In Scotland, the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution brought powerful change and new discoveries, and strengthened the country, and by the 19th century, Glasgow had become a world class city. During World War I, Scotland participated alongside Britain, sending half a million people to fight. In World War II, Scotland suffered damage from bombings but also thrived economically. Since the end of the wars, Scotland has struggled with its economy.
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Scotland shares a border with England, and is located across bodies of water from Northern Ireland and Norway.
Major Cities of Scotland
Scotland is one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom, located on the northern end of the island of Great Britain.
Points of Interest
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a major point of attraction for tourists, with UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Old Town and New Town. The Old Town of Edinburgh features the Royal Mile between the Castle and Holyrood Palace, with many historic sites along the way. New Town is also in the city center, and features Georgian architecture and plenty of shopping. Other sites include Stirling Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Craigmillar Castle, St Giles Cathedral, the Scottish Parliament, and many museums. Glasgow is Scotland's biggest city, and also features as a UNESCO City of Music, with 130 music events every week. Architectural sites in Glasgow include the cathedral, the Glasgow Cross, several of the stations and library. Some of the interesting places to visit in Glassgow are Glasgow Science Centre & Burrell Collection. Glasgow is also known for its shopping and many beautiful parks. St. Enoch Centre in Glasgow houses some of the top branded stores. Glasgow is also known for its shopping and many beautiful parks. Outside of cities, the Cairngorms are a mountain range within Scotland's largest National Park, while Loch Ness is the most famous loch in the country, known for its fabled Loch Ness Monster.
Transportation in Scotland
Major airports in Scotland include Aberdeen International, Edinburgh Airport, and Glasgow International and Glasgow Prestwick International, Inverness, and Dundee. The international airports in Scotland offer service to cities all across Europe, with connections in major hubs like London, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt. Trains are a great option for travel between Scotland and England, with several trains each day and some overnight trains. Trains are a quick way to get around Scotland as well with many options. Driving between Scotland and England is also possible via car and bus. Driving through Scotland is a good way to see the scenic parts of the country. Long-distance buses are inexpensive but quite slow. There are ferries that run between Amsterdam and Newcastle, and between Belfast or Larne to Cairnryan.
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