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Top 10 Scotland by Alastair Scott

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Highland Traditions

1. Kilts and Tartans

No one knows why Highlanders adopted this distinctive mode of dress or exactly when clans adopted a family “pattern” or tartan. The oldest tartan is dated at around AD 245, and by 1746 there were enough clan tartans to be prohibited for 38 years in a purge on Highland culture. Today, with over 2,000 registered designs, tartans are flourishing.

2. Bagpipes

No sound is more evocative of Scotland than that of the bagpipes. The great highland pipes, dating back to at least the 14th century, are played by pipe and drum bands, and by individuals playing for competitions or dances. Over the last two decades ...

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