Scotland is one of Europe's most visually - and culturally - absorbing destinations.
September is perfect.
Sadly, for the snow dogs of Scotland, the days of running are drawing to a close.
Royals and non-royals alike take joy in the beauty of this Scottish sanctuary.
You can just picture the Scottish tourism authorities watching the original Trainspotting movie and freaking out.
There's another St Kilda, and this spectacular place is nothing like the famous beachside Melbourne suburb.
'It dinnae get more Scottish than this wee pie' declares the publican.
Scotland comes in three shades: luminous green of its rolling hills and wild snow-capped mountains, grey for its history-dense castles, walls and houses, and red for its traditional kilts and its bloody, mind-blowing past. If that doesn't tempt, visit its outlying islands, experience Scottish pride and its legacies; its bizarre cuisine, single-malt whisky, music festivals, and hairy coos. Do we need to go on?