Occupying the northern part of the island of Great Britain and part of the UK, Scotland is a land of wilderness, mountains, lakes, and valleys. Its history is rich and colorful with a touch of just about everything that went on in this part of the world for centuries. The Vikings, Romans, Norse, and Celts have all set foot in what is now Scotland.

The capital, Edinburgh, has a history all its own with excellent pubs, cafes, restaurants, and museums, and plenty of outdoor sports and hiking.

To really appreciate the diverse scenery, plan a Scotland road trip. There are castles galore and quaint villages where you’ll find B&Bs for overnight stays. Two of the things that Scotland is best known for are golf, and of course whiskey, Scotch whiskey.

Play a round or two if you’re so inclined or take a distillery tour. Scotland is friendly and inviting and a great place for a long holiday.

Wherever we go, we always have a beaten up guidebook, local phrasebook, and weatherproof map in our backpacks. And before Patagonia, essential reading of In Patagonia!