The Little Book of Scotland
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Land of spectacular landscapes, rich history and fabulous legends.
With its jaw-dropping beauty, magnificent architecture, superb art and culture, and friendly, hospitable people, Scotland is consistently ranked as one of the world's best-loved destinations.
Packed full of fabulous facts, as well as wise and witty quotes from famous Scots, The Little Book of Scotland captures the nation at its glorious best. Covering everything from sparkling lochs and brooding castles to spellbinding legends and famous sons and daughters – not to mention tartan, haggis and whisky – it's a wonderful celebration of this vibrant, extraordinary land.
'This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.'
- Alexander McCall Smith, on Edinburgh
'There are two seasons in Scotland: June and winter.'
- Billy Connolly
The Edinburgh International Festival is one of the largest performing arts festivals in the world. It attracts over 300,000 people annually.
Scotland has more than 790 islands, 94 of which are inhabited. One of its most famous and spectacular is the enchanting Isle of Skye. It is the second-biggest island, though it has more sheep than people.
Scotland's national dish is the much-loved haggis. It is made with the heart, liver and lungs of a sheep, which are boiled in the animal's stomach.