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Top 10 Scotland by Alastair Scott

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The Far North

Don't let the remoteness deter you, for it is the very emptiness itself that bestows upon the visitor senses of wonder and privilege in the Far North. The dazzling beaches along the northern coastline are a surprise to many, while further north still are the former Viking strongholds of Orkney and Shetland. Orkney is green and fertile, and contains one of the greatest concentrations of prehistoric remains in Europe. Shetland is wilder, with millions of seabirds and islanders who celebrate their Viking roots with a blazing fire festival.

1. Handa Island

Once populated by hardy people who elected a queen and ran their own parliament, ...

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