MADRID, September 17 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Scotland is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Europe. The most northerly country in the UK, it is a land of mountainous natural areas, such as the Cairngorms and the North West Highlands, dotted with glacial valleys and lakes.
It receives about 3.5 million visitors a year, of which 128,000 are Spanish. Its main cities are Edinburgh, the capital, with its iconic castle on a hill, and Glasgow, known for its vibrant cultural scene.
But Scotland has much to offer the visitor. The Highlands region is the main tourist attraction in the country, whose popularity has grown in recent years thanks to its representation in popular TV series and films such as Outlander or the 007 saga.
If you intend to visit Scotland, the Highland Titles Foundation offers you five plans that you cannot miss if you want to discover all the secrets of these lands full of fantasy and wild nature.
The first suggestion is “monstrous”. Scotland is a special destination for fantasy lovers, and the proof is in the myth of Loch Ness: it is one of the largest and deepest lakes in Scotland, where, according to legend, Nessie dwells.
Throughout history, there have been many people who have claimed to have seen it, but there is currently no reliable evidence. You can try your luck by taking a boat around this glacial lake as there is a £20,000 reward for anyone who finds the creature in its deep waters.
The capital of the Highlands, crossed by the River Ness, can be explored on foot in the morning. The town, although small, has many stories to tell. Discover the mysteries of Inverness Cathedral, dedicated to St Andrew since 1869, or visit Leaky’s Bookstore, one of Scotland’s oldest and most beautiful bookshops.
After walking around the river islands (small islands in the middle of the water that act as an oasis in the heart of the city), finish the day at the best pub in Inverness: the Hootanay, a place with live music, pints and traditional food.
Another common stop in the Highlands is Glencoe, one of Scotland’s best outdoor hotspots. The grandeur of its landscape makes tourists and curious people who travel through the area enjoy the most emotional route in the country.
10 miles from Glencoe we find the Highland Titles Visitor Centre, a foundation that has symbolically sold land for 16 years to develop ecosystem conservation projects valued at more than €8 million.
Some of these plots of land can be purchased at a price of €36 and thus contribute to the protection of the environment of the Highlands. In return, you will receive the title of Lord or Lady of Glencoe.
The foundation’s Meet&Greet service is a good starting point to start a route through its extensive nature reserves: if you decide to acquire one of these micro-plots, you will be guided to your land and see first-hand the work and progress that has been made possible by the collaboration and the support of all lords and ladies.
In addition, the more adventurous can enter the Mountain View Nature Preserve Trail and see deer and native plants. Another must-stop is Kilnaish State: a SAC (Special Area of Conservation) reserve with wooded and mountainous terrain, overlooking Gigha Island.
Finally, the tourist can delve fully into Fort Augustus and all its secrets. One way to get to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, is to tour Fort Augustus.
This iconic building was created as a military fortress in the 18th century to control Scottish rebels. Later it became an abbey for Benedictine monks.
Adding to its iconic history is its magical location: the castle sits on a 20-acre estate with unrivaled panoramic views of Loch Ness, bordering the Caledonian Canal.
Fort Augustus currently hosts the Highland Titles Club: visitors who have purchased their micro plot will have the opportunity to stay at 8 El Montasterio and enjoy its indoor and outdoor facilities.
These luxurious apartments are designed for lords and ladies to experience the majesty of Scotland in historic accommodation befitting its foundation status and titles of courtesy.
FIND THE HOGWARTS EXPRESS.
And just when you thought Scotland and the Highlands couldn’t get any more magical, you find the Hogwarts Express on its way to the famous School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Explore Scotland in an original way with the Jacobrite Stream Train, a steam train that has been in operation since 1984 and is considered one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. On your way you will cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct, the protagonist of a nice scene from Harry Potter.
The mountains of Scotland hide thousands of surprises and mysteries. The Highland Titles Foundation works to preserve and restore the region’s lost nature so that this iconic place will endure.
RESTORATION OF DEGRADED NATURAL SPACES
Highland Titles is a charitable foundation whose aim is to restore natural spaces degraded by centuries of cattle farming and commercial forestry in the Scottish Highlands.
To fund its restoration and conservation efforts, Highland Titles sells micro-lots from one square foot to 1,000 square feet (93 m2). Thanks to Scottish law, the purchasers of these lands, which can only be dedicated to their natural conservation, are given the title of Lady, Lord or Laird of Glencoe.
Similarly, Highland Titles promotes responsible tourism and the economic and sustainable regeneration of the surrounding area by offering the opportunity to visit the reserves and discover the natural and cultural wealth of the Scottish Highlands.