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Scotland - The Royal Mile begins at Edinburgh Castle and with Castle Hill, Lawn market, High Street, and Canon gate it forms the historical backbone of the city. These streets join the castle and the other royal palace and along them are many places worth a visit including the Scotch Whisky Heritage Center dedicated to the Scottish national drink, the slightly more distant Lady Stair's House with its reminiscences of Scottish writers Stephen son, Scott, and Burns, and the High Kirk (church) of St. Giles with its spire supported by eight flying buttresses that floats above the city like a sil¬ver-gray bridal tiara.
In the final section of the Royal Mile the former residences of the nobility impress including Huntly House that is now the City's Museum. Finally the Royal Mile at its end honors its name as it leads inexorably to a second royal residence, built in the early sixteenth century in Renaissance style. The Holyrood Palace today is the official Scottish residence of the British Queen.
The moors and mountains of Scotland are delightfully beautiful and scenic. They views they have to offer change throughout the year and it is really the season that dictates just how much you'll appreciate them. Most of them are wild areas which, when walked or ridden, offer animal sightings and much natural bush and grass. The moors, by definition, is an open area of land - usually high above sea level - with poor drainage. 
The moors, by definition, is an open area of land - usually high above sea level - with poor drainage. Most moors have patches of heath and peat bogs. However, this definition does not describe the moors the whole year around. Some of the moors have amazing heather growth when it's the right season. These have to be burnt once a year to ensure that the heather continues to grow and the animals continue to flourish. During other times of the year, you'll find lush green grass - or dried brown colored grass. The moors are a perfect place to get outdoors and explore nature.
The mountains of Scotland provide some truly inspiring sights. Most of them are situated in the Highlands or uplands of Scotland and many of them have trails which can be walked - even if a bit steep at times. Some of the higher peaks have 360 degree panoramic views which quite literally take your breath away. There is often mist in the summer months, but winter provides miles of pleasurable views (though it may be quite a bit colder and more hazardous at this time of the year). Many of the mountains are popular for climbing and many of them are grouped for this purpose. The Munro's are a group of mountains over 3000ft and they often get visitors. 
Weather you'd prefer the gentler moors or the rough and striking mountains, these natural features of Scotland are well worth visiting
Scotland is famous for its whisky and if you've ever tasted it, you'll know why. Taking a Scottish Whisky Trail while you visit Scotland is a definite must see. It is while on these trails that you will learn the truth about using barley, water, yeast and peat to create the distinctive taste, texture, colour and smell of whisky. You will also be treated toq some different whiskies and learn all about the different kinds available. Many of them can only be visited by booking in advance and you can do an organized trail or create your own.
Scottish Whisky or better known as Scotch, is widely familiar as the world's leading splendid spirit. Its success in the international market has led to Scotch being sold in over 200 countries around the globe. The world's principal national drink, may only be called "Scotch" if it has been distilled and matured in Scotland. This well known international spirit is distilled in a land that is of utmost beauty, and it takes nothing from mother nature that she will not gladly replace. Of all the spirits mankind has distilled, refined and improved from nature's huge stores of goodness, Scotch is the most dignified. It is a natural drink, a distillation of the riches with which Scotland is so richly gifted - fields of golden barley and wheat, clear waters tumbling down glens of granite and over moors of peat; and the cool, pure air of Scotland. Scotland is home to the greatest concentration of Malt Whisky distilleries in the world
Scotland's climate is generally cool and wet. It is influenced by the North Atlantic Drift, a warm sea current from the Caribbean, which keeps Scotland's coast ice free in winter. The climate is oceanic, with no extreme variations or exceptional events like tornadoes, droughts or widespread floods, but the day to day weather can vary enormously and unpredictably, and is a national source of daily conversation.
The east coast has a marginally more continental climate than the west, with drier weather, sunnier summers and colder winters. The prevailing winds are from the west and southwest, and are constant and important feature in the islands and high hills. 

Sunshine 
Due to the low pressure systems from the Atlantic Ocean and the hilly nature of the terrain, Scotland is generally more cloudy than England. Although some parts like Fife, Angus, the Lothians, Dumfries, Ayrshire and Galloway gets an average of over 1400 hours of sunshine per year. The coldest parts of Scotland are the more mountainous areas, with an average of only 1100 hours of sun per year. These figures are at their highest in the months of May and June and at their lowest in December. The high latitude of Scotland means that although winter days are very short, summer days are very long with an extended twilight and on the longest day there no complete darkness in the north region of Scotland. 

Rainfall 
Many people think that the whole of Scotland experiences high rainfall, in fact, the rainfall in Scotland varies extensively, ranging from 3000mm per year in the western Highlands and to under 800mm per year near the east coast. The wettest parts of Scotland experiences an average of 250 days of rain per year, whereas the driest parts only experience an average of about 150 days of rain per year. 

Winds 
Most commonly the wind in Scotland blows in a south-west direction but it changes markedly from day to day accordingly to weather systems. 

Temperature 
January and February are generally the coldest months in Scotland, with the daytime maximum temperatures that ranges of an average of around 5° to 7°C. July and August are normally the warmest months in Scotland, with temperatures of an average 19°C. The temperatures in Scotland are generally a few degrees cooler than in England because of the hilly terrace and the Atlantic Ocean. 

Snow 
The average number of days with snow falling in Scotland ranges from 15 to 20 days, whereas on the peaks and mountains the average number of days with snow falling is about 100 days. 

Visibility 
Scotland often enjoys great visibility, although hill fog sometimes restricts the visibility. Sea fog from the North Sea, known as "haar" also sometimes ruins what would be a perfect day. 

 


 
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