Highland Games, which take place from Cowal to Tomintoul and all points in between, are a unique mix of the sporting, the cultural and the social. They usually comprise a programme of field and track events, piping and Highland dancing competitions and 'heavy events' like the tug-o-war, the hammer throw and tossing the caber.
Scotland's gearing to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, so it's an exciting time for sport, whether you're a spectator or a participant.
Around the world tributes to Robert Burns are held through the ritual of the Burns' Supper. Originally started a few years after his death by a group of his friends and acquaintances, to honour his memory, the suppers are now celebrated annually on the date of his birth, 25th January. Here are the perfect ingredients needed to hold your very own Burns' Supper.
Founded in 2004, the Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK's largest celebration of the visual arts.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe supplies the laughs, the world class performers and also adds most of the carnival atmosphere of festival time to the city's streets.
Edinburgh is Scotland's shining capital city: an architectural jewel with its contrasting Old and New Towns, a place packed with history from its Castle to its Palace and every wynd and close in between.
Edinburgh is the first UNESCO City of Literature, and no wonder given its history is full of the words and works of some of the most celebrated writers who have ever lived.
If you think festivals in Edinburgh are just for adults, think again.
The Edinburgh International Festival is the leading event in Scotland's cultural calendar and the city becomes the world's hotspot for culture vultures every August.
France may have the glamour of Cannes and America the independent edginess of Sundance but it's Edinburgh that boasts the longest continuously running film festival in the world, which celebrated its 71st edition in 2017.