Cultural Experience | Scotland

14 Reasons You Will Fall in Love with Scotland

Scotland is filled with so much culture that it will win your heart over. Here are just some of the reasons why you will fall in love with this beautiful country.

1. The Scottish Highlands
The Scottish Highlands start at Loch Lomond, just north of Glasgow and extends to the entire north west of the mainland. The highlands will allow you to discover the astonishing lochs, towering peaks, impressive glens and the striking beaches of Scotland. The scenery you will see in these highlands will take your breath away. This delightful part of Scotland is filled with extraordinary flora and fauna.

Road trip to the Scottish Highlands Image

Road trip to the Scottish Highlands

2. Want to take a ride to Hogwarts? Or at least feel like you are?
Can you imagine riding of that gorgeous steam train over the Glenfinnan Viaduct because you are running late for the sorting hat to sort you into your house? The Jacobite, or you might know it as “the Harry Potter train,” can take you for an amazing 84 mile round trip that will show you some incredible sights of Scotland like the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis (See Number 14), the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar, along with other incredible sights! Boarding at Fort William and Mallaig, for about £58.00 1st class, or £34.00 Standard, return tickets. You will get the experience of a lifetime!

The Jacobite on the Glenfinnan Viaduct Image

The Jacobite on the Glenfinnan Viaduct

3. Searching for Nessie.
The word “Loch” is the Scottish Gaelic word for lake. There are hundreds of lochs in Scotland. These lochs are gorgeous bodies of water that will most definitely leave you breathless. Loch Ness is known for the legend of the “Loch Ness Monster,” or “Nessie.” Don’t forget to take a good glance when you visit, you might just be lucky enough to say hi to Nessie! There are also thousands of other incredible lochs all over Scotland. Some of these lochs include: Loch Lomond, Loch Morar, Loch Awe, Loch Tay, etc. They are unforgettable sights.

Loch Lomond Image

Loch Lomond, Scotland

4. What’s better than whiskey?
The answer is: Scotch. You cannot call your whisky Scotch unless it was made 100% in Scotland. There are numerous whiskey distilleries all over Scotland including the Glengoyne distillery, the Glenfiddich distillery, the Macallan distillery, along with many others. You can take whiskey tours where you’ll learn all about the process of making the whisky and get a little taste of delicious Scotch whiskeys.

The Glengoyne Distillery

The Glengoyne Distillery

5. The music of Scotland.
There’s nothing like the iconic sound of bagpipes to raise your energy in this beautiful country. The sound of the bagpipes can become mesmerizing. There are incredible street performers in the cities and town all over Scotland, usually always in highland dress attire, and always entertaining the crowds.

Clanadonia on Buchanan Street Image

Clanadonia on Buchanan Street

6. Oh, Glasgow.
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland situated in the Clyde river. This incredible city has everything you can imagine. Glasgow’s city center features incredible shopping precincts, cultural venues and theaters. Glasgow is a cultural powerhouse of music and arts, it is the home to BBC Scotland’s headquarters, and is also well known in the sporting world for the football rivalry between the Rangers and Celtics. Glasgow’s red sandstone buildings, Victorian architecture and pure liveliness will leave a lasting impression in your heart.

George Square, Glasgow

George Square, Glasgow

7. Strolling up the Royal Mile.
There’s nothing like strolling up the Royal Mile up to the magnificent Edinburgh Castle in Scotland’s capital city. The Royal Mile has several restaurants, shops, and street performers along the way. Once you reach up to the castle, you will be amazed at the sight of this beautiful historic fortress. You can take a tour of the entire castle and from the top you will get quite a view of the city of Edinburgh.

The Royal Mile, Edinburgh Image

The Royal Mile, Edinburgh

8. Haggis. Don’t ask, Don’t tell.
Scotland’s national dish is Haggis. Haggis is made with sheep’s lungs, heart and liver, minced with spices, oatmeal, stock, onions and salt. It is a delicious savory pudding but its contents can be a little off-putting or hard to swallow for some. No pun intended. However, this is only one of the many delicious foods you can find in Scotland. I mean, did you not know that chef Gordon Ramsay is Scottish?

9. I see your cow and raise you a cuter highland cow.
Now, when you think of a cow, I bet that most likely what comes to mind is a black and white spotted cow. Cows are cool and all but, have you ever seen a Highland cow? They have long horns and long shaggy coats of hair. Also, they are incredibly cute!

Highland Cow by Hannah Lally

Highland Cow by Hannah Lally

10. Yes, Scotsmen really do wear kilts.
Not everyone, and not anytime. But Scotsmen do wear kilts. Today, wearing a kilt is more as formal attire or national dress. Although some might wear kilts more casually, they are mostly worn for formal occasions like weddings. The tartan styles and colors differ and there are also single color kilts available.

Kilts on Kilts on Kilts

Kilts on Kilts on Kilts

11. The Thistle O’ Scotland.
Scotland’s national flower is the thistle. A thistle is a daring prickly purple weed and the symbol and emblem of Scotland. These resilient and colorful weeds are found all over the country, in parks, on the mountains, and even in badges, flags and emblems. They are as lovely as they are bold.

Thistle Image


12. Endless Exploring.
Aside form the major cities, there are incredible and quaint little villages and towns all over Scotland. You won’t run out of cute tea gardens, cafes, parks and shops to explore. There are many villages in the highlands as well as by the coast. Each one has a unique charm and a unique charisma. There are beautiful farmlands and mountains and endless land to explore!

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Dunblane, Scotland

13. Keep calm and scrum down.
Rugby is huge in Scotland! No matter what the final score is, watching a rugby game is as exciting as it gets. The competitive and vibrant atmosphere is exhilarating.

Cartha Queens Park Rugby Club Image

Cartha Queens Park Rugby Club

14. Having your head in the clouds. Literally.
Visit Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, standing at 4,409 feet above sea level. Located in the Scottish Highlands close to the town of Fort William. There are a lot of hikers on this summit every year and there’s an amazing little Inn at the very foot of the mountain, the Ben Nevis Inn. They offer cozy stay, delicious food and live music. This astonishing mountain will leave you breathless with its scenery and geography.

Sunset at Ben Nevis Image

Sunset at Ben Nevis

14 Reasons you'll fall in love with Scotland


Nikki Mckenna

Florida Atlantic University | 9 stories

Nikki is Mexican and Scottish. She was born and raised in Mexico, then spent two years in England and is now living in South Florida. She recently graduated with a Languages and Linguistics degree from Florida Atlantic University. Nikki loves travel, languages, cultures and adventure. She's always longing for distant places.

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