With such a rich and varied history, culture vultures will feel totally at home here. Scotland’s creative scene is buzzing and all across the country you’ll find museums and attractions to keep every member of the family happy, on top of that there will be a bumper programme of events running throughout the country. Here's some of our favourites:
Edinburgh International Science Festival: Gastrofest (5-20 April)
Molecular gastronomy enthusiasts will love this Science Festival, which brings together science and food with wacky workshops like Nature’s Larder, showing you how to create novel meals using the biodiversity around; SciMart, ascientfic take on the standard farmer’s market and GastroLab, an evening of gastronomical surprises for all the senses.
TweedLove Bike Festival (24 May-8 June)
Active clans will love taking in the Highland air from two wheels at this bike festival.
Wickerman Festival (25-26 July)
If dancing in fields is your thing, pack up the troops for a weekend. Don't worry, there will be no child sacrifices here. Instead sway to big name music acts, which play alongside a fun fair, circus acts, arts and crafts, segway hire and mountain biking. And there’s boutique camping in the form of yurts, tipis and cloud houses.
Edinburgh Fringe (all of August)
The capital’s much-loved Fringe more than doubles its population as people flock for a month of comedy, theatre, dance and music.
Flavour Fortnight (8 August-14 September)
Visit this foodie festival in Dumfries & Galloway for chocolate making sessions, to learn about foraging and fishing, and head off for tours around local farms. There’s also specialist tips like how to make artisan bread, gluten-free dishes or home-brewed cider.
Brodick Highland Games (8 August)
Soak up the Scottish heritage with traditional caber hurling, tug of wars, races for children and piping aplenty.
Findhorn Bay Arts Festival (24-28 September)
The lesser-known cousin of the Edinburgh Fringe will draw in the thespians among you, here Shakespeare's 'Scottish play' will receive a new lease of life for the 21st century in the world premiere of Macbeth: the Red King in September. Promising high drama set against the stunning backdrop of Brodie Castle near Forres, it's one of the highlights of this dynamic festival on the Moray coast.