Scotland's Themed Years

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.

2016 was the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and 2017 was the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Current and forthcoming Themed Years:

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.

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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. 

The Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 Event Fund is now open for applications. Find our more here. 

Read the media release>>

Find out about Scotland's Themed Years 2010 – 2016 >>

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