2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology

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In Scotland the past seems so close you can almost feel it swirling around you. Epic landscapes were carved out by icy glaciers millennia ago, towering castles have stood for centuries and mesmerizing stories, traditions and legends have been passed down for generations.

In the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, we celebrate the richness of Scotland’s intriguing history, impressive cultural heritage and fascinating archaeology at exciting experiences and events. Explore ancient sites that date from the Neolithic era, uncover the history of the Scottish clans and taste whisky and local delicacies that have been hand crafted in Scotland for hundreds of years.

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With historic places that date back to ancient times, you really can see how life in Scotland has changed and developed throughout the centuries. Visit ancient standing stones, castles that have grown as each generation added their own improvements, and enjoy world-famous events that have evolved across the decades.




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With such a far-reaching history, it’s little wonder that Scotland’s heritage is so rich and vibrant. From the cultural heritage of the bagpipes, ceilidhs and Highland games, to the epic natural heritage of Scotland’s geoparks, you’ll find lots of experiences that make a trip to Scotland unforgettable.




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There are six sites across Scotland that have been awarded the coveted status of UNESCO World heritage site. Uncover their stories and glimpse into their unique architectural designs dating from as far back as Neolithic times, and right up to the turn of the 20th century.




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