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The music room at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
Creative itinerary ››

Follow this creative itinerary to explore Scotland’s proud creative heritage and flourishing arts and cultural scene.

  • Overlooking the harbour of Findhorn Bay at sunset. The Findhorn Bay Arts Festival takes place in September 2014. © Ian Cameron
    Sunset at Findhorn Bay, Moray Firth - home to the Findhorn Bay Arts Festival © Ian Cameron
  • The intricate stitching of an embroidered panel which makes up the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry which tours Scotland in 2014
    The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry
  • A cheering crowd show their appreciation at the Wickerman Festival, Dumfries & Galloway
    A cheering crowd show their appreciation at the Wickerman Festival, Dumfries & Galloway

Scotland's creative scene is bursting at the seams with some of the best art, music, dance, theatre and heritage anywhere in the world. Our capital city is home to the world's greatest arts festival and our national identity is expressed and celebrated throughout our traditional arts and culture. 

Discover this thriving hub with a programme of events, festivals, exhibitions and workshops throughout 2014 which promise to both inspire and reward.

Winter festivals

Experience the magic of Scotland in winter and take part in the many seasonal festivals across the country. With bustling Christmas markets, tasty street food, family entertainment, carol services and even a haggis-making championship, there’s plenty going on to put you in the festive spirit.

Scots really know how to get the party going when it comes to seeing in the New Year - the country’s Hogmanay celebrations are famed across the world. In towns and cities around Scotland, you’ll find a whole host of great events where you can ‘bring in the bells’. Join hundreds of revellers in Scotland’s capital and see top international music stars at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, or why not take part in traditional music workshops and dances at the An Lanntair Ceilidh Festival in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis?

St Andrews Day

Celebrate the very best of Scotland at some brilliant events during the St Andrews Day weekend on 29 – 30 November. There are some tasty events serving up the best Scottish produce such as Glasgow’s St Andrews Day Feastival or the St Andrews Food and Drink Festival in Fife.

Hear Scottish folk stories at Edinburgh’s Scottish Storytelling Centre, or be part of the many goings-on at The Saltire Festival in East Lothian. Get out on Perth’s streets and experience street theatre, dance, music and games, or put on your dancing shoes and catch one of the many ceilidhs being held across the country.

Station Stories

Between 26 November – 13 December, be part of this art project which transports you into cinematic worlds in miniature. Taking place at train stations in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh, don headphones and peek through the Victorian-inspired peepshow viewers and be swept away on an enchanting journey of sound and vision.

Home Straits

Enjoy a series of high quality arts events exploring the ideas of home, borders, exile and return, which take place throughout December. Highlights include performances at Tramway, Glasgow through to Ullapool, St Andrews and Edinburgh along with pop up performances around Scotland.

Watch and Wolf

In Edinburgh this December, experience some of your favourite festive films in a multi-sensory cinema experience at the National Gallery of Scotland. At Watch and Wolf, enjoy classic films whilst eating and drinking along with the characters on the silver screen.

Ae Spark o' Nature's Fire

On 29 December, head to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and Monument gardens in Ayr for a fiery celebration of Scotland’s Bard at Ae Spark o' Nature's Fire. See the garden bathed in warm light from the fire installations and flame-lined paths, and discover exciting surprises in the depths of the garden.

Scottish Diaspora Tapestry

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry has been two years in the making and has brought together volunteers from over 25 countries to celebrate the experiences of migrant Scots over the centuries. Enjoy a nationwide programme of events focusing round this fascinating tapestry which features over 200 embroidered panels.


Celebrate 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland at GENERATION, a ground breaking project which features works of over a hundred artists in dozens of venues across the country. All the exhibitions are free to see.

Get creative

Our creative side is not just about events and festivals. Why not uncover the very best in Scottish arts and crafts? Our fantastic museums, galleries and venues are open year-round, or you can take inspiration from our three-day creative itinerary.

Don't forget to bookmark this page to keep up to date with the full programme of creative activities as they're announced.