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Be inspired by the events taking place throughout the Year of Homecoming Scotland
Scotland welcomes the world in 2014

Come and experience all that is great about Scotland as part of the Year of Homecoming 2014

Scotland welcomes the world
Scotland welcomes the world

Watch our Scotland welcomes the world video for a flavour of the fantastic Homecoming 2014 celebrations

  • Edinburgh's Hogmanay © Lloyd Smith
    Edinburgh's Hogmanay © Lloyd Smith
  • Hogmanay in the Honest Toun, Musselburgh
    Hogmanay in the Honest Toun, Musselburgh
  • Red Hot Highland Fling, Inverness
    Red Hot Highland Fling, Inverness
  • Stirling's Hogmanay
    Stirling's Hogmanay © Paul Domanski

The Year of Homecoming 2014 is almost over! Say goodbye to the year that Scotland welcomed the Ryder Cup, the Commonwealth Games and other great events. Kick-start the Year of Food & Drink 2015 in spectacular fashion at special Hogmanay celebrations across the country. From dazzling firework displays against the backdrop of grand castles to riveting concerts, ceilidhs, family-friendly activities and the world's biggest street party, don’t miss out on Scotland’s New Year festivities.

Edinburgh

The world-famous celebrations at the heart of Scotland's Homecoming Hogmanay festivities run over three days and begin with the Torchlight Procession through Edinburgh on 30 December. Last year's procession welcomed over 35,000 participants and spectators last year and the 2014 event promises to be more spectacular than ever? Watch as the Up Helly Aa Vikings, traveling all the way from Shetland, lead thousands of torch bearers and massed pipes and drums from George IV Bridge to Waterloo Place and Calton Hill.

On Hogmanay itself, join an estimated 80,000 revellers for the city's world-renowned Street Party. Join the throng on Princes Street and enjoy live performances from the likes of Twin Atlantic and Eddi Reader, and watch as the inky black sky above Edinburgh Castle is set ablaze by fireworks at midnight.

There is also the Concert in the Gardens held in West Princes Street Gardens. This year chart-topper Lilly Allen will be headlining this poptastic extravaganza. Performing alongside her will be the legendary Soul II Soul and Antipodean Abba tribute band Bjorn Bjorn.

For a full programme of events, visit Edinburgh Hogmanay.

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Aberdeen

Bring in the bells at Aberdeen's Hogmanay Celebrations this year. Enjoy fantastic local music by great Scottish bands performing on the Union Terrace Stage. MC Northsound's Dave MacDermid will play host to a fantastic line-up including Aberdeen's own Flaxman and the Funk Connection, who will perform a superb blend of original favourites and party classics. The Edinburgh duo The Jellyman's Daughter will also be appearing.

The celebrations will culminate in a beautiful fireworks display fired from the rooftop of His Majesty's Theatre in the heart of the city.

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Stirling

The esplanade of Stirling Castle is the place to be in the city on Hogmanay.

At Stirling's Hogmanay join Scottish rockers The Waterboys as they headline the city's festivities on Stirling Castle Esplanade and watch as the iconic castle becomes the backdrop for one of the UK's biggest New Year's Eve fireworks displays.

Or why not dance away into the wee hours at the Hogmanay Ceilidh at the The Albert Hall? Welcome the New Year in style at this superb evening of dancing, delicious food and drink, fantastic live music and entertainment.

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Inverness

Hosted by the hilarious Craig Hall on the banks of the River Ness, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers will bring 2014 to wonderful close with their signature bagpipe rock at the Red Hot Highland Fling. Staged at the Northern Meeting, this fantastic event will feature guest performances by Mànran and Gaelic folk-star Julie Fowlis as well as a spectacular fireworks display.

Beforehand, things get underway with the Wee Hot Highland Fling which marks the start of the Hogmanay celebrations in Inverness. Soak up the electric atmosphere and enjoy street performers and other entertainment. The special mid-afternoon family-friendly event will be followed at 8:00pm by the five-hour Red Hot Highland Fling.

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Oban

Head to the picturesque Argyll coast for Hogmanay in Oban where the sensational Brian Hughes and his Band will be headling this year's celebrations. One of the hottest bands on the UK's country music circuit, their toe-tapping rock is guaranteed to have everyone on their feet.

Little ones will find plenty to keep them entertained at family-friendly attractions throughout the day including Atlantic Leisure Centre, Oban Phoenix Cinema and the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary. Cuan Mor will also be open untill 10:30pm.

For those who want to party into the wee hours after the clock strikes midnight, venues throughout Oban will remain open and host fantastic live music.

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Musselburgh

This year the 'Honest Toun' of Musselburgh is the place to be for a family-friendly Hogmanay. Located just five miles east of Edinburgh, Hogmany in the Honest Toun will be offering a fantastic array of hands-ons activities for children and their parents.

Head to the Brunton for drumming workshops with the Edinburgh Samba Workshop, lantern-making, face-painting, puppet shows and a family ceilidh complete with a live band and a caller to keep you right.

The day will culminate in a lantern parade which will make its way through the town to Fisherlow Links in time for a spectacular fireworks display.

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