Scotland is a unique and austere place, laden with history, where you can find aristocratic palaces and castles,as well as the traditional parades in national costumes. It has some of the most beautiful cities in Europe, a living testimony of a proud and splendid past.
In order to see and discover the true soul of Scotland today,what forged the character of this splendid region, we have to go towards the northern regions, to the Grampian Mountains.Beautiful and unspoiled, it was difficult to farm. The Scots subdued the environment with simple spades and strong arms.
The history of this ancient struggle, and its people's ancient love affair with the hard land, is enclosed within the walls of the Angus Folk Museum. You are able to get a feel of the typical rural atmosphere of times past from the everyday artifacts displayed here.
One of the attraction here is a legendary monster: the Loch Ness Monster. Is it real or imaginary, this monster,which has been nicknamed Nessie, has collected a good 3,000 sightings over the last 50 years. To fuel the debate about the monster, and perhaps also curiosity about the lake, a price of 500,000 pounds sterling has been pur on Nessie's head.
The true flag of Scotland, tartan, is recognizable from the brightly coloured plaid patterns which are used to distinguish the various clans. Over the last few decades this fabric has made a comeback and is part of the daily life of this country.
The typical Scottish garment, the kilt, is de rigeur when the Scots play the Great Highland bagpipes, especially when they march in parades.
Bagpipes and dancing open the competitions of local sporting events, which are called Highland Gatherings. The games, which have strange rules, involve a spirit that has more to do with brute force than with athletics.