Scotland may be a small country, but the rich diversity to be found in this land of cities and towns, glens, mountains and lochs is what makes it so special.

So if you're considering where to go, and want to reach beyond the best known features of Scotland's seven cities then let us be your guide.

Maybe you'll take in the wonderful rural areas on the doorstep of the country's main population centres - if so, then consider the Lothians, the Clyde Valley and Aberdeenshire.

Then, closest to Scotland's southern neighbours, are scenic lands like the Borders, Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire.

Or to the north of the central belt take a trip to the Trossachs and Forth Valley, Angus, Perthshire or the Kingdom of Fife.

Beyond these is the Scotland of the imagination - westward lies the remote Argyll & the Isles, while to the north are the vast and beautiful Highlands.

And leaving the mainland behind, travellers can cross the sea from one of Scotland's many ferry ports, to reach the likes of Orkney & Shetland and the Outer Hebrides.

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