Did you know that 70% of the UK’s gin is produced in Scotland?
“Scotland has got a rich heritage of distilling …” according to Isle of Harris Distillery production manager Kenny Maclean. But this doesn’t just apply to our world-renowned single malt Scotch whisky.
Well-known brands such as Gordon’s, Tanqueray and Hendricks are produced here, but there’s also been a surge in the production of small-batch handcrafted artisan gins resulting in a wonderful selection of over 100 gins, produced by over 50 makers, to choose from. Some offer visitor and tasting experiences and some even offer the opportunity to try making your own.
Queuing, tea and talking about the weather. Are us Brits really that predictable? A few UK based Europeans who we spoke to seemed to think so. What’s more, they wouldn’t have it any other way. We’ll say ‘cheers’ to that.
As you travel around Scotland, the iconic blasts of the bagpipes (or, phìob mhor meaning the great pipe in Gaelic) will fill the air. It’s likely that you’ll hear a parade of pipers before you see them, but how is this wonderful instrument made, you might wonder?
Well, the art of bagpipe-making comes down to the skilled craftsmanship of the maker. The unique sound of Scotland’s most famous instrument is formed by intricately-shaped solid pieces of wood crafted into perfect pipes. Find out more from the passionate bagpipe maker, Craig Munro, who makes Highland bagpipes at Wallace Bagpipes in Glasgow. These pipes are sold all over the world and are used in some of the top pipe bands.
Enjoy the freedom of planning your own amazing holiday around Scotland on a road trip, and you can choose your own attractions, accommodation and places to eat. But maybe you’ve never driven in the UK before? Or maybe you want a refresher on the rules before you set off on an epic two week drive past mountains, around lochs and through glens?
Well, here is all the info you need on driving in Scotland with helpful tips on country driving, speed limits, and much more.
The 10 most popular sites in the UK during 2016 were all in London.
The most popular attraction north of the border, and the 15th most visited in the UK, was the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, which opened 10 new galleries in 2016. Some 1.8million visitors passed through its doors last year.
Please see below the 7 attractions named in the top 100 most visited in the UK:
15 National Museum of Scotland
16 Edinburgh Castle
18 Scottish National Gallery
41 Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
50 National War Museum, Edinburgh
62 Edinburgh Zoo
99 Scottish National Portrait Gallery
ALVA director Bernard Donoghue said:
“Like the 2015 figures, Scotland has continued to outperform the rest of the UK with a substantial increase in their visitor numbers.
“2016 was a great year for Scottish tourism – proving that Scotland is reaping the benefits of significant capital investment in attractions and creative programming by its institutions.”
Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:
“As these figures illustrate, this has been a record year for Scotland’s leading visitor attractions”.