Clan events and festivals lined up to mark 2017 as Scotland’s Year of History and Heritage

Scots from around the world are being encouraged to explore and celebrate their ancestral past next year as 2017 is hailed as the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

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Photograph by: VisitScotlandModels wearing face art depicting some of Scotland’s world heritage sites to launch #HHA2017

A vast array of festivals, exhibitions and clan events are being planned and supported by the country’s government-backed tourism body to give Scots everywhere a chance to ‘come home’ and relive Scotland’s fascinating past.

With over one third of visitors drawn to Scotland for its history and culture, VisitScotland is determined to ensure #HHA2017, as it’s been called on social media, will inspire visitors to #facethepast in new and innovative ways.

“Scotland is the land where great legends were made throughout history, and so it is only apt that we should have such a unique line-up of events and activities for the 2017 Year of History Heritage and Archaeology,” said Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland.

Clan Events 2017

Clan Maclean International Gathering 20 – 25 June 2017

Burnett Gathering 31 Jul – 5 Aug 2017

Clan Hay ‘Tartan Ties’ 3 – 6 August

Clan MacPherson Annual Gathering 4-7 August

Stewart Highland Games 12 August

Clan Carmichael International Gathering 21 – 26 August

Elliot Gathering 24 – 27 August

Clan MacThomas Gathering 25 – 29 August

Clan Lamont Society Annual Gathering: ‘Hands Across the Seas’ 1 – 3 Sept 2017

“We know for a fact that visitors come to Scotland in their droves to experience its heritage whether that’s visiting a castle, exploring a battlefield or tracing ancestral roots.

“From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends – the year-long programme will spotlight some of our greatest assets and icons as well as our hidden gems.

“We look forward to delving into Scotland’s past with visitors and locals alike and coming face to face with history, heritage and archaeology across the country.”

At least nine clan gatherings and nine special events are being supported by a special fund, including a Great Roman Bake-Off, large scale projections of Viking imagery, a live archaeological dig of St Kilda in Minecraft and a colourful international weaving festival. Even more events will be announced early in the New Year.

Photograph by: VisitScotlandChildren wearing face art with Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop at Real Mary King’s Close in Edinburgh.

“We are so fortunate in Scotland to have the most fascinating and inspiring history and heritage on our doorsteps, bringing the spirit of Scotland alive. The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology will highlight and showcase our history and heritage to the world,” said Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs.

“As well as our history of many well-known stories and famous, indeed some infamous, historical characters, next year will also give us an excellent opportunity to focus on Scotland’s world-renowned archaeology, enticing visitors and locals alike to visit not only our known iconic landmarks with their thousands of years of history, but also our many hidden gems.”