Located to the northwest of Continental Europe, Scotland comprises the northern section of the island of Britain. It shares a land border with England to the south, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, North Sea, Irish Sea and North Channel in all other directions. Besides the mainland, Scotland consists of more than 790 islands, the majority of which are uninhabited. Approximately 100,000 people are scattered across 89 of its islands.
It Scotland is characterised by a temperate and oceanic climate with strong tendencies of changeable weather. Temperatures are generally lower than in other areas of the UK, with the Highlands seeing winter lows of 0°C and summer highs of 18°C.
English, with Scottish Gaelic spoken by few communities.
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Edinburgh Airport is the busiest in Scotland, handling around 12 million passengers per year. This is likely to be your first port of call for reaching the Highlands. The most direct flight to the rugged mountainside is Inverness Airport, although it currently offers only limited international flights.
The spring months from March to May and autumn months of September to November are ideal months to visit Scotland. However, if you’re climbing the mountains of the Highland then you can visit all year round providing that the weather is dry.
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