Scotland will decide via a public referendum whether to become an independent country or remain part of the United Kingdom in September. In the lead up to this decisive vote, our photographers have been capturing some of the more quintessential Scottish charm.

Voting will take place on Thursday 18 September, and the debate has been fierce on both sides. 

2014 would be the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn and Scotland is also hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2014 Ryder Cup, and presence of these events made 2014 a "good year to hold a referendum" according to Alex Salmond, the Scottish First Minister.

Follow the celebrations and drama of the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games

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