: buy a ticket and you will lose yourself in its woody hillsides. On the agenda, the Highlands with LochNess, the FallsofDochart and the MullofKintyre (made famous by Paul McCartney). Head then for the North-East and take the road to follow the trail of the castles that are dotted throughout the landscape (unless you'd rather take the HighlandMaltandWhisky trail?). Take the boat and escape to the Hebrides, the Shetland Islands and the Orkney Islands…

Fooding: It's impossible to visit Scotland without trying its traditional dish: haggis (a savoury pudding containing sheep's offal). You will find one of the best in Edinburgh at Whisky (pub), backpackers swear by it! To find the list of the best restaurants in Glasgow and Edinburgh:


Music and performing art: Come and visit Scotland to the sound of the bagpipes, the saxophone and the guitar! This small region of Great Britain shines through the number of its festivals which take place throughout the seasons: the CeilidhCultureFestival (25 March-16 April in Edinburgh), the GlasgowInternationalJazzFestival (29 June-3 July), the RockNessFestival (11-13 June), the DundeeBluesFestival (16-18 July), PipingLive and its bagpipes (6-12 August) etc.

Sport: A land of rugby - alongside England, New Zealand and Australia - Scotland provides an exceptional sporting moment with the MelroseSevens tournament (14 April). Golf lovers won't be left out with SaintAndrews Week (8-14 April). Lastly, horse lovers can watch several equestrianshows in various towns around Scotland from June to August, without forgetting the BlairCastleFestival (23-26 August).

Drinks events; Drink and spirits fans will choose the IslayMaltandMusicFestival (21-28 May) or the Spirit of Speyside whisky festival ( (3-7 May).

Films: Cinema fans will want to visit Edinburgh between 15 and 26 June for the InternationalFilmFestival.

List of festivals:

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