Scottish families originally settled the scenic, coastal city of Dunedin in 1899. Two Scotsmen – J.O. Douglas and James Sumerville – named the settlement after the Gaelic interpretation of Edinburgh, their hometown in Scotland.
Here are three easy ways visitors can immerse themselves in the rich Celtic heritage here:
- 1. Explore the city’s multicultural origins at the Dunedin Historical Museum, housed in a former railroad station. The museum contains 2,000 artifacts, 2,500 photos and a library with 200 volumes of local and Florida history, including an electronic archive of the Dunedin Times Newspaper from 1924 to 1965. Info: 727-736-1176; http://dunedinmuseum.org
- 2. Shop at The Celtic Shop of Dunedin, where you can find authentic tartans, clan heritage books and claddagh rings.Info: 727-733-2200; http://celticshopdunedin.com
- 3. Mark your calendar for the 48th Annual Dunedin Highland Games on April 5, 2014, a day filled with crafts, feats of athletic strength, dazzling dancing, sheep herding, exceptional music, and delicious Scottish, Irish and British food. Info: www.dunedinhighlandgames.com. (Also look for the Celtic Music Festival, which celebrates Scottish culture with live music and craft beers every November. Info: http://dunedincelticmusicfestival.com).