Scotland’s first year of Homecoming in 2009 was a great success, delivering a string of benefits to the country and boosting tourism in Scotland.
In recognition of this success, a series of Themed Years built on this momentum, spotlighting Scotland's greatest assets in the run up to the second year of Homecoming in 2014 - a year that positioned Scotland on the international stage as a dynamic and creative nation through a year-long coordinated programme of events.
2015 was the second Year of Food and Drink, following its significant success in 2010/2011 attracting over 500,000 visitors from home and abroad.
Current and forthcoming Themed Years:
2017 – Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology
Scotland has a wealth of riches in history, heritage and archaeology. From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends, the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology is shining a spotlight on some of Scotland’s greatest assets and icons, as well as our hidden gems.
2018 – Year of Young People
This year will see an exciting programme of educational and cultural events centred on another of Scotland’s great assets, our young people, driven by collaboration across a range of sectors and interests. A high impact, celebratory events programme, with young people at the heart of development and delivery, will create new and valuable experiences for young Scots and their families and visitors.
Future Themed Years
Themed Years will continue beyond 2018. The Year of Scotland’s Coasts and Waters will be celebrated in 2020 while the focus in 2022 will be the Year of Scotland’s Stories, both led by VisitScotland. With a new delivery model and the introduction of an extended strategic planning period, planning for 2020 will begin during 2018.