With freezing temperatures and pouring rains, Scotland might not be most people’s first choice to spend the festive season, but with some of the most riotous New Year’s celebrations in Europe, it’s well worth braving the changeable weather. In the month leading up to Christmas, the country’s major cities host a series of events and activities, with pop-up ice rinks, huge Ferris wheels, carnivals and Christmas markets.
Iona is a tiny island off the west coast of Scotland in the Hebrides. For such a small piece of land it has a long and impressive history, from being the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland, to being a quiet contented community of 90 people today.
Travelling by train is one of the best ways to see a place—you get to relax and let someone else do the driving, and you can gaze out the window at the scenery. This is particularly true in Scotland where the passing scenery is some of the most beautiful in the world—in fact, don’t think about the travel as getting from point A to point B but as the journey in itself.
Whether you’re a serious trekker or just a Sunday stroller, Scotland is an excellent place to strap on those sensible shoes and head outdoors.
If you like a long walk, there are four official long distance paths in Scotland:
No this does not mean playing bagpipes and wearing tartan at the Munro family home. Munros are mountains and bagging them just means you’ve walked up them.
The Munros are the mountains in Scotland which are over 3,000 feet high. There are 283 of these summits. Confusingly there are another 255 summits over 3,000 feet which are only regarded as ‘Tops’, a subsidiary category.
Although the official opening ceremony is not until Friday, the footballers are ready to get things started and will begin the first games on July 25th and 26th.
The Women’s teams go first and the opening competition whistle to blow for the 2012 London Olympic Games will be heard at 4pm on Wednesday, July 25th in Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales when Great Britain meets New Zealand.