Arts and culture

With 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 - Scotland has a truly thriving arts and culture scene. Now is the perfect time to plan your trip to ensure you make the most of the wonderful arts and culture on offer.

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Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 ››

Discover the talent across Scotland this year with YIAD 2016.

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Telling the tale of Tam O' Shanter beside the Brig O' Doon at the Burns Storytelling Festival, Alloway


Use these itineraries to discover the creative side of Scotland with sculptures, galleries, attractions and much more.

A pipe band marching at the World Pipe Band Championships, Glasgow Green

Traditional Scottish music

Scotland’s diversity of traditional music is right at the heart of the country’s cultural scene

A close up of a piper wearing a brooch on his full Highland dress


Uncover the fascinating history of one of Scotland’s most iconic products and discover how to find your own tartan.

The exterior of the Perth Concert Hall, Perth

Contemporary architecture

Scotland boasts an impressive range of strong contemporary buildings which showcase the diversity of architecture.

Perth Festival of the Arts
Arts and culture events

Take part in arts and culture events in Scotland and choose between music, film, dance, art and literature festivals.

The music room at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Discover one of Scotland's most renowned artists and architects, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, whose designs have left their mark

Exterior shot of the Glasgow School of Art which is lit up
European City of Culture

Enjoy world-class art collections, quirky music venues and groundbreaking events in Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley.

Two ladies outside a bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland's Book Town
Arts and craft towns

Delve into the bookshops of Wigtown, the National Book Town, and explore the galleries of Kirkcudbright, the Artists' Town.

The statue of Sir Walter Scott below the Scott Monument, Princes Street Gardens East, Edinburgh
City of Literature

Uncover Edinburgh’s literary history and UNESCO status and discover many intriguing connections to famous writers.

An exhibition of paintings by the Glasgow Boys at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
Scottish artists

Scotland’s artists include painter Henry Raeburn, designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Fife-born Jack Vettriano.

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