BEST EXPERIENCES OF SCOTTISH CULTURE
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Contemplating a trip to Bonnie Scotland? Here's BCD's overview of the Scottish culture, with Scottish heritage and traditions, highlights and recommendations on places to go and people to meet! Enjoy a Scotland Itinerary around learning about Scottish culture from local people through a Scottish highlands tour and discover the highlights of Scotland’s Highlands and Islands. Explore the Scottish heritage with this overview and stories below, and discover the best places to visit in Scotland.
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! Discover the search that never ends on the Isle of Skye.
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. Find delight in the wealth of wildlife in the waters of the Inner Hebrides around Mull and Iona. 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.
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Enjoy this Scottish Highlands tour with a virtual visit to nine stunning locales, narrated by the poetic voices of people ranging from clan chiefs, chefs, and weavers to curators, crofters, pipers and genealogists. This circuit takes you north from Newtonmore to Inverness, circling up to Durness in the northwest corner of the country, then down to Ullapool, over to the Outer Hebrides and the islands of Harris, further south to the Isles of Skye, Mull and Iona, ending in Inveraray. Prepare to be wowed!
Scotland is the land of castles: Discover which are the best castles in Scotland and get the “Must-Sees” from local and Castle Connoisseur David Weinczok! We’ll take you on the great castle trail of the lowlands, highlands and western Islands to discover Scotland’s historic gems.
At West House, Ullapool on Loch Broom in the Scottish Highlands, locals share stories of powerful instances of serendipity. Meet Collen & Richard Lindsay, co-owners of West House, who share stories of serendipity and chance encounters in this beautiful corner of the Scottish Highlands!
There’s nothing quite like a good view, and especially not in Scotland: land of lochs, soaring mountains and mysteries. Here we’ve put together some of the best views in Scotland to take in on your visit to this beautiful part of the world.
Scotland's Inner Hebrides Isles of Mull & Iona are places of pilgrimage for both history and nature lovers for good reason. Reached by ferry from Oban, these sister islands offer a microcosm of Scotland's story, from Bronze Age cairns to the ruins of ancient Iona Abbey to Duart Castle, fought over by two clans.
Find Scotland’s wow factor on the shores of Loch na Keal, with a dose of daily rainbows, reflections and a history of how the world wow was created in Scotland!
Discover the wonders of Scotland's most loved isle: from Kilt Rock, Skye, MacLeod’s Tables, Three Chimney's Restaurant & Neist Point. Learn the lore & legends behind some of the Isle of Skye's most distinctive landmarks.
Roam the open fields of Scotland and see the beautiful country as the locals do. Be humbled by the deep valley of Glen Coe, surrounded by the soaring splendor of the “Three Sisters”! Enjoy views of Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle from a Jacobite cruise! Be spellbound by Skye's landmarks and much more!
Discover Clava Cairns, Scotland on the River Nairn and the Grey Cairns of Camster: Two Bronze Age sites in the Scottish Highlands. These mysterious ancient stone structures are sure to inspire questions & conjecture about the Neolithic residents who built them.
Discover the community at the Scottish Crannog Centre and allow yourself to go back in time to an Iron Age Halloween pagan ritual and learn more about the traditions that this centre celebrates.
Beannachdan! You’ve likely heard of Gaelic, but did you know there are three languages of Scotland? Find out more about the linguistic heritage of Scotland and how things are changing fast in Scotland today.
Meet His Grace Torquhil Ian Campbell, Chief of Scotland’s Clan Campbell, in this behind-the-scenes glimpse of Inveraray Castle and a look at one of the largest clans of Scotland today.
These are some of the best Lochs, Scotland. With over 31,000 lochs scattered around Scotland it's no wonder that they hold such a powerful place in Scottish folklore and history.
The remote village of Balnkakiel, Scotland is called home by both local crofters & artists, who all have a potent connection with the area’s spectacular beauty. See Balnakiel’s fast-changing light show and green misty valleys through the eyes of Nicola Poole.
Mull boat trips offer a unique opportunity to see the Inner Hebrides’ abundance of wildlife, from the water - meet local Skipper Iain Morrison, who will guide you through the islands of the Inner Hebrides and encounters with Orcas, Sea Eagles and adorable Puffins!
The Scottish Storytelling Centre is located in Edinburgh, Scotland. In this interview with its director, Donald Smith, we discuss the themes of identity and connecting with ourselves, others and the environment.
Are there certain smells that conjures up “home” for you? Peat might just be one of them as we learn about Peat heating in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, and the story behind the beloved scent of a good peat fire.
Findhorn eco village is on Scotland’s Moray Firth coast. Within the walls of its Nature Sanctuary, the power of sound, intention and prayer reverberate. Learn all about Findhorn eco village, the community and the practice of Taize.