Come and experience all that is great about Scotland as part of the Year of Homecoming 2014
Contemporary Scotland blends a rich array of cultures from around the world. However, there are several icons considered to be uniquely and recognisably Scottish. From tartan and bagpipes, kilts and Highland games to our national flag, our national drink and the Gaelic language, discover the history and legends behind Scotland’s national icons and how they came to be associated with our country.
The Honours of Scotland comprise a jewel encrusted crown, an elaborate sword and a sceptre, which all date from the 15th and 16th centuries, and have been fought over for centuries, but are now safely ensconced in Edinburgh Castle.
Gaelic is the Celtic language still spoken in some parts of Scotland to this day. Once the main language across the country, Gaelic is now only spoken by around one percent of the population but there are still many places where you can experience it.
Scotland today is mostly an English-speaking country, but it was not always so. Some parts of Scotland still speak Gaelic and Scots, and the dialect in Orkney and Shetland is heavily influenced by Old Norse.