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Peter Doig: Revolutionising Landscape Painting

Find out how Trinidad-based Peter Doig has reimagined landscape painting, taking it from the picturesque to a darker rendering of the modern mind.

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.

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 10 Brunch and Late Breakfast Spots You Will Love

Find out where to get Edinburgh’s best brunches, with our guide to eggs, bacon and croissants from Bruntsfield to Leith.

Insider's Guide to Aberdeen's 10 Best Restaurants and Pubs

With fresh fish and Highland produce in abundance, Aberdeen’s dining scene is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets.

Edinburgh’s 10 Best Cultural Restaurants: Scottish Eats and Beyond

Find your favourite dining venue in the Scottish capital with our selection of ten great cultural restaurants showcasing Edinburgh’s lively culinary scene.

Guide to Real Scottish Food: Beyond Haggis and Deep-Fried Mars Bars

Read about authentic Scottish cuisine and explore its surprising influences, traditional dishes and the best spots to try them in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Edinburgh's Best Art Galleries and Museums: Celebrating Scottish Art

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

Whisky Walk: Unravelling the Mystery of Scotch Whisky

Explore the rich history of Scottish terroir that results in Scotland’s unique regional whisky, and discover how whisky matching pairs perfectly with the wonderful natural larder of the country.

Trainspotting for Filth: Irvine Welsh’s Portrayals of Contemporary Scotland

Vincent Wood investigates the work of Irvine Welsh, one of Scotland’s most celebrated contemporary authors, exploring his depictions of the modern Scottish identity.

Only in Glasgow: Ten of the Best Restaurants In Scotland's Liveliest City

Over the years Glasgow has also gained a reputation for its extensive range of highly acclaimed restaurants. We list ten established places offering culturally inspired food with a Glaswegian twist.

A Literary Tour through the United Kingdom

The rich panorama of the United Kingdom has for centuries inspired writers and poets to reimagine the landscape in their works.

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Scotland Art + Artists

Peter Doig: The Return of the Unreal

Explore Peter Doig’s career and the development of his extraordinary painting process.

Edinburgh's Best Art Galleries and Museums: Celebrating Scottish Art

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.

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.

Scotland Food + Restaurants

Edinburgh’s 10 Best Cultural Restaurants: Scottish Eats and Beyond

Find your favourite dining venue in the Scottish capital with our selection of ten great cultural restaurants showcasing Edinburgh’s lively culinary scene.

Insider's Guide to Aberdeen's 10 Best Restaurants and Pubs

With fresh fish and Highland produce in abundance, Aberdeen’s dining scene is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets.

Edinburgh's 10 Brunch and Late Breakfast Spots You Will Love

Find out where to get Edinburgh’s best brunches, with our guide to eggs, bacon and croissants from Bruntsfield to Leith.

Scotland Profile

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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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