These additional online resources can help you get ready for your tour of the United Kingdom. The comprehensive collection of sites guides you in learning more and testing your knowledge.
Check Country Profiles and Other Travel Links for links to websites where you can find lots of information on most any country in the world, including Scotland and Wales.
On the CIA's site, you'll find information on everything from national symbols and ethnic relations to etiquette and food for the United Kingdom.
Another great site is Kwintessential, which gives insight into some of the basics in terms of cultural attitudes and values -- click on the country you want to learn about.
Scotland's National Tourism Board site has plenty of information on Scotland, along with beautiful photos. CometoScotland.com gives you the basics on Scottish culture and regions. More articles on various aspects of the culture, from Loch Ness to Robert Burns, are on ItsScotland.
To learn all about Edinburgh, check out the City of Edinburgh site, from shopping and dining to top attractions. For details about the Highlands, browse VisitHighland.com.
To learn the ins and outs of Scottish culture and how it differs from ours, visit the incredibly detailed Countries and their Cultures. You'll find information on everything from national symbols and ethnic relations to etiquette and food. Another great site is Kwintessential, which gives insight into some of the basics in terms of cultural attitudes, etiquette and values of the United Kingdom.
For an introduction to everything Welsh, from history and language to literature and legends, check out the VisitWales site. The BBC has a page dedicated to Wales' history, as well as the more general "Themes" page with details on everything from castles and Celts to royalty and historical figures. The Castles of Wales site helps you explore the castles you'll visit, with essays, pictures, maps and more. For information and pictures on North Wales, the tourism board maintains a site on all the things to see and do.
To learn about Wales' culture, visit Countries and their Cultures, which has details on national symbols, ethnic relations, etiquette and food.