In the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, we celebrate the richness of Scotland's intriguing history, impressive cultural heritage and fascinating archaeology at exciting experiences and events. Explore ancient sites that date from the Neolithic era, uncover the history of the Scottish clans and taste whisky and local delicacies that have been hand crafted in Scotland for hundreds of years.
HISTORYWith historic places that date back to ancient times, you really can see how life in Scotland has changed and developed throughout the centuries. Visit ancient standing stones, castles that have grown as each generation added their own improvements, and enjoy world-famous events that have evolved across the decades.
- Delve into the past at historic attractions around the country, including centuries-old castles, museums showcasing historic items and places associated with famous scots, including the birthplaces of Robert Burns and JM Barrie.
- Learn about the Jacobite Risings and the life of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
- Tour a whisky distillery and discover how whisky, Scotland's national drink, is crafted and learn about its history.
- Play a round on one of Scotland's historic golf courses, and look out for courses designed by the famous Scottish golfer James Braid.
- Join a history tour or follow a historic trail, such as Scotland's Castle Trail or the Highland Pictish Trail, to discover more about Scotland's past.
HERITAGEWith such a far-reaching history, it's little wonder that Scotland's heritage is so rich and vibrant. From the cultural heritage of the bagpipes, ceilidhs and Highland games, to the epic natural heritage of Scotland's geoparks, you'll find lots of experiences that make a trip to Scotland unforgettable.
- Find out if you belong to a Scottish clan and discover the history of Scotland's famous clan system.
- Discover Scotland's farming and industrial heritage. Stroll along canals that were used to transport goods around the country and snap pictures of the Kelpies by Andy Scott at Helix Park which are modelled on two Clydesdale horses, a powerful native breed that worked on farms and other industries throughout Scotland.
- Listen to the rousing sounds of the bagpipes and enjoy events and festivals around the country celebrating traditional and contemporary Scottish music, including Celtic Connections, Blas Festival, Hebridean Celtic Festival and Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.
- Enjoy dancing at a real life ceilidh and get an idea of what to expect by watching our ceilidh experience video.
- Cheer on competitors at a traditional Highland games.
- Listen to the enchanting sounds of Gaelic being spoken.
- Bask in the awe-inspiring landscapes of Scotland's three geoparks and discover the astounding natural heritage of these fascinating places.
ARCHAEOLOGYLong forgotten villages, Roman artefacts and Viking treasure hoards - all buried for centuries beneath Scottish soil. See treasures that have been hidden for thousands of years, watch live excavations and find tours and events that delve into the fascinating world of archaeology.
- See objects that have been unearthed at museums around Scotland.
- Follow the route of the Antonine Wall, the North west frontier of the Roman Empire, and head to the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow and see Roman artefacts found along the wall.
- Discover the ancient sites at the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, such as the excavated dwellings at Skara Brae which are thought to date from 3200 BC.
- See remains that have been unearthed at cathedrals, churches and abbeys, including cooking pots and floor tiles at Melrose Abbey and beautifully carved stones at Iona Abbey.
- See live excavation in action at the Ness of Brodgar on Orkney during the summer months.
- Learn more about archaeology on a tour in Edinburgh or Orkney.