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.
There are plenty of other beautiful cities for travellers looking for a romantic setting, writes Ute Junker.
I'm pedalling nonchalantly along when a current of air smashes into my back.
The spa is the star in this former monastery, which teeters on an Amalfi Coast clifftop.
To find the real Scotland, you have to go to Glasgow, writes Glenn A.Baker.
A cruise in a former fishing vessel explores the Hebridean coastline, writes Richard Tulloch.
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.