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Scotland - Mountain and loch, sheer rocks, and a sky create a drama that scarcely can be beaten. Edinburgh born writer Robert Louis Stephen son could not understand why this abundance of eccentrics was not a theatrical scene but an everyday view of his city.
Scotland has been a constituent part of Great Britain since the Act of Union was passed by the legislatures of England and Scotland in 1707. However, the union of these two ancient lands has not always been an easy one, and even after 1707 wars and rebellions by Scots determined to maintain their full independence were not uncommon. Many of these conflicts have been celebrated in popular culture and some have even been given the Hollywood treatment. One of the most notable examples was “Braveheart”, a 1995 film produced, directed and starring Australian actor Mel Gibson. While not completely accurate, the film told the story of William Wallace and his struggle to keep Scotland fully independent in the face of attacks and invasions from England’s King Edward I in the early 14th century
Edinburgh, world cultural heritage, and festival city masterfully sets the scene and surprises not only the poet with its sense of the theatrical. The castle alone in its imposing position on black basalt rocks with its St. Margaret's Chapel built in 1090 seems shrouded in mystery and today houses the Scottish Crown Jewels, that includes a crown made with gold mined in Scotland. In a tiny room in the castle the Scottish Queen Mary Stuart bore her son James VI who ruled Scotland and following the death of Queen Elizabeth also over England. With his move to London he also sealed the fate of the Scottish monarchy.
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The castle on its rock outcrop was residence of the Scottish mon-archs from the end of the eleventh century and hotly contested for centuries and remained as a symbol when Scotland eventually fell under the English monarchy with the Treaty of Union in 1707. The dispute between the Catholic and Protestant churches particularly dominated matters in Edinburgh and the reign of terror of Oliver Cromwell from 1650 was very traumatic for the city

Scotland occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. It is bounded by England in the south and on the other three sides by water: by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and north and by the North Sea on the east. Scotland is divided into three physical regions—the Highlands; the Central Lowlands, containing two-thirds of the population; and the Southern Uplands. The western Highland coast is intersected throughout by long, narrow sea lochs, or fjords. Scotland also includes the Outer and Inner Hebrides and other islands off the west coast and the Orkney and Shetland Islands off the north coast.

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The Corryvreckan Whirlpool is precisely that - a natural whirlpool. Situated off the coast of Argyll in the Corryvreckan Gulf, the whirlpool is created by the complex tidal system in the area. On windy days, massive waves (up to 15 foot!) can also be seen. The Corryvreckan Whirlpool carries a legend of love and loss due to lack of chastity. 

On the Isle of Staffa you'll find Fingal's Cave - a striking natural rock cave right on the coast of the island. What makes this cave so special is the many vertical basaltic pillars which stretch up in and around the cave. It is surmised that the cave was formed naturally by the sea's undermining the vertical rock formation, causing a large section of it to fall away. Its peculiarity makes the cave well worth a visit.

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If you are travelling to the North of Scotland, Shetland or Orkney, you have to make an effort to see the Northern Lights. Aurora Borealis is basically ions - sun particles - which after an incredible journey enter earths atmosphere and react with the gasses found there, producing amazing lights. They are a splash of vivid and bright colors, most often green, which moves constantly in the night sky. The Northern Lights do not appear every day but can be predicted with a reasonable amount of accuracy. Most of the Scottish folklore involving this natural wonder revolves around battling titans or bloodied battlefields, however it ranges from region to region. 
Another two natural wonders worth seeing are Loch Lomond and the Great Glen. Both are well preserved natural areas which provide pleasurable sight seeing and many outdoor opportunities. Why not include some of these natural wonders in your trip to Scotland? You'll find that they are well worth it.
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A great many of the attractions in Scotland are nature-orientated and will either get you acquainted with the local flora and fauna or will give you insight into some of the creatures found around the world. The Five Sisters Zoo Park, the Beecraigs Country Park, the Macduff Marine Aquarium, the Edinburgh Zoo, the St Andrew’s Aquarium and the Cairngorm Reindeer Center are all nature-based attractions with very different appeal. Other attractions may have a more historical interest such as the Royal Yacht Britannia and the Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement or historical and educational value of which the Edinburgh University is probably the best example. Many visitors enjoy visiting attractions based on local legend, such as the Wallace Monument and the Official Loch Ness Exhibition Center, while others prefer to stick to the cold hard facts and tour scientific attractions such as the Stratosphere Science Center and the Glasgow Science Center. Whatever your preference is, you can be sure that you will find something in Scotland that appeals to you.
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Of course some attractions are better suited to people with small children than are others and some cater almost exclusively for children. One example of this is the Pitlochry Children’s Amusement Park. However, most of the facilities are well developed and offer not only wheelchair access and handy information but also baby changing facilities and other necessary amenities. All this makes for a great day out, regardless of your circumstances, and a most memorable trip to Scotland.
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