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Scotland's rich heritage is one of the many great reasons why it should be on your must-visit list, but with so much to discover, where do you begin? Here's a bit of inspiration to get you started on a journey to see Scotland's amazing heritage!
If you have ancestral ties to Scotland, then why not take the time to uncover more of your family tree and learn more about your ancestors? You could start with a visit to the Local Family History Centre in Glasgow's Mitchell Library to pore over records of births, marriages and deaths, dating back to 1855. Or for a bit of expert guidance, book an ancestral themed tour of Scotland focusing on your family ties to the country. Whichever you decide, you’re bound to uncover details about your ancestry that you never knew!
In addition to these breathtaking sites, take the time to explore more historic attractions. Trace 5,000 years of human history at Kilmartin Glen’s ancient monuments, take in the beauty of Mount Stuart House located on the island of Bute, explore the crypt of St Mungo at Glasgow Cathedral, or travel to the serene Isle of Iona to discover one of Scotland’s most sacred religious sites.
Of course, Scotland is also home to a number of stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites too - scroll down further to find out where you'll be able to experience these magnificent historic attractions in the country.
Throughout history, Scotland has produced many inspiring figures with lasting legacies across all walks of life. So once you are here, why not take the time to discover a little bit more about the people who have influenced Scottish and world culture?
Start with Glasgow’s most famous son Charles Rennie Mackintosh – one of the most revered architects and designers of the 20th century and a leading figure in the European Art Nouveau movement. With the majority of his work in his home city of Glasgow, this is the only place in the world where you can fully take in the “Glasgow Style” that he helped create!
Traditional music in Scotland takes on all sorts of different forms with the creative force of the country’s musicians behind this - and what better way to experience this than a music festival?
Check out Celtic Connections in Glasgow during January; the largest annual winter music festival of it's kind. It's a true gem in the music calendar, offering a range of Celtic, world, and roots music that continually gives a platform to some of the most talented contemporary traditional musicians from around the globe.