It may be cold outside, but there is something undeniably magical about Scotland in winter. Here are our top reasons for visiting Scotland at this time of year.
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.