Are You One of Scotland's 40 Million Long Lost Relatives?

March 10, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
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If  the haunting call of a Scottish bagpipe has ever made you wistfully yearn to know more about Scotland’s indomitable spirit and proud heritage, this is the year to visit.

2009 marks the 250th birthday of favorite Son and poet Robert Burns, and Scotland is celebrating in a very big way.  Scotland is throwing it’s arms  open wide and inviting all Scots to a Homecoming (whether you’re a newcomer or a long lost Scots descendant).  Festivals and celebrations are planned from mid-January right through to St. Andrews Day at the end of November, so there’s plenty of time to gather your clan and make the journey.

Scotland leaves a lasting impression on it’s visitors, both in terms of scenic beauty and stalwart character (or is that characters!).  You have to love a country that adopts an illusive sea serpent as it’s mascot, proudly crafts the best sipping whisky in the world, and revels in the challenge of chasing a little white ball all over the countryside beating it with a stick.  Listen to the tales of the legendary rebels of the Highlands, follow the whisky trail, play a round of golf at St. Andrews and chase the exuberant white mountain sheep all over the countryside – that’s about the size of Maine.

The cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow (about an hour apart) will be hosting grand celebrations all summer long.  Edinburgh welcomes all to The Gathering, projected to be the largest gathering of Scottish clans in history, from July 25-26, displaying pageantry along the Royal Mile and Highland Games in Holyrood Park.  From August 7-30 the heart thumping spectacle of The Military Tattoo and Fringe Festival will be in full swing.  August brings massed pipers to Glasgow for the World Pipe Band Championships, and let’s not forget the Open Championship at Turnberry from July 16-19.

The whole country in fact will be toasting to your health during Whisky Month, May 1-31st and inviting you to follow the Whisky Trail.  In all, there will be more than 100 special events and celebrations scheduled throughout the year – don’t miss the fun!  Here are the best sites for finding all the celebration details and lining up the best tours to Scotland in 2009:

Visit Scotland.com
Come To Scotland.com
Homecoming Scotland 2009.com
Clan Gathering.org
Event Scotland.org
Ancestral Scotland.com
Scotster.com

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