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Scotland is set to take the world stage in 2014, with its year-long Homecoming Scotland program par excellence of events showcasing this dynamic and creative country. 

From tracing your ancestry and exploring unspoiled landscapes, to uncovering the eclectic line-up of brand new and world famous events, not to mention a little sporting event called the Commonwealth Games, the land of locks, lairds and lassies is high on our list of countries to watch in 2014. Here are just a few highlights...   

Glasgow International Comedy Festival   


14 March – 5 April 2014

For 18 rib-tickling days, the cream of comedy will descend on Glasgow for Europe’s largest program of stand-up, comedy theatre, film and workshops. French & Saunders, Joan Rivers, Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle, Pam Ann – 2014 is shaping up to be the biggest year yet! glasgowcomedyfestival.com     

Highland Games    


May to September

A full program of Highland Games, with their combination of culture, sport and social entertainment from heavy athletics to Highland dance, takes place in towns, villages  and within the grounds of famed castles across the country. Visit the Braemar Gathering and you might even see the Royal Family, who traditionally make an appearance. visitscotland.com      

Scotland Edinburgh Film Festival    

Edinburgh International Film Festival    


18-29 June 2014

One of the big wigs of world cinema celebrations, the 67th Edinburgh Film Festival promises to treat cinephiles to glitzy Hollywood premieres, exciting cinematic discoveries, immersive events, and innovative independent films. edfilmfest.org.uk  

Battle of Bannockburn  

28-30 June 2014

Marking the 700th anniversary of Scotland’s most famous battle, this three-day celebration includes the biggest ever re-enactment of the Battle of Bannockburn. An array of themed villages will also invite you to see, taste, smell, hear and discover medieval life in the historical encampments.  battleofbannockburn

Scotland Commonwealth Games    

Commonwealth Games   


23 July – 3 August 2014

Slap on your green and gold to cheer on Australia and our Commonwealth cousins, or simply absorb the atmosphere and witness the world’s best at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.  glasgow2014.com   

Edinburgh Military Tattoo  


1-23 August 2014

You might have seen it on TV but nothing compares to experiencing the ceremony and spectacle of this international favourite live. Edinburgh Castle sets a dazzling stage as hundreds of pipers, dancers, drummers, singers and musicians from countries around the world strut their stuff. The show traditionally ends with fireworks over the Castle. edintattoo.co.uk    

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh International Festival 

8-31 August 2014

The centrepiece of the Scottish capital’s summer festivals, this performing arts extravaganza transforms the city into a showcase for the best in music, theatre and dance with a huge program of events. eif.co.uk

Edinburgh Fringe 

1-25 August 2014

If you like your culture a bit edgier, then get along to Edinburgh Fringe, the world’s largest art festival. Unusual, provocative, dramatic and hilarious, take your pick of thousands of events throughout the city – exhibitions, concerts, shows, plays, comedy nights – and lots of street entertainment. edfringe.com

Scotland Edinburgh Fringe  

Edinburgh International Book Festival 


9-25 August 2014

Around 700 free and ticketed events regularly attract a world-class selection of authors such as J.K. Rowling, Ian Rankin, Margaret Atwood and Neil Gaiman. edbookfest.co.uk


31 December 2014

Scotland really knows how to throw a party, so why not ring in the New Year with the sound and light shows, parades, music, ceilidhs, street parties and fireworks of Hogmanay.  

For more information on Homecoming Scotland see visitscotland.com

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Edinburgh Hogmany