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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Sonn Breslin, a student at the University of Stirling and swimmer from the Brilliant Moments TV ad, practicising at the pool.
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Telling the tale of Tam O' Shanter beside the Brig O' Doon at the Burns Storytelling Festival, Alloway

Itineraries

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

Tartan

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.

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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