Dramatic highland landscapes, heroic histories, tartan and bagpipes are among the defining images of Scotland for many people around the world today.

From the Romantic movement of the 18th and early 19th centuries to Queen Victoria’s highland idyll at Balmoral, Wild and Majestic considers the origins of these ideas and explores how they were used to represent Scotland around the world, expressed through highland and military dress, royal visits, art, literature and the beginnings of the Scottish tourism industry.

Featuring rich displays and iconic objects, this landmark exhibition charts Scotland’s journey into the global imagination and invites you to think again about the meaning and relevance of ideas that continue to define Scotland today. 

  • Painting of the Laird of Grant's Piper, William Cumming by Richard Waitt, 1714.

    Painting of the Laird of Grant's Piper, William Cumming by Richard Waitt, 1714.
  • John Knox, 'Landscape with Tourists at Loch Katrin', oil on canvas, 1815 © National Galleries of Scotland.

    John Knox, 'Landscape with Tourists at Loch Katrin', oil on canvas, 1815 © National Galleries of Scotland.
  • Ledgers of tartan samples formed by the Highland Society of London, c. 1820.

    Ledgers of tartan samples formed by the Highland Society of London, c. 1820.
  • Glass used at the banquet given in honour of George IV during his visit to Edinburgh in 1822.

    Glass used at the banquet given in honour of George IV during his visit to Edinburgh in 1822.
  • Part of the uniform of a member of the Royal Company of Archers c1820.

    Part of the uniform of a member of the Royal Company of Archers c1820.
  • Set of Highland bagpipes of laburnum, silver and ivory mounted, with Royal Stewart tartan cover, Edinburgh c1850.

    Set of Highland bagpipes of laburnum, silver and ivory mounted, with Royal Stewart tartan cover, Edinburgh c1850.
  • Silver plaid brooch set with a cairngorm in the centre and a ring of sixteen carbuncles round it, worn by the chiefs of Clanranald, mid-19th century.

    Silver plaid brooch set with a cairngorm in the centre and a ring of sixteen carbuncles round it, worn by the chiefs of Clanranald, mid-19th century.
  • Sword of MacGregor of MacGregor, worn at 1822 visit Scottish, Edinburgh, probably by Marshall and Son, c1822.

    Sword of MacGregor of MacGregor, worn at 1822 visit Scottish, Edinburgh, probably by Marshall and Son, c1822.


#WildAndMajestic

Supported by

Baillie Gifford Investment Managers

Header image: John Knox, 'Landscape with Tourists at Loch Katrin', oil on canvas, 1815 © National Galleries of Scotland.

Explore more

Event
Spotlight On: Wild & Majestic

Curator Patrick Watt explores how a romanticised ideal of Scotland became a badge of wider Scottish identity.
More

Feature
Scottish History and Archaeology galleries

Our Scottish galleries guide you from the Palaeolithic era to the present day, from the earliest cultures to space age science.
More

Blog
Blog posts about our Scottish History and Archaeology collection

Go behind the scenes with our curators and conservators and unearth the secrets of our Scottish History and Archaeology collections.
Read
Exhibition information

When

26 Jun - 10 Nov 2019

Where

Exhibition Gallery 1, Level 3, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

How much

Members: free
Adult: £10
Over 60s: £8.50 
Student, Unemployed, Disabled:* £7.50
Child: (5–15): £7.50
Under 5s: free

* Valid ID required. Carers of disabled people free.

Access

There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge. Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0. Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted. Click here to find more information.

Back to top