People in Scotland's Islands never stop enjoying and
celebrating their heritage and their life - so there's always
something happening when you visit, especially in the Year of
Homecoming Scotland 2014!
As well as the many annual events taking
place across all the islands, 2014 is going to be a stonker with
many supported events focussing on reaching out to all
who have an affinity with Scotland and welcoming them back to their
roots. Look out for the events appearing on this site over the
year and enjoy what's in store.
Events on the islands reflect what is
special about island culture - from the eclecticism of the
Hebridean Celtic Festival and foot-stomping Shetland Fiddle Frenzy,
to the juxtaposed thrill and gravitas of The St Magnus Festival.
The islands have fabulous Arts facilities like An Lanntair in
Stornoway, the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney, Mareel on Shetland, An
Tobar on Mull and Aros on Skye, but islanders have also created
great festivals for families and film buffs in further flung
communities like Colonsay, Luing, Sanday and Papa
events are not just for watching and listening in awe, they're for
joining in and being uplifted. There's challenging sports and
outdoor activities including half marathons, car rallies, open golf
competition, shinty, sailing, the Tiree Wave Classic, the Islands
Peaks Race. There's plenty of tradition too - highland games,
dance, music, the Christmas Ba' Game and Up Helly Aa...and
festivals to celebrate our whisky, wine and beer.
There is a
wonderful diversity of culture special to each island group,
typified by the most delectable food; an extraordinary talent for
traditional and modern music and dance; breath-taking scenery; a
fabulous diversity of wild-life; a variety of languages and
dialects (though English is spoken throughout) and a colourful and
sometimes tragic history shared with many inhabitants of far-flung
places in the world.
Islands are welcoming places, well-provided with good quality
accommodation, up to the minute telecommunications and clear roads.
Visitors can sleep comfortably, eat and drink well, keep in touch
with friends, family and work and get around with ease!
continues to be supported by the six Local Authorities with island
communities - Argyll and Bute, Highland, North Ayrshire, Orkney,
the Outer Hebrides (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar) and Shetland. The
project team is led by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. The project is
supported by the National Lottery through Creative