Top Tips For Visiting Scotland

If you are in the process of planning a trip to the northern most tip of the British Isles – the mountainous and exceptionally beautiful country of Scotland – then here are my top tips for how to spend your time. Ever since my best friend Alex moved to Scotland, I have visited the country on numerous occasions each year and am consequently ideally informed to offer you advice: Alex lives on the Isle of Egg and so whenever I am driving through Scotland I always take a different route and explore different areas of the country. So, if you are heading north, you should:

1. Go to an Old Firm derby. These matches between Glasgow’s two football teams – Celtic FC and Glasgow Rangers – divides the city and the country along sectarian divisions that are as old as Hadrian’s Wall. Celtic fans are traditionally Catholic while Rangers fans are standardly Protestant, meaning the two teams’ sets of fans have even more reason than most sets of rivals for despising each other, meaning encounters between the two teams are always fiery affairs. Celtic’s manager – Neil Lennon – has been living with death threats for the last year due to the fact that he is from Northern Ireland. A recent kurfuffle with the rangers manager Ally McCoist following a recent Old Firm derby resulted in someone attempting to send a small bomb to Neil Lennon in the post, though luckily it was intercepted at Glasgow central post office, situated just next to the main central Glasgow hotel.

2. Visit Edinburgh. This exceptionally beautiful city also offers a varied range of entertainment due to the series of festivals that run throughout the summer in various venues throughout the city. I would especially recommend a visit in August as this is when the Film, Book and Fringe festivals are all occurring at the same time. If you are planning to visit the city at this time of the year, make sure that you book your accommodation well in advance as it can be very difficult to find an Edinburgh city centre hotel around this point in the summer and you don’t want to be schlepping it into town from a bed and breakfast outside of the city walls; although I can recall one time that I spent a wonderful evening in a Perthshire hotel, but this may not work for everyone.

3. Catch a boat to the Isle of Egg. The ideal time of year to do this is also in August as this is when shoals of humpback whales are migrating around the northern tip of Scotland and past the route that the boat takes to the island. Once you arrive you will find mile on mile of deserted and sandy beach, flat enough to be ideal for playing cricket or football, and also myriad rock pools for crustacean fishing.

December 27, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Destination Tips


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