best cultural experiences and
attractions of Scotland
Contemplating a trip to Bonnie Scotland? Here's BCD's overview of the country's cultural highlights, followed by a collection of articles, interviews and video that offer in-depth insights and recommendations on places to go and people to meet!
Scotland is a wee county with Big Sky vistas, a grand history filled with inspiration and intrigue, and a rich cultural heritage encompassing Celts, castles and kilts, as well as Picts, pottery and poetry!
If you are an armchair archaeologist who appreciates the mystery and ingenuity of ancient architecture and lifestyles, Scotland offers a tremendous breadth of sites to explore. The Bronze Age Clava Cairns, Neolithic Grey Cairns of Camster, and the reconstruction of a 2,500 year-old loch dwelling at the Scottish Crannog Centre are but a few of the Scottish monuments that inspire curiosity and wonder about the daily lives of their long-ago residents. The Iona Abbey, on the Isle of Iona on the country's west coast, was the birthplace of Christianity on Scotland, founded by St. Columba in 563 A.D.; its remains a peaceful and contemplative destination for both pilgrims and tourists today.
Scotland also has a wealth of intangible cultural heritage that lives on today and is accessible to be experienced. In the northernmost village of the Scottish Highlands, behold the choreography of border collies expertly herding sheep under the direction their trainer. On the island of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, interact with the landscape by getting a lesson in cutting peat by a local on land that has been in his family for 11 generations. In Edinburgh, be enthralled with the power of spoken folklore at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. In Inveraray, meet the chief of the Clan Campbell and tour Inveraray Castle, his ancestral home.
Click on the link below to access BCD's collection of stories and Q & As, which are sure to fire your imagination and give you ideas for your trip!