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Happy St. Andrews Day! Cast off thoughts of heather, whisky and men in kilts and come on our world tour of Scotland. We have some surprises in store for youâ€¦
You don't need to go to the Caribbean for a white sandy beach, or Japan to enjoy an exquisite garden, or Brazil for a lush rainforest. They are all right here in Scotland!Â Hop aboard and enjoy a tour of the world in one small but beautiful country on the edge of Europe. And then,Â come and seeÂ some of these amazing sights for real.
Have you ever canoed down the Dordogne River in France? High on the sides of the valley, countless castles in Scotland and chateaux stand proud amid the trees. None are quite so captivating as Dunrobin Castle, right here in Scotland.
Stunning Dunrobin Castle in Scotland
As the sun rises over the soft white sands and azure blue waters atÂ Vatersay Beach, you could be in the Caribbean. You might need your sweater but the views more than make up for the temperature.
Romantic sunrise over Vatersay Beach
The Caledonian Forest was an ancient Atlantic temperate rainforest. In many of the remaining remnants of the forest, humid sea air and mild (for Scotland) temperatures have created a mysterious and magical landscape. Stay atÂ Ardgartan ArgyllÂ and visitÂ Puck's Glen.
Take in the beautiful waterfall views at the magical Puck's Glen
Have you seen the most photographed beach in Greece, Shipwreck Beach in Zakinthos?Â Achmelvich beachÂ in Sutherland is more beautiful and you don't need a boat to get there (although if you live anywhere south of Inverness, itâ€™s a long journey!)
Crystal clear waters surrounded by rugged landscape at Achmelvich beach
A stunning oasis and a labour of love, the Japanese Garden atÂ Cowden CastleÂ has been painstakingly restored over the last few years to its former, early 20th Century glory.
Meander your way through the tranquil Japanese Garden at Cowden Castle
Spot his stripes at Blair Drummond Safari Park
You can take the street art out of Bogota or Berlinâ€¦and wrap it around a castle in Scotland. The result would beÂ Kelburn CastleÂ in Ayrshire, which has to be seen to be believed.
Take in the creative artwork at Kelburn Castle
Skiing in theÂ CairngormsÂ can be every bit as exhilarating as alpine skiing â€“ with fewer weekday skiers, some amazing off-piste skiing and an altogether friendlier vibe.
Grab your boots and head to the slopes in Cairngorms
Overlooking Edinburgh, theÂ National Monument of ScotlandÂ is a memorial to those who died in the Napoleonic Wars. Modelled on the Parthenon, it was left unfinished in 1829 due to a lack of money. This led to it being known as "Scotlandâ€™s disgrace". We rather like it!
Illuminated by night, the National Monument of Scotland stands tall
What are some of your favourite Scottish places to visit?