The highlands, Glasgow in particular, will be putting its best foot forward and donning its party dress this summer. This is a mountainous, heather covered land of mists, the Loch Ness Monster and other myths, kilts and football mad natives! It has hundreds of miles of wild, beautiful windswept coastline. It is a magical land famous for its whisky blended with plenty of history. So much of Scotland’s treasures are accessible – for free. Except the whisky!
There is so much action on the calendar that it is really difficult to decide what to see and do. For instance…
The 2014 Commonwealth Games – Glasgow
The XXth Commonwealth Games will see the world’s top athletes compete over 11 days of competition from 23 July to 3 August. The ancient city of Glasgow dominated by the impressive People’s Palace will host the largest ever athletic gathering of its kind for the first time in Scotland’s history. This multi-sport event will see the likes of Usain Bolt giving off their very best during the Games.
Homecoming Scotland 2014
The first edition of 2009 Homecoming was marvelously successful. Following on that success, Homecoming Scotland 2014 is designed to bring people of Scottish ancestry from all over the world back to the country. It is also an open invitation to people from all over the world. Homecoming will gain an added significance and poignancy this year because in September the Scottish people will vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum to decide if “Should Scotland be an independent country?”
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival will be set against the backdrop of the Royal Mile, the Old Town, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and ancient Parliament Hall. For nigh on three weeks, this annual cultural festival will showcase artists of all hues as they perform and delight us with their creative and manic best.
The Ryder Cup
After many a long year the Ryder Cup, that pinnacle of golf competition, pitting the best of Europe and the US will come back to Scotland. The legendary home of golf will see the world’s best golfers swinging their clubs on the magnificent greens and fairways of the PGA Centenary Course in Perthshire where the Highlands and the Lowlands meet.
For all these reasons and more Scotland will be the centre of the world’s attention in the coming months!