9 Iconic Events & The History Behind Them

Looking for an event that’s uniquely Scottish? Or do you know one, but  always wondered how it became a part of Scottish culture?  We delve into the history of iconic Scottish events so that next time you visit Scotland you can enjoy them on an even deeper level.


Pipe band marching at Ballater Highland Games

Pipe band marching at Ballater Highland Games

© VisitScotland / David N Anderson

Burns Night

Scottish Gas Murrayfield Stadium, home to Scottish rugby.

Six Nations

St Andrews Day Celebrations

© Fife Council / Ryan Edy

St Andrew's Day

Largs Viking Festival

© Ayrshire and Arran Tourism Group

Largs Viking Festival

Fireworks at Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party


Up Helly Aa

Up Helly Aa

Pipe band marching, Ballater Highland Games.

© VisitScotland / David N Anderson

Highland Games

Whisky tasting at Cragganmore Distillery

© Cragganmore Distillery / Jakub Iwanicki

World Whisky Day

The Beltane Fire Festival

© VisitScotland / Kenny Lam


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