Most Recent Scotland Articles

The Best Pancakes Destinations In Edinburgh

Sweet or savoury, discover the most mouth-watering creations for a Scottish Shrove Tuesday in Edinburgh.

107 Books From Around The World I Want To Read Before I Die

Read the ultimate world reading guide by Ewa Zubek, The Culture Trip's Director of Editorial & Social Media.

The 40,000 Year History of London, In Paper

Learn something new today: head back to the Stone Age to discover the events that helped to shape London today.

The 15 Best Cities In The World For Culture Lovers

From NYC to Florence to Samarkand to Kyoto, here is a run-down of some of the best cities in the world brimming with culture.

How These Instagrammers Captured Breakfast In London

Happy Breakfast Week! As an ode to the most important meal of the day, we've collected some Instagram snaps to give you some get-out-of-bed motivation!

Why Do We Celebrate Burns Night?

Burns Night is a fun way to celebrate everything Scottish, from haggis to tartan. Read up on the history of Scotland's best-loved poet, Robert Burns, who inspired it.

10 Underrated Romance Novels

Looking for something to read? Add these top ten underrated romance novels to your list.

10 New Year's Eve Traditions Around The World

We look into the diverse, and sometimes rather odd, ways in which cultures around the world usher in the New Year.

The 15 Travel Destinations You Need To Visit In 2016

If you're looking for a bit of travel inspiration for 2016, then our specially curated list will give you ideas beyond the predictable.

Interview With Sketchy Beats, Edinburgh’s Cool New Arts Café

We interview Cosima Canneti, founder of a cosy art and music café right in the heart of Edinburgh's hippest neighbourhood.

Christmas In Edinburgh: Top Things To Do And See

From movies to ice skating to festive dinners, here are the best things to do in Edinburgh this Christmas season.

13 Unbelievably Young Creatives From History

We profile some of the youngest and most impressive creative geniuses from the areas of music, film, art, and literature.

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Scotland Art + Artists

13 Unbelievably Young Creatives From History

We profile some of the youngest and most impressive creative geniuses from the areas of music, film, art, and literature.

The 12 Best Artworks By Jean-Etienne Liotard

A pioneer of oil pastels and a master of his art, we take a look at 12 of Jean-Etienne Liotard's finest pieces of artwork.

The Top 10 Sculptures In Glasgow

From modern masterpieces by Andy Scott to gothic tombs designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, we profile the best pieces of public art in Scotland's cultural capital.

The Alien Gargoyle Of Paisley Abbey

Gargoyles are intentionally grotesque and ironic Gothic sculptures. Read on to find out more about Paisley Abbey's 'Alien' gargoyle.

Gripping Theatre With A Social Conscience In Glasgow

A theatre group in Glasgow creates an epic and moving drama about British volunteers in the Spanish Civil War. Read our guide to discover more.

Scots Of The Spanish Civil War: Interview With Wonder Fools

The Culture Trip speaks with the Glasgow-based theatre group Wonder Fools about their intriguing historical drama, '549.'

Exploring Edinburgh's Artistic Heritage | The 5 Best Public Sculptures

We explore the magical city of Edinburgh, discovering five of the best public sculptures that exemplify the rich cultural heritage of the Scottish capital.

Scotland's Top 10 Contemporary Painters You Should Know

We take a look at ten of the top Scottish painters you should know – from landscape painters to portraitists and abstract expressionists.

Scotland’s 10 Most Important Male Artists

Read about Scotland’s most influential male artists, for whom ideas of nation, land and creativity are central to contemporary art.

10 Female Artists from Scotland You Should Know About

Find out which female artists from Scotland are making waves in contemporary painting, sculpture and installation and performance art right now.

Edinburgh's Best Art Galleries and Museums

From commercial art galleries with an eye on the avant-garde to world-class institutions, here are ten of the best contemporary art venues to visit in Edinburgh.

Peter Doig: The Return Of The Unreal

Federico Rosa explores this modern artist’s career and the development of his extraordinary painting process.

Scotland Food + Restaurants

The Best Pancakes Destinations In Edinburgh

Sweet or savoury, discover the most mouth-watering creations for a Scottish Shrove Tuesday in Edinburgh.

How These Instagrammers Captured Breakfast In London

Happy Breakfast Week! As an ode to the most important meal of the day, we've collected some Instagram snaps to give you some get-out-of-bed motivation!

Edinburgh Bars To Cosy Up In This Christmas

To take the chill off this cold season, visit any one of these great, cosy bars in Edinburgh.

The 10 Best Brunch And Late Breakfast Spots In Edinburgh's Old Town

We have listed the best eateries to enjoy brunch or late breakfast in Edinburgh's historic Old Town.

The Best Local Restaurants in Edinburgh

The best eateries in Edinburgh serving up locally sourced, quality-tasting Scottish cuisine.

The Best Cocktail Bars in Edinburgh

From white-tiled speakeasies to gin bar lounges, we profile the best cocktail bars in the Scottish capital Edinburgh.

Glasgow's Best 5 French Restaurants

Exploring the finest French cuisine on offer in Scotland's largest city

The 10 Best Restaurants in New Town, Edinburgh

Edinburgh's New Town boasts more Michelin stars than any other part of the city. We profile the ten best restaurants in this hotbed of culinary talent.

The 10 Best Bars in New Town, Edinburgh

Edinburgh's New Town is the premier destination for retail therapy and cultural pursuits in the capital. We profile the ten best New Town bars for unwinding in after a day at the shops.

The 10 Best Bars in Old Town, Edinburgh

We look for the best watering holes and bars in the historic Old Town of Edinburgh.

The Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Edinburgh

From soup cafes to Tibetan curries, we profile the best vegetarian and vegan eateries in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.

The 10 Best Cafes and Coffeehouses in Edinburgh

From trendy student hangouts to community hubs, we profile the best cafes and coffeehouses in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.

Scotland Design + Architecture

The 10 Best Churches in Glasgow

Read our guide to the best churches to visit in Glasgow, including buildings designed by some of Scotland's most notable architects.

8 Architects Who Shaped Edinburgh

Check out the top architects who shaped Edinburgh, from the neo-classical to Scottish Baronial, stately Georgian homes to magnificent modern masterpieces.

The Most Beautiful Churches in Edinburgh

We take a look at the most elegant and worthy churches to grace the streets of Scotland's historic and beautiful capital.

Edinburgh's 10 Most Beautiful Buildings: From Stone to Glass

We take a closer look at ten of the most beautiful buildings earning Edinburgh the title of ‘the Athens of the North’.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh | Scotland’s Modernist Pioneer

Read about the ground-breaking work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the architect and designer who changed the face of modern Scotland.

About Scotland

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Mentally conjure up Scotland, and a vision of windswept highlands, thistles and tartan flash past whilst one shivers at the thought of the cold. But in reality it offers the warm smell of whisky and a rich and proud cultural heritage. Scotland has produced some of the most celebrated writers and artists of all the United Kingdom; its cultural tradition includes such luminaries as Robert Burns and Walter Scott as well as such modern literary icons as Irvine Welsh and Carol Ann Duffy.

Scotland possesses an interesting contrast between the wilderness and the cities. The capital of Edinburgh is famous as being listed by UNESCO as not only a World Heritage Site, but also a City of Literature. Of course a huge array of writers hailed from here – Robert Louis Stevenson, Ian Rankin and Muriel Spark amongst many. People flock to Edinburgh to see the many areas of historical significance, such as the castle which dominates the skyline and the Royal Mile. The festivals draw huge numbers annually, featuring first-rate music, drama and acts from around the world.

The tradition of Scottish poetry; which often incorporates traditional Celtic and Gaelic languages and highland mythologies is best expressed by Scotland’s National Poet Robert Burns. Hugh MacDiarmid is also representative of classical Scottish poetry whilst Edwin Morgan and Don Paterson are modern poets of Scotland.

Scottish film has often focused on the underbelly of Scottishsociety, as is most evident in Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, adapted from the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh, which depicts the lives of drug addicts in Edinburgh. Some other acclaimed Scottish films are Young Adam and Shallow Grave, also directed by Boyle.

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