The 5 WOWs of Scotland
Until recently, my experience with Scotland was limited to William Wallace shouting “Freedom!” in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart or envisioning Hogwarts nestled on a Scottish hillside while reading the Harry Potter books with my children. Just like the book is always better than the movie, first-hand experience is always better than seeing it on a screen. And as stunning as Scotland is on film, nothing compares to experiencing its rugged beauty and character in person.
I have been all over Europe and the UK but had never set foot in Scotland until this past week with a group of select clients. Without a doubt, Scotland makes for an incredible incentive travel destination and here are my top 5 reasons why:
Rough Guides recently rated Scotland as the world’s most beautiful country and stated “ruined castles really do perch on just about every hilltop, in summer the glens inevitably turn purple with heather and if you end up in a village on gala day, you just might bump into a formation of bagpipers marching down the street.” Scotland is that and so much more.
From falconry to river rafting, or horseback riding to the quintessentially Scottish sport of golf, Scotland has it all. In one short week, our group experienced falconry, sport shooting, archery, GPS scavenger hunting, golf at St. Andrews, tours of hilltop castles, shopping, afternoon tea at the Balmoral Hotel, and a private tour of the Crown Jewels at Edinburgh Castle.