Explore dramatic lochs, glens & mountains.
The rugged, velvety-green landscapes of Scotland will transport you a million miles away from your everyday life. Scotland celebrates its natural beauty, from the Scottish Highlands to the country's nearly 800 islands, with fun festivals and special events throughout 2013.Learn More
Visit castles with often-bloody tales to tell.
There's more to Scottish history than "Braveheart" and Mary, Queen of Scots. The centuries-old Eilean Donan Castle (left) has seen its share of warriors, from Vikings to Jacobites to Hollywood's James Bond. Live out Scottish lore by exploring castles such as this one; the country is home to more than 300 of them.Learn More
Hike or kayak your way around Scotland.
Visitors may want to seek out Nessie during a Loch Ness excursion, but the more far-flung corners of Scotland also offer a natural high. Walk part of the new Gore-Tex Scottish National Trail; it spans the entire length of Scotland from England's border. Or paddle the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail, one of National Geographic Traveler's "50 Tours of a Lifetime."Learn More
Toast with locals over whisky & smoked salmon.
Stop by a local pub to sample Scotland's famous malt whiskies, and to rub shoulders with real Scots. They'll not only enchant you with their charming accents, but they'll tell you where to find the best haggis, smoked salmon and Aberdeen Angus beef -- native delicacies best tasted in Scotland.Learn More
Plan a pilgrimage to the birthplace of golf.
Any avid golfer's must-play list includes legendary Scottish courses -- from St. Andrews to Turnberry to Gleneagles, host venue of the 2014 Ryder Cup. Pack the clubs and all-weather gear. As the saying goes, "If there's nae wind, it's nae golf." Post-round, tuck into the 19th hole at a nearby pub.Learn More