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Everybody knows that Scotland is the “Home of Golf” and most people considering travel there have golf in mind. However, Scotland is worthy of a great deal more attention than that. It has history, culture and scenic beauty and other attributes that make it a fascination place to visit. 

Scotland can be divided into three broad geographic areas. These are the Highlands, the Central Lowlands and the Southern Uplands.

The Highlands of Scotland cover the northern two thirds of the country. This is the Scotland of myth and legend. It is the land of kilts, bagpipes and single malt whisky. It is the land of clans, of Bonny Prince Charles and Brigadoon. Its culture is Celtic and Gaelic is still spoken in some remote areas, was spoken widely up to a century ago. For logistical reasons golf courses in the Highlands are not included in the British Open rotation but courses like Royal Dornoch, Royal Aberdeen, Brora and Nairn, to name but a few, are every bit as worthy as their more southerly counterparts.    

The Central Lowlands is the relatively flat area that runs across the middle of the country. It includes both Edinburgh and Glasgow and is by far the most populated part of the country. The culture here was always significantly different from the Highlands and the language spoken was a dialect of English called Scots. Many of the best know Scottish writers such as Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott wrote on Scots. Most of the great battles and other historical events took place in this area and reminders of Scotland’s turbulent history are to be found everywhere. The most famous golf courses in Scotland......St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Muirfield, Turnberry, Royal Troon and many others are to be found in the Central Lowlands.

The Southern Uplands is the most southern section of Scotland along the border with England. Its most significant geographic characteristic is a range of hills which cover the area from the North Sea to the west coast. These are lower (none exceeds 2,400 feet) and gentler than the mountains of the Highlands, but are very scenic nonetheless.  The culture here is similar to that of the Central Lowlands and because of its location, it bursts with castles and other reminders of its frontier location.