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.
An important date in the Scottish calendar is the ancient
Highland Games. These events take place up and down the country and
involve traditional Scottish sports such as the tug-of-war and the
caber toss, as well as dance competitions and track and field
trials. The national sport of Scotland is football and it is the
home to one of the oldest and fiercest rivalries in the sporting
world: The Old Firm rivalry between Celtic and Rangers. This
relationship has its grounding in a variety of factors such as
religion, nationalism and differing social ideologies.