With awe-inspiring landscapes, dramatic heritage, vibrant culture and exciting events to experience, a visit to Scotland is unforgettable. In this section you'll find information about what makes Scotland so special, especially to the many people with Scots ancestry around the world. Whether you're keen to know a little bit about the history of your ancestral homeland, or are wondering which famous Scots, both past and present, came from your ancestors' region of Scotland, you'll find something to interest you here.
Scotland has always been seen as an idyllic land, where ancient castles nestle amidst majestic mountains; where world-class heritage sites come alive with a rich, turbulent history. The soul-stirring landscapes of the Highlands give way to a rugged coastline, and beyond to Scotland’s magical isles.
Of course, this romantic, heather-hued backdrop exists, but it does so alongside a vibrant, contemporary new voice. Edinburgh inspires with its imperious castle and International Festival and Fringe, the world’s biggest arts festival. Glasgow’s Victorian cityscape is quite remarkable, as are its 19 public museums where entry is free. Year round both cities are host to world-class festivals and events which celebrate Scotland’s traditional and contemporary culture.
To experience Scotland is to dance an eightsome reel with the locals in a fast-paced ceilidh; to sample melt-in-the-mouth smoked salmon; to savour a dram of a rare single malt. Above all, what makes your Scotland visit complete, is the legendary warm welcome you get from the down-to-earth Scots. In Scotland, new friends will be old friends before you know it. Welcome to our life.