Scottish culture is almost as old as the country itself. A
particularly famous example of Scottish music is the use of
bagpipes. While this wind instrument is not a Scottish creation,
having its roots in Ancient Greece, the Scottish people have
cultivated a strong appreciation of its unique sound incorporating
a notable performance during at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo each
August, which features over a hundred pipers playing in unison.
Scotland has produced a range of exceptional actors including
the original James Bond, Sean Connery as well as Ewan McGregor and
Tilda Swinton. Along with its theatrical heritage, there have been
a number of literary giants from Scotland such as the
world-renowned poet Robert Burns, Treasure Island author Robert
Louis Stevenson and contemporary novelist Irvine Welsh.