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Central Scotland is home to Scotland's population belt, and encapsulates some of its most dramatic scenery as the lowlands heave themselves into the mighty peaks and surging mountain ranges of the Highlands. It's a wonderful area to explore being very accessible from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Historically, it hosted some of Scotland's great battles with the English — visitors can walk the fields of Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce sent the English packing in the 14th century, securing the country's independence for centuries. Perthshire is big tree country and the unrivaled Glen Lyon, Scotland's longest enclosed glen, is worth walking, ...

Central Scotland is home to Scotland's population belt, and encapsulates some of its most dramatic scenery as the lowlands heave themselves into the mighty peaks and surging mountain ranges of the Highlands. It's a wonderful area to explore being very accessible from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Historically, it hosted some of Scotland's great battles with the English — visitors can walk the fields of Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce sent the English packing in the 14th century, securing the country's independence for centuries. Perthshire is big tree country and the unrivaled Glen Lyon, Scotland's longest enclosed glen, is worth walking, cycling or driving, and if that's not remote enough for you, head for Kinlock Rannoch farther north and out onto the bleak Rannoch Moor. For sheer exhilaration check out the snow-capped peaks of Glenshee and then strap on the skis and whizz down their slopes. Don't miss the East Neuk Coast of Fife where delightful fishing harbors dot the coast all the way to St. Andrews — a center of learning, history, fine watering holes and a relatively undisturbed medieval town layout.

Alan Murphy
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Alan Murphy is coauthor of Lonely Planet's Britain, Scotland, India and North India. He has been writing and updating travel guidebooks for the past 12 years.

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  • Location: Central Belt, the area of highest population density in Scotland, also known as the "Midlands" or "Scottish Midlands"
  • Language: English, Scots and Scottish Gaelic
  • Currency: Pound Sterling
  • Research: Scotland | Wikitravel
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