Scotland has more world class universities per head of population than anywhere else in the world. Steeped in history with stunning scenery and wildlife and warm welcoming people, it's easy to see why nearly 2.5 million visitors come to Scotland every year.
History all around
If history is your thing, you'll be spoiled for choice in Scotland. With stunning castles such as Stirling, Eilean Donan, Culzean and Glamis, the country's fascinating past is there to see in all its glory. Closer to the city, the famous Forth Bridge has stood since 1890 and in 2015 was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Elsewhere, Scotland's beautiful islands are tranquil, intriguing and full of wildlife. Some boast beaches that rival the Caribbean for white sands and turquoise waters. In the Highlands, you'll find rewarding climbs to suit all abilities and the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Nearer Edinburgh, Loch Lomond offers a chance to get out on the water.
Edinburgh is the perfect base from which to explore the rest of Scotland. With a population of around five million, the country is steeped in history with a stunning natural landscape.
Less than two hours from Edinburgh, Perthshire offers watersports on the country's famous rivers and lochs while a little further north, you could find yourself on the slopes of the Cairngorms Ski Centre in the heart of one of Scotland's stunning national parks.
For more information about the many things to do and see in Scotland, go to VisitScotland.