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Introduction
Visit Scotland, a unique and beautiful country with 11,000 km of coastline, hundreds of islands, majestic mountains and beautiful canals, rivers and lochs. Your clients can discover five World Heritage Sites, more than 100 whisky distilleries and over 2,000 castles in this magical country, known world-wide as The Home of Golf.
When to go and weather
Scotland sees a wonderful mix of weather throughout the year. Rainfall changes across the country with the east coast seeing around 800 mm a year and the west coast over 3,000 mm. July and August are Scotland’s warmest months, with January and February the coldest. Visit https://traveltrade.visitscotland.org/useful-info/practical-info/#weather for detailed information.
Geography
Scotland occupies the northern third of Britain in western Europe. With excellent links to major international hubs including London Heathrow, travelling to Scotland is easy. Your clients can reach Edinburgh or Glasgow from London in around an hour by plane and 4 hours 30 minutes by train.
Find more information on travelling to Scotland on the VisitScotland Travel Trade website.

https://traveltrade.visitscotland.org/useful-info/getting-to/

History
Scotland’s fascinating and colourful history stretches back thousands of years and can be experienced at attractions from ancient stone circles to medieval castles and world-class museums and visitor centres.
The country has been inhabited for over 6,000 years by many different settlers and invaders. The Celts from north west Europe arrived around 500 BC and are known in Scottish history as the Picts.
Scotland’s name comes from the Scoti, another Celtic tribe who came from Ireland and settled in Argyll in the fifth and sixth centuries.
Visit https://traveltrade.visitscotland.org/useful-info/fact-file/#history-culture for more information on the history of Scotland.
Demographics
The country of Scotland has seven cities, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Stirling and Perth, and a population of over 5 million. The majority of the population stay within the central belt, which consists of Scotland’s two biggest cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and the surrounding area.
Edinburgh
Regularly voted a must-visit destination, Edinburgh is one of the most vibrant, beautiful and interesting cities in the world. Steeped in tradition yet modern and dynamic, Scotland’s capital city possesses the perfect mix of past and present.
With stunning architecture like Edinburgh Castle and miles of atmospheric cobbled streets, it is easy to see why Edinburgh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your clients can explore countless award-winning attractions like the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Scotch Whisky Experience, the National Museum of Scotland and the Royal Yacht Britannia and enjoy an unparalleled calendar of events and festivals. Edinburgh, the world’s festival capital, is simply unmissable.
For more information on what to see and do visit https://traveltrade.visitscotland.org/useful-info/getting-around/#cities
Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, is a striking former European Capital of Culture, and was only the sixth city to be awarded this accolade.
The city has so much to offer your clients, from the stunning architecture and design of Glasgow’s famous son Charlie Rennie Mackintosh to a wonderful choice of shopping, restaurants, cafés and bars. Your clients can discover a range of vibrant attractions, many of which are free, such as Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) and the Riverside Museum.
There are also many beautiful parks and gardens to relax in and a spectacular year-round programme of events and festivals.
For more information on what to see and do visit https://traveltrade.visitscotland.org/useful-info/getting-around/#cities
Inverness
Inverness, the gateway to the Highlands, is the capital of the region and a relaxed and thriving city on the banks of the River Ness. Among the attractions your clients can visit are Inverness Castle, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Eden Court (with its theatre and cinema) and a wide range of top hotels and quality restaurants, bars and shops.
Loch Ness is only a short distance from Inverness and is famous around the world for the legend of its residing monster, Nessie. On the shore of Loch Ness lies the spectacular ruin of Urquhart Castle, where the excellent visitor centre explains the history of this once important Great Glen fortress.
For more information on what to see and do visit https://traveltrade.visitscotland.org/useful-info/getting-around/#cities
Language
English is the national language spoken in Scotland, however a small percentage of the country, particularly in communities in the Outer Hebrides, speak the Celtic language of Gaelic.
Religion
Clients from all religious backgrounds will be given a warm welcome to Scotland in our many places of worship. Scotland has a diverse range of religions and spiritual centres of interest to your clients. The most dominant religion is Christianity followed by Islam. In the larger cities, your clients will find the highest concentrations of diverse religions.
Visit https://traveltrade.visitscotland.org/useful-info/practical-info/#worship for more information.
History and culture
A visit to Scotland guarantees your clients a trip with plenty of opportunities to delve into the fascinating past and rich culture of this beautiful country.
No visit to Scotland would be complete without experiencing its wealth of romantic castles and stately homes. At the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, your clients can witness the firing of the One o’clock Gun and enjoy breathtaking views of the capital city. Other essential stops during your clients’ visit include the atmospheric Urquhart Castle on the shore of Loch Ness, the Royal Family’s Highland retreat of Balmoral Castle, and the iconic EileanDonan Castle, located on the main tourist route to the Isle of Skye.
Your clients can discover more of the country’s heritage at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum which displays beautiful works by renowned designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh brings the country’s history vividly to life and features collections from around the world. Visitors to the city can admire renowned artworks at the National Galleries of Scotland which encompasses the Scottish National Gallery, Portrait Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.
A bustling, cosmopolitan city throughout the year, Edinburgh is especially vibrant during the Edinburgh International Festival in August when your clients will be able to experience the very best in international theatre, music, dance, visual art and more. They can also enjoy the annual Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow which celebrates traditional Scottish folk music with artists from around the world.
There are many places where your clients can learn about or even pick up a souvenir of Scotland’s traditional crafts. In Shetland and Orkney they can browse authentically produced Fair Isle knitwear and jewellery, and what better place for them to purchase a piece of Harris Tweed attire than in the Outer Hebrides, the home of this classic fabric.
As the country’s most famous export and its national drink, whisky is an essential part of Scottish culture. Your clients can learn about the ancient distilling process at a range of distilleries located on the world’s only Malt Whisky Trail in Speyside, Aberdeenshire.
Visit https://traveltrade.visitscotland.org/useful-info/fact-file/#history-culture for more information.
Cuisine
Offering renowned produce from unspoilt habitats and pristine waters, Scotland’s natural larder is unrivalled.
From Orkney cheese and Arbroath Smokies to fresh locally grown fruit and sweet Cranachan desserts, Scotland’s produce can be enjoyed in an array of cosy pubs, charming cafés and family-friendly restaurants which cater for many tastes and dietary requirements.
In addition to Scottish cuisine, your clients can enjoy dishes from across the world. For Indian-style dining, Edinburgh’s award-winning Mithas Restaurant is a must, while Glasgow has been named ‘Curry Capital of Britain’ an incredible four times.
Scotland’s nationwide quality assurance scheme EatScotland ensures your clients have the best possible dining experience.
Recommended attractions
A visit to Scotland guarantees your clients a host of amazing attractions and experiences. Visitors can explore the splendour of the cities, towns and villages from the comfort of the fantastic hop-on hop-off buses or admire the wealth of natural beauty while touring around.
In Edinburgh your clients can follow in the footsteps of the royals with the Royal Ticket. Stroll along the charming Royal Mile, visiting the iconic Edinburgh Castle, the magnificent Palace of Holyroodhouse, or hop on the bus and go to the majestic Royal Yacht Britannia.
With the unique Edinburgh Pass your clients can discover even more of the fantastic attractions for less. Loved not only by families but by all visitors, the card allows entry to top attractions, including interactive exhibitions at the National Museum of Scotland, highly entertaining Camera Obscura, Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh Zoo and the many haunted underground tours to name just a few.
While in Glasgow your clients can see architectural treasures by following the famous Mackintosh Trail. They can also visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Glasgow Science Centre or enjoy the fantastic Riverside Museum.
If they are after more outdoor or wildlife interactions, your clients will also love the fun-filled underwater adventure at Deep Sea World, the wild day out at Blair Drummond Safari Park or the breathtaking boat journey on the Falkirk Wheel.
But what better way is there to truly experience the country’s beauty than by touring around? Your clients can take advantage of Scotland’s travel links by visiting the many regions and islands, including the diverse Highlands and spectacular Isle of Skye. Whether young or old, your clients will enjoy cruising the length of Loch Ness or Loch Lomond, exploring the wealth of the Cairngorms National Park, or travelling on the Jacobite Steam Railway. No visit to Scotland is complete without visiting the internationally renowned Loch Ness and the country’s most famous resident, Nessie the Loch Ness Monster. For a chance to delve into the lives of kings and queens, they can tour the many Scottish castles with the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass, or follow the world’s only Malt Whisky Trail and uncover the secrets of Scotland’s national drink, whisky.
For more information on attractions and much more, visit www.visitscotland.com.
Visas
Visitors to Scotland must hold a valid passport before starting their journey. Please visit https://traveltrade.visitscotland.org/useful-info/practical-info/#visa-customs-requirements for more detailed information.