From girthy calves in kilts to sensational single malt whiskies, what's not to love about Scotland? The sparsely populated Highlands offer some of the most serene hikes in the world, and are home to Britain's tallest mountain, Ben Nevis. Meanwhile, the big city of Glasgow offers great food, music, and culture, not to mention its renowned for raucous but friendly nightlife.
Population: 5.4 million people
Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)
Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time (UTC )
The LGBT Factor
Given that the head of the Scottish Conservative party is a lesbian, the Church of Scotland allows gay ministers, and asylum is offered to those facing homophobic persecution, sexuality is definitely not an issue here. Some even consider Glasgow the gayest city in the UK. And don't get us started on all those men in kilts (sips dirty martini, inhales menthol cigarette)...
The Best Time to Visit
Spring through fall, and especially summer, are the best times to visit Scotland. The streets are alive, the hiking is glorious, and the weather at its best.
The Shock Factor
There shouldn't be much to alarm you, aside from how warm the welcomes are, how tasty the Scotch is, and how everybody drives on the wrong side of the road.
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