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Around The World By Light | 16 Incredible Lighthouses

Read our pick of the best lighthouses in the world chosen for their architectural beauty, historic importance and engineering feats.

The 10 Best Cocktail Bars in Glasgow

Read our Glasgow guide to discover quality tipples in Scotland’s cultural hub.

The Best Brunch and Breakfast Spots in Inverness

Read our Inverness brunch guide to the top fry-ups, whisky-infused porridge, and more in the capital of the Highlands.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Oban

With an abundance of ridiculously fresh seafood on offer, there's no better place for seafood lovers to dine than Oban, where you can taste the salt in the air before you even arrive!

The 10 Best Restaurants in Loch Ness

Serving traditional Scottish fare as fresh as you can get, there's no better place in the world to eat so well surrounded by such beauty than at the legendary Loch Ness.

The 10 Most Beautiful Towns In Scotland

Ten towns in Scotland that are noted for their picturesque setting and extraordinary history.

The 10 Best Restaurants in the Isle of Skye

Imagine dining not in a dark and dingy basement chain, but out on a sunny deck with nothing but the wilds of Scotland before your eyes. Such experiences await you, dining in the Isle of Skye!

10 Mind-Bending Exhibitions You Need To Attend in 2015

From hyper-realistic sculptures in London, to interactive installations in Dublin, to cutting-edge media works in New York, here is a list of the top ten exhibitions you need to attend before this year is out.

The Best Castles in Scotland

We round up some of the greatest castles to see in Scotland: from the city of Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye.

Discovering The World One Book At A Time

Read this guide to discover some novels that will allow you to see a worldly destination through the eyes of the author and their characters.

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Scotland Art + Artists

10 Mind-Bending Exhibitions You Need To Attend in 2015

From hyper-realistic sculptures in London, to interactive installations in Dublin, to cutting-edge media works in New York, here is a list of the top ten exhibitions you need to attend before this year is out.

Talented Artist Phyllida Barlow: Set in Edinburgh

An interview with artist and sculptor Phyllida Barlow about her new exhibition, Set, at Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery.

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 Cocktail Bars in Glasgow

Read our Glasgow guide to discover quality tipples in Scotland’s cultural hub.

The Best Brunch and Breakfast Spots in Inverness

Read our Inverness brunch guide to the top fry-ups, whisky-infused porridge, and more in the capital of the Highlands.

The 10 Best Restaurants in Oban

With an abundance of ridiculously fresh seafood on offer, there's no better place for seafood lovers to dine than Oban, where you can taste the salt in the air before you even arrive!

The 10 Best Restaurants in Loch Ness

Serving traditional Scottish fare as fresh as you can get, there's no better place in the world to eat so well surrounded by such beauty than at the legendary Loch Ness.

The 10 Best Restaurants in the Isle of Skye

Imagine dining not in a dark and dingy basement chain, but out on a sunny deck with nothing but the wilds of Scotland before your eyes. Such experiences await you, dining in the Isle of Skye!

The 8 Best French Restaurants in Edinburgh

Read our guide and discover where to get a taste of the Continent with these French eateries in the Scottish capital.

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.

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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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