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Homecoming Scotland in 2009 & 2014

In 2009, Visit Scotland organised a programme of events called Homecoming Scotland to mark the 250 th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.

The events also included a celebration of some of Scotland's great contributions to the world:   Golf, Whisky, The Enlightenment and Innovation, as well as our rich culture and heritage which lives on at home and through the many people of Scots descent who live outwith our shores.    A very large Clan Gathering took place in Edinburgh; the largest event of this kind to take place in Scotland. (see below)

Homecoming Scotland was a huge success and was enjoyed by a record number of visitors from around the world.

For more details see :

Homecoming Scotland 2009 - the year in review

It has recently been confirmed that Scotland is to stage a second Year of Homecoming in 2014, which will coincide with the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup, as well as the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.

Scotland's first minister, Alex Salmond announced :

  "In 2014 the eyes of the world will be on Scotland as the Commonwealth Games comes to Glasgow and Gleneagles hosts the Ryder Cup and Scots at home and abroad mark the anniversary of Bannockburn.   In this year of celebration, repeating the remarkable success and benefits of Homecoming 2009 is an excellent opportunity to attract tourism and investment and showcase the very best of Scotland.

Dr Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said:

The success of last year's Homecoming sparked huge interest in people all over the world, not only those with ancestral links to Scotland, but those who simply love this country. Whichever country visitors are travelling from in order to enjoy the wide-ranging celebrations in 2014, they can be guaranteed the warmest possible welcome to these shores and I have no doubt they will leave with memories they will treasure forever.

Key Dates:

The 700th anniversary of Bannockburn - 23rd and 24th June 2014

The Commonwealth Games - 23rd July - 3rd August 2014

The Ryder Cup - Autumn 2014 - dates to be confirmed

Other useful websites:

Over 300 places to visit, from Abbeys to Castles !



'The Gathering 2009' and more information about Highland Games in Scotland





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