Introducing the United Kingdom
The U.K., made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is an island nation in northwestern Europe. England – birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles – is home to the capital London, a globally influential center of finance and culture. The UK has an area of 243,000 square km and about 64.5 million inhabitants.
What to visit first? The options within the United Kingdom are endless: the English Country, Scotland with its Highlands and Islands, London, Wales, Devon and Cornwall, Birmingham, Northern Ireland and the Midlands, Edinburgh or Yorkshire. No matter where you decide to go first, you won’t be disappointed!
England is full of astounding variety: In the cities, the streets buzz day and night, filled with tempting shops and restaurants, and some of the finest museums in the world. After dark, cutting-edge clubs, top-class performing arts and formidable live music provide a string of nights to remember. Enjoy the English countryside or a classic seaside resort – Wherever you are in the compact country of England, you are never far from the next town, the next pub, the next restaurant, the next national park or the next impressive castle.
Scotland has many treasures crammed into its compact territory – big skies, lonely landscapes, spectacular wildlife, superb seafood and hospitable, down-to-earth people. Scotland is a land with a rich, multi-layered history, a place where every corner of the landscape could tell deep stories from the past.
In Scotland you can enjoy fresh seafood mere hours after it was caught, beef and venison that was raised just a few miles away from the restaurant’s table, and vegetables that were grown in your hotel’s own organic garden. Finish your meal with a malt whisky – rich, evocative and complex: the true taste of Scotland.