Covering the northern third of Great Britain, Scotland has a 96 mile border with England to the Southeast and is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the North and West, the North Sea to the Northeast and the Irish Sea to the South. In addition, Scotland has more than 790 islands, principally within the Northern Isles and the Hebrides archipelagos.
Including the numerous islands, Scotland has nearly 10,250 miles of coastline that ranges from idyllic beaches to soaring cliffs and crashing waves, particularly in winter. The interior changes the further North you travel, from the gentle rolling hills of the Lowlands, through the major cities in the industrial heartland along the two great rivers of the Clyde and the Forth, past the land of serene Lochs and Glens and finally up to the wild country of the Highlands.
Scotland is renowned as a tourist destination with beautiful scenery combined with thousands of historic sites and attractions which include prehistoric stone circles, standing stones and burial chambers. The landscape abounds with many historic castles, houses, battlegrounds, ruins and museums with numerous picturesque villages where you can sample the celebrated Scottish hospitality and take a ‘wee dram’ of the famous whisky.