Scotland have produced countless numbers of actors that have gone on to become internationally recognized for their appearances on the stage. The country’s association with drama goes way back and when Shakespeare wrote Macbeth it became known as the Scottish play with it being located in Scotland. One of the most famous faces of the black and white movies period was Alistair Sim. Even though he didn’t start his career until he was 30 he appeared in more than 50 British films from 1935. He started his career on the stage where he learnt his craft.
Scotland offers an abundance of venues where visitors can go and enjoy exhibitions that celebrate the country’s arts, culture and craft. This is on offer in a number of different museums galleries and work-shops. The National Museum of Scotland is situated in Edinburgh and is in the top 20 of the most visited museums and galleries in the world. It has just received a 47 million pounds face lift and it houses over 20,000 interesting artefacts.
The Arts in Scotland covers a wide range of areas. World class museums, fantastic festivals and breathtaking architecture are the tip of the ice burg. The cultural attractions are wide ranging and certainly unique to Scotland. There are many events that occur during the calendar year and are a showcase of Scottish culture. At the end of each year the New Year is celebrated as enthusiastically as everywhere else but in Scotland it is done quite differently.
Scottish rock bands may have taken their time to come to prominence in the late 1960s but once the 1970s were in full swing more and more groups started to emerge from north of the border. The rise of Punk Rock started to see the formation of some Scottish bands. One of the first bands were the Skids who were from Dunfermline and formed in 1977 by the lead guitarist Stuart Adamson. The band had in Richard Jacobson a talented lead singer, and they had a successful period supporting The Clash on tour achieving chart success with their single “Into the Valley”.
Scotland has a rich reputation with its music. The country is synonymous with pipe bands playing traditional music and the music scene has always been healthy. As the music industry has entered the modern era Scottish musicians have featured to play a leading role in a number of different genres. The bagpipes are the most famous instrument to be associated with the country and are present at any national event. This is true of many national events in London at the palaces and the Royal family have a strong relationship with the instrument. Their annual summer visits to Balmoral Castle has cemented this close relationship and lone bagpipe players often turn up in various parts of the world, often where they are least expected.
Scotland have produced some of the finest rugby union players to have represented the British Lions. The British Lions team is a side picked from the international sides of England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. Scotland has a limited number of players to pick from as it is a small nation and the great majority of Scotsman prefer playing football to playing rugby. This has affected the effectiveness of the national teams over the years but it has not stopped the nation from producing some of the world’s best players.
The Tartan Army unites Scotland’s football supporters as one band known as the Tartan Army. This is quite remarkable considering the extent of the division that exists in Club football. History shows that Scottish domestic football has been dominated by the two Glasgow teams Celtic and Rangers. The divide is made even more extreme as it is based on religious divisions as well as football factors. Rangers fans tend to come from the protestant areas of the city, while the Celtic fans come from the Roman Catholic regions.
Scotland’s favorite sport is football. The nation has a love for both club and international football and even during periods when the national side has not been strong, the country has still produced a number of world class players. The Scotland v England fixture was first played in 1872 and is the oldest international fixture. From 1872 the two sides met annually until 1989, and since then the sides have met a further seven times.
Scotland is located in the far north of Great Britain and covers about a third of the Island. It was a separate state until James VI, the King of Scots became the King of England in 1603. In 1707 the political union was completed with the creation of the Kingdom of Great Britain. This was later modified in 1801 to become the Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. In Scotland there is a separate Parliament at Holyrood to run Scottish affairs. This was created in 1997 and was at the centre of Scotland’s campaign to break away from the rest of the country in 2014 and become independent. This failed as 55% of the voters wished to remain as part of United Kingdom.