Fabled for its castles, stone-cottage villages, literary landmarks, age-old ruins, and jaw-dropping scenery, Scotland does not disappoint. National Geographic Traveler: Scotland makes sure you experience the very best of this small country north of England, and lesser known sights as well. Beginning in the ancient capital of Edinburgh, solid, traditional, and dignified, you'll travel through the Scottish lowlands, including the tumbled Border country of Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott with its scattering of abbeys and fortified castles, to Scotland's other great city, lively Glasgow. Then it's on to the Highlands and the far-flung magical islandsOrkney and the Shetlands among themthat grace the untamed, indented coastline. All along the way, you'll revel in the wild backdrops of remote lochs, glens, and great mountain ranges, offering splendid opportunities to fish, camp, and simply get away from it all.
Experiential sidebars show you how to get to know the real Scotland and its people, including golfing (the sport was started here), salmon fishing, enjoying traditional ceilidhs, and sampling its singular food and drink (haggis, anyone?). Guided walks and drives include a spin through the Trossachs, famous for their scenery since Queen Victoria called them lovely in 1865; and a stroll along the lovely West Highland Way, ending at Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain.
Robin McKelvie is a native Scot with passion for traveling. Robin has written over 30 travel books, had articles and photographs published in over 50 magazines and newspapers across five continents, and has also worked on radio and TV.
Jenny McKelvie is an adopted Scot who has been a travel writer and photographer for over a decade. Jenny has co-authored over 20 travel guidebooks with her husband. She also writes travel articles for magazines and newspapers in the UK and travel intelligence reports on global trends.
The award-winning National Geographic Traveler has been enhanced with engaging new features and a contemporary redesign. Each guide begins with an introduction that enables you to sample a bit of the culture, history, and attractions before you go and plan the trip based on your own interests and length of stay.
Immerse yourself in active, in-country "Experiences" and "Off-the-Beaten-Path Excursions" you won't find anywhere else.
Other new features, such as "Insider Tips" from National Geographic photographers, writers, and experts, and "Not-To-Be-Missed" lists ensure that each visit will be memorable.
The guides' design has been simplified, opened up, and enhanced with easy-to-read tinted sections. Gorgeous color photographs, high-quality maps, and the popular walking and driving tours are still highlights of our crisp, new look.