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.
Stirling's Big Weekend
It's been 700 years since the Battle of Bannockburn, a pivotal moment in Scotland's history when a victorious Robert the Bruce led the charge against the English army. A spectacular re-enactment forms part of the fantastic Big Weekend in Stirling and the surrounding area on 28 - 29 June. Kicking off with Pipefest, the weekend also features the Armed Forces Day National Event before the re-enactments take place close to the original site. Look out for the new state-of-the-art visitor centre which also opens its doors in June 2014 and includes fascinating exhibits and stories from the great battle.
'Who Do You Think You Are? Live'
The popular family history event comes to Scotland for the first time this summer. Head for the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre between Friday 29 and Sunday 31 August and enjoy three days packed full of workshops, exhibits and more. Whether you're an expert researcher, or want to start uncovering your own family tree, this is the perfect starting point.
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.
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? Or for a journey of self-discovery and to uncover the history of the Boyd family, head to Dean Castle in Kilmarnock between October and December 2014 for the Deep Roots festival.
Don't forget to bookmark this page to keep up to date with the full programme of activities as they're announced.