Currency: British pound
Size: 30,414 square miles (78,772 square kilometers) - roughly the size of South Carolina
Border countries: England
National tourist office: www.cometoscotland.com
At a glance
Scotland's rich history and culture are evidenced in its large cities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Glasgow. But it’s the rolling green hills and dramatic moors of the Scottish countryside that mark this as a top destination for international travelers. The "lochs" (lakes) are popular sites, particularly the famous Loch Ness
and its alleged sea monster. The romance and drama of the barren moors covered in thick fog is an unforgettable sight. The coastal areas of Scotland feature craggy cliffs and many
world-class golf courses. The tiny islands dotting the coast are home to quaint fishing villages and fantastic seafood.
Why cyclists love it
Scotland is one of the best countries to visit by bike, whether mountain biking or cycling through the little villages and rural landsapes. Because of its mystical and historical atmosphere and culture, Scotland lends itself to themed tours that include guided rides through its castles, pagan monuments, churches and memorials. The Scottish Highlands in particular have a rugged wilderness, and bike tours through this challenging terrain can be rewarding for experienced cyclists. Scotland cycling tours through the glens, villages, and moors offer unbeatable scenery and interactions with the welcoming and hospitable Scottish people.
Voted Best Bike Destination in 2014 by Outside Magazine. This is an eight-day epic mountain bike trip that takes in the best off-road riding Scotland has to offer, through some of the most wild, dramatic and diverse landscapes in the UK.
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This mountain biking tour of the Torridon and Skye areas offers an unforgettable week of all-mountain riding on Scotland’s west coast - a land of wild scenery strewn with mouth-watering singletrack.
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