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Homecoming Scotland 2014 - A year of brilliant moments!

Scotland welcomes the world for Homecoming Scotland 2014.

Celebrate the very best of Scotland's unique nature and natural landscapes, active experiences, our fantastic natural larder, as well as our creativity, culture and ancestral heritage. Scotland will play host to two major world-class events in 2014. Firstly the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July, this is the first time in over 40 years that the event has been held in Scotland, and secondly the Ryder Cup at historic Gleneagles in September. This is also the first time in over 40 years that this tournament has been staged in Scotland. In addition some other fantastic events will take place, including the John Muir Festival in April, celebrating our exceptional Scot-born naturalist. Find out more on

Homecoming Scotland 2014

Join the 2014 celebrations!

From the Ryder Cup to the Orkney Nature Festival or the many exclusive events in National Nature Reserves and National Parks.

Welcome to Big Five

The Big5 are coming home

Celebrate the return of Scotlandís most iconic wildlife creatures and check out our tips on where to spot some amazing wildlife on your doorstep.

John Muir © SNH

John Muir is coming home

Celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2014! Look out for the opening of The John Muir Way and the fantastic John Muir Festival taking place along its route in April 2014


Get active!

Follow the steps of the Commonwealth Games athletes and experience the great Scottish outdoors by foot, boat or bike.

Train going through woodland near Dunkeld, Perthshire © Lorne Gill/SNH

View from the Train

Make your train journey memorable and discover some iconic natural landscapes. Check out our audio guide, App and leaflets for some fascinating stories about nature and history along Scotland's scenic train journeys.