Brilliant Moments on your doorstep in 2014

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2014 arrived in style here in Scotland with traditional Hogmanay fireworks, street parties, ceilidhs and fire festivals to see in the bells. Usually in January, we’re busy making New Year’s resolutions and taking a look ahead to see what the year has in store. If you’re like me, you’ll also be looking to start planning some fun jaunts and holidays too!

Get a sneak preview of our new TV advert below for some inspiration of what you could be doing right on your doorstep in the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014. There’s so much to do and discover during this year-long celebration of Scotland and its heritage; from food and drink and music festivals to discovering the great outdoors and your ancestral roots. Scotland will also be welcoming world-class events like The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles or the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. It’s the perfect chance to experience your own #brilliantmoments.

Why not bring the whole family along with you in the Year of Homecoming? In the advert, you’ll have spotted grandparents and their two grandchildren watching the spectacle that is the Lochearnhead Highland Games in Perthshire. At Scotland’s very own version of the Commonwealth Games, taking root in centuries of tradition and competition between clans, you’ll get to enjoy dancing and displays of strength in a carnival atmosphere at games all over the country during the summer months.

There’s also the Return to the Ridings, being enjoyed in the video by a mother and her two young children. An ancient Scottish custom, the events in June are a spectacle in itself as dozens ride horses through the streets of picturesque Borders towns.

Or if you’re looking for a special getaway with a loved one, there’s plenty to do in Scotland this year that’s sure to make 2014 a year to remember. Take a leaf out of one couple’s book and take the ferry to the Isle of Islay on Scotland’s west coast to discover the Fèis Ìle – Islay Festival of Malt & Music. With a reputation as Scotland’s greatest whisky-producing island, Islay has eight working distilleries – reason in itself to celebrate with a dram and traditional music.

If music is your thing, then the Wickerman Festival is just one of Scotland’s renowned music festivals. Taking place in Dumfries & Galloway, it attracts the music industry’s biggest names year after year and the 2014 festival is set to be bigger than ever.

Then, of course, there’s the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Part of the Edinburgh International Festival, the world’s largest annual festival of its kind, you can enjoy thousands of comedy shows (many for free) and street performances throughout August. The capital is awash with colour, noise and atmosphere and is definitely not to be missed in 2014.

With so much to discover, why not find out more about the Year of Homecoming and start planning your own Brilliant Moments? Let us know what you’re doing while you’re in Scotland this year with the hashtag #Homecoming2014. We’d love to hear from you!

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David Walsh

David is a Content Editor at VisitScotland. You'll most likely find him vagabonding around Scotland with a camera in hand; that or a dram of the finest single malt.