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Discover Scotland for yourself………  

Scotland is a wonderful place to visit for a holiday. It has great places to stay, and has warm friendly people, superb food and drink there is inspiring scenery that helps illustrate its history and culture. 

You have a choice of cities – Edinburgh – Aberdeen – Inverness – Glasgow  (all with their own airports) or the tranquility of an unspoilt beach.  You also have a choice of beautiful and interesting islands.

It is a golfers paradise and there is plenty to do if you just want to walk, cycle or fish.  

The majority of the population is based in the central lowlands between Edinburgh - the capital city and home of the Scottish Parliament and Glasgow the second major city. Both cities are lively cosmopolitan cultural centres offering a vast range of employment, housing and leisure and lifestyle options.

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Voltage: The standard electrical voltage in Scotland / Britain is 240 v AC, 50HZ. A three square pronged adapter plug and/or electric converter for appliances is required. (As used in Ireland, Cyprus, Malta, Singapore and Malaysia)

Telephone Country Code:  +44

Emergency Telephone number: pan-EU Emergency 112 Can be used in all EU Countries and it can be dialled from a locked mobile or a mobile with no sim card. Also 999 Ambulance - Coast guard - Fire Police

Currency: Pound Sterling [United Kingdom Pound] (£)

Population 2006: 5,078,400 Land Area: 78,782 Km2

Driving: Drive on the LEFT

General Driving Tips (information supplied by Holiday Autos)

Speed limits: Built-up areas: 30 mph single carriage ways: 60 mph dual carriage ways: 70 mph motorways: 70 mph.

Drink and driving: Blood alcohol limit is 80 mg.

Drive on the left and only overtake vehicles on the right.

At roundabouts, traffic coming from the right has priority.

Make sure you understand about double and single yellow line. parking.

It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile when driving.

As long as you hold a full licence in your own country and have done so for at least a year, you can drive on British roads.

Motorways are shown by 'M' plus a number on signs. There are no toll charges to pay on British motorways except the M4 Severn Bridge into Wales, the Humber Bridge near Hull, the M25 Dartford Tunnel and part of the M6 (north of Birmingham).

Try and avoid the M25 'London Orbital ' and the M5/M6 in Birmingham England during rush hour times (0800-0930 and 1630-1800) as these can be extremely busy

International Driving Guides

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Scotland forms the top part of the Island of Britain and the country is also made up of some 186 islands including the Orkneys, Hebrides, Shetlands and Arran. The mainland is predominantly mountainous. The Highlands are well known for their scenic grandeur. There are plenty of picturesque Lochs (lakes). The main mountain ranges are the Grampians and they have the highest peak in Scotland (Britain) - Ben Nevis.The country has some of Britain's most spectacular scenery including the deepest lake, largest lake, most remote areas of wilderness and highest mountain Ben Nevis.

The capital is Edinburgh and other major cities are Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee on the east coast and Inverness in the north. Temperatures are generally colder than in southern England - Edinburgh from 3.5 degrees in January to 14.5 degrees C in July. In winter there are the ski resorts and fishing is very popular as well as the country having many golf courses including the famous St Andrews.

Aberdeen is Scotland's third largest city located on the north east coast. It has elegant granite buildings and has a very sphisticated and vibrant character. It has been the home of the UK's oil and gas industry for well over 25 years. Smaller centres of Perth, Stirling and St Andrews are all extreemly attractive places.

English is generally spoken, but a percentage of Scots speak the Scottish form of Gaelic. This is mainly in the Highlands and islands. Cuisine is very good and remember when you are in Scotland, you are in the home of
Scotch whisky.

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Scottish Islands and Regions: There are 95 inhabited islands in Scotland with a total population of just under 100,000

The Outer Islands - Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles

The islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides lie at the very edge of Europe and have a rugged natural beauty, with unspoilt beaches, plentiful wildlife and a unique culture and traditions. Orkney and Shetland share many of these qualities together with archaeological sites, burial mounds, stones circles and settlements of the earliest peoples. The islands have a Norse heritage that is evident everywhere . There are also thousands of birds and other wildlife that make their home in these isles

The Scottish Highlands

If you are looking for spectacular mountains, majestic glens and mirror-like lochs form the perfect backdrop to picturesque towns, isolated crofts, towering castles and pagoda-topped distilleries the Scottish Highlands have so much to offer. A startling variety of wildlife also makes its home in the sea-lochs and glens where an unbroken thread of human history reaches back into the mists of time.

The great outdoors combine History, legend, romance to guarantee visitors a warm Highland welcome and a truly memorable holiday. Whether you are looking for an action-packed adventure, a taste of the local culture and history, or just complete peace and quiet, the Highlands of Scotland is a place well worth visiting

Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling & the Trossachs

If you want to savour the atmosphere of Hebridean islands, the charm of rural villages and the natural frontier which separates the rugged grandeur of the West Highlands from the gentler beauty of the Lowlands this is the place to visit. You can trace the footsteps of heroes like St Columba, Sir William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary, Queen of Scots and villains like the notorious outlaw Rob Roy.

It is an area where you may see an eagle, an osprey, a wildcat, a fine antlered stag or even whales and dolphins. And if the fancy takes you, you can enjoy the spectacle of a Highland Games, the warmth of a traditional folk night or the flavour of a local food festival. Scotland's first great travel writer, Sir Walter Scott wrote of the landscapes around Loch Katrine in his best-selling poem, the Lady of the Lake.

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Edinburgh & the Lothians

Robert Louis Stevenson said that Edinburgh is what Paris ought to be. The capital city has magnificent architecture shifts from the lofty tenements and narrow streets of its medieval Old Town as they tumble down the spine of the Royal Mile, to the grace and geometric precision of the Georgian New Town. Above it all, in its towering splendour, stands the Castle. An enchanting walk around the city will reveal an alleyway leading to an ancient courtyard.

Outside the city, the Lothian countryside provides a beautiful setting for the rich gems of the capital. This is an area steeped in history, filled with castles, great houses and battle sites. It's also the ancient home of the game of golf and you can find some of the great golf links and parkland courses of the world here. In fact, the trails and parkland and miles of glorious coastline in the Lothians open up the countryside for everyone - from the fine golden beaches, to ramblers high in the Pentland Hills.

Greater Glasgow & the Clyde Valley

Vibrant and energetic, Glasgow enjoys a year-round buzz that visitors just love. This is particularly true of the city's arts scene. Over 200 arts organisations, including Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera, are based there, creating the cutting-edge productions and attracting high-profile exhibitions that led to the city being crowned as a European City of Culture.

In 1999 Glasgow was the UK's City of Architecture and Design and its architecture is certainly an attraction in itself. Central Glasgow's Manhattan-style town planning affords many sweeping vistas of the city's impressive Victorian buildings, dotted with little gems from the medieval to the present day. But it's the Art Nouveau 'Glasgow Style' for which the city has become famous and no one should miss the work of Glasgow's most celebrated sons, architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Surrounding the city is some of the best of Scotland's scenery, from the rolling hills of the Clyde Valley to the beautiful walking country of East Dunbartonshire that borders the south-west Highlands. Exploring further, you'll find that many of the towns and villages in the area such as Paisley, Hamilton, Biggar, Greenock, Gourock and of course the breathtaking New Lanark World Heritage Site make great day excursions from the city and offer a range of attractions that make discoverng their rich history a real joy.

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Perthshire, Angus & Dundee and the Kingdom of Fife

From the rolling heather moorland of Rannoch in the west, all the way to the well-manicured golf courses and path network of coastal Fife, you'll soon discover that Scotland's heartlands are an area with an astonishingly diverse terrain, with plenty to attract and entertain visitors. And in between, the Angus Glens with their unspoilt wildness and sense of space make for the perfect escape.

The area also boasts some of Scotland's most attractive towns and cities: Perth, with its upbeat air, busy shops and relaxing pubs and wine bars; Dundee, dynamic and ideal for a cultural fix; Pitlochry and Aberfeldy, friendly,small-scale and welcoming, while not forgetting the pantile houses and colourful harbours of Fife's East Neuk - that is a photographer's paradise. Moving away from habitation, the region offers plenty of active opportunities, from fabulous golf on some of the world's most famous courses to more adventurous alternatives, all set against countryside and coastlines rich with abundant wildlife.

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South of Scotland

Here you will find rich, rolling farmland, rugged sea coasts and Clyde coast islands characterize the south of Scotland. It's a land of ancient abbeys, castles and historic houses and also boasts strong literary connections, with both Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott having lived here.

Scotland really starts right at the border with England. You will immediately find different accents in the shops and different names for beer in pubs are just two of the ways in which Scotland stamps its own personality straight away. Even some of the money is different with many of the Scottish banks issuing their own bank notes. The scenery changes and the hazy blue peaks of the Cheviot and Eildon Hills running out to a wide horizon have lifted the hearts of generations of travellers at Carter Bar on the A68.

There are then the forests and wild moors of upland Galloway and the vivid greens of Ayrshire's rich pastures, with the steep mountainous profile of the island of Arran as a backdrop. Wherever you travel here, you can be sure of a real Scottish experience

Counties in Scotland

Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney Islands ,Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland Islands ,South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire ,West Lothian, Western Isles.....The above is just a Taste of Scotland now for a selection of holiday rentals - Top

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