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Culture and heritage

As you would expect from a country with such a rich history, Scotland is home to some unique cultural traditions which every student should experience during their time here.

Highland dress

At formal occasions, such as weddings, it is traditional for Scots to don the iconic Highland Dress. This consists of a kilt, sporran, wool socks, Argyll jacket, kilt pin and a small knife known as a sgian-dubh (pronounced skee-en-doo).
The kilt is made from a special material called tartan. Tartan is a woven wool fabric with horizontal and vertical bands of colours. Different coloured tartans are associated with different clans and usually Scots choose to wear a tartan related to their clan name (or a clan name in their family tree, if their surname is not originally Scottish).

Last updated: 03/08/2017