With its unique culture and peculiar traditional elements, it’s also decidedly modern in many ways.
Situated on the northern part of the island of Great Britain, Scotland is a land of pure geographical diversity. It sports highlands and mountains in the north and lowlands and farmlands in the south. What’s unique is that because of the weather and climate, the entire region feels surreal, and its many deep forests, glens, hills, and cliff faces all give off a certain atmosphere that feels ripped out of the pages of a fantasy novel.
Even though the Scottish cuisine is significantly influenced both from England and from the rest of Europe, there’s a specific charm that’s only found through traditional cooking. In the past, Scotland wasn’t always a highly developed country and this meant that certain aspect of cooking, like spices, were very rare and very expensive, so many of its traditional meals are simple and straightforward, but delicious nonetheless. Meat, vegetables, and fish are a staple, but Scotland is most famous for its unique haggis, but also some of the best whiskey in the world.
Scottish culture is old and dates back to Roman times. Since the ancient druidic times Scotland has grown into a cultural powerhouse, and even though there are certain aspects of its culture that are shared with its neighbours, some parts are wholly unique. Myths like the Loch Ness Monster or legends of the Highlanders all stem from this impressive culture that has grown today to be one of the more influential ones in Europe. Music and arts are an intrinsic part of Scottish culture, with their traditional river dance being one of the most well-known traditional dances in the world.
If there’s one aspect that everyone adores about Scotland is that Scottish cities are all absolutely fantastic. Most of them are quite old, each one with their own tales, myths, and legends, but have since grown into large metropolitan cities with a dynamic that can easily rival any other country in the world. Most Scottish cities rarely feel overcrowded and there’s always a profound sense of belonging present, cities like Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Dundee, and many more, are all amazing examples of old cities mixed with new, and successful, ideas.