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Visit Scotland - Scotland's national tourism organisation

Visit Scotland - Scotland's national tourism organisation
Come and discover Scotland, world-famous for its awesome scenery, vibrant culture and spectacular heritage. It’s a land packed with brilliant moments, those sights, sounds and experiences that make your break truly memorable, especially in 2014, our Year of Homecoming. You’re invited to join our year-long celebration of all that makes Scotland great and an amazing place to visit. Plan your break with great accommodation deals, helpful travel advice and inspiring ideas for what to see and do.

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Britain is GREAT The GREAT Britain campaign showcases the very best of what Britain has to offer. We welcome the world to visit, study and do business with the UK. Business Uk Map / Geography of United Kingdom / Map of United Kingdom (19/09/2014)Scottish Independence Referendum: On September 18th, the Scottish people voted to determine their nation's place in the United Kingdom. With 84.59% of voters casting their ballots, 55.30% voted in favor of remaining part of the union. The United Kingdom (UK) is arguably Europe's most influential country. In simple terms, it's the union of the individual countries of England, Scotland and Wales, collectively called Great Britain (Europe's largest island) and the northeastern corner of Ireland - the constitutionally distinct region of Northern Ireland. The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy. Its reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, is also the Queen and Head of State of (15) other Commonwealth realms, including Australia, Canada, Jamaica and New Zealand.

Listening: A Tour of London Tower Bridge, London (Copyright: Getty) When you visit a city for the first time, a good way to explore it is to go on an organised sightseeing tour. The tour will give you an overview of what there is to see and also provide you with some historical background. A popular way of seeing London is to go in one of the red double deck buses. National Trust for Scotland Membership Turn Scotland into your playground with a National Trust for Scotland membership Get FREE unlimited access to over 100 amazing properties in Scotland and over 300 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland run by our friends the National Trust. Spend your leisure time exploring new, exciting places with your favourite people for only £5.95 month for the whole family, or £3.45 a month for an adult. Membership includes free parking, a property handbook and our seasonal membership magazine Scotland in Trust.

Teenagers and UK culture Why bring UK culture to the teen classroom? We can introduce UK culture into the English classroom to help our students improve their English and at the same time learn about values and ways of doing things which may be different to theirs. Learning about life and culture in the UK can be very motivating as it brings the language alive for learners and creates a link between language and real life.

North Ireland profile - Overview 17 January 2013Last updated at 11:40 ET Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, is emerging from a period of conflict known as "the Troubles" and is attempting to implement an historic peace deal. Security has returned - though not without occasional reminders of the bad old days - and Northern Ireland has begun to reap the economic and social benefits. But divisions persist, finding physical form in the barriers that separate some communities.

Let's talk about the UK (still with Scotland) At the beginning of the new school year teachers usually explain to their students what they are going to study. Sometimes efl teachers not only teach grammar but also British culture, so one of the first cultural topics they discuss with their students are the geography of the UK and its form of government. Here you can find an interactive mindmap, a digital poster and a collection of useful websites, just to simplify the work. Click on the Glogster digital poster below, you will find general information about the United Kingdom and some videos. Now take a look at my Cacoo mindmap below about the UK form of government.

Green Thinking, Citylinking Skye is world famous for its natural beauty, history and romance. It offers a truly unforgettable experience - a real adventure among jagged mountains, sweeping moors and dramatic waterfalls. Citylink offer the perfect way to travel the west coast to Skye. From Glasgow there are three direct services a day and a fourth to Fort William. If you are travelling from Edinburgh you can reach Skye by connecting in Glasgow on Service 900 or by travelling as far as Fort William on Service 913, which runs daily during the summer season between May and October. Climbers can stop off at White Corries and spectacular Glencoe and at Fort William there’s a handy connection to Mallaig with Shiel Buses.

Fort William & Lochaber Area Guide Fort William and Lochaber is a huge rural area in the west Highlands of Scotland with the principal town Fort William lying on the shore of Loch Linnhe below Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. The area features the most westerly point in Britain - Ardnamurchan Point; the second deepest loch - Loch Morar; the Highland mountain; the most infamous Highland glen - historic Glencoe with its amazing scenery; perhaps the most famous glen in Scotland - Glenfinnan - where the Clan Cameron gathered there to meet Bonnie Prince Charlie from France, to lead the historic Jacobite Army. We have the only mountain gondola in Scotland with two superb downhill bike tracks and a full range of summer and winter sports.

Wales profile - Overview 15 January 2013Last updated at 06:19 ET Wales, a part of the United Kingdom, has retained its distinctive culture and has enjoyed a degree of autonomy since 1999. It includes a heavily industrialised south, a largely-Anglicised and prosperous farming east, and a Welsh-speaking, hill-farming North and West. Wales' devolved government - home rule - is now acquiring more powers and its economy is refocusing on light industry, tourism and financial services, but a small population and poor transport infrastructure continue to make development uneven. Welsh identity and the Welsh language have received a boost from an enlivened popular culture scene in the 1990s, and from the devolution of power from the central government in London to the Welsh National Assembly in Cardiff.

150 Years of The Tube You are going to listen to a radio clip about the London Undergrounddo a comprehension activity Discuss Does your city have a metro or underground railway?How old is it?Have you ever been on the Tube in London? Green Thinking, Citylinking Citylink offer three direct services each day from Glasgow and Edinburgh to Belfast. There are also handy connections from other parts of Scotland on the Citylink network. Service 923 takes you to Cairnryan to meet the Stena Superfast VII & Superfast VIII to Belfast Stena Line Terminal. From here you can travel into the centre of Belfast with our partners Ulsterbus. Top 10 Scenic Roads in Scotland Glencoe If you’re one of the 55% of visitors to Scotland whose main reason for coming is to enjoy its landscape and scenery – the most popular reason cited by visitors (VisitScotland, 2012) – then you’re in the right place. In this article I’ll take you on an insider’s guide to some of the most scenic routes in Scotland, and pointing out some great things to see and do along the way.

British Royal Family Arms Royal Coat of Arms The main element of the Royal Arms is the shield which is divided into four quarters (see diagram). The three golden lions on a red background, symbolising England, occupy the first and fourth quarters. The Arms of Scotland, a red lion rearing on its hind legs inside a red border, are in the second quarter, and the Arms of Ireland's golden harp with silver strings on a blue background - are in the third quarter. The lion and the unicorn supporting the shield represent England and Scotland respectively.

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