As our new season is nearly upon us (doesn't time fly!), we thought we would update you on what exciting events are happening in Scotland this year!
2014 has been offically named as Visit Scotland's Year of Homecoming, and in terms of major events, is fast becoming one of the most exciting years Scotland has seen! With the Ryder Cup, Commonwealth Games and MTV Awards, if you've ever been interested in visiting Scotland, 2014 is the year to do it!
The Ryder Cup
Calling all golf enthusiasts, the 2014 Ryder Cup is returning to the Home of Golf! For the first time since 1973, and for the second time in history, the cup will be proudly welcomed in Scotland. The event will take place at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire between 23-28 September, and you can visit the Hotel Estate on our 1 day Highland Whisky, Woodlands and Waterfalls tour from 1st April 2014, too!
Find out more about the event via the 2014 Ryder Cup website.
The 2014 Commonweath Games
In 2014 the eyes of the world will be focussed on Glasgow as it hosts this year's Commonwealth Games. If you're thinking of coming to Scotland in July and August, you'll experience the excitement and buzz of the competition first hand, and even have the chance to watch sporting history unfold before your very eyes!
You can visit the Glasgow 2014 website to find out more about the games and get involved!
Not only is Glasgow host to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the MTV Music Awards is joining us in all the excitement! The event will be celebrating it's 20th Anniversary in 2014 at Glasgow's brand new, state-of-the-art venue, The SSE Hydro, on Sunday, 9th November. Hosting an event of the international reach of the MTV EMAs only reinforces Glasgow's reputation as one of the world's leading music cities.
The Scottish Referendum
If you've been keeping up-to-date with Scottish politics, you'll be aware of the Scottish referendum taking place in September 2014. The referendum will offer the question, "Should Scotland be independent?" to voters in the country. Whatever decision is made is certain to have a large impact on the future of the country as a whole. You can learn more about the referendum and what it means for the future of Scotland in this BBC news article.
2014 is the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn and to commemorate the event, the folks at the Bannockburn Visitor's Centre will be holding a live re-enactment of the infamous 1314 conflict on 28-30 June in Stirling.
The Forth Bridge Festival will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge, with a week long programme of events taking place at South Queensferry and on the Bridge itself.
For more information on what's happening in Scotland 2014, and for wider event listings, please visit Homecoming Scotland.