Things to do in Scotland
Scotland has many historic cities, including its capital city, Edinburgh. It is home to the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh Castle, the historic Royal Mile and Arthur’s Seat, as well many museums, galleries and cultural venues.
Other historic cities within easy reach of Glasgow include Stirling, Perth and the coastal town of Dundee.
Scotland has a distinct cultural identity compared to the rest of the UK, which Scottish people are very proud of. The country has a long history of literature, art, sport and food. It even has its own languages, which pre-date the Viking invasion.
One of Scotland’s most famous icons is tartan. This woollen fabric is woven in different colours and checked patterns that are associated with ancient Highland clans. Tartan is typically worn as knee-length skirts called kilts, which are worn by men to weddings and other important events.
Events and festivals
The Highland Games are annual events held across Scotland. They feature traditional Scottish culture, sports and music. Bagpipe music is often played at national events such as Ceilidhs (dances), university graduation ceremonies, and other traditional Scottish celebrations such as Burns Night in January, St Andrew’s Day in November and Hogmanay on New Year’s Eve.
What about the weather?
When you’re living abroad in Scotland, you’ll notice differences in the weather between each of the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn, winter.
As Scotland is in the more northerly part of the UK, it has more annual rainfall and snow in winter. Average temperatures in summer range from 14°C to 22°C. Average temperatures in winter range from 0°C to 6°C.