Scotland - Activities
Considering its breathtaking natural beauty and abundance of destinations for activity-based holidays, it's surprising that Scotland has only just got around to implementing a national parks system - the first, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, only opened in 2002. This delay was due to the tradition of unrestricted access to open country.
Walkers will find some spectacular Highland scenery. Cyclists in search of the wild and remote will enjoy the Highlands and islands of the northwest. Scotland is Britain's biggest skiing centre, and golf - invented in Scotland - is a major attraction. Britain's best surf can be found in the north.
Fishing is expensive and heavily regulated, but don't let that deter you. On the west coast and on the islands, birdwatchers will find the marine-bird-spotting opportunities of their dreams. Finally, many trips to Scotland are complete without a visit to Loch Ness for a bit of Nessie-spotting, but, hey, if you've got the time, why not? It's a lovely, eerie place, and the perfect lair for a monster.