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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.

5 Reasons Burberry Reigns over British Fashion

Discover the secrets behind the success of the iconic British Brand.

Ancient Tongues: Places in Britain Where Historic Languages are Still Spoken

Did you think Britain was English only? Think again! Historic languages linger, and in fact, are being revived. Here are seven places with unique languages still being spoken in Britain today.

The World's 10 Most Scenic Countries for True Escapism

In need of an escape? We profile ten of the most beautiful, naturally captivating countries on earth - perfect for seeking much needed anonymity.

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.

The 6 Best Bookstores in St. Andrews

St. Andrews is bibliophile heaven. Here is our guide to the best bookstores, from where to buy vintage, second hand, or the latest titles.

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.

Top 12 Wild Destinations in Europe

We delve deep into the wilderness of Europe to bring you the top 12 wild destinations.

12 Astonishing Places in Scotland You Need To See

Discover the most picturesque, historically and culturally significant places in Scotland with our guide.

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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

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:

Local Eats in Fife | 10 Best Restaurants

We take a look at the best places to eat in Fife, from Indian food to Scottish classics.

Dundee's 10 Best Restaurants & Local Eats

We check out the very best restaurants in Dundee, offering classic homemade fare with an eclectic twist.

St Andrews' Top 7 Cocktail Bars | Culture in a Glass

The small but bustling student town of St Andrews boasts some of the most beautiful and stylish cocktail bars in Scotland – we take a look at the best.

Top 5 Edinburgh Cafés for Aspiring Writers

Edinburgh has been the muse of many fantastic writers, from J.K.Rowling to Alexander McCall Smith. We check out the best cafés in the city for aspiring writers.

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.

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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