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A History of St Andrew

A History of St Andrew

November 30th is St Andrew's Day in Scotland. The patronage of the saint whose name means 'manly' also covers fishmongers, gout, singers, sore throats, spinsters, maidens, old maids and women wishing to become mothers. But just who was Saint Andrew and how did he become the patron saint of Scotland?

Sam Heughan Brings Burns Poetry to Life

Sam Heughan Brings Burns Poetry to Life

Scottish actor Sam Heughan, known for his role in the Golden Globe Nominated series Outlander, is helping bring poetry to life this Burns Night.

Scottish Book Trust's top Scottish picks

Scottish Book Trust’s top Scottish picks

Book Week Scotland's five most influential books of all time – including Sir Walter Scott's Waverley novels and the Harry Potter series – as recommended by Scottish Book Trust.

St Andrew's Day Tales and Traditions

St Andrew’s Day Tales and Traditions

There are many tales and traditions from across the world that exist around St Andrews Day, here are some of the most famous.​

Top 11 spooky places to visit in Scotland

Top 11 spooky places to visit in Scotland

Scotland is full of spooky goings on. Our murky past involved clan battles, wars with our near neighbour England and the siege of grim looking castles in almost every part of the country.

Bollywood Star receives honorary degree from University of Edinburgh

Bollywood Star receives honorary degree from University of Edinburgh

Shah Rukh Khan, star of classic Bollywood film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, filmed in Scotland, was awarded an honorary degree by HRH The Princess Royal.

In Scotland, we celebrate in style

In Scotland, we celebrate in style

Scottish fabrics are revered by designers, buyers and fashion houses the world over. Welcome to Scotland, to a country with its own sense of style and creativity.

Getting started in Scottish genealogy

Getting started in Scottish genealogy

October is Family History Month in the USA. If you've always wanted to trace your Scottish ancestry then now is the perfect time. To help get you started, we've answered the ten most common questions on researching your Scottish family tree.

Top Five Places to Live in Scotland

Top Five Places to Live in Scotland

With all the beautiful green spaces, the low crime levels and the quality of health services, the question isn't really "should I move to Scotland?" rather, it's "what area of Scotland should I move to?"

Burns Poetry comes to life in illustration

Burns Poetry comes to life in illustration

In honour of Burns Night, we've created some graphic illustrations that embody the poet's work:

Robert Burns Timeline

Robert Burns Timeline

The Scottish poet Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759 in Alloway, Ayrshire, at what is now Burns Cottage The day of his birth is celebrated today throughout the world as Burns' Night, with Burns' Suppers, poems and songs.

7 Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad in Scotland

7 Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad in Scotland

With tons of top universities and a culture unlike any other, Scotland is a great place to get an international education. If you're still not convinced, here are a few reasons why you should choose Scotland – written by guest contributor Jessica Dante of The Abroad Guide.

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