Head to the Highlands this Autumn!

Head to the Highlands this Autumn!

Homecoming Scotland 2014 has already enjoyed many brilliant moments over the past few months… but there are plenty more to come! Be part of it and check out the jam-packed Highland Homecoming programme; a two-month celebration of the very best of contemporary Scottish culture and Highland heritage. Set over September and October, exciting events cover everything from arts, music, delicious food and drink, and much more.

Turning Leaves Book Festival, Kingussie

From 26–28 September the well-loved second hand bookshop Caberfeidh Horizons will once again be hosting a literary extravaganza of authors’ readings, writing workshops, and plenty more.

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, Inverness & Wick

From the team which brought you the magnificent Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry comes yet another landmark art project celebrating Scotland’s unique heritage. From 27 September to 25 October, 25 communities will pay homage to their Scottish roots with a series of embroidered panels. Created by volunteers from around the globe, don’t miss this unique insight into the profound impact made by Scottish migrants in their adopted homelands.

Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running, Fort Augustus to Inverness

Set against some of Scotland’s most stunning natural backdrops, this marathon, held on 28 September, offers the unique chance to put your physical stamina to the test while soaking up the glorious Highland scenery and keeping a look out for Nessie.

The Royal National Mòd, Inverness

Running from 10–17 October, the world’s premier Gaelic festival is a fantastic opportunity to become immersed in the indigenous language and culture of Scotland.

Blazin’ in Beauly, Beauly 

Fancy polishing up on your fiddling skills and getting together with other like-minded musicians for a week of toe-tapping fun? Then head to Beauly from 10–17 October for the chance to take part in sessions, masterclasses, concerts, first-class craic, and tuition from the legendary Blazin’ Fiddles themselves and their guests.

Homecoming 2014 Textile Art, Kingussie

What does home mean to you? This ambitious project taking place 18–31 October gives you the chance to answer just that, as well as get to grips with a whole host of new crafts along the way. An exchange project between Canadian artists and the members of the Iona Gallery located in the Cairngorms National Park, try your hand at quilting, patchwork, rag-rugging, felt-making, collage and appliqué, and create your own contribution to this unique exhibition.

Year of Ancient Ancestors, Thurso, Caithness

Get in touch with your Pictish and Norse roots at the Caithness Horizons Museum in Thurso. During the weekend of the 24–25 October, visitors to the museum can take part in a traditional Norse Vetrablot, or harvest festival.

Dark Skye Star Party, Isle of Skye

Gaze up at the twinkling night sky on the Isle of Skye, free from the light pollution that obscures the stars in towns and cities. Head to the Clan Donald Centre on 25 October and get together with fellow astronomy enthusiasts.

The Culloden Run, Culloden Moor, Inverness

The hallowed ground of Culloden Battlefield serves as the backdrop for two gripping races. Choose between either the 10k or 17.46k route, both of which start and finish from the National Trust for Scotland’s Culloden Visitor Centre. Runners successfully crossing the finish line will be rewarded with a medal and goody bag.

Don’t forget to share your experiences with us using #Homecoming2014.

Visit The Highlands in September and October and experience the warmest of Scottish Welcomes! Find out more information about the great events happening visit www.homecomingscotland.com/highlandhomecoming.

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