As one of the countries that form the United Kingdom, Scotland is a historic destination spanning 790 islands and dating back over 12 thousand years. Throughout this time much of the country has established itself as a destination rich in culture and proud of its heritage. Some of Scotland's most dramatic castles date back as early as the 12th century, such as Edinburgh Castle, found in the country's capital and was once home to Scottish Kings. Though it may have numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Edinburgh is very much a modern city, boasting a vibrant culture and the largest Arts Festival in the world. Further to Edinburgh, Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and the third-largest in the UK. Originally an industrial city, today Glasgow is better known for its thriving music and comedy scene, with live venues located all throughout the city.
Away from the cities, Scotland's countryside is worthy of exploration. The sprawling highlands are where you will find Lock Ness, Scotland's most famous lake. While Urquhard Castle is a notable attraction, most travelers head here in search of Nessie, otherwise known as the Lock Ness Monster. Try your luck by taking a cruise of the lake and browse the Loch Ness Monster exhibitions on display at Drumnadrochit.