Recently, Scotland was voted in a survey as the most beautiful place in the world. Previously lying in the shadow of the more famous natural beauties such as Norway and Iceland, Scotland has now got the recognition it deserves, and this is why more people today are choosing a Scottish cruise as their choice of holiday. |
There are so many reasons why this stunning country was awarded this prestigious title and, although we can’t cover them all here, I have put together a list of what makes Scotland the most worthy winner of this accolade.
The scenery is this country is like no other. Rugged, raw and indisputably wild, the landscape is constantly breath-taking. Not always pretty and often quite harsh, the changing backdrop is always striking. Wild cliffs, sweeping moorlands, jagged mountains and rocky pinnacles are the backbone of this undiscovered country and provide a landscape that is just waiting to be explored.
Beautifully Wild Beaches
The perfect contrast to the rugged interior, the unspoilt beaches are simply gorgeous. Quiet and often lying appealingly off the tourist track, the beaches boast swathes of white sand and startlingly blue coastlines that rival those of the Caribbean. While you may not get the weather you would in the tropics, you are likely to have the beach to yourself. Scotland’s coastal regions are the most magnificent in the United Kingdom. Wild, unspoilt and famous for their spectacular vistas, they are often much quieter than the beaches further south in England.
The Gaelic word for lake is ‘loch’ and Scotland is full of them, which is great news if you enjoy being around water. A haven for wildlife, the lochs are often close to a charming little town and overlooked by towering mountains.
The Northern Lights
Many people are unaware that you can see the Northern Lights in this part of the British Isles. The dark skies and lack of pollution make the Northern Lights easy to see in the north of Scotland when solar activity is increased. Witnessing the ethereal dancing lights in the skies above you is an experience that you will remember always and is a definite highlight on a Scottish cruise.
As your Scottish cruise moves through the different regions you will have the chance to visit lots of characteristic little towns. Traditionally built stone cottages lined along a river or pretty coloured houses leading away from a harbour, villages in Scotland all have their own individual charm; a charm that is accentuated by the reassuring welcome from the locals.
A Scottish cruise offers a wonderful way to see all that this incredible country has to offer when it comes to natural beauty. As you sit back and relax, you can watch the incredible scenery go by. From the lochs and valleys to the towering mountains and rocky crags, this stunning and often overlooked country is a nature lover’s delight.
Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK's most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge holidays if you’re looking for a relaxing Scottish cruise, or itineraries to a host of other excellent destinations. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.
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