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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.

  • Colourful fireworks explode over Calton Hill during Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations © Grant Ritchie
    Edinburgh's Hogmanay © Grant Ritchie
  • 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 © 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. As we finalise our exciting programme of events, here are a few ideas to whet your appetite.

Edinburgh and beyond

As Europe's festival city par excellence, Edinburgh's population more than doubles every August, as hundreds of thousands of visitors and performers from across the globe come together for a month of brilliant live arts events. It's the perfect showcase for comedy, theatre, dance and almost every genre of music under the sun and Homecoming 2014 forms an important part of the festivities. Further afield, the Wickerman Festival in Dumfries & Galloway is one of Scotland's best loved independent music gatherings and should not be missed.

Borders Book Festival

Head to Melrose on 12 – 15 June to hear from a stellar line up of the world’s best writers, communicators and entertainers at the Borders Book Festival, set in the enchanting Harmony Garden in Melrose. During the four day programme of events, household names including Jennifer Saunders, Paddy Ashdown and Steve Backshall will hold talks at this celebration of literature and culture.

Findhorn Bay Arts Festival

Shakespeare's 'Scottish play' receives a new lease of life for the 21st century in the world premiere of Macbeth: the Red King in September 2014. Promising high drama set against the stunning backdrop of Brodie Castle near Forres, it's one of the highlights of this dynamic festival on the Moray coast.

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.

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 open year-round, and even have a go at making something unique yourself at the Spring Fling, or 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.