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Issue 73 - A year to come home

Scotland Magazine Issue 73
February 2014


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A year to come home

A diary of events for 2014

Scottish Diaspora Tapestry
01/03/2014 –30/11/2014
A nationwide programme of events to welcome the magnificent Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, created during the last two years by volunteers in 25 countries, depicting the experiences of migrant Scots. The 200+ embroidered panels will tour the country until November, not to be missed!

St Anza 2014
05/03/2014 –09/03/2014
St Anza 2014 will be looking at what ‘home’ means to poets in Scotland and beyond.
The festival theme will be A Common Wealth of Poetry and there will be a focus on Poetry in Motion, all to celebrate through poetry the Commonwealth Games and Scotland’s connections with the Commonwealth.

Glasgow International Comedy Festival
14/03/2014 –05/04/2014
For 18 rib-tickling days, the twelfth Glasgow International Comedy Festival will present an exciting programme of the best stand-up, comedy theatre, film, workshops and kids shows. To celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2014, the programme will feature a spectacular showcase of International comedy talent who will be returning to their Scottish roots.

Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art
04/04/2014 –21/04/2014
One of the UK’s boldest visual arts events showcases a range of artistic practices. Described by the Guardian as the 'UK’s best visual art festival', this celebrated 18-day event includes exhibitions by both international and local artists. For Homecoming Scotland 2014, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art is developing plans for an exciting special commission, details of which will be announced shortly.

Tartan Day
2014 05/04/2014 –15/04/2014
A programme of events centred around 6 April 2014 that celebrates Angus and Arbroath as a destination of historical significance - from the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320.The overall programme will run from 28 March until 6 April with events building throughout the week to culminate in a weekend of festivities on the weekend of 6 April.

Bring It All Home
11/04/2014 –19/04/2014
Bring it All Home is an exciting new song writing festival for 2014 set in the heart of Paisley inspired by the legacy of Paisley born songwriter Gerry Rafferty. A celebration of song in all its various forms it will present world exclusive shows, home grown talent, masterclasses and intimate concerts in a historical town setting.

Melrose Sevens
11/04/2014 –12/04/2014
The Melrose Sevens is one of Scotland’s premier sporting events and the tournament remains the blue riband of sevens in Scotland and represents one of the region’s premier events. In 2012 the tournament won the Scottish Thistle Awards Best Sporting Event Award for the Central South East Region and keenly awaits the national final results in November. Staged the Friday before the main Sevens event the Melrose VETS takes the format of a 10-a-side, 12 team tournament, and will involve as many teams as possible from outwith Scotland. Players are 35 years and over.

Seasoned to Taste
14/04/2014 –30/04/2014
Celebrating Scottish Food & Drink and links to other international cultures.

John Muir Festival
17/04/2014 –26/04/2014
April 17- 26, across Scotland. The John Muir Festival will celebrate the life and legacy of John Muir, a Scots born naturalist and founder of America’s national Parks, taking place along the length of the John Muir Way, a new national pathway that stretches from Dunbar in the East to Helensburgh in the West.

World Curling Championships Seniors and Mixed Doubles
23/04/2014 –30/04/2014
As part of the Homecoming year of 2014 Dumfries & Galloway Council is delighted to host the World Curling Championships in Senior & Mixed Doubles in the Region for the first time.The event is steeped in the tradition of curling and has produced top players since 1541.

European Festival of Brass
26/04/2014 –11/05/2014
Europe’s biggest brass band festival will be staged in Scotland in 2014. The European Festival of Brass welcomes visitors and players from all over the continent. Featuring the 7th European Solo, the European Youth Brass Band and the 2014 European Brass Band Championships.

TRADFEST Edinburgh / Dun Eideann
29/04/2014 –11/05/2014
This is an exciting new event for 2014, as the arts of tradition sparkle in Scotland’s capital. Music, song, dance, craft and story blend with the best of Scotland’s native produce, providing a feast of culture for all ages. TRADFEST will be grounded in authentic tradition but with a contemporary flair. Experience Edinburgh, the folk city.

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival –
Come Home to Speyside
2014 01/05/2014 –05/05/2014
Discover the passion behind the world's finest whiskies at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. In the year of Homecoming Scotland 2014 what better place to celebrate than in glorious Speyside during the whisky festival? Playing host to over 50 distilleries, Speyside is truly at the heart of Scotch Malt Whisky and will be hosting five magical days and over 300 events. Themed on Whisky, Food, Music, the river Spey itself and Heritage & Culture, Speyside looks forward to welcoming whisky lovers, old and new, from across the world, who want to explore the traditions behind the unique Speyside Single Malt Whiskies and discover the passion behind them. Learn about what makes them special, how small differences in location can make a huge difference in taste, what Master Distillers do to make their whiskies unique and much more. There is plenty on offer to suit a range of tastes – from sipping single malts and rambling from distillery to distillery to watching wildlife, savouring the flavour of local food, getting to grips with challenging golf courses or dancing the night away at a local ceilidh. *All details subject to change. Please contact the event organiser for more information.*

Orkney Nature Festival
10/05/2014 –18/05/2014
The Outdoor Orkney Festival presents Orkney Whisky's Wild Side. Orkney’s exceptional whiskies are rooted in our heathery hills and pure lochs. “Orkney whisky’s wild side” offers you an experience that promises to be a highlight of Homecoming Scotland 2014 – we look forward to you joining us to toast the best wildlife and whisky that Scotland has to offer.

Year of Ancient Ancestors
15/05/2014 –25/10/2014
As part of Homecoming 2014, Caithness Horizons will be launching the “Year of Ancient Ancestors” festival – a year-long programme to celebrate the unique Pictish and Norse heritage of the county of Caithness. Pictish Caithness (Thursday 15th May – Sunday 18th May 2014); Viking Caithness (Saturday 5th July – Sunday 13th July 2014); Vetrarblot Festival (Friday 24th October – Saturday 25th October 2014)

National Parks John Muir Conference "The Future of National Parks"
18/05/2014 –21/05/2014
John Muir National Parks Conference – will take place in May 2014 and will be developed throughout 2014. On the 100th anniversary of John Muir in 2014 to hold a conference that examines the issues for National Parks for the 21st century. In 1882 John Muir founded the first National Park, now 130 years later there are over 2000 National Parks worldwide. It seems appropriate with Scotland’s emerging parks, 2014 being the year of homecoming and John Muir being a Scot, to hold a conference focusing on the new thinking in National Park management and the issues facing National Parks.

Burns an’ a’ that! Festival
23/05/2014 –25/05/2014
A varied programme including a brand new outdoor arena of live music, visual and performance artists as well as an eclectic mix of arts & cultural, music & film, literature & talks, drama & comedy, food & drink and family entertainment events held throughout Ayrshire.

TweedLove Bike Festival 2014
24/05/2014 –08/06/2014
TweedLove is now the UK's biggest cycling festival, held every year in the beautiful Tweed Valley. For 2014 we will be hosting one of the world’s most high profile mountain bike events, as the best international riders come to compete in the first ever UK round of the Enduro World Series. We’re also excited to introduce a major new bike event which combines fun and cool nostalgia, at the festival’s inaugural Tweed Ride – where riders of all ages take up traditional style and clothes for a historic ride to Traquair House.

Ochils Festival
01/06/2014 –30/06/2014
The programme includes something for everyone – locals and visitors alike. There are walks, talks, workshops, discovery sessions, tours of historic kirkyards and fun family activities. Across the varied programme, people will be offered numerous opportunities to get more active, be more creative, experience our unique natural environment and learn about their local ancestry. In addition to this, there will be a funfilled family day on Saturday 21 June –Ochils Fest - which will see a host of hands-on activities as well as the premiere of six new environmental animations created by six local primary schools. People will be able to test their own creative skills by making short animations on local environmental and historical themes. New to the programme for 2014 is the Tartan Ball, a revival of the event that was first held in the 1840s to inject some life into the local textile industry. A key feature then was that ladies wore tartan evening dresses: in 2014 the tartan rule applies to everyone, although they can decide for themselves whether they want to wear a dress! This will be a terrific opportunity to sample local Scottish hospitality – Scottish country dancing, traditional music, food and drink.

Return to the Ridings
01/06/2014 –30/08/2014
The “Return to the Ridings” is a celebration of the riding of the boundaries that has taken place for centuries with 11 towns in the Scottish Borders using horses for the traditional ride out. The festivals surrounding these ride outs are steeped in tradition and celebrate borders history, music and song, parades and concerts culminating in the whole town celebrating the ‘Riding’.

Linlithgow Civic Festival
06/06/2014 –21/06/2014
The Civic Festival celebrations focus around the Linlithgow Marches and includes a wide calendar of events such as dances, ceilidhs, sport and musical sessions which will build up to the final concert. The additional Family Heritage event is to welcome and inform the returning “trades people” families and these families will be included in the Riding of the Marches. The festival also embraces the traditional Town Gala Day which is on the last Saturday of the festival. The festival accumulates with a headline evening concert and laser and light show.

Royal Highland Show
19/06/2014 –22/06/2014
For four days each year, the countryside comes to Edinburgh to provide a stimulating and engaging insight into Scotland’s food & farming sector. With over 5,000 animals, a bountiful food hall, crafts, renewables, forestry, agricultural machinery and motor zones, plus a Homecoming marquee showcasing Scotland’s contribution to the rest of the world.

St Magnus Festival
20/06/2014 –26/06/2014
This prestigious festival is renowned for its unique blend of world-class performance and community participation against the stunning backdrop of Orkney in midsummer. In 2014 the programme centres around 'Home is where the Heart is' with a week-long festival of great music, dance, drama and the arts.

2014 Clan Lachlan Gathering and Strathlachlan Festival
20/06/2014 –22/06/2014
The 2014 Clan Lachan International Gathering and Strathlachlan Community Festival is for visitors from near and far, as well as the local community. It is a 3 day event encapsulating the theme of ‘A Local to Global Community Experience’. The event will include local cultural activities, including shinty demonstrations, sheepdog trial demonstrations and community music (local pipe bands and highland dancing). There will be a wide range of stalls with locally produced food, artisanal crafts providing workshops, displays, tastings (whisky & wine) with the opportunity to buy locally-produced items. This event will also be part of a celebration of the conservation works currently happening at Old Castle Lachlan. This will incorporate presentations on local history, historical walks and guided tours to see the Old Castle; all these events will be for both individuals and families.

The Gillespie Macandrew Hopetoun Horse Trials
26/06/2014 –29/06/2014 Dates TBC:
Summer 2014 The Hopetoun Town and Country Fair offers visitors international sporting excellence, live entertainment, Scottish fine foods and country pursuits all set in the stunning grounds of Hopetoun House and Estate near Edinburgh. Featuring the Hopetoun International Horse Trials and the Commonwealth Cup, this event captures the very essence of contemporary Scotland alongside some of the country's finest international equestrian personalities.

East Neuk Festival
27/06/2014 –07/07/2014
East Neuk Festival celebrates its 10th birthday with 10-days of music, literature, family events and art: Its biggest ever programme. The festival will reach out to the world as international artists of many nations gather in this beautiful coastal spot bringing music, family activities, writing and ideas, opera and installations.

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival
27/06/2014 –29/06/2014
Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Traditional Boat Festival. Don’t just come home, sail home! Don’t miss the 21st Festival with beautiful boats, fascinating crafts, non-stop music, song and dance, and delicious food and drink. We’ll also be celebrating the opening of The Boatshed – an incredible facility dedicated to the craft of traditional Scottish boat building.

Pipefest Stirling 2014
27/06/2014 –27/06/2014
Marching from the gates of Stirling Castle to mark the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, Pipe Bands and Scottish Clans are invited to take part in a Grand Parade through the City of Stirling. The Parade will be led by the Atholl Highlanders – Europe’s only private Army! Pipefest is a mass-participation event, aimed at pipe bands and Scottish Clans around the world. Please register online to take part in the event on the Pipefest website.

The vision of thousands of pipers and drummers marching through Stirling, will be a wonderful sight not to be missed, as Scotland marks the 700 anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn!

Bannockburn Live
28/06/2014 –30/06/2014
Bannockburn Live will be an inclusive, engaging event, representing the best contemporary Scotland has to offer through an exploration of the past from the standpoint of a distinctively 21st century perspective.

During three days, thousands of people will come to the site of the Battle of Bannockburn and experience an event like no other – a unique take on this turning point in Scotland’s history.

From a battle re-enactment to some of the country’s best known artists exploring what it really meant and what it still means to us today, through music, theatre, literature and performance – a truly inclusive event, bringing the colourful history to life through a once in a lifetime experience.

Dunfermline Bruce Festival
12/07/2014 - 13/07/2014
Come and join us at the Bruce Festival 2014 and go on a journey through time linking Dunfermline, the Ancient Capital of Scotland, birthplace of Kings and Queens, Robert the Bruce and Bannockburn in an exciting series of events across Dunfermline’s Heritage Quarter, the High Street and Pittencrieff Park.

18/07/2014 –20/07/2014
Lost Map Records was established in 2013, from founder and director Johnny Lynch’s caravan home on the Planet Eigg (56°54’N,06°10’W). A brand new micro-label and collective unshackled by style or genre, it was formed with a pioneering spirit to reassess how we discover and explore music amid the disorientating digital geography of the 21st century. Lost Map was able to immediately give shelter to an uprooted tribe of artists including Rozi Plain, Kid Canaveral, Seamus Fogarty, Randolph’s Leap, Eagleowl, Monoganon and Pictish Trail. It’s those names and many more yet to be encountered that will lead Lost Map on its creative adventure, through physical and digital releases, events, festivals and all destinations in between. Under our new Lost Map banner, Fence Records’ Home Game and Away Game music festivals are being rebranded Howln’ Fling! and will continue to be the label’s signature events.

Previous events have featured guest acts from across a variety of genres – indie rock, singer-songwriter, pop, techno/electronic, folk – and the names speak for themselves: Django Django, Gruff Rhys, KT Tunstall, Jon Hopkins, British Sea Power, Nathan Fake, Four Tet, Slow Club, Johnny Flynn, Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), Steve Mason, Pantha Du Prince, François & The Atlas Mountains, Diamh, King Creosote, RM Hubbert, Scott Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit), Cate Le Bon, The Concretes, Marina & The Diamonds, The Twilight Sad, Alexis Taylor & Joe Goddard (Hot Chip), James Yorkston, Josh T Pearson, Euros Childs, Silver Columns, Phantom Band, Malcolm Middleton, Green Gartside, Karine Polwart amongst many many others.

Tin Forest
24/07/2014 –03/08/2014
‘Tin Forest’ is an ambitious nine month programme of community engagement, international cultural exchange, online content, broadcast opportunities and site specific installation performance, culminating in a spectacular immersive version of the story and a ten day programme of events in one of Glasgow’s most iconic buildings, devised and delivered by the National Theatre of Scotland as a key event during games time of the cultural programme of the Commonwealth Games. The Tin Forest is inspired by the graphic book of the same title, telling the tale of a little old man who “sifts and sorts” other peoples rubbish, fashioning it in to a Tin Forest. He wishes for a real forest until one day a Toucan arrives and drops a seed. Soon the forest flourishes into being “somewhere where everyone wanted to be.” By using the story to re- tell Glasgow’s story, we will take communities and young people from Glasgow, Scotland, and the rest of the world, on a journey where they will discover their industrial heritage and imagine their future in new environments and contexts. This will be done by connecting each community with each other across Glasgow, Scotland and the World and bring them to the Tin Forest venue in the South Rotunda of Glasgow. Staged in the repurposed South Rotunda building well placed within one of the key ‘live sites’ of the games, with BBC and SECC, Tin Forest has a number of different elements, with a comprehensive participation programme and culminating in a world class theatrical performance. The event has been developed over a number months, adapting to a shift in scale, changes in potential venues and core creative, it has secured the backing of all major public bodies supporting the cultural programme and has now with artistic director Graham McLaren in place developed an engaging and innovative proposal which still contains the ambition of earlier incarnations whilst be achievable, realistic and focused. Tin Forest Venue The Rotunda Opening Event: 22nd July (date tbc) The Tin Forest Opening Event will celebrate Glasgow’s past and future. Puppet Labyrinth: 24th July – 3rd August. Audiences enter the South Rotunda and promenade through a specially created maze of sets encountering puppet creations, manipulated by a dozen performers. We encounter the Old Man of the Tin Forest story, somewhere close to forgotten, then see him sifting and sorting through discarded items and building his Tin Forest out of old pieces of material, then arrive to see a forest sprout up out of his installations in the final set of this immersive theatre experience. Performing daily from 2 – 6pm (tbc) and will be a ticketed event Caledonian Forest: 24th – 3rd August The National Theatre of Scotland will commission a leading video and leading sound artist to create a 360 degree fantasy forest installation inspired by the woodland that once covered vast areas of Scotland. The Caledonian Forest will be open daily.

The Wickerman Music Festival
25/07/2014 –26/07/2014
Celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2014 by attending Wickerman – one of Scotland’s best loved independent music festivals. Featuring an eclectic mix of leading artists, alternative acts and up and coming talent, this two day summer party is an unmissable event for music lovers.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
01/08/2014 –23/08/2014
The 2014 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (1–23 August) celebrates ‘Our Home, Friends and Family’ as Scotland welcomes the world to join in the exciting year of Homecoming with hundreds of Commonwealth participants set to play a part. Music, dance and precision display with the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, cultural troupes, singers, fiddlers and the poignant refrain of the Lone Piper, spectacularly staged against the magnificent backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Aboyne Highland Games
02/08/2014 –02/08/2014
To make our Traditional Highland Games, with over 90 events including Heavies, Track events, Piping and Dancing, even more special for Homecoming year we hope to attract north-east clansmen from across the globe back to their native land. This coupled with a celebratory event to mark the significance of our native athlete and founder member Donald Dinnie.

Turriff Show
03/08/2014 –04/08/2014
As part of Homecoming Scotland 2014 and to celebrate Turriff Show’s 150th Anniversary a number, of special attractions will feature at Scotland’s largest two day agricultural show, including a homecoming hospitality marquee for overseas visitors, a pre-Show ceilidh and an action packed show with some truly first class ringside entertainment as well.

Dare ProtoPlay 2014
07/08/2014 –10/08/2014
Dare ProtoPlay is Scotland's biggest computer games festival. As the last journey of the reputable computer games development competition Dare to be Digital, Dare ProtoPlay attracts thousands every year to play new BAFTA-nominated games developed by talented university students learn how to develop a game and find out more about how to get into the games industry. Dare ProtoPlay 2014 will have exciting new elements and no doubt they will take the event to a whole new level.

Harris Tweed Hebrides Tattoo 2014
08/08/2014 –09/08/2014
A Hebridean extravaganza of world class piping, dancing, singing and music over two days in August 2014. Don’t miss this – the last one in 2009 was stunning!

Celebration of the Centuries
09/08/2014 –10/08/2014
Winner of the Best Cultural Event at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards in 2012 the Celebration of the Centuries event returns to the magnificent setting of Fort George. The flagship event of Historic Scotland’s event calendar celebrates over two thousand years of Scottish history in a colourful, vibrant and immersive way.

Piping Live! Festival
11/08/2014 - 15/08/2014
During Homecoming Scotland 2014 Piping Live! will feature a new series of events entitled Music of the Clans. Come down to the Homecoming Tent in Glasgow and discover your clan’s heritage, music and traditions. With daily talks, exhibitions and demonstrations Music of the Clans is a great day out.

Strathaven Balloon Festival
22/08/2014 –24/08/2014
The annual Strathaven Balloon Festival is a spectacular, international hot air ballooning event, the only one of its kind in Scotland and one of the largest in the UK. Unlike many balloon gathering, we combine the marvellous site of hot air balloons launching and in flight (weather permitting) with our Saturday and Sunday fundays and our magnificent Saturday evening glow. The fun days include classic cars, markets, fun fair and entertainers for children and adults.

British Touring Car Championship Knockhill 40th anniversary

The only Scottish round of the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship, televised on ITV4, and will feature 40th anniversary celebrations of Knockhill Racing Circuit, Scotlands National Motor Sports Centre.

The Edinburgh Mela
29/08/2014 –31/08/2014
As part of Homecoming Scotland 2014, join Scotland's leading multicultural performing arts festival. The Edinburgh Mela is dedicated to the rich cultural heritage of communities which have chosen to make Scotland their home. Over the weekend, more than 27,000 people are expected to enjoy performances from around the world at two music stages and the global food village.

Highland Homecoming
01/09/2014 –31/10/2014
Highland Homecoming is a two month-long celebration of contemporary Highland culture, beginning with the World Sheepdog Trials, taking in the Inverness Highland Meeting and culminating with Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail –The Royal National Mòd, will see a huge amount of activity take place in the Highland Capital, from the traditional to the cutting edge.

2014 World Sheepdog Trial
03/09/2014 –06/09/2014
As part of Homecoming Scotland 2014 the World Sheepdog Trials, featuring 240 competitors from twenty four nations worldwide, will be staged in Scotland for the very first time.

Forth Bridges Festival
04/09/2014 –13/09/2014
An exciting new programme of events for 2014, come and join us in this international celebration in honour of the unique and distinct, lasting impression of the Forth Bridges. The Festival will bring spectacular events to the areas surrounding the iconic Forth Bridges in order to celebrate the 50th Birthday of the Road Bridge.

Doors Open Days
06/09/2014 –28/09/2014
Every September, throughout Scotland, Doors Open Days gives free access to places normally closed to the public. During Homecoming Scotland 2014, visitors will be given the keys to unlock some very special homes.

06/09/2014 –13/09/2014
Midlothian's Festival of the Arts The Inverness Highland Meeting 2014 12/09/2014 –14/09/2014 Inverness celebrates the 150th anniversary of the opening of the world’s oldest Highland Games stadium, Northern Meeting Park, with a unique event. Everybody is welcome as the Highland Clans meet by the River Ness to witness an unforgettable Highland Games, the Masters World Championships featuring over 100 International Heavies.

The Camanachd Cup Final
13/09/2014 –13/09/2014
The Camanachd Cup Final is recognised as shinty’s big day out, attracting thousands of spectators and broadcast live on tv, radio and internet. The event celebrates the two top teams in the game competing for one of Scotland’s oldest and most iconic sporting trophies. It is a vital showcase for the sport and the principal annual gathering of the shinty community.

Findhorn Bay Arts Festival
24/09/2014 –28/09/2014
With events taking place 24 – 28 Sept 2014, in and around the coastal villages of Findhorn and Kinloss and the historic market town of Forres and at the magnificent Brodie Castle – it is a grand stage on which to celebrate Scotland’s culture and the rich artistic activity and heritage of Moray. The inaugural Findhorn Bay Arts Festival will be Bringing Home Macbeth in 2014 as part of Homecoming Scotland. The 2014 programme will celebrate both the myth and the reality and will feature a world premiere of Macbeth: the Red King, a stunning, 21st century site-specific, outdoor performance in which the magic and mayhem of Shakespeare's Macbeth are brought to life within the grounds of Moray’s magnificent Brodie Castle.

Ryder Cup Gala Concert
24/09/2014 –24/09/2014
A once in a lifetime concert which will celebrate the very best in Scotland’s music, film, fashion and culture on a global stage, a fitting opening to one of the world’s biggest sporting events, the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles which will feature a host of stars from both sides of the pond.

Wigtown Book Festival
26/09/2014 –05/10/2014
Take the low road to Wigtown Book Festival in 2014: as part of Homecoming, join us in Scotland’s National Book Town to celebrate the dynamic culture of Scotland’s Lowlands – home to so many of the writers, thinkers, explorers and inventors who forged the world as we know it.

Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running (Homecoming)
27/09/2014 –28/09/2014
As part of Homecoming Scotland 2014, the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running, now in its 13th year, will feature an exciting programme of activity alongside the popular Loch Ness Marathon, 10K, 5K and Wee Nessie races and Baxters Food & Drink Fayre. This will include the Run Home Clan Challenges and a Run Home Whisky Festival.

Creative Mackintosh
01/10/2014 –31/10/2014
The Creative Mackintosh Festival in 2014 will celebrate Charles Rennie Mackintosh, his architecture, design, arts and crafts in Glasgow. The events programme showcases the Mackintosh buildings and legacy, as well as focusing on Glasgow and its creativity, through the work of contemporary artists, responding to the Mackintosh legacy and themes that fascinated the artist himself.

Deep Roots
01/10/2014 –31/12/2014
Set in the magnificent grounds of Dean Castle in Kilmarnock, Deep Roots is about self discovery, searching for your own history and tracing back through the story of the Boyd family. The Boyd’s are a famous Scottish family with deep roots linked to key moments in Scottish history, the very grounds of the event were gifted to the family by Robert the Bruce in 1316. Join the journey and discover more about the history of this fascinating Scottish family.

Scotland’s Boat Show 2014
10/10/2014 –12/10/2014
Scotland’s largest boat show takes to the water and shore with an unrivalled selection of new and preowned power and sailboats. Marine exhibitors from all over the UK luxury cars & motorcycles, lifestyle exhibitions and famers markets add to the special features being incorporated into the 2014 year of Homecoming event.

Race the Castles Orienteering Tour
11/10/2014 –19/10/2014
International orienteering is brought to the ancient streets of Edinburgh and Stirling and to the mighty forests of Deeside. Based around the castles of Edinburgh, Stirling, Crathes and Balmoral, the international World Ranking Events, British and Commonwealth Championships will run alongside mass-participation courses suitable for all ages.

Sound Festival 2014
23/10/2014 –16/11/2014
Sound is Scotland’s most prominent annual festival of new music. In 2014 Sound will focus new approaches to the riches of traditional and indigenous music from within Scotland and across the world.

An Fèis Mòr - Scotland’s Festival of Paddlesport
24/10/2014 –26/10/2014
This event celebrates the diversity and breadth of Paddlesport. It includes the Canoe Show featuring all the latest equipment as well as talks and workshops. A canoe polo tournament, pool slalom competition and Tay Descent are all included. The national indoor kayak championships provide the opportunity to test your speed and stamina.

Perthshire Amber –The Dougie MacLean Festival
2014 24/10/2014 –02/11/2014
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Perthshire Amber – the Dougie MacLean Festival, we’d like to welcome visitors from all over the world to experience stunning, autumnal Perthshire and enjoy our ten day festival of world-class music and some specially curated Homecoming 2014 heritage events.

Scottish International Storytelling Festival
24/10/2014 –02/11/2014
Scotland welcomes the world to a feast of traditional and contemporary storytelling for adults and young people. What does the future hold, and what can the past give us in wit, wisdom and love? For all storytelling lovers, with song and music, and everyone who wants to connect with Scotland and its tales.

MTV Europe Music Awards 2014
09/11/2014 – 09/11/2014
Get ready for the music, Glasgow! MTV has announced that its premier international awards show, the MTV EMA, will be staged in Scotland's largest city in 2014.

Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2014
10/11/2014 –15/11/2014
This six day event sees some of the world's most talented fencers fighting for Commonwealth glory. Fencing will be taking place throughout each day with the finals and medal matches starting at around 5pm. This spectacle is not to be missed. If you are inspired by what you have seen, there will be opportunities for people of all ages to try out fencing for themselves with helpers on hand throughout the day to explain fencing to people who are new to it. In addition to a host of family-friendly activities, there will be a wealth of food and drink options available during the event from a selection of Scotland's finest producers.

Part of Homecoming Scotland 2014, this event is a unique opportunity to experience this visually stunning and exciting sport at its highest level within an event that offers an exhilarating and fantastic family experience.
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