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EILEAN DONAN CASTLE, SCOTLAND
"If you don't like Scottish weather, wait 30 minutes, and it is likely to change."
- Raymond Bonner
Food to eat when in Scotland
Full Scottish Breakfast
Food in Scotland is somewhat similar to Ireland, but one particular dish that is purely identified as Scottish is the haggis. That is something you have try, besides seafood. Whether traditional or not, you can't go wrong with your choices when eating in Scotland. Click on the link to find some of the delicious food we had while traveling in Scotland.
Cities & Towns
Scotland covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. It borders the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast and the North Sea to the east, and it borders England on the south. Scotland's landscape is comprised of mountains and hills formed by glaciation during the ice ages.
The earliest settlement in Scotland is a preserved village, a stone-built neolithic settlement, dated to about 6,000 years ago, found in the Orkney Islands. There are over 7,000 historic towns and villages in Scotland today; each has its own charm and beautiful setting.
They say one of Scotland's best assets is the "Great Outdoors". Indeed, hiking in Scotland, or as they call it, "Hill Walking" is a different experience. For one, it can be quite windy, but if you can take it, you will be rewarded with the beautiful landscape. Check the link for some of the hikes we did traveling in Scotland.
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The Birks of Aberfeldy, Pitlochry
Dun Na Cuaiche Walk, Inveraray
Charming Old Bridges
Castles of Scotland
Scotland has over 2,000 castles, not all having protected status, built as both fortifications and residences. The original wooden motte-and-bailey structures in Scotland were replaced by stone castles in the late Middle Ages, from simple tower houses to grander scales. Later, private houses of aristocrats incorporated some of these castles' features into their own homes, thus producing the Scots Baronial Style, built mainly for comfort and not for defense.
Cathedrals, Abbeys & Churches
The Romans introduced Christianity in Scotland, which was carried out by Irish-Scots missionaries. Early local churches were made of wood, then replaced with basic masonry structures. From the 8th century onward buildings became more elaborate, and techniques in construction advanced, with influence derived from English and continental European designs. Romanesque and Gothic styles were incorporated into their designs.
Other Attractions in Scotland
There are other sites that can be visited in Scotland other than historic castles and churches.