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Fiddlers Elbow - Scotland


Scotland has a unique blend of history, folklore and legend, set within some of Europe's most unspoiled and spectacular scenery. Add some Scottish charm to make your honeymoon unforgettable!

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Scotland has survived encroachment, brass-monkey weather and the annual influx of stand-up comedians arriving for the Edinburgh Festival. But its people have a rock-solid identity and sense of self. On top of that, the Scots haven't eaten their waterways and forests bare. Scotland's lamb, beef, venison, trout and salmon are highly prized, and game birds such as grouse and pheasant abound. Wash all this down with a shot or two of the world's best whiskey and you'll be warming very quickly to the Scottish way of life.
Few areas of the world pack so much natural and man-made diversity into such a small area as Scotland. Some of the Earth's oldest rocks give rise to landscapes supporting 2/3 of the UK's most important sites for birds, thousands of lochs, and arctic alpine mountain ranges mark a special environment that is the setting for 9000 years of unique human history and is seductive and accessible in its own right.
Considering its breathtaking natural beauty and abundance of destinations for activity-based holidays, it's surprising that Scotland has only recently got around to implementing a national parks system - the first park opened in 2002. This delay was due to the tradition of unrestricted access to open country. The 95-mile (153km) West Highland Way takes walkers through spectacular Highland scenery, leading all the way from Glasgow to Fort William - very handy for those aiming to climb Ben Nevis, Britain's highest peak. The Trossachs, in the heart of Rob Roy country, are also popular with walkers. Cyclists in search of the wild and remote will enjoy the Highlands and islands of the north-west. The Hebridean Islands in particular provide superb cycling opportunities. Less intrepid cyclists will favor the lochs and glens of the central and southern areas. Britain's biggest skiing center is in Aviemore, but there are also skiing opportunities in Glencoe, Nevis, Glenshee, The Lecht, and Nevis Range. Golf is a major attraction in Scotland, where there are more courses per capita than in any other country in the world. Britain's best surf can be found in the north, particularly around Thurso. Finally, many trips to Scotland are not complete without a visit to Loch Ness for a bit of Nessie-spotting, so if you've got the time, why not? It's a lovely, eerie place, and the perfect lair for a monster.
Climate and Weather
The weather systems rolling in from the west, off the Atlantic, control much of Scotland's weather. The Guld Stream keeps the climate moderate on the west coast, while the east is drier but can be cooler.

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Destination Wedding Information
  • FEE: UK 72
  • NECESSARY DOCUMENTS: Passports or certified copies of birth certificates; proof of divorce or death certificate of former spouse/s (if applicable); certificate of no impediment
  • NOTE: Notice must also be sent to the registrar at least six weeks in advance of the wedding.
  • MORE INFO: British Tourist Authority, (800) 462-2748; British Consulate General, (212) 745-0200; or