Walking vacations offer wonderful opportunities to embrace the great outdoors. Scotland is celebrated as one of the most magnificent places to walk in the world, making it great for walking vacations.
America holds close ties with the Scottish, with around 20 million Americans of Scottish descent now living in the USA. Scottish-Americans pride themselves on their Scottish ancestry. This ancestry is celebrated across the during National Tartan Day and Highland games events.
Many famous Americans are of Scottish descent, with at least 33 Presidents holding Scottish ancestry. Other famous Americans with Scottish ancestry include Neil Armstrong first man on the moon. Even “The King”, Elvin Presley’s roots can be traced back to Scotland. Scottish-Americans pride themselves on there Scottish roots, and there is no better way to celebrate these roots, than a vacation in Scotland.
Walking vacations in Scotland allow you to see the land your ancestors once called home. Follow their footsteps through magical Glens and up wondrous mountains as you explore the land of the Scots.
Following the Jacobite Rebellion and the Battle of Culloden, many Highlanders fled Scotland to America. The battle resulted in the Scottish Clan system breaking down, dispersing clans across Scotland and over the Atlantic to America. Many Scottish-American’s can trace back their ancestry to this period of time, and to the Scottish Highlands. Fortunately, the Scottish Highlands have seen very little change since the battle, so you can see the country as it was hundreds of years ago.
Walking vacations are great in the Highlands, with so many beautiful things to see. Walking vacations in the Highlands allow you to follow the footsteps of your ancestors and see the towns they once called home. Some great Scottish walks in the Highlands include: the North Highland Way, the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way.
Food and Drink
From haggis to whiskey, Scotland has created some weird and wonderful food and drink. When on vacation in Scotland, there are five whiskey-producing regions to visit – Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside. The whiskey flavour varies hugely across the regions, as the Whiskey is influenced by everything, right down to the source of the water.
The Famous Grouse Experience has been named “Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction” and is a must when on vacation in Scotland. The centre allows you to experience the process of making Whiskey, which has remained the same for over 200 years. A visit to a whiskey distillery is a truly Scottish experience, and a great way to enjoy a small part of Scottish culture. A trip to a Whiskey distillery can eaily be integrated into a Scottish Walking vacation. It is easy to experience Highland whiskey near the North Highland Way, or Cambeltown Whiskey along the Kintyre Way.
Scotland is a magical country filled with fairy-tale castles and beautiful ruins.
Eilean Donan Castle is possibly the most iconic castle in the world and is located near the beautiful Isle of Skye. The Isle of Skye is gorgeous and ideal for a walking vacation. A trip to Skye offers the best of both the Scottish mountains and rugged coast lines. The castle can be visited during your trip, and you can be sure to create some wonderful memories while on your trip.
Edinburgh Castle is yet another iconic Scottish Castle. Located in the heart of the city, Edinburgh Castle can be seen for miles due to its location on top of a crag. The castle is loved by Scots and tourists a like and is well worth visiting while on vacation in Scotland.
Walking Vacations in Scotland
Walking vacations in Scotland open up some wonderful opportunities to explore Scotland’s heritage. By walking through historical and unchanged landscapes, you will return home with memories to last a life time.
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