It has always been a dream of mine to travel to Scotland. Well known for its dramatic landscapes and the fabulous warmth of it’s people, it is a definite must visit for me.
Edinburgh, known as the Gothic capital due to all its ghost stories, old castles, and great lords has inspired more than one famous author and film maker! Settings of world-famous movies have been infused with this ghostly atmosphere, including Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, the 5 time Oscar winning movie; Braveheart, the romantic international best-selling novel that hit the big screen in 2011; One Day and even Brave the Disney/Pixar animated movie, are only a few well-known examples. On the literary side, the famous fictional detective; Sherlock Holmes, created by the Scottish Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took place there as well.
Iconic Scottish castles hold within them fascinating stories of past lives and love, and have to be on the “must-see” list for all tourists! One of the nicest attractions is Scotland’s Castle Trail, where you can discover the mysterious and dramatic stories of 17 of Aberdeen shire’s most famous castles. It is hard not to be amazed by Cawdor, one of the most romantic castles in the Highlands. This is where Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth took place. You can also enjoy a unique experience by staying at one of the Scottish Castle Hotels.
Scottish Castles wouldn’t be the same without the stunning parks and gardens surrounding them. The Royal Botanic garden that was established in 1670 is one of the greatest with it’s four famous and one of a kind gardens. Another mysterious Scottish garden is The Garden of Cosmic Speculation. Open only 1 day a year to the public, this garden is 30 acres of sculpted landscapes integrating metal artwork inspired by the principles of modern physics.
Scottish Tartan is known all around the world; from the traditional kilts of the 16th century to works by contemporary designers such as Christopher Kane. Scottish fashion is highly enviable. Cashmere is another guarantee of high quality, with craftsmanship perfected over 3000 years. Quality is an honor and key for the Scots!
The Scottish water of life; Whisky, has become synonymous for its taste and quality. Commonly cited as an international reference, The Malt Whisky Trail is a must see and a real paradise for all whisky lovers!
Have I gotten you as excited about Scotland as I am?