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Danny the Horse
Danny the Horse

Danny uses his pulling power to help set up a world record attempt for the Masters World Championships Highland Games in September

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A circular chamber, known as the Dome, which houses registers in the ScotlandsPeople Centre, Edinburgh
Ancestral itinerary ››

Research your family history and connect with your clan or family association by following the ancestral itinerary.

  • The headstone of Clan Mackintosh on Culloden Battlefield near Inverness
    The headstone of Clan Mackintosh on Culloden Battlefield near Inverness
  • Looking over to a competitor participating in the weight for distance event at the Loch Ness Highland Gathering
    Looking over to a competitor participating in the weight for distance event at the Loch Ness Highland Gathering
  • The brass plaque of the Scots Ancestry Research Society, who help people of Scottish descent trace ancestors, Edinburgh
    The brass plaque of the Scots Ancestry Research Society, who help people of Scottish descent trace ancestors, Edinburgh

Homecoming 2014 is an open invitation for the world to return to explore their roots, their clan heritage and discover more about how and where their Scottish forebears lived.

Millions of people around the world claim Scottish descent, but do you know which clan or family you belong to? Are you a Macleod or a Robertson, a Campbell or a Sutherland or a sept of another of Scotland’s great clans? Join us on a fascinating historical journey as we celebrate Scotland’s unique identity and welcome the world through inspirational events and festivals throughout 2014.

We've highlighted a few ideas below, and you can find more information about uncovering your ancestral connections at Scottish Ancestry.

Clans

From surnames and tartan to a real sense of community and belonging, the spirit of the clan lives on in Scotland. Use the clan search and learn more about the special clan gatherings taking place during 2014. There's also lots of opportunities to research your family tree at centres throughout Scotland, or get some great ideas of where best to go by following our ancestral itinerary. Discover where your historic clan homeland is and which tartan you can call your own.

Highland games

Look out for the great tests of strength through caber tossing and tug o’wars, listen out for the distinct sound of bagpipes and admire the agility of Highland dancers at these hugely popular summer Highland games. Communities come together and take great pride in celebrating their heritage, and there's always lots of opportunities to join in the fun. Download our free guide to Highland games for events information, clan facts and much more.

Highland Homecoming

Homecoming comes to the Highlands and unites Gaelic speakers from around the world at the Royal Mòd in Inverness. One of the highlights of this Highland Homecoming which runs between 1 September and 31 October 2014, is a celebration of Gaelic culture and a performance of the Struileag - Shore to Shore,  which has been lovingly created by the Gaelic Diaspora over the past two years.

Deep Roots

Be part of a journey of self-discovery and uncover the history of the Boyd family at Deep Roots. Set in the magnificent grounds of the Kilmarnock’s Dean Castle, Deep Roots draws together the various threads of a Scottish family’s past. Held between October and December 2014, you’ll follow a young Boyd as he tries to uncover his roots, weaving the story of his heritage into his own contemporary story.

Year of the Ancient Ancestors

Celebrate the rich Pictish and Norse heritage of the county of Caithness in the Highlands. On 24 – 25 October the Vikings will be brought to life as part of the Year of the Ancient Ancestors at Caithness Horizons in Thurso. Take your place at the Vetrablot Feast, where you can eat like a Viking, try drinking from a horn, listen to stories and songs and play games as the Vikings would have done. Over the weekend there is also storytelling for both children and adults, and you can see ancient standing stones in the centre as well.

Castle Trail

Scotland's very own castle country can be found in Aberdeenshire which has a staggering 300 castles. Why not follow Scotland's Castle Trail which features 17 of these historic buildings?

Don't forget to bookmark this page to keep up to date with the full programme of activities as they're announced.

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