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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

  • Colourful fireworks explode over Calton Hill during Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations © Grant Ritchie
    Edinburgh's Hogmanay © Grant Ritchie
  • Two excited children help launch the celebrations for the 2014 Homecoming Scotland Hogmany party plans across the country
    The Homecoming Scotland 2014 Hogmanay party plans are launched
  • People swirling balls of fire along the High Street in Stonehaven on New Year's Eve, a Hogmanay tradition.
    'The Fireballs' in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Come and join the party to kick-start the Year of Homecoming 2014 in spectacular fashion with a series of special 'Saltire in the Sky' firework displays across Scotland on 31 December.

Look out for unique events at precisely 20:14 in the evening when fire sculptures and light displays will illuminate the sky above Stirling, Inverness, Stonehaven and Edinburgh, and in Biggar at midnight.


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. The city will be the first to experience the special Saltire in the Sky fireworks during the Son et Lumière finale on Calton Hill.

On Hogmanay itself, join an estimated 80,000 revellers for the iconic Street Party with five stages of music featuring Django, Django, King Creosote and more. And don't forget the Pet Shop Boys who headline the Concert in Gardens too and look to the sky at midnight for a spectacular firework display. Throughout the evening the city's live event screens will feature an exclusive viewing of an atmospheric short film showcasing what's in store for 2014, and the crowds will join together in the first every country-wide rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

For a full programme of events, visit Edinburgh Hogmanay.

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Celebrating Hogmanay in the Borders town of Biggar is a truly unique experience, where you can enjoy a real slice of history.

The town's Hogmanay bonfire is the stuff of legend and dates back to pagan times when fire was thought to ward off evil spirits. Join the crowds as they enjoy the focal point of the celebrations, along with great music. You're sure to keep warm on a cold winter's night.

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The Wee Hot Highland Fling is the starting point of the fantastic Hogmanay celebrations in Inverness. The special mid-afternoon children's event will be followed at 8.30pm by a free four-hour show at the Northern Meeting Park Arena hosted by comedian Craig Hill and headlined by The Red Hot Chilli Pipers who describe themselves as 'bagpipes with attitute'.

All-female, indie-pop band Dorec-a-belle, will get the evening event underway in their hometown before award-winning folk-rock band Skerryvore bring the Highland capital into 2014.

Throughout the evening the city's live event screens will feature exclusive screenings of a short film showcasing Scotland's packed programme of events in 2014, and the crowds will join together in the first every country-wide rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

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

Join Scottish rockers Deacon Blue as they headline the city's celebrations, which launch Stirling's packed programme of Homecoming events. A few 2014 local highlights to look out for include Bannockburn Live and Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival.

Throughout the evening, look out for the exclusive viewings on the city's live event screens of a special film which showcases fantastic events taking place in the Year of Homecoming Scotland. The crowds will also join together in the first every country-wide rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

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Visitors to Stonehaven are in for a real treat when the annual 'Fireballs' festival takes place on Hogmanay. This colourful event, which is unique to the Aberdeenshire town, attracts thousands of revellers from home and abroad.

Around 45 participants parade up and down the High Street in the Old Town, from the Mercat Cross in the east end, to the Cannon which is embedded nose down in the west end. They swing fireballs around their head, which perfectly illuminate the sky.

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