Scotland’s people are feisty, opinionated and fiercely loyal. The countryside is a wild, beautiful tumble of raw mountain peaks and deep glassy lakes. There’s a plethora of tartan ‘n’ bagpipe beaten tracks across this land, but even in popular tourist hubs like Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Isle of Skye it’s easy to veer off into one-of-a-kind adventures, usually involving extroverted locals. Scotland is a place where you can watch golden eagles soar over the rocky peaks of the Cuillin and play golf on some of the world’s most hallowed courses. The landscape is evident of the past: a moor that was once a battlefield, a beach where Vikings hauled their boats ashore, a cave where Bonnie Prince Charlie once sheltered. Like a fine single malt, Scotland is a connoisseur’s delight – it reveals its true depth and complex flavors only to those who savor it slowly.

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