9 Iconic Events & The History Behind Them

Looking for an event that’s uniquely Scottish? Or do you know one, but have always wondered how it became a part of Scottish culture?  We go behind the scenes of nine iconic Scottish events to show you their rich history, 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

Up Helly Aa

Up Helly Aa

Scottish Gas Murrayfield Stadium, home to Scottish rugby.

Six Nations

The Beltane Fire Festival

© VisitScotland / Kenny Lam


Whisky tasting at Cragganmore Distillery

© Cragganmore Distillery / Jakub Iwanicki

World Whisky Day

Pipe band marching, Ballater Highland Games.

© VisitScotland / David N Anderson

Highland Games

Largs Viking Festival

© Ayrshire and Arran Tourism Group

Largs Viking Festival

Fireworks at Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party


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