Events & Festivals in April

As the founder of America's National Parks, Scottish-born John Muir is seen as the father of the modern conservation movement as well as being an exceptional naturalist, explorer, mountaineer and botanist.

As part of Homecoming Scotland 2014, The John Muir Festival will take place along the length of the John Muir Way, a new national pathway that stretches from Dunbar, his birthplace, in the east to Helensburgh in the West. Marking 100 years since his death, this path takes in historical sites and splendid scenery, including the Campsie Fells and towards Loch Lomond.

From 14 to 22 April 2014, the festival will include the official opening of the new John Muir Trail, the international opening of the Helix & Kelpies project in Falkirk, and a number of themed events along the trail, including artist-led events and large-scale public performances to celebrate the life of this great Scot and his achievements.

April is also the month when you can experience Tartan Day, which celebrates the historic event of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320. The signing of this important document paved the way for modern day democracy and, inspired by this historical occasion, Tartan Day was created to celebrate all that is great about Scotland - people, heritage, history and culture. From golf challenges to family history days, and fashion shows to farmers’ markets, there is a great selection of events happening across the country.