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, 2017 was the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and 2018 was the Year of Young People.

Future Themed Years

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 CLOSED for applications. 

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

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