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A Traveler’s Guide to Scotland
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A view of Edinburgh, a city in Scotland which is home to the famous Edinburgh Castle. “View of Edinburgh from Calton Hill, Scotland, United Kingdom – cityscape photography” by Giuseppe Milo ( is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Scotland is one of the four parts that make up the United Kingdom, and it has tons of mountains, hills, forests, and a coastline that leads to little islands that enrich the shores. This makes this great for people who want to explore the country. One place people always go to is the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, and see Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh Castle is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. between April and September and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm from October to March. Tickets vary from 11.40 pounds for a child ticket and 15.50 pounds for an adult ticket to 38.50 pounds to 66 pounds for their family plans. Edinburgh Castle is one of the most famous castles in the world, with the oldest part being St. Margaret’s Chapel, which was built in the 12th century. Edinburgh Castle holds the Scottish Crown Jewels and the National War Museum of Scotland. Former Scotland resident Catherine Pead says, “I would also say spend time in Glasgow because even though it’s not as famous as Edinburgh, it has a very rich history.” She also said to “drive through Glencoe; it’s a very haunting landscape. It’s the whole west side of Scotland and up to Skye.”

One thing people who live or lived in Scotland can agree with is that tourists should take in the scenery and look at the lochs and the mountains. Anne Szpindor, who lived in Scotland until she was 19, says that “the beautiful countryside and the people are very warm and friendly. It’s the most beautiful country in the world.” She added, “The car was used on the weekend to go for wee runs to the beautiful countryside- Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Loch Katherine – all well under an hour’s drive from Glasgow.” Scotland also has some outdoor activities, like bungee jumping off from the 40-meter-high Garry Bridge in Pershore, Scotland, and mountain biking through Scotland, with the trails taking riders into breathtaking scenery. Land yachting, which is a combination of motor racing and sailing, is done on beaches. Scotland offers a variety of exhilarating beach-based activities, including beach kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.

While you’re in Scotland, you should also try some of their most delicious foods, like haggis, their national dish. Haggis is a pudding that is a combination of meat, oatmeal, onions, salt, and spices and is often served with turnips and potatoes. If you want something to eat for dessert, go to either Nardini’s, Jannetta’s Gelateria, or Mary’s Milk Bar. Nardini’s is a family-run chain whose ice cream recipes haven’t changed since the 1930s. Jannetta’s Gelateria is located in St. Andrews, Scotland, and combines Italian ingredients with Scottish flavors. Mary’s Milk Bar is located in Edinburgh and combines weird but wonderful flavor combinations, which include peanut butter, cinnamon, whisky, ginger, and more. Scotland offers tons of activities you and your family can enjoy, and this will be worth it at the end of your trip.


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Kyle Bergey, Student Writer
Kyle Bergey, Grade 12. Interests/hobbies include band, hanging out with family and friends, video games, and sports. Kyle plans to attend college to study sports media and hopes to pursue a bachelor's degree in sports media.

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