I don’t think Scotland needs much introduction and who has ever had the luck to travel through Scotland will never forget this country, which covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. It shares a border with England to the south, and is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the south-west. In addition to the mainland, the country is made up of more than 790 islands,including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides. “Scotland” comes from Scoti, the Latin name for the Gaels. The Late Latin word Scotia (“land of the Gaels”) was initially used to refer to Ireland.By the 11th century at the latest, Scotia was being used to refer to (Gaelic-speaking) Scotland north of the river Forth. During my trip to Scotland in September 2014 I spent 2 weeks exploring parts of the western Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye, which is part of the Hebrides chain of islands.

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