10 cultural facts about Scotland

Updated: 2014-09-18 12:59

By Jiang Wanjuan and Hu Zhe(chinadaily.com.com)

In the 18th century, a Scottish poet wrote Auld Lang Syne, a friendship poem which later became a household phrase as a folk song in the UK as well as the rest of the world.

Today, Scotland and the rest of the UK’s 305-year friendship and political union will be challenged as the referendum vote on Scotland's independence starts.

Scotland is a rich and vibrant place, the source of many of the worlds' cultural icons, including golf, kilts, bagpipes and whisky. No matter where the referendum vote leads, its culture and traditions will stand and make the Scots proud.


Bagpipes are not unique to Scotland, but the Great Highland bagpipe, which is native to Scotland, enjoys the greatest international visibility due to its use in the British military. Considered Scotland’s national instrument, the Great Highland bagpipe is one of the most iconic symbols of Scottish culture.

10 cultural facts about Scotland

A bagpipe player in Edinburgh, Scotland. [Photo/IC]


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