Scotland’s Creative Place Awards

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One of Andy Goldsworthy's Striding Arches on Bail Hill
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See Scotland's stunning scenery brought to life

  • Two ladies read outside The Book Shop in Wigtown
    The Book Shop, in Wigtown, Scotland's Book Town
  • The sign for Scotland's Craft Town, West Kilbride
    West Kilbride, Scotland's Craft Town

Learn more about Scotland's Creative Place award-winners during the Year of Creative Scotland 2012, which include the country’s Book Town and Craft Town.

As part of the Year of Creative Scotland 2012, the country’s inspirational artistic talent was celebrated. In recognition of their creative and cultural strengths, three Scottish towns received Creative Place status.

Wigtown - Scotland’s National Book Town

  • A Wigtown Book Town sign hangs in the townImmerse yourself in the world of literature in the country's National Book Town in Dumfries & Galloway. Despite its small size, Wigtown boasts over 30 book-related businesses and hosts one of Scotland's most acclaimed book festivals each autumn.
  • The Wigtown Book Festival, is the town's popular annual celebration of literature, held each October. It draws writers, poets and critics from across the world for a celebration of the written word.

West Kilbride - Scotland’s first Craft Town

  • Discover a haven of arts and crafts in this picturesque town on the North Ayrshire coast. Scotland's Craft Town boasts eight craft studios and a gallery showcasing local craftsmen’s beautiful creations in everything from jewellery and pottery to weaving and basket-making. 
  • The Barony Centre, in the heart of the town, has been transformed into a major exhibition and retail space, craft education workshop and masterclass suite and a café, and will act as a regional centre for promoting Scotland's fantastic craft and design.

St Andrews - Year of Celebration 2012 A saxophonist busks in the sunshine in Church Square, St Andrews

  • One of Fife’s true delights, St Andrews is a town steeped in history, and is home to Scotland's oldest university, which celebrated its 600th anniversary in 2012.
  • The town and surrounding area also has a rich cultural heritage and a packed cultural event programme
  • Other unmissable events include the East Neuk Festival in June and a new music celebration, the St Andrews Voices in October.

Creetown and Huntly