In the Year of Homecoming 2014, Scotland welcomed the world with 12 months packed full of spectacular events which celebrate the very best of Scotland.
John Muir Festival
This month, celebrate the life and legacy of John Muir, father of America’s National Parks. The John Muir Festival, held from 17 - 26 April, honours the Scots-born naturalist. The festival includes the opening of the John Muir Way, a new long-distance walking route which links Muir’s birthplace Dunbar in the east of Scotland with Helensburgh in the west, where he boarded the ship that would take him to America.
The festival opens with the international launch of The Kelpies, two 30 metre tall equine sculptures which proudly stand in The Helix, a new parkland located close to Falkirk. HOME will be a night time spectacular with specially-commissioned illuminated artworks and a breathtaking light, sound and flame performance to bring The Kelpies to life.
On 28 – 29 June, be part of Bannockburn Live, a two-day event held on the site of a historic battle which celebrates the best of Scottish culture. See the country’s past come to life during the 700th anniversary commemorations, with large-scale battle performances staged by Clanranald, who are famous for their work on Hollywood blockbusters Gladiator and Thor II. In addition, there are plenty of family events, battle encampments to explore, a musical showcase featuring singer-songwriters Dougie MacLean and Julie Fowlis, storytelling, and wonderful Scottish produce. Many clans will be represented at the Clan & Family Village and you can retrace your family history with the help of top genealogists.
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Culture 2014 and Festival 2014
The XX Commonwealth Games takes place in and around Glasgow this summer, but these Games won’t just be about sport. Discover a packed year-long programme of events, entitled Culture 2014, along with two weeks of Festival 2014 during Games’ time. One of the events we’re most excited about is GENERATION, a landmark series of exhibitions set to celebrate Scottish contemporary art from the last 25 years. Over 100 artists’ work will be seen in over 60 exhibition spaces all over the country between March and November.
Later this year, head north for the two-month long Highland Homecoming and discover the region’s rich heritage at great events in and around Inverness. Held in September and October, it starts with the World Sheepdog Trials and culminates with Mòd Naiseanta Rioghail - The Royal National Mòd, a celebration of Gaelic music and arts. The diverse programme also includes the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon, the Blas Festival, and the inaugural Inverness Highland Meeting, which sees clans and Highland games athletes from around the world meet to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the world's oldest Highland games stadium, Northern Meeting Park. With so many reasons to come to Scotland in 2014, it’s time to plan your trip! Discover more events or browse a great range of accommodation. We look forward to welcoming you in the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014! If you liked this post, leave us a comment below