Since moving to Scotland a year ago I have formed a deep love for this country. Living here in Scotland has been such a great experience and I have truly found where I want to permanently settle. That being said here are some reasons why I love Scotland so much!
1. The people
I can honestly say that the Scottish are such amazing and friendly people, just walking down the street and hearing a hello from a stranger is such a lovely gesture and something I had never experienced before when living in England.
They make you feel at home, with their eagerness to help and genuine interest in having a conversation and getting to know you. The Scots are passionate people, whether that be about politics or Scottish history, but I admire them for it.
2. The culture
Tartan, bagpipes and haggis need I say more? No but really Scotland has such an amazing culture and so many traditions, for instance the famous Highland Games that take place across Scotland every year. Think men in kilts throwing in the caber toss (a full length log that has to be tossed into the air and land on the opposite side it was thrown). Along with the celebration of Hogmanay (New Years Eve) where celebrations and events are put on across Scotland. The traditions attached to Hogmanay include the first footing- to ensure good luck the first footer in your house after midnight should be a dark-haired male. Bringing along gifts such as coal, shortbread and of course whisky to toast to a happy new year!
3. The scenery
I have seen only a fraction of what Scotland has to offer when it comes to their beautiful country. But I have seen beautiful Lochs, mountains, hills, woodlands, rivers and beaches. Living in Scotland has reaffirmed my love for the outdoors and has given me the opportunity to spend so much time in the beautiful outdoors.
4. The history
Scotland is so rich in history, the most well known event in Scottish history is probably the Battle of Culloden in 1746, the final Jacobite rising that was then followed by the Highland clearances. Outlander, the tv series based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon has probably surged the interest in Scottish history and I thank her for it! Scotland has an abundance of Castles and historic sites and I can’t wait to explore more.
5. The opportunity for so many adventures
Ranging from walks in the vast forest, walks alongside Lochs or even bagging a munro the amount of opportunities to have your own little adventure in Scotland is endless.