Scotland has always prided itself on the recipes that it has been able to produce from the rich sources of meat and fish that were available to the people. However, Scotland had a feudal society for centuries, so these plentiful supplies were more available to some than they were for others.
There are many dishes from that are known around the world. The country has a wide variety of landscapes that, as well as producing a different range of soils, are located in different climates which has enabled Scotland’s farmers to produce a wide range of agricultural produce.
Dundee is Scotland’s fourth largest city and has a population of 150,000 people. It is located on the eastern side of the country just to the north of Edinburgh and is known as the city of “Jute, Jam and Journalism”.
Scotland has a number of major cites that vary greatly with their composition and their character. They have in Edinburgh probably one of the most beautiful capitals in the world and each major conurbation reflects both regional and national characteristics.
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.