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Edinburgh's 10 Top Cocktail Bars

A 'Top 10' list of the best and brightest cocktail bars in Edinburgh.

Escape Edinburgh: Flee to Falkirk's Fringe

Time to Get Away, things to do when the Fringe covers your eyes and you can no longer see the culture past the vultures…we look at five attractions in Falkirk.

The Top 7 Things to Do and See in Inverness

Read our guide to discover the activities not to be missed when in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.

The Top 7 Things To Do and See in St Andrews

Read our guide to discover what not to miss in the iconic St Andrews, Scotland’s oldest university town.

Scottish Contemporary Folk: 10 Musicians You Must Listen to

We cover the most inspiring and important contemporary folk musicians from Scotland.

The 7 Best Parks To Visit in Edinburgh

Read our guide to discover the most breathtaking green spaces in Scotland’s capital city.

The 6 Best-Kept Secrets of Glasgow

Discover the top hidden Glasgow gems in the UK’s second-largest city.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Fort William

The Scottish Highlands provide an idyllic setting for some of the country’s finest eateries. Read our guide to the best restaurants in Fort William.

Top 10 Things to Do and See in Dundee

Discover the best of Dundee: attractions, museums, and experiences in this charming city on the banks of the River Tay.

Edinburgh vs London | Cultural Attractions in the Capitals

Often considered the two most beautiful cities in the UK, both London and Edinburgh have a lot to offer. How do they compare on some of the essentials?

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Scotland Art + Artists

Europe's 10 Unmissable Art Exhibitions in Winter 2015

We check out the unmissable examples of beautifully exhibited artwork on offer in Europe this Winter.

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.

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.

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 10 Best Restaurants in Fort William

The Scottish Highlands provide an idyllic setting for some of the country’s finest eateries. Read our guide to the best restaurants in Fort William.

The 10 Best Wine Bars in Edinburgh

Read our guide to the best wine bars in Edinburgh.

The 10 Best Scottish Restaurants in Glasgow

We explore the booming culinary scene in Glasgow, selecting the top 10 Scottish restaurants.

The 10 Best Scottish Restaurants in Edinburgh

We guide you through the best purveyors of Scottish cuisine that the capital city has on offer.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Stirling and Dunblane

From quirky food trucks to elegant restaurants, we explore the best dining options in Stirling and Dunblane.

Top 10 Under £5 Student Eats Near Edinburgh University

Working with a student budget, and a ravenous appetite? Eat delicious food at these 10 cheap eateries, right in the heart of the student area of Edinburgh University.

Top 10 Places to Have Haggis in Edinburgh

Try the best haggis in Edinburgh at these 10 Scottish eateries, ranging from traditional pubfare to classy dining.

St Andrews' 10 Best Restaurants & Gourmet Pubs

We list the top 10 local restaurants in this charming medieval town.

Glasgow's 10 Best Vegetarian Restaurants

A list of ten of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants to visit in Glasgow.

Glasgow's 10 Best Spots for Indie Burgers

Amidst the rainy grey of Glasgow what better way to warm up than with a gourmet burger? Here are ten of the best independent burger restaurants:

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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