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Scotland’s 2012 Culture Scene

Written by Kelly Herdrich

Scotland offers something for all travelers. Whether you're passion is music, art, sport, or food, there's something for you to see and do in Scotland. If you're heading to the region, you won't want to miss some of these cultural events that help make Scotland unique.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

If there's one Scottish experience you won't want to miss, it's the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This annual event takes place August 3-25, 2012 in Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland. With performances and audiences from around the globe, the military tattoo is a musical spectacular, complete with dancing, pipes, marching, drums, and culminating with fireworks over the city. It often rains in Scotland, and the wind can whip up something fierce near the castle, which sits high above and overlooking the city, so dress accordingly.

Scottish Highland Games

Are you curious about how the clans determined their strongest and fiercest warriors years ago? Look no further for an answer than the Scottish Highland Games, which runs during the summer months each year throughout the Scottish Highlands. You'll get to experience some traditional Scottish sporting, as well as take in a bit of history (firsthand) at the games. Expect music, sport, entertainment, and a great time at the relaxed atmosphere of the Highland Games. Consider seeing the games in Perth on August 12 or Braemar on September 1, though there are approximately 60 events to consider during the season, each unique.

If you aren't interested in the sport, but have the Highlands on your mind, consider The Royal Highland Show from June 21-24. This family friendly show includes livestock, exhibitions, and events and activities for the entire family.

Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art

The Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art is a wonderful way to experience contemporary art while traveling through Scotland. The festival takes place from April 20-May 7, 2012, and spans the entire city at various venues and with a large calendar of events and activities. Make time for speakers, exhibitions, and fully experience pieces by popular contemporary artists like Alan Stanners and Amelia Bywater. As events are varied and locations are found throughout the city, you will be able to find something to fit both your mood and attire.

Dundee Flower & Food Festival

You've heard the music, seen the sport, and embraced the art. Now it's time to sample the food and (literally) smell the flowers. The Dundee Flower and Food Festival is the premier festival of the type in the region, and it takes place this year from Friday, August 31 through Sunday, September 2. Expect food and conversation from some of the best chefs in Scotland, sample wines from the region, view cut flowers and floral arrangements, and even explore the hand-crafted section of the festival. Attire is casual, and entry fees are reasonable.

These four events are some of the cultural highlights of Scotland, and can easily become highlights of your travel to the region.

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