Homecoming Scotland: Making the Most of it
Over the course of a year, there will be more events than we can possibly list here. To help you get a sense of what's being planned, here are the key events.
The Gathering 2009
The centrepiece of the year's celebrations, The Gathering is the largest clan meeting in history. Six thousand flights from America to Scotland have already been snapped up and demand is so high that more are being specially commissioned. Clan history is huge in the USA, where over 100,000 people are members of clans and over 300 Highland games take place, so this is expected to be a smash. It will feature the largest Highland games ever held in Edinburgh and a huge clan parade that will go all the way up the Royal Mile.
The Gathering, Sat 25 Jul–Sun 26 Jul, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, www.clangathering.org
The Homecoming Scottish Cup
Scotland's oldest trophy is being renamed this year. It started in 1873, so you can reflect on the role Scotland has played in popularising the beautiful game by catching one of the matches.
The Scottish Cup started on Nov 28 and will finish with a final in May, www.scottishfa.co.uk
Cape Wrath Challenge
Over six days, the Cape Wrath challenge is one of the toughest marathons in the UK. Held in the most north-westerly point on mainland Britain (which is a real beauty spot too), it features races of five lengths and a huge ceilidh at the end.
Cape Wrath Challenge, Durness, May 17–May 23, www.capewrathchallenge.co.uk
Scotland is famed as the home of golf and this is the oldest major tournament. Held on the beautiful Turnberry course, it is a must for sports fans. Let’s hope for sunshine!
The Open, Turnberry, Ayrshire, Thu Jul 16–Sun Jul 19, www.opengolf.com
Visit the website, www.homecomingscotland.com to get a full run-down