Seeing as how it’s St Andrews Day, we just had to do a Scottish special for the Sykes Blog. Over the past few months, we’ve done posts on Scottish foods, our cottages north of the border and even one on film locations there. However, with it been such a fantastic and eventful year for Scotland, we thought we’d take a look back at 2014 and all that has gone on in Scotland.
2014 has definitely been a year for all Scots to remember. First of all there was the matter of the Independence Referendum. Taking place in September, it saw a massive 84% of voters have their say on whether Scotland should become an independent country – quite the turnout! And then there was the 700th anniversary of one of the most important occasions in Scottish history: the battle of Bannockburn. To celebrate this moment, a series of festivities were put on at the site of the battle, from traditional arts to the highland games, and then there was the grand opening of a state of the art interactive visitor centre which certainly looks worth a visit!
The Homecoming 2014
This year was also the year of the Homecoming, a celebration of Scotland’s national identity, from the arts and culture right the way through to the food and drink. There were countless new events organised to showcase Scotland at its finest, from the John Muir Festival to the Forth Bridges Festival, as well as many old favourites such as the Hogmanay celebrations and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
The Year of Sport
It’s been a pretty phenomenal year for Scottish sport. Playing host to two of the world’s biggest sporting events in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles certainly helped put the country back on the world stage. And there are plenty of other reasons to be cheerful; Scotland currently sit level with the world champions Germany in the qualifiers for the European Championships, not to mention the rugby team pushing the All Blacks close in their recent autumn test – fingers crossed this rise can continue into 2015!
So there you go, a quick rundown of 2014 in Scotland. It really has been a fantastic year, and let’s hope that it has set a precedent for many more to come. And maybe 2014 has convinced you to take a trip north of the border? If so be sure to take a look at our Scottish cottages – you’re sure to find something perfect for you!