Scotland is a small country with around 5.5 million population and the northernmost part of the UK, surrounded on three sides by sea and sharing just one land border with England, which runs between the Rivers Tweed and Solway Firth on the east and west, respectively. It has around 787 islands, the most of which are part of the Hebrides, the Orkney and the Shetland Islands. With its intrepid saints, Viking warlords, and battling clans, Scotland’s long history captivates de imagination. From the mythological Kelpies to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Highlanders who rallied behind him in 1745, the country’s wild landscapes are rich not just with birds and deer, but also with folklore such as Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Every one of Scotland’s castles has a story to tell, about a captive queen or a ghost that haunts its halls. Even Scotland’s wynds, alleyways and bridges have their stories and songs written about them by the greatest of storytellers, from Robert Burns to Sir Walter Scott. To some, Scotland would be the scenery, to others whisky or golf. Other folk would think of men in kilts and Highland dancing, while others might think of bagpipe music. Perhaps some scientists among us might think of all the inventions made by famous Scots such as the telephone and television or the discovery of penicillin. Fact is that Scotland and its people have some distinct characteristics and culture that you won’t find easily anywhere else in the world, that can be traced back almost a thousand years and it’s just as alive today as it has ever been.