Scotland is filled with fun, competitive and quirky traditions—some of which go back hundreds of years. The country boasts more than 1,500 castles, has some of the most stunning scenery in all of the United Kingdom and is home to adventurers and history enthusiasts alike. Scotland may be small but there's plenty to shout about from majestic islands, wild coastlines and pristine beaches to rolling hills, glens and highlands—Scotland’s nature is a huge part of its appeal. As scientists and ancient wisdom both teach us: our connection to nature is essential to our health and well-being. And for those who love a more urban lifestyle, the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow are up to the task.