Off the wee beaten track

Off the wee beaten track

Article from RCA Villages' magazine - Evolve Winter 2018

Long recognised as a location worth filming, think Harry Potter, Braveheart, Outlander, Skyfall – Scotland offers so much more than bagpipes, tartan, haggis and whisky.

Rugged, colourful, and feisty, Scotland stands apart. This beautiful country is well known for its dramatic scenery of mountains and valleys, rolling hills, green fields and forests, and rugged coastline. While the Highlands are famous, Scotland’s Lowlands, islands and the flat lands of the North-East are equally beautiful.

From its stony architecture to its wild untamed landscape, Scotland has a distinct identity which is evident from its borders. Outside its main cities, Scotland's sights are subtle, and the misty glens, countryside castles, and brooding mountains are unforgettable. It's easy to fall in love with the irrepressible spirit and beautiful landscape of this faraway corner of Britain.

From its mountain wildernesses such as the Cairngorms and Northwest Highlands, interspersed with glacial glens (valleys) and lochs (lakes), to its major cities – Edinburgh with its iconic hilltop castle, and Glasgow with its vibrant arts scene, Scotland has it all.

The world of the ancients is never far from the present. Scotland is full of Neolithic sites, standing stones that protrude like silent sentinels, archaeological sites including Skara Brae (perfectly preserved homes of a Neolithic community), tombs and cairns open a window to the past.

5 reasons to love Scotland


Who doesn’t love unicorns?  The Scots do!  A symbol of grace and purity, with supersonic healing powers,  the unicorn is their national animal.

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The scenery is so breathtaking – you really just need to point and click.

Castles without having to play Game of Thrones

History buffs are spoiled for choice; there are over 2000 castles dotted across the country. Ahhh. The romance of it all!

Fingal’s Cave

A gift from Mother Nature, Fingal’s Cave is a place of unrivalled proportions. Hexagonally-jointed symmetrical basalt columns form the structure above the taunting ebb and flow of the sea. This remarkable sea cave awaits on the uninhabited isle of Staffa and can be reached by boat tour.

The secrets of Rosslyn Chapel

Made famous by the DaVinci Code, this stunning chapel is located outside of Edinburgh and has flummoxed historians, movie-makers, and visitors for centuries. Intricately carved stone-work is laced with strange symbolism, ancient cults appear behind every story, and alien activity frequently gets reported by UFO hunters.

Image: Menzies Castle, Aberfeldy, Scotland -

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of a move to a modern retirement village around Melbourne. Booking a tour at one of the RCA Villages around Melbourne can be a great place to start. Visit the website of the village in the region you would like to visit for contact details.

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