Discover more than the Loch Ness monster in Scotland
Lochs…castles…culture and traditions…bagpipes and kilts and soccer…these are what make Scotland the rich, inspiring country that it is. The coast of Scotland is peppered with countless isles that brave the rage of the Atlantic…and they’re waiting to be explored. Walk through the rolling Highlands and moors. See if you can spot the elusive monster at Loch Ness…sample some of Scotland’s famous malts…play a round of golf or go on a culture trail around Edinburgh…there’s so much out there.
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Scotland Fast Facts
Population: 5.2 million
Language: English, Gaelic, Scots
Location: Northern Britain, bordering England
Coastline: 10,000km (approx.)
Climate: Temperate; moderated by prevailing southwest winds over the North Atlantic Current
Country Code: 44
Time Zone: GMT+0
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Throughout this month, the Shanghai International Flower Festival puts exotic ﬂowers and herbs on display. You can see a kaleidoscope of color—rare orchids, chrysanthemums, lotus ﬂowers, plum blossoms—you name it, it’ll be there in full bloom.
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- Globetrotter: News and Notes from Around the World
Posted on September 16, 2011 by International Living
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- It’s Fizzy, It’s Ginger, It’s Phenomenal –Find of the Month
Posted on January 1, 2010 by International Living
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- Spooked in Scotland–supernatural shenanigans in black-hearted Edinburgh
Posted on August 21, 2009 by Steenie Harvey
A moonless night at the Mercat Cross on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile-and it’s Ghost Busters gone mad. Thirty people are following a black-cloaked witch down Advocate’s Close. From the screeches, something nasty is happening in the City Chambers porticoes…maybe it’s to do with the body-snatcher now racing down High Street. And here comes a vampire, chivvying his charges behind St. Giles High Kirk. There’ll soon be more screams if the trailing brown-cowled monk is a “jumper-oot.”
- A castle to Call Home: Live like Royalty Without Paying a King’s Ransom
Posted on March 25, 2009 by Anna Skellern
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- Prince Charlie, the Crown Jewels, and Macbeth—the best of bonnie Scotland
Posted on May 22, 2007 by International Living
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