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Issue 29 - Up Helly Aa

Scotland Magazine Issue 29
October 2006


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Up Helly Aa

January 30, 2007 Lerwick One of Europe’s largest fire festivals. For 24 hours on the last Tuesday in Janurary, the people of Shetland celebrate the influence of the Vikings, who arrived there more than 1000 years ago.

After a torch-light procession of up to a thousand “guizers” through the streets of Lerwick a full-size replica Viking longship is ceremonially burned. The guizers and onlookers then repair to local halls for a night of revelry, dancing and partying.

Celtic Connections
January 17 – February 4, 2007 Glasgow
Scotland's premier winter music festival. Held during 19 days in Glasgow, the festival will showcase favourite acts and the best new talent in more than 200 events.

Fort William Mountain Film Festival February 16 – March 3, 2007
Fort William
A two week celebration of mountains and the culture that surrounds them. Features a full programme of lectures, films, activities, exhibitions, plays and music, as well as the best winter walking and climbing conditions of the year.

Highlands 2007
Various venues across Scotland from January

A year of events to celebrate Scotland’s year of Highland culture, aimed at promoting the Highlands as a great place to live and to visit through showcasing the unique and special nature of Highland culture past, present and future.

The Highland 2007 programme features events spread across the six strands of culture: arts, language, science, environment, heritage and sport with something to suit all tastes.

Confirmed events include: the spectacular Tulloch Inverness Highland Games, featuring the World Highland Games Championships; the RBS International Tattoo; European Pipe Band Championships; The Highland Quest; the Six Cities Festival of Design; the Moray Firth Flotilla and the re-dedication of Culloden Battlefield.

For sports fans events such as the Adventure Racing World Championship, the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships and the 100th Camanachd (shinty) Cup Final.

The Highland 2007 events calendar was launched recently by band The Peatbog Faeries (pictured).
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