Bagpipes, kilts and haggis – oh my! Although Scotland is part of the United Kingdom, the country’s unique culture sets it apart from its southern neighbors. Edinburgh is the cultural capital of the country and has castles, cobblestone streets and rolling hills. Glasgow is a bit more modern and cosmopolitan with great museums and a lively student culture. In Northern Scotland, you can buy stunning mountains and lakes. If you are lucky, you may even spot the Loch Ness Monster!