Scottish Cultural Interests
The Romans invaded Britain in the 1st century AD, they added southern Britain to their empire as the province Britannia. They were unable though, to subdue the fierce tribes in the north. A massive wall was built across the island from sea to sea on demand by the Emperor Hadrian, to keep these tribes from invading Britannia. Parts of this Hadrian's Wall still stand on the Scottish border today. More...
The national football team of Scotland has played international
football longer than any other nation in the world along with England.
Scotland competed against England in the world’s first international
football match at the West of Scotland Cricket Club, Patrick, in 1872,
the match ended 0-0. More…
Scottish music comes in many forms. First of all there are the summer
shows you will find throughout Scotland, mostly aimed at tourists. These
shows host a predominance of tartan, bagpipes, highland dancing, comedy
and songs of hills and heather – essentially the image many tourists have
of Scotland. They follow a successful recipe made famous by the television
series ‘The White Heather Club’ broadcast in the 1960s.
Sir James Barrie, was born on 9 May 1860 in Scotland and died on 19
June 1937 in London, England. He was a dramatist and novelist who
was probably best known for his fiction, Peter Pan, the boy who
refused to grow up. He studied at the University of Edinburgh and
spent quite a while on the Nottingham Journal before he set off
to London as a free-lance writer in 1885. More…
Founded in 1947, the Edinburgh International Festival is an annual
festival held in celebration of the arts. From reasonably humble
beginnings over fifty years ago, it is now seen as one of the most
significant celebrations of the arts in the world.
Every year, an average of 217 000 people gather at Edinburgh Castle
in order to watch the famous Military Tattoo. Begun in the year 1950
with just eight items in the program, the Military Tattoo has gone
from strength to strength over the years. Now an average of 1000
participants strutting their stuff at Edinburgh Castle are regularly
watched on television by millions of people world wide.
The Hogmanay Festival is essentially a new years celebration with a
difference. This festival takes place on the 31st of December every
year and is phenomenally well supported and raucous. It’s a ticketed
festival that starts quite early in the evening reaching its peak as
expected at midnight with the ringing of bells and plenty of kissing.
Then old folk song ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is sung and followed by more
There are a number of Highland Games held through the highlands Scotland.
Many of them have been taking place for so long that it is unknown when
they were started or why. Today, however, they provide a showcase of
traditional sporting events that are participated in and enjoyed by people
of all nationalities. More…
Every summer a unique four-day celebration is held in the Hebrides of
Scotland. This musical festival is eagerly awaited by locals and tourists
alike and it has grown in popularity at a remarkable rate since its
inception in 1995. Despite its relative youth, the Hebridean Celtic
Festival is the largest Celtic festival in the north of Scotland and it
is a showcase of top Celtic talents. More…
Every year people gather from all over the world to enjoy the Edinburgh
International Jazz & Blues Festival. This is the biggest jazz event in
Britain and it is generally held over ten days during the summer months in
If the delicate sounds of the harp soothe your mind and body, you might
be interested in attending the Edinburgh Harp Festival held in summer
months in Edinburgh, Scotland. The festival was first held in 1982
and it offers a little something for everyone. It is usually held in
the surroundings of the Merchiston Castle School. More…