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Issue 40 - Scotland Events

Scotland Magazine Issue 40
August 2008

 

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Scotland Events

Across Scotland, throughout 2009
First Minister Alex Salmond has unveiled the nationwide programme for “Homecoming 2009” which will include more than 100 events to celebrate Scotland’s first ever year of Homecoming.

Inspired by the 250th anniversary of the birth of Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, Homecoming 2009 will be a celebration of the great contributions Scotland has made to the world. It’s also a chance for Scots around the globe to reconnect and engage with their heritage.

The programme of events has been organised around five main themes – Robert Burns, Whisky, Golf, Great Scottish Minds and Innovations and Scotland’s culture and heritage. Highlights include a Burns 250th anniversary weekend, including a campaign to create the world’s biggest “virtual Burns Supper” celebration.

A celebration of the Caledonian Canal will involve a flotilla travelling the length of the canal from Fort William to Inverness, and one of the largest clan gatherings in history will be held in Edinburgh www.homecoming2009.com

The Enchanted Forest Pitlochry,
17 Oct - 2 Nov 2008

Perthshire’s renowned sound and light show returns for its sixth year. The show includes a spectacular 10 minute choreographed display with high level aerial lighting effects, coloured water jets and smoke. After the show visitors will be able to follow the illuminated path around the loch and through the forest where they will be taken on a kaleidoscopic tour of the seasons www.enchantedforest.org.uk

Fest ‘n’ furious Dundee,
3-5 October 2008

A traditional music festival featuring the best of Scotland’s musical talent.

The festival offers a range of performances from both traditional and modern instrumentalists, masterclasses, ‘Come and Try’ sessions, ceilidhs and concerts www.festnfurious.co.uk

Cowalfest Cowal Peninsula,
3-12 October 2008

Scotland’s largest walking festival and a major arts festival with a 10-day programme of events that celebrate landscape and the natural world’s influence on creativity. This is a unique and vibrant festival that’s redolent of place and imbued with local character and charm. Its mountains and lochs, formed by fire and ice, are graced by forest and ancient woodland, and never far away are those stunning west coast sea lochs www.cowalfest.org Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival Edinburgh, 17-19 October 2008 An annual event dedicated to the promotion of adventure through films, lectures and exhibitions.

The festival aims to entertain, enlighten and inspire. It also offers filmmakers the rare opportunity to showcase their exciting work www.edinburghmountainff.com

Glenfiddich Piping And Fiddling Championship Blair Atholl,
25-26 October 2008

The annual showcase of the very best solo pipers and fiddlers, this weekend event in the grand setting of the Blair Castle ballroom, is a major date on Scotland’s traditional music calendar www.blairatholl.org.uk