From its endearing cities, which extend well beyond Edinburgh and Glasgow, to its familiar myth-soaked lochs, glens and far-flung islands, bonnie Scotland is one of Europe's most visually - and culturally - absorbing destinations.
I'm pedalling nonchalantly along when a current of air smashes into my back.
To find the real Scotland, you have to go to Glasgow, writes Glenn A.Baker.
This is not beauty and culture I have to be jealous of - it's part of me.
Edinburgh's mysterious 'modern' half deserves exploring, writes Anthony Dennis.
Visit grim Edinburgh Castle for centuries a fortress and royal residence.
Glasgow's steely dockside reputation has been tempered by 20 years of gentrification.
Craig Platt walks Edinburgh's Royal Mile, where basements, parks and alleys become the stage for 20,000 performers.