Homecoming Scotland 2009

With the exception of the Clan Group tour, all others are self drive.

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Homecoming Scotland Tour Clan Heartlands Tour Lochs Glens & Sea Tour

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"The Gathering 2009" will be one of the major events of Homecoming Scotland. 2009 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of our national poet and cultural icon Robert Burns, whose message of friendship and 'Auld Lang Syne' lives on. And Burns is the inspiration behind our year long celebration of some of Scotland's great contributions to the world: Golf, Whisky, The Enlightenment and Innovation, Burns himself and our rich culture and heritage. Whether you have Scots ancestry or simply a passion for our great nation, 2009 will be an exceptional year to visit Scotland.

It is primarily a celebration of the contribution that the clans have made to the culture and history of Scotland, and will be one of the largest clan gatherings ever witnessed. A series of unique events being designed to commemorate the occasion. It is estimated that there will be over 80 clan tents, with over 7500 clan members from around the world. The Highland Games, that are an integral part of The Gathering , should attract a further 30,000 people over the 2 days.

The Gathering 2009 has the honour of hosting the 2009 World Highland Games Heavy Athletic Championships. Over the weekend the largest highland games ever to have been held in Edinburgh will play host to the greatest international clan gathering to have taken place on Scottish soil.

Set in the magnificent Royal Park of Holyrood, with its breathtaking volcanic backdrop of Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags, it will showcase heavy events such as caber tossing and hammer throwing, accompanied by time honored disciplines such as piping and highland dancing. There will be a host of contemporary musicians, high-quality Scottish arts and crafts and a 'taste experience' of the best of Scotland's produce.

In all, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in your Scottish heritage and its rich wealth of traditions.

Members of the following Clans have expressed an interest in attending. If you are :
Agnew, Armstrong, Barclay, Bell, Blair, Borthwick, Boyd, Brodie, Bruce, Cameron, Campbell, Chattan, Colquhoun, Crawford, Cumming, Cunningham, Currie, Davidson, Dewar, Doig, Donnachaidh, Douglas, Dunbar, Eliott, Erskine, Farquharson, Fergusson, Forbes, Fraser, Gordon, Graham, Grant, Gunn, Hay, Henderson, Home, Hunter, Irvine, Jardine, Keith, Kennedy, Kincaid, Lamont, Leslie, Lindsay, Livingstone, Lockhart, Lumsden, Macalister, Macarthur, Macaulay, Macdonald, Macdougall, Macduff, Macfarlane, Macfie, Macgregor, MacInnes, Mackay, Mackenzie, Mackinnon, Mackintosh, Maclaine, Maclaren, Maclean, Maclennan, Macleod, Macmillan, Macnab, Macnaghten, MacNeil, Macpherson, Macrae, MacTavish, Macthomas, Maitland, Malcolm, Matheson, Maxwel, McCallum, Mciver, McVicar, Moffat, Morrison, Napier, Nesbitt, Oliphant, Paisley, Ramsay, Rose, Ross, Scott, Sempill, Sinclair, Skene, Stewart, Strachan, Sutherland, Turnbull, Ulster, Scots, Urquhart

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Events during Homecoming Scotland include:

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2009
Celtic Connections - the world’s biggest Celtic music Festival in Glasgow, in January 2009 hearing live traditional Scottish music.
The Gathering - the world's biggest ever gathering of the Scottish Clans, a 2-day Highland Games and Clan pageant in Edinburgh, in July 2009
Clan themed self drive and group tours of Scotland
Spectating and/or participating in one of the many Highland Games in Scotland
Join a Burns Supper
Visit a major exhibition on the life of Robert Burns
Arts and cultural festivals such as the Edinburgh Festivals and Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Genealogy & family history related events and activities
Visiting Scotland's People Centre, the major new family history centre in Edinburgh
Visit Scotland's historical sites, for example castles, Culloden Moor, Glencoe
Travel the Whisky Trail for distillery visits and whisky tasting
St. Andrew's Day Celebrations across Scotland - November 30, 2009
Attend the British Open Golf Championship at Turnberry in July 2009
Play golf on Scotland's famous Championship Links courses or hidden gems
Visit exhibitions and events celebrating Scotland's contributions to the world

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