A heady mix of wild places and culture, Scotland is more than the sum of its parts: idyllic island beaches; raw and beautiful glens; untamed wildlife; historic cities. Whether you want to let your hair down at a folk music festival, sample oysters at Loch Fyne or seek solitude on a Munro, use our map of Scotland to start planning your trip.

Despite its ‘wee’ size, there is plenty to explore in this diverse country. From outdoor pursuits on world-class mountain-biking trails in the Borders to ‘nosing’ rich, peaty whiskies on the remote Isle of Islay, Scotland has a rich heritage to experience. For culture, head to Glasgow and discover new bands on the city’s legendary live-music scene. Or plan your trip in August, and see Edinburgh transformed during the bewildering, inspiring, exhausting and endlessly entertaining Edinburgh Festival. The weather in Scotland may be chilly, but the welcome is always warm.

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The most beautiful country in the world – as voted by you

The most beautiful country in the world – as voted by you

There's nothing like an amazing view to inspire you to book your next trip, whether you're drawn by rolling countryside, isolated islands or soaring mountain …

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On the fringes of Edinburgh: 8 ways to explore the city's quirky side

On the fringes of Edinburgh: 8 ways to explore the city's quirky side

During August, all rules and social conventions are put to one side when Edinburgh hosts the world’s biggest arts festival. Actors perform improvised solil…

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A taste of Glasgow's grit: a foodie's guide to the city

A taste of Glasgow's grit: a foodie's guide to the city

Neil McQuillian embarked on a foodie tour of Scotland's "second" city and discovered just what makes the place tick. 

10 Aug 2017 • Neil McQuillian local_activity Special feature
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