Of course, the dawning of 2014 and the start of the Year of Homecoming Scotland will be a particularly special occasion. Edinburgh will again take centre stage as the Scottish capital shows the world how to party with three days of spectacular events and amazing crowds from every corner of the globe. The highlight is on Hogmanay itself when around 80,000 people party their way into 2014 in the city centre at the Concert in the Gardens and of course, the world-famous Edinburgh Hogmanay Midnight Fireworks from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle.
Elsewhere, the celebrations are all about community and local events or just parties held in neighbours' houses which get visited in turn as 'first footers' go from house to house to be the first to wish everyone a good new year.
Stirling will be staging its famous Hogmanay celebrations and fireworks on Stirling Castle esplanade while Ellon in Aberdeenshire will be hosting what is fast becoming the north east’s main new year celebration, the Gig on the Brig.
The new year is also welcomed in with a number of traditional fire festivals that hark back to a more primitive age. The most spectacular of these include the Biggar Bonfire, Comrie's Flambeaux Procession and perhaps the most famous, the Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony.