Where is Scotland
The northernmost country in the United Kingdom, Scotland shares a border with England and is home to nearly 800 small islands, including the Hebrides and the Isle of Skye. Scotland is surrounded by the North Sea, to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean, to the north and west.
Flying from China to Scotland will take around 11 hours when flying from Beijing, 13 hours from Hong Kong and 12 hours from Shanghai.
The climate of Scotland varies greatly from region to region, just as it does in all countries, but it is characteristically very mild.
During winter, the days are short in Scotland but during summer, days are very long, often with an extended daylight that can last until 11 pm. Snow is common in Scotland during winter; snow falls in Scotland for 15 to 20 days on average throughout the country, though these numbers are much higher in the Highlands.
January and February are Scotland’s coldest months, while July and August are normally the warmest months in the country.
Nature and Outdoors
Magnificent mountains, atmospheric glens, dramatic coastlines, picturesque lochs and rivers and fabulous forestry: no wonder Scotland’s scenery has a reputation for being among the most spectacular in the world.
Scotland is also an enviable haven for walkers of all aspirations, offering from family-friendly riverside strolls to long-distance routes, such as the West Highland Way and the Southern Upland Way, as well as high-level mountain hikes for the more adventurous.
One of the most acclaimed adventure activities in Scotland is mountain biking, thanks to dozens of purpose-built, forest-based mountain bikes centres. Scotland boasts one of Europe’s largest and most prestigious mountain bike centres – Glentress near Peebles in the Scottish Borders.
Scottish wildlife is abundant, from native species such as the elusive Scottish wildcat to beavers, which have been successfully reintroduced to Scotland at Knapdale Forest, Argyll. Other Scottish wildlife gems include red deer, pine marten, otters, and a host of birds of prey, as well as sea mammals, such as dolphins, porpoises and whales. You will be amazed, too, by the stunning sight of leaping salmon on Scotland’s many fish-rich rivers.