Sometimes the past is hard to ignore, and in Scotland, it’s especially difficult. Ancient geology frames the scenery, castles stand proudly on cliff edges and mysterious stone circles lie scattered across the landscape, raising questions about Scotland’s earliest civilisations.
Now it’s time to get reacquainted with times gone by in the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology 2017. Don’t forget to share your favourite moments using #HHA2017.
Check out these unmissable events, happening all across the land, in 2017:
1 – 2 July
The history of Paisley’s town centre is weaved within its textile triumphs, from the radical roots of the weavers in the Sma’ Shot Cottages to the world-famous Paisley pattern. This summer festival features a brightly-coloured Sma’ Shot Parade and a myriad of cultural activities and performances in several of Paisley’s most notable buildings.
August – November
An Lanntair Arts Centre & Cinema, Stornoway
This festival celebrates the bonds between Indian and Gaelic cultures, inspired by the life and works of the Stornoway-born Colonel Colin Mackenzie (1754 – 1881) who was a collector of antiquities and a former Surveyor General of India. Held at the An Lanntair, the event has a special focus on the personal stories of globetrotting adventurers from the past and present.
2 – 3 and 8 – 9 September
For Viking enthusiasts, the only place to be this September is Shetland. Step aboard a long ship used in the TV show Vikings, or dine at a banquet in Unst, an isle of huge importance to Shetland’s Norse history. These two weekends are part of an international festival travelling across Scandinavia and Europe.
Mary Queen of Scots Festival, Kinross & Loch Leven
2 – 3 September
One of Kinross’ most famous visitors, Mary Queen of Scots, was held captive in the tower house of Lochleven Castle towards the end of her reign in 1567. She eventually escaped, never to return to bonnie Scotland ever again. This weekend will include living history enactments, music, food and drink, and entertainment.
Andy Scott’s Kelpies, by Falkirk
HorsePower will highlight Scotland’s reliance on horses throughout time, with a range of activities and events. Of course, there’s nowhere better to celebrate our equine pals than the Helix Park, home to Andy Scott’s magnificent Kelpies, the world’s largest horse sculptures.
Shining Lives, New Lanark World Heritage Site
20 – 21 October
New Lanark Visitor Centre
The restored cotton mill village of New Lanark will vividly depict the hardy lives of mill workers throughout time, with images displayed on the side of the 230 year- old buildings. With innovative lighting and video footage, this event will give a unique interpretation of this iconic World Heritage Site’s history, through the eyes of its workers.
Are you planning to learn more about Scotland’s past in 2017? Tell us all about your Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology experiences on the iKnow Community forum, and don’t forget to share all your snaps from around Scotland using #ScotSpirit and #HHA2017.
Still want more? Fill your inbox with Scottish inspiration by signing up to our newsletter.