SCOTLAND

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SCOTLAND Source : Matador Music : Susan Boyle Author : Beatrice V beatricevaisman1@gmail.com

Glencoe Lochan A Canadian couple purchased the Glencoe Estate, in the Scottish Highlands, in 1895. To ease their homesickness, they planted this tract of forest with species native to Northwestern Canada.  Photo: Jonathan Combe :

Glencoe Lochan A Canadian couple purchased the Glencoe Estate, in the Scottish Highlands, in 1895. To ease their homesickness, they planted this tract of forest with species native to Northwestern Canada.  Photo:   Jonathan Combe

The Great Highland Bagpipe Scots have been blowing on their distinctive version of this instrument since at least 1400. You couldn't find a more iconic image of Scotland than this.  Photo: mike138 :

The Great Highland Bagpipe Scots have been blowing on their distinctive version of this instrument since at least 1400. You couldn't find a more iconic image of Scotland than this.  Photo:   mike138

Evening light in Ayr The town of Ayr sits on the coast of southwestern Scotland and is named for the river that meets the sea here.  Photo: Graeme Law :

Evening light in Ayr The town of Ayr sits on the coast of southwestern Scotland and is named for the river that meets the sea here.  Photo:   Graeme Law

Eilean Donan Castle The island of Eilean Donan lies at the convergence of three Highland lochs. Its castle is one of Scotland's best known and was originally constructed in the 1200s.  Photo: KENNETH BARKER :

Eilean Donan Castle The island of Eilean Donan lies at the convergence of three Highland lochs. Its castle is one of Scotland's best known and was originally constructed in the 1200s.  Photo:   KENNETH BARKER

Ben Nevis A hiker on the trail up Ben Nevis, the British Isles' tallest mountain at 1,344m (4,409ft). In winter, its cliffs provide some of the UK's premier ice climbing routes.  Photo: Richard P J Lambert :

Ben Nevis A hiker on the trail up Ben Nevis, the British Isles' tallest mountain at 1,344m (4,409ft). In winter, its cliffs provide some of the UK's premier ice climbing routes.  Photo:   Richard P J Lambert

The Red Highland Highland cattle were bred to withstand the cold and wet of the region they inhabit. There's a black variety as well as the red.  Photo: Richard P J Lambert :

The Red Highland Highland cattle were bred to withstand the cold and wet of the region they inhabit. There's a black variety as well as the red.  Photo:   Richard P J Lambert

Inveraray Castle The Georgian Mansion that is Inveraray Castle was constructed over 40 years, beginning in 1744. It sits among the mountains and long ocean inlets of Argyll and Bute.  Photo: Matt Smith :

Inveraray Castle The Georgian Mansion that is Inveraray Castle was constructed over 40 years, beginning in 1744. It sits among the mountains and long ocean inlets of Argyll and Bute.  Photo:   Matt Smith

Modern Glasgow Of course, Scotland isn't all green mountains and castles. Glasgow is its largest city and the fourth largest in the UK as a whole. The Clyde Arc, pictured above, is the modern product of a settlement that was originally founded due to its location on the River Clyde.  Photo: Fiona McAllister :

Modern Glasgow Of course, Scotland isn't all green mountains and castles. Glasgow is its largest city and the fourth largest in the UK as a whole. The Clyde Arc, pictured above, is the modern product of a settlement that was originally founded due to its location on the River Clyde.  Photo:   Fiona McAllister

Callanish Stones From modern metropolis to prehistory: The Callanish stones on the Isle of Lewis date to 2900-2600 BC and mark the site of an ancient tomb.  Photo: Andrew Bennett :

Callanish Stones From modern metropolis to prehistory: The Callanish stones on the Isle of Lewis date to 2900-2600 BC and mark the site of an ancient tomb.  Photo:   Andrew Bennett

Neist Point Lighthouse The Neist Point light on the Isle of Skye has been in operation since 1909.  Photo: Grégory Tonon :

Neist Point Lighthouse The Neist Point light on the Isle of Skye has been in operation since 1909.  Photo:   Grégory Tonon

Scottish red deer Scotland is home to indigenous populations of this large deer species, which served as prime hunting prey among the Picts during the medieval period.  Photo: mike138 :

Scottish red deer Scotland is home to indigenous populations of this large deer species, which served as prime hunting prey among the Picts during the medieval period.  Photo:   mike138

Edinburgh A great look at the stately architecture of Scotland's capital city.  Photo: Shadowgate :

Edinburgh A great look at the stately architecture of Scotland's capital city.  Photo:   Shadowgate

Irvine Dragon Stone On the Ayrshire Coastal Path, above the beach at Irvine, you'll find this creation.  Photo: mike138 :

Irvine Dragon Stone On the Ayrshire Coastal Path, above the beach at Irvine, you'll find this creation.  Photo:   mike138

Inverness This city of 72,000 serves as the central hub of the Scottish Highlands. If you're going north, you're more than likely going here.  Photo: mendhak :

Inverness This city of 72,000 serves as the central hub of the Scottish Highlands. If you're going north, you're more than likely going here.  Photo:   mendhak

Castle Stalker This four-story keep is roughly accessible by land at low tide—at all other times, it's surrounded by water. You might recognize it fromMonty Python and the Holy Grail. It's located halfway between Oban and Glencoe.  Photo: mike138 :

Castle Stalker This four-story keep is roughly accessible by land at low tide—at all other times, it's surrounded by water. You might recognize it from Monty Python and the Holy Grail . It's located halfway between Oban and Glencoe.  Photo:   mike138

Kinghorn tide The harbor at Kinghorn, a small town on the east coast. Though not necessarily at this beach, Scotland is recognized as a legit cold-water surf destination.  Photo: KENNETH BARKER :

Kinghorn tide The harbor at Kinghorn, a small town on the east coast. Though not necessarily at this beach, Scotland is recognized as a legit cold-water surf destination.  Photo:   KENNETH BARKER

Winter sunrise over Dornoch Firth A "firth" is an inlet or small bay—this one lies on the east coast north of Inverness. The photographer notes that this sunrise photo was captured at the comfortable hour of 9am.  Photo: John Haslam :

Winter sunrise over Dornoch Firth A "firth" is an inlet or small bay—this one lies on the east coast north of Inverness. The photographer notes that this sunrise photo was captured at the comfortable hour of 9am.  Photo:   John Haslam

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