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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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