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Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 ››

Discover the talent across Scotland this year with YIAD 2016.

Discover Scotland and you’ll find the country is a fantastic mix of stunning landscapes, wildlife and wonderful local produce, combined with a thriving arts and culture scene, and topped off with a colourful history of epic battles and historic castles.

Read all about Scotland’s most iconic and recognisable symbols, the Saltire, the thistle, the patron saint, St Andrew, and the kilt, and once you’re here you can visit many attractions to find out more.

Learn what wildlife to look for when you visit Scotland, plan a walking trip up a Munro, Corbett or Graham, read about Scottish literature and the life of the National Bard, Robert Burns.

There’s so much to learn about Scotland but there are many exciting ways to experience Scotland - by reading a book, watching a film, tasting local produce or visiting an attraction.

Start your discovery of Scotland now.

  • Looking across Kiloran Bay on the Isle of Colonsay
    Kiloran Bay on the Isle of Colonsay
  • The Brig O' Doon House Hotel and the Burns Monument and Gardens at Alloway, birthplace of Robert Burns, South Ayrshire.
    The Brig O' Doon House Hotel and the Burns Monument and Gardens at Alloway
  • A man sits taking in the paintings at Aberdeen Art Gallery
    Aberdeen Art Gallery
  • Arbroath Smokies
    Arbroath Smokies
A view of the sun setting over Loch Lomond from Rowardennan Pier

Nature and geography

Explore the beautiful landscapes and wildlife of Scotland from the sandy coastlines to the highest Munros and greenest forests.

Looking up to Edinburgh Castle at the top of Arthur's Seat


Uncover Scotland’s literary greats, trace back your family history and marvel at some truly breathtaking castles and monuments.

Golden Eagle


Discover all the different animals you can see in Scotland and where to see them, from birds to whales, and squirrels to seals.

Burns storytelling festival at the Brig o' Doon

Robert Burns

Learn more about Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Bard, who in a short but fascinating life made a lasting mark that sees him revered the world over.

The exterior of the Playhouse in Edinburgh

Arts and culture

Uncover an eclectic range of theatre and dance, the world’s festival capital, outstanding summer music festivals, blockbuster movie locations, breathtaking art and architecture and a captivating literary history.

A plate of finest Scottish seafood

Food and drink

Scotland is renowned for its unrivalled produce, and its unspoilt habitats and varied weather are perfect for producing a wide variety of high quality fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and meat and much more.

A circular chamber, known as the Dome, which houses registers in the ScotlandsPeople Centre, Edinburgh

Scottish ancestors

Use these handy tips and information to help find out if you have Scottish ancestors and trace your family line back through hundreds of years with ancestry websites, research centres and historic attractions.

Discover more of Scotland

National Parks

Uncover Scotland’s two beautiful National Parks in the Cairngorms and in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs.


Plan a trip around some of Scotland’s fascinating castles with ideas on what mysterious ruins and imposing properties to visit.

Highland games

Taking place around Scotland every summer, the Highland games bring together dancing, competition and Scottish fun.