Scotland's culture can be traced back almost a thousand years and it's just as alive today as it has ever been. From the ancient clans of the 12th century, each generation has added their own cultural thumbprint, creating a unique and vibrant country. It's no wonder more than 50 million people across the globe claim Scottish ancestry!

Scotland is home to a wealth of internationally-renowned contemporary bands and classical musicians currently gracing stages, stereos and soundtracks around the world. From Celtic music to pop and rock, intimate gigs to massive arenas, and Scottish music festivals that will blow you away – we've got you covered.

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Stunning mountains, rugged landscapes, gothic castles and unspoilt wilderness – it's no wonder the Scottish film industry attracts some of the world's leading filmmakers and television producers.

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There's a long history of internationally acclaimed Scottish artists that stretches back hundreds of years. From the portraits of Henry Raeburn, to the distinctive designs of the Glasgow Boys and the success of contemporary Scottish artists such as Jack Vettriano and Peter Howson.

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The international reputation of Scotland's fashion industry is, by no means, a recent development. From our traditional Highland dress - the kilt - which dates back to the 16th century, to the contemporary designers currently gracing the catwalks and glossy pages of our fashion magazines, Scottish fashion has enviable credentials.

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From professional, amateur and community performance companies, to a multitude of dedicated festivals (including the world's largest arts festival) - It's safe to say that Scotland is the ideal location to soak up the arts!

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From medieval crofts and castles to Victorian tenements, industrial conversions and cutting edge, contemporary buildings and structures. The history of Scotland's architecture is an interesting and varied timeline of design and creativity.

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Scottish museums and galleries are a veritable treasure trove of inspiration, home to some of the most coveted art and artifacts in the world.

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For centuries, Scottish writing has been at the forefront of world literature. Scottish literature has also shaped and influenced some of the greatest writers to have ever put pen to paper.

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Scotland's sporting traditions are legendary worldwide and our impact on the world of sport is truly massive. We can lay claim to the invention, or early development, of a number of the most popular international sports - including football, golf, hockey, rugby and tennis.

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The world has been revolutionised time and time again by great Scottish inventors, fuelled by their boundless imagination and inspired creativity. From the television and penicillin, to tidal energy turbines, a passion for innovation in Scotland has advanced industry at home and overseas throughout history.

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English is the main language spoken in Scotland today and has been the since the 18th Century. However, there are a wide range of different accents and dialects spoken across the country.

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Scotland has been handing down its traditions for close to a thousand years now, since the earliest days of the clans in the 12th century. However, Scottish traditions are not something sterile under glass and steel in a cold museum. They are vibrant, living things, constantly growing and evolving.

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