Scotland has been changing the world as we know it for centuries, one innovation at a time. From the wheels on your car and the tarmac they drive on, to the telephone, television and much more - all this was possible thanks to Scottish ingenuity.
In the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, we celebrate awe-inspiring innovation, breathtaking architecture and brave, bold designs through new and exciting experiences and events. Are you ready for it?
The list of Scots inventions, designs and buildings that have influenced the way we think and carry out our daily lives are just too many to mention. What's more, Scotland and its people continue to make a huge impact on our modern world.
Scotland has given the world many wonderful things, including the steam engine, anaesthesia, penicillin, the pedal bicycle and the decimal point!
Why not visit Scotland and see for yourself? Be inspired by the ground-breaking designs of our buildings; from the chic art nouveau buildings and interior design of Charles Rennie Mackintosh to the truly stunning Kelpies by Andy Scott (pictured above). Or, find out more about Sir William Arrol who constructed the Forth Rail Bridge when you visit the new UNESCO World Heritage site near Edinburgh.