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HOMECOMING 2014

Adopt Scotland During Homecoming Scotland 2014

Home is where the heart is, they say, so why not consider making Scotland your temporary home… whether for a luxury city break in Edinburgh, a luxury holiday exploring the Scottish Highlands, or a golf holiday playing Scotland's famous courses

Written by Linda Jackson

It’s weird, I’ve always thought, that no matter where I travel in the world – from Devon to Davos, from the Caribbean to Corsica, from the USA to Japan - I always bump into a Scot. So it came as no surprise to discover recently that there are thought to be, for every single Scot residing in Scotland, at least five Scots living overseas who can claim Scottish ancestry.  On that basis you just imagine how many Scots will be heading for their homeland to enjoy the events being organised in Scotland for this special year of Homecoming Scotland 2014.

As if Scotland has to organise special events for Homecoming Scotland 2014 when, quite naturally, Scotland offers so many attractions anyway… spectacular scenery, exciting adventures, captivating wildlife, outstanding luxury hotels, and much more. But Scotland, being Scotland, is keen to share its assets with lucky visitors this year and to remind home-loving residents of the impressive attractions right on their doorstep.

So to everyone who can claim Scottish ancestry, and especially those Scots living overseas 2014 is your opportunity to really enjoy a trip back to the Homeland. And for those foodies amongst you,  worry not… those Scottish favourites like mince and tatties have taken on a whole new meaning in today’s Scotland. Scotland now boasts an enviable supply of local produce that are showcased in the culinary creations by the new generation of Scottish based chefs, many boasting a Michelin Star.

No claim to Scottish ancestry? No matter. Scotland wants everyone to be part of and enjoy Homecoming Scotland 2014 – this is your excuse to celebrate Scotland’s culture, heritage, golf, whisky and a long list of other Scottish indulgences, attractions and events including the important Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow, and the Ryder Cup being played on Jack Nicklaus-designed The PGA® Centenary Course at the Gleneagles Hotel.

A huge variety of other events will be taking place throughout the country during Homecoming Scotland 2014. Below are just a few of the hundreds of diverse events being held in Scotland this year, including…

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– MARCH, APRIL, MAY

Europe Festival of Brass will be going to Perth and an eclectic programme of poetry readings and talks and music will be presented at Scotland’s International Poetry Festival in Fife. A series of events will be held at various venues along the John Muir Way in East Lothian to commemorate the influential Scots born naturalist John Muir.

Explore wild hills, rolling countryside, picturesque towns and rugged coastlines during the Newton Stewart Walking Festival in May in Dumfries & Galloway.

Walks range from strenuous, which are led by Galloway Mountain Rescue Team members, to themed walks led by experts covering flora and fauna, history and geology, and wildlife.

Would you enjoy cycling or mountain biking in Scotland? Then the countryside around Peebles in the Scottish Borders could be just for you – it boasts a network of historic paths, quiet country roads and purpose-built mountain bike facilities. 2014 sees the area hosting a high profile mountain bike event (Enduro World Series) as well as an historic ride to Traquair House – cyclists will ride in traditional style and clothes for a touch of fun and nostalgia.

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– JUNE, JULY, AUGUST


Kircudbright Jazz Festival

Traditional Scottish Highland games will be taking place in the historic city of Stirling, in Mull, and in Oban, Argyllshire, as well as in Aberdeenshire, to name but a few. On the island of Arran traditional Scottish music can be heard at various venues during the Arran Folk Festival, and the Arran Malt and Music Festival takes place in June too. Classic New Orleans, Dixieland and swing jazz lovers should head for Dumfries & Galloway for the Kircudbright Jazz Festival.


Classic cars at the rally

For anyone completely loco about steam-driven vehicles then June is the time to visit Inverurie, Grampian. At the Bon Accord Steam Rally there are expected to be around 400 entries.

As well as 40 steam engines that date from 1898 to 1933, there will be tractors, classic and vintage cars, stationary engines and miniature steam engines plus a working threshing mill. Puppet shows, as well as racing pigs, terriers and ferrets will keep children amused if you take them.


Bannockburn Live

There’s a chance to be part of history at the end of June by going to Bannockburn Live to watch Robert the Bruce and Edward II go to battle. You will witness medieval warfare at a realistic Battle of Bannockburn re-enactment during the three day spectacular. Themed villages, music, literature, Scottish food and drink, and outdoor activities will provide entertainment for all the family.

Glasgow is promising an exciting summer: elite athletes from around the world, seventeen sports, and thousands of spectators will be brought together this year at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and is taking place in the Greater Glasgow area from 23 July to 3 August. This international sporting event will bring together athletes from 70 nations and territories and will be the largest multi-sport event ever held in Scotland.

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– SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER

The Ryder Cup, the iconic international golf tournament, will be hosted by one of the superb golf courses at The Gleneagles Hotel this year from 26-28 September.

This exciting contest between the USA and Europe will played from 26-28 September on The PGA® Centenary Course. This challenging golf course, created by acclaimed golf architect Jack Nicklaus, is set in spectacular Perthshire countryside.

The Forth Bridge Festival, a Signature Homecoming Scotland 2014 event taking place in September, is expected to attract thousands of visitors over its ten day duration. The new festival marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic and most recognisable Scottish landmark, the Forth Road Bridge. Events at the festival include a birthday boat flotilla, a torch light procession, and a dramatic light and firework display.

Featuring a wide range of talent from breakout artists to international superstars, the MTV Europe Music Awards sell-out show will take place in Glasgow this year, at the state-of-the-art SSE Hydro. September 29 will see the international show being broadcast from Glasgow to 161 countries and more than 640 million households.

There will be two-months of Highland Homecoming celebrations of Highland culture and activities, ranging from traditional to cutting edge, taking place around Inverness and starting with the World Sheepdog Trials.

Book and art lovers should head to Scotland’s north for the Nairn Book and Arts Festival, six days in September which will be featuring distinguished writers, artists and performers.

October will be a month to check out the work of celebrated Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Discover his unique legacy to the city of Glasgow where his architecture and iconic buildings will stage some of The Creative Mackintosh Festival programme.

In the Kingdom of Fife the whole month of November will see an event programme with a food and drink theme – music to the ears of gourmands.

 

Of course it’s not just Homecoming Scotland 2014 that promises to be a special year… every year in Scotland is special.


Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo

There are annual events such as the Edinburgh Science Festival held over two weeks in April – the programme is inspirational, innovative, and offers audiences amazing experiences.

Then there’s the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo which takes place in August - the setting is magical with a backdrop of the world famous Edinburgh Castle. It is an experience not to be missed.

At any time of the year visitors to Scotland can follow the staggeringly tasty Malt Whisky Trail through Speyside, relish numerous food festivals in Scotland, and be spoilt for choice for fine dining - there are sixteen Michelin Star restaurants in Scotland, seven of them located in the Luxury Scotland collection of exclusive hotels in Scotland.

Luxury Scotland is delighted to announce the arrival of a new member to our luxury hotel collection in Scotland set in 34 acres of beautiful Perthshire countryside - Cromlix - a ten bedroom and five suite hotel. Cromlix was recently purchased by Scotland’s renowned tennis player Andy Murray, ranked British No 1 in the world. The exclusive hotel near Dunblane, currently being refurbished, is scheduled to re-open in April 2014 and will feature a fine-dining Chez Roux restaurant.

To discover more about Cromlix and the Luxury Scotland exclusive hotels go to the OUR MEMBERS page where you will find a map of Scotland together with links to our unique hotels in Scotland – hotels that make you feel at home the minute you walk through the door… hotels that you can make your home, albeit only temporary, so you can join us for an eventful Homecoming Scotland 2014.

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