Scotland's tourism industry given fresh hope by North Sea ferry plan – Scotsman comment

Scotland is – we are delighted to say repeatedly and often – full of places that are jaw-droppingly beautiful.

Dunnottar Castle sits on a dramatic rocky headland near Stonehaven (Picture: Jane Barlow/PA)
Dunnottar Castle sits on a dramatic rocky headland near Stonehaven (Picture: Jane Barlow/PA)

And to this natural splendour, people have added some quite extraordinary buildings over the centuries. Admittedly, in the case of castles like Edinburgh and Dunnottar, they did so out of fear of foreign invaders and some equally bloodthirsty neighbours.

However, in these more enlightened times, Scotland is happy to welcome invasions of a very different kind of visitor, with the rampaging warriors of yore replaced by much friendlier tourists. (That’s for the most part at least, with the Covid pandemic having seen off the majority of complaints about over-tourism.)