Visits and Trips Magazine Issue 3 | Page 6

A Wee bit of History Current Attractions H & istorically, Scotland holds important ties to the land, as many agriculturally-rooted populations did for centuries before and throughout the industrial era. Its cultural identity grew not only from geographicallyinstilled values, like weathering a tough climate, cultivating vast and often inhospitable lands, but from a kinship between the peoples that enabled many to overcome hardship, famine and to forge important family – or “clan” – relationships. It’s a gritty, down-to-earth way of life that shaped many country towns and urban cities, giving them deep character and enduring spirit. That uniquely Scottish mix of toughness and great resilience inspired poets and writers, the likes of Robert Burns and Edwin Muir and speaks to the imagination and curiosity of emigrant Scots and many an intrigued traveller. Things to do Churches and Abbeys: Relish in the silence of Scotland’s spiritual sanctuaries and discover a moving connection to the past, the feats of architecture and to a powerful reverence of greatness. Historic sites and buildings: Outdoor and indoor venues give everyone an opportunity to dive into Scotland’s wealth of history. Learn about Roman occupation, Gaelic culture and language, political evolution and the cultural fabric in parks, museums, castles and along many walking itineraries. Naturally Scottish: Scotland offers tasty culinary excursions, historically-inspired events, classy urban escapades, but no matter the interest, no matter the reason, what impresses all and disappoints none is Scotland’s pure and powerful natural beauty. Coast lines, forests, hills and mountains, valleys and pastures will become visitor’s favourite postcard. For more ideas on things to do in Scotland, check out