Welcome to Scotland.
Welcome to Scotland- The country with 790 islands.
Scotland is a part of the United Kingdom (UK) and occupies the northern third of Great Britain.Scotland's location is to the mid- west of Europe and is surrounded by several different seas.Located to the east of Scotland is the North Sea, which divides the country from others areas of Europe, in particular Norway and the rest of Scandinavia. Across the North Sea to the south- east is Denmark and further south is Germany.North and west of Scotland's mainland is the Atlantic Ocean.
Traveling north from Scotland will eventually bring you to Iceland and Greenland.Scotland has been handing down its traditions for close to a thousand years now, since the earliest days of the clans in the 12th century. Scottish traditions are not something sterile under glass and steel in a cold museum. They are vibrant, living things, constantly growing and evolving, and every generation adds the thumbprint of its own particular Scottish culture to the whole.Scotland is progressive nation built on dynamism, creativity and the fabulous warmth of its people, here you will find a range of Scottish facts, from information on its diverse and dramatic landscape and natural resources to facts about Scotland's population, economy and industry.
Tourism is one of Scotland's most lucrative assets, focusing on such attractions as golf, walking and rich history. Scotland is home to a wonderfully diverse range of species, from the bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth to the capercaillie of the central Highlands and the thousands of seals and puffins that inhabit our beautiful coastline.
The capital city of Scotland is Edinburgh, is the second largest city in Scotland. Founded on Castle Rock by ancient British tribes who utilized the strategic elevated position of the volcanic rock.It is named after Edwin, King of Northumbria in the 7th century. The city itself is broken up into two sections, the Old Town and the New Town. The narrow medieval streets of the Old Town stretch east from Castle Hill to Holyrood Abbey. Cathedral, the house of John Knox, and Brodie's Close. The New Town is just north of the castle, it was built in the early 19th century and contains many elegant streets lined with Georgian buildings. Edinburgh contains many art galleries and museums, a large collection of European and British paintings from the Renaissance to the 20th century are on display.
Information and Facts.
Scotland has four main airports, Glasgow, Glasgow Prestwick, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, plus many regional airports spread across the country in Dundee, Inverness, Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland.
There are a few simple rules for traveling to Scotland which will depend on where are you visiting from.
Visitors to Scotland and the UK must hold a valid passport before starting their journey and children may require their own passports.
All visitors who wish to enter the UK must meet the requirements of the UK immigration regulations.
EU citizens can stay in Scotland for as long as required.
Visitors from other European countries, out of the EU, can stay for up three months.
Visitors from the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand can stay for up to six months, providing they have a return ticket and funds to cover the trip.
Visitors from any other country in the world will require a visa.
European Union citizens are entitled to free medical treatment an National Health Service (NHS) hospitals, which can be made quicker and easier on production of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The card is not a replacement for insurance.
Australia, New Zealand and several non-EU European countries have reciprocal healthcare arrangements with the UK.
Citizens of other countries will be charged for most medical services with some exclusions including emergency treatment.Also, visitors from countries out of the European Union should get travel insurance with medical cover before the trip.
English is the main language spoken in Scotland, although you will be surprised by the wide range of different accents and dialects spoken across the country. from the north to the south, east and west, and on each of the islands, differing accents are perceptible ranging from soft and sign-song to stronger and more pronounced. Also, the Celtic language of Gaelic is still spoken and in fact, numbers of speakers are increasing.
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Scotland offers an unrivaled shopping experience, no matter what your style and interests. Indulge in the very best local food and drink, purchased directly from the producers at farmers markets, or treat yourself to a stylish spree in one of Scotland's many great shopping centers and boutiques. Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, boasts its very own Style Mile, a square mile in the city center offering high- end shopping and trop class restaurants and bars.