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The 10 Most Beautiful Edinburgh Buildings You Won't Find Anywhere Else

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

Scotland: 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.

A Local's Guide to Edinburgh's 10 Coolest Cocktail Bars

Consistently rated on of Europe’s best travel destinations, Edinburgh has no shortage of watering holes. Here are the Scottish capital’s best wine and cocktail bars.

Gourmet Guide to Aberdeen: 10 Must-Try Restaurants and Pubs in the Granite City

Read our curated guide and eat out in Aberdeen – our hand-picked selection covers 10 of the best cultural restaurants and cafés in the Granite City.

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.

Edinburgh's 10 Unmissable Events and Festivals this August

Get into the festival spirit this August in Edinburgh, as Scotland’s capital comes alive with music, theatre, food and culture.

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.

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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.

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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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