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Updates from attractions and events around Scotland

Press Release   •   Sep 10, 2014 10:10 BST

The Ryder Cup Gala Concert, 24 September, SSE Hydro Glasgow

On Wednesday 24 September, The SSE Hydro in Glasgow will play host to an awe-inspiring fusion of vibrant colour, stunning production and spectacular performances for the one-off Ryder Cup Gala Concert. As golf fans from across the globe gather in Scotland to experience The Ryder Cup (23-28 September), top names in music and the arts will unite for one night only to create an unmissable and extraordinary event which will feature the European and US teams being presented for the first time. Top live music acts including Nile Rodgers, Bastille, Jake Bugg, Texas, Amy Macdonald, Twin Atlantic, Nina Nesbitt, Eddi Reader and Midge Ure will play alongside Scotland’s major arts organisations– Scottish Ballet, National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Opera. Ticket prices start at £35 and are available from, or by calling 08444 999 990 or 0844 395 4000. Read More.

Doors Open Days, September, throughout Scotland

Doors Open Days give you free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland, most of which are normally closed to the public. Every weekend throughout September you can discover the architecture, design, buildings, places and spaces of buildings across Scotland. Some of the buildings will be open for just one weekend in a year, and some will be open for just one weekend ever. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to find out what goes on behind closed doors. Read More.

Discover the craft of wool felting, Portavadie, 18 October, Argyll

The art and craft of wool felting is getting a make-over at a day-long workshop at Portavedie on 18 October. Crafters will be able to use wet felting techniques to create wool felt designs in the workshop, using wool sourced from Scottish sheep that graze on the banks of loch Fyne and the Kyles of Bute. The day-long workshops is rub by Orains and costs £70pp, including materials and refreshments. To book call Portavadie on 01700 811075. Read More.

Ming: The Golden Empire, until 19 October 2014, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

A collection of original artefacts from the Nanjing Museum, including Chinese national treasures, are on display in Edinburgh for just a few more weeks, in the only UK showing of this exhibition. The pieces on display introduce key aspects of the Ming dynasty and focusing on the remarkable cultural, technological and economic achievements of the period. Exquisite luxury items and rare objects reveal the wealth and opulence of the Ming imperial court. Read More.

The Art of Golf, The Scottish National Gallery, until 26 October, Edinburgh

The Scottish National Gallery is joining in with Scotland’s excitement about the forthcoming Ryder Cup, with the special exhibition The Art of Golf: The Story of Scotland’s National Sport. The exhibition will explore golf as a subject of fascination for artists from the 17th century to the present day, with a particular emphasis on the emergence of the sport in Scotland. The focus of the exhibition is 60 paintings and photographs including stunning images of golf courses from Brora to the Isle of Harris by photographer Glyn Satterly and spectacular aerial shots by artist and aviator Patricia Macdonald that will bring the exhibition up to present day. Read More.

Botanic Nights, 30 October – 23 November, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Experience an amazing light show in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh from 30 October - 23 November. ‘Night in the Garden’ will use a combination of light and shadow to highlight the beauty of some of the planet’s most unique plant species in a collaborative event between Botanic Gardens staff, Unique Events and Scottish artist Malcolm Innes. The outdoor trail will use a number of the garden’s best-known features as a backdrop to numerous light shows including the Victorian Glasshouses and pond, visitors will also be encouraged to create their own light show by influencing some of the installations. Tickets are on sale now and are £14.20, the event is daily (except Mondays) with ticketed timeslots available. Read More.

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Notes to editors

-  2014 is the year of Homecoming Scotland, which sees the country celebrate a year of brilliant moments with a programme of spectacular events, one of the most iconic of these is The 2014 Ryder Cup. This September, Scotland welcomes the world, as the 40th Ryder Cup takes place at the world-famous Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course.

-  VisitScotland is Scotland’s national tourism organisation. Its core purpose is to maximise the economic benefit of tourism to Scotland.

-  For VisitScotland’s press releases, tourism statistics and frequently asked questions go to


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