Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Ancient castles, ancient ruins, picturesque plains, virgin forests, crystal clear lakes fully reflect the magnificence of this proud, full of contrasts of the country. Tourist in Scotland expanse: a lot of attractions and beautiful nature. On the green meadows, not far from the medieval castles, sheep graze, in the lakes (there is such a suspicion) monsters are found. Add to this 116 varieties of whiskey, which is produced here, and it becomes clear why there are so many tourists from all over the world in Scotland.
What to do:
1. To try heather honey
Thanks to Stevenson, we all know the tragic story of the proud Picts who took the recipe of alcoholic beverages with them to their graves. But the story of Leann Fraoch, the heather ale, is more confusing. Traces of it were found during the excavation of settlements four thousand years ago, when there was no talk of picts. Here he was boiled and drank until the 18th century, when the country lost its independence, and with it the right to make beer from anything other than malt, hops and water. But in the ancient land, nothing disappears without a trace, and in 1986, Bruce Williams, a brewer from Argyll, got a precious recipe from a resident of distant islands (perhaps not without the help of torture) and cooked the first few barrels of naturally carbonated heather ale. The drink he turned divine - amber, slightly carbonated, with a soft bitterness, strong oily body and a wine-like finale. Now Williams owns the Williams Bros. brand. Brewing Co. and delivers his ale to all the best bars of Scotland.
2. Get to know the Loch Ness monster
The monster in Loch Ness was first seen in the 5th century, the last in 2005. Scots, prone to gloomy mysticism, do not want to listen to the arguments of scientists who have climbed the lake far and wide, with obvious pleasure that tourists are telling stories about babies dragged into the abyss by a prehistoric monster, and show muddy photos. However, all is not well with the Loch Ness lake: there are no ghosts in the castles standing along its shores. By the way, the best view of the lake opens from the dungeon of Arkart Castle. So if Nessie still decides to appear, it is necessary to take pictures from here (entry £ 7.90).
3. Catch the giant salmon
Scottish Borders is one of the best places for river fishing. There, in the Tweed River, the largest salmon species are found throughout the United Kingdom. Fishing in Scotland is possible only from Monday to Saturday.
4. Hear the bagpipes
National music for the Scots is very important, as it is one of the symbols of the country, a vivid and memorable tradition - along with the kilt, golf and a hat with ostrich feathers. According to the old tribute, the sounds of bagpipes have a powerful force that is able to protect against evil spirits, and also has a beneficial effect on the general condition of a person and has healing properties.
5. Hang out with the Vikings
If you are going to Scotland in the winter, plan your trip so that on the last Tuesday of January you will visit the town of Lerwick on the Shetland Islands: the most large-scale costume fire show in Europe takes place there. First, numerous groups of people dressed as Vikings and with torches in their hands drag the Drakars — ancient ships of the Scandinavian conquerors — through the city, and then solemnly burn them to the songs, dances, and enthusiastic cries of everyone present. This Bacchanal is called Up Helly Aa and tourists come to Lerwick from all over the world.
6. To try haggis
It is difficult to find a less attractive dish for a tourist than haggis. And the more famous too - written in 1787 by Robert Burns “Ode to Haggis” every self-respecting Scot knows by heart. Since the dish is primordial, there is no classic recipe - somewhere they add lard, somewhere there is not, somewhere there is more seasoning, somewhere less. But the essence does not change: haggis is a lamb's stomach, stuffed with mutton giblets with the addition of onions and seasonings. It is better to eat it on a cold winter evening with a side dish of swede and potatoes, drink a pint of heavy ale and imbued with the difficult life of the Scottish peasants.
7. Visit Peter Pen
The town of Kirriemuir is the birthplace of James Matthew Barry, the author of Peter Pan. Look at the house where he lived with his eight brothers (here are the missing boys), the backyard with a wooden house, very similar to the one that Wendy’s Neverland her faithful knights built in Wendy, where the eccentric neighbor at the time of Barry kept the crocodile alive . Little visitors of the museum are offered to try on Captain Hook's costume and fly under the ceiling on cables (£ 15 per family).
Getting to the beaches is not easy, you have to fly by plane from Glasgow or Inverness, or by ferry to Stornaway, and then another hour and a half by car along serpentines and moon landscapes. But then your only neighbors will be wild ponies and dolphins. It is worth staying at Scarista House (from £ 220) - only you can safely say about it that it costs five minutes walk from the sea.
9. Enjoy green landscapes and sheer cliffs.
Pearl of Scotland, the reserve of natural, pristine natural beauty. That is what the Skye Island is called by the British. Here you can admire the amazing landscapes woven from gentle hills, rocky outcrops and bays. Sometimes ancient castles or stone bridges are harmoniously interwoven into these landscapes.
10. Touch antiquity by visiting ancient castles and abbeys
Among the many magnificent buildings, the following are obligatory to visit: Melrose Abbey is one of the oldest monasteries in Scotland. The Cistercian monastery was ruined in the 1500s. Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress located in the Scottish region of Aberdeenshire.