IF YOU’VE NEVER LOOKED AT a topographical map of Scotland, I’d encourage you to do so now. The northern third of the island of Great Britain is one unique place, covered in glacially carved mountain chains and freshwater lakes, cut by sea inlets, and claiming almost 800 islands in its territory. When it came time to source photography for this post, my only problem was deciding which ones to cut to get down to 30 — it’s a beautiful country.
And along with that natural beauty, you have the Scots themselves. Few peoples have been as successful at exporting their cultural emblems around the world — could you name, for instance, an article of clothing or musical instrument that screams “Austria!” with the same volume as the kilt and bagpipe do for Scotland?
With thousands of years of history and a cultural scene on par with any other modern European nation, Scotland is definitely high up on my travel list. Here’s some of what I’m looking forward to seeing when I go.