Scotland

Scotland is the UK’s most northerly nation, traditionally famed for its mythical monsters, whisky, haggis, tartan, bagpipes and golf. Its landscapes are full of drama and variety, from the gentle rolling hills of Dumfries and Galloway to the breathtaking peaks of the Cairngorms.
Scotland is packed with history and culture, from the neolithic sites of the Orkneys to the vibrant cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
William Wallace, Scotland's greatest hero

William Wallace, Scotland’s greatest hero

Mel Gibson played him in Braveheart, but William Wallace was, of course, also a real person. He was Scotland’s greatest hero.

Queen Anne (1665-1714) by Sir Godfrey Kneller

Who was Queen Anne? What was her role in the Treaty of Union?

Queen Anne oversaw the Treaty of Union and the Acts of Union bringing England and Scotland together under a single parliament of Great Britain. She reigned from 1702 to 1714

Mary Queen of Scots

Who was Mary, Queen of Scots? Why was she imprisoned?

Mary Stuart became queen of the Scots when she was six days old, was widowed at 18 and was executed aged 44. She ruled from 1542 to 1567 

A statue of Robert the Bruce outside Bannockburn Heritage Centre in Stirling, Scotland

Who was Robert the Bruce? Who did he murder?

Robert I of Scotland murdered his rival, attacked English occupiers and eventually negotiated peace talks. He ruled from 1306 to 1329

Five of the best Bonfire Night celebrations 2016

Remember remember the 5 November with our pick of this year’s best firework displays across the UK.

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Help restore Culzean Castle’s kitchen garden

The historic kitchen garden at Culzean Castle in Carrick, Scotland, set to be restored using funds raised by the National Trust for Scotland’s US Foundation.

Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Explore the best of Edinburgh

With the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in full swing, we check out the best things to enjoy in this vibrant city’s theatres and beyond.

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Credit: Visit Britain

Top 25 days out in Scotland

Scotland has some of the richest historical sites in Britain, as well as fabulous art, shopping and truly stunning landscapes. Here are our suggestions for a great day out.

Northumberland Coast Banburgh

Top 10 beaches in Britain

Britain’s beaches offer something for everyone, whether it’s the traditional bucket-and-spade seaside experience or somewhere to walk and admire the scenery.

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Video: A local’s guide to Edinburgh

Edinburgh kilt designer Howie Nicholsby gives us a 30-second whistlestop guide to what makes his city great.