At the outer edges of Western Europe, Scotland is buffeted by the Atlantic on its Western side. There is not much but vast expanses of ocean between Scotland
and the American continent.
To the North, there is little between us and the Arctic.
On the East we have (confusingly) the North Sea. Further afield are our Scandinavian and Germanic neighbours and from even further East we sometimes feel
the effects of Baltic frosts and cold Siberian winds.
To the South our neighbours are the English with whom we have had love-hate relations for over a thousand years.
Our geography has shaped us. Assailed on many sides by cold and wind we have had to be a hardy lot.