Features

Our features section has a whole host of articles all about Scotland and our connections with the world. Full of fascinating facts and interesting information, our features provide an in-depth account of all things Scotland. Pick from some of our most popular topics below, or dive into 'all features' to explore everything we have to offer!

The Canadian Pacific Railway: The Four Scotsmen Who Blazed A Trail Across Canada

The Canadian Pacific Railway: The Four Scotsmen Who Blazed A Trail Across Canada

On the 7th November 1885 in Craigellachie, British Columbia, Scotsman Donald Smith was given the honour of driving in the last spike on the newly-formed Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). The track united British Columbia, isolated in the west of Canada, with the east and remains a popular symbol of national unity in Canada to this day.

Mark & Ethan's Scottish Adventure | #MyScotStory

Mark & Ethan’s Scottish Adventure | #MyScotStory

We welcomed US-based vloggers Mark Miller and Ethan Hethcote across the pond for the latest instalment of Scot Story. Find out about their Scottish adventures.

Alice Munro: Canada’s Nobel Laureate

Alice Munro: Canada’s Nobel Laureate

Alice Munro is one of Canada's brightest literary stars and her work has established her as one of the greatest living writers of fiction. She also has the honour of being Canada's sole recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, which was won in 2013.

The Hector Settlers: Creating a 'New Scotland' in Canada

The Hector Settlers: Creating a ‘New Scotland’ in Canada

244 years ago, on 15 September 1773, the town of Pictou in Nova Scotia welcomed nearly 200 Scottish settlers on board the ship, Hector. The landing of this famous ship is popularly regarded as one of the earliest arrivals of Scottish settlers to Canada.

Scotland's Stunning Sights Secure Accolade of 'Most Beautiful Country'

Scotland’s Stunning Sights Secure Accolade of ‘Most Beautiful Country’

Scotland was recently voted 'Most Beautiful Country in the World' by readers of the acclaimed 'travel bible' Rough Guides. This is one in a list of several accolades which mark us out as one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Of course, this comes as no surprise to us, but we may be a little biased on that!

Whisky around the world

Whisky around the world

Markets such as Asia and South America have developed a taste for the ‘water of life’ or ‘uisge beatha’ in Gaelic, and demonstrate the strongest growth in terms of shipments while the USA, France and Germany remain among the top ten export destinations.

The University Founders: The Scotsmen That Shaped Canada’s Higher Education

The University Founders: The Scotsmen That Shaped Canada’s Higher Education

In the month of October, some things can always be counted on across Scotland and Canada. Autumn begins to take a firm hold, turning the leaves incredible shades of gold, scarlet and orange. Also, university campuses bustle as the new academic year gets into full flow.

Scotland's Women Ready for Battle at Euro 2017 Football Tournament

Scotland’s Women Ready for Battle at Euro 2017 Football Tournament

The Scotland women's national team are gearing up for the start of the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 Tournament this week. The competition, which takes place in the Netherlands, will unfold over the next three weeks with the final taking place on 6 August in the town of Enschede.

World Fringe Day: 70 Years in the Making

World Fringe Day: 70 Years in the Making

World Fringe Day is being celebrated on 11 July; a day that pays tribute to everything that's great about fringe festivals. This is the first year that World Fringe Day has been celebrated, and it also coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Jo Stougaard's Taste of Scotland | #MyScotStory

Jo Stougaard’s Taste of Scotland | #MyScotStory

Last month our Scot Story programme began, as we welcomed our first guest to Scotland to trace her ancestry. Follow Jo's route in Scotland, discovering food and drink gems and visiting the Maxwell Clan seat in Dunfries & Galloway.

Sir John A. MacDonald: Son of Scotland, Father of Canada

Sir John A. MacDonald: Son of Scotland, Father of Canada

It's impossible to write about the history of Canada without mentioning Sir John A. MacDonald. A proud Scotsman, MacDonald served as Canada's first (and third) Prime Minister. He was hugely also influential in creating the Confederation of Canada, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.

The Refreshing Success of Scotland's Craft Beer Industry

The Refreshing Success of Scotland’s Craft Beer Industry

Today is National Beer Day and pubs and punters around the country are celebrating by raising a glass to our cold, frothy friend. Although whisky is the national drink of Scotland, we also have a long and rich history when it comes to brewing beer. With a tradition dating back over 5,000 years, Scotland has long prided itself on producing top quality beers and ales. 

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