If you don’t study prior to visiting Scotland, you might wish to skip this post 😊 Below are shared links..
I found and am sharing links to free on-line survey courses offered through Future Learn, taught by professors from the University of Glasgow, Durham University and others. Classes are self-paced. The only difficulty I had, other than the little old brain not retaining so well, was difficulty in understanding some of the Glasgow accents. Thank heavens for CC! Also, many of these classes have suggested reading lists that are another great resource.
An FYI, many Scots were captured during the Battles of Dunbar & Worcester and some were transported to the American Colonies to work as indentured servants. That particular class has links to some helpful resources for the genealogists among you.
Visiting the shires of Sutherland, Moray, Inverness, Argyl & Butte was made more meaningful to us with the history & culture I learned about Scotland. Even without ancestral connections you might enjoy learning about places you'll visit.