An independent sovereign state
England became an independent sovereign state during the Early Middle Ages, ruled by a King or Queen. Through his inheritance of the English Crown, James VI, King of Scots became King of England in the 1600s. Consequently, this formed a “personal union” of the two countries.
Scotland then entered a political union with England on 1 May 1707 to form part of the Kingdom of Great Britain. This union already included Wales. Significantly, this had the effect of creating an entirely new Parliament in Great Britain. This replaced both the Scotish and English Parliament. Great Britain united with the Kingdom of Ireland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801.
However, the union is not without complication. Firstly, Scotland has kept a separate legal system from England Wales and Northern Ireland. Secondly, the Scottish pound has the same value as the English pound sterling but has a different format.
Below you will find a list of some of the most interesting places to visit in Scotland:
Links to pages with further information to be provided shortly (current website build).
Inverkip – West coast and famous for reported Witches in the 1600s!
Glasgow – third biggest town in the United Kingdom, on the River Clyde
The River Clyde – flows into the Firth of Clyde, famous for Shipbuilding since the Roman Empire
Loch Lomond in The Trossachs National Park – the largest stretch of inland water in the United Kingdom (by surface area)
The Highland’s – includes the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis
Lock Ness – known for its famous monster!
Edinburgh – Edinburgh Castle and Authur’s Peak being two of the most famous landmarks
Isle of Skye – the largest Island in the Scottish Hebrides, popular with tourists for it’s dramatic landscapes, wildlife and flora
Mull of Kintyre – the southwestern tip of the peninsula of Kintyre. Immortalised in Paul McCartney’s hit song in 1977