Scotland is part of Great Britain, the only remaining fully-associated members of the British Commonwealth (other countries in Great Britain include England, Northern Ireland and Wales). Although united in language and purpose with other Brits, the Scots are a decidedly different people. Just like the landscape, which becomes more wild and untamed once you leave England and head into Scotland, so the citizens of this northern land are more intractable and proud of their heritage.
The city of Edinburgh is the primary gateway and the most interesting stop for the tourist. Its Royal Mile is a veritable treasure trove of attractions, shops, and restaurants.
As you leave Edinburgh, headed for the interior, you might encounter the Wallace Monument, a memorial tribute to the Scottish hero made famous in the movie, “Braveheart.”
The Scottish Highlands are accessible from Edinburgh and present a marked contrast to the southern part of the country.
Loch Ness, the most infamous of Scotland’s lakes can also be visited via the roads of the highlands..