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John O'Groats, in the far north of the Scottish Highlands, is a gateway to the Orkney Islands. Ferry services were established from the mainland to Orkney over 500 years ago. John O'Groats is also a target for intrepid cyclists, walkers and others who travel the 800 plus miles from Lands End.
Sean Connery’s biggest claim to fame is his role as James Bond. He is remarkable in having achieved a successful acting career that has spanned decades.
Kings of Scotland - Eleventh Century
You may have seen or studied Shakespeare's Macbeth - a play written hundreds of years after Macbeth reigned. Find out about the kings who ruled Scotland ten centuries ago, including Macbeth whose life differed greatly from Shakespeare's portrayal.
Evelyn Glennie is a Scottish percussionist of outstanding talent who has carved a name for herself as a solo artist. It is easy to forget, when watching her speak or perform, that Evelyn Glennie is deaf...
James VI of Scotland
James VI of Scotland, son of Mary Queen of Scots, achieved where his mother had failed - he gained the English throne, and in doing so gained an additional title - James I of England.
Halloween in Scotland
Halloween celebrations in Scotland have roots in the distant past, marking a turning point in the year as nights draw in and cold beckons.
Mary Queen of Scots
Mary Queen of Scots was unlucky in love and politics. Most people know that King Henry VIII had six wives – when he married his third wife, Jane Seymour, he was forty-five years old - but did you know that Mary Queen of Scots had three husbands under her belt before her twenty-fifth birthday?
How To Bag A Munro
The latest Scottish Culture article is about how to "bag" (climb) a munro - one of the 283 mountains over 3,000 feet high in Scotland.
The Haggis A Little History - Book Review
Want to find out about haggis? The Haggis A Little History is written by a woman who loves food, enjoys cooking and discusses haggis in a fun, informal way.
Inverness - Highland City
Inverness, with a population of around 65,000, is the northernmost city in Scotland. It provides a great base for visiting other areas of the Highlands and gaining a glimpse of magnificent, imposing, sometimes desolate Scottish Highland scenery.
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