Scotland’s history dates back to the 12th century when the various clans established the Scottish empire. The culture of Scotland is very colourful with a combination of music, sports and community based interactions. While the bagpiper playing Scottish pipers are the most famous, there are many other cultural aspects that deserve attention. The Scottish people are also fun and exciting. There are many ways to imbibe the Scottish culture but the best place to start is the capital Edinburgh.
The people of Scotland are also a lively lot and the state has people from many ethnicities. This diverse culture is a hallmark of the state. Majority of the population comprises of the native Gaelic people along with many Pakistanis, Indians and Chinese who work in businesses and are a part of the economy. Scotland is a heaven for tourists and artists which is why the place sees a healthy influx of many people all year round. The capital city of Edinburgh is a sight to behold as it is one of the few cities in the world where the ancient culture is still preserved. Even roads have not been changed and the early style of stone roads and pavements is still preserved. There is a museum in every corner in Scotland which will teach you a lot about the culture and people of this wonderful state.
The Scottish culture also has a very long tradition of dining and the associated wines. The Scottish whiskey is famous world over and is often used to start a celebration. Common foods include ground beef and potatoes. Sea food has seen a comeback and is a part of everyday cuisine in Scotland.
The religious focus of life centres around Catholics and Protestants, the two major religions that are practised widely here which is why the place has many historical and newly built cathedrals which are worth a visit. With the influx of immigrants from world over, there are also other places of worship in the region. Barring some cultural tensions, Scotland is known for its peace and tranquillity. It is the best place to relax and soak in the rich culture of the Highlands. The May Day festival of Beltane which celebrates bonfires is one of the best festivals to attend. There are also many annual Highland Gatherings which features a lot of singing and dancing along with awesome food.
Scotland also has a lot to offer to artists. The place has many art galleries, centres and also organises many festivals all year round. The Royal National Orchestra and the Opera are some unique aspects which should not be missed if you are planning a trip to Scotland.
The Edinburgh festival celebrates ballet and opera and you must ensure that drop in to soak in the magnificent beauty of Scotland’s culture and tradition. Folk music has had a long tradition in Scotland and lately has seen some revival. The Ceilidh is a popular folk event that centres on cultural dances set to attractive tunes.