Celebrating 2017 Scotland Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology

This year in Scotland we’re celebrating 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology (YOHHA). There is always so much to enjoy in Scotland from scenic drives through the highlands, to walking through historic castles, visiting the homes of famous authors or sitting and eating fresh cuisine by one of the grand lochs, now there is lots more to encompass!  Here are some of the special events taking place you don’t want to miss in 2017 Scotland!

World Heritage Day, Scotland. 2017 Scotland
World Heritage Day, Scotland: Photo on Flickr by Scottish Government / CC BY-NC 2.0

Events Celebrating 2017 Scotland Year Of History, Heritage And Archaeology

The Real Mary King’s Close

The Real Mary King’s Close is celebrating 2017 Scotland YOHHA and International Women’s Day on March 8th with a special tour telling tales of woe, wonder and legacy of the women who lived, worked and died on the closes.  Hear about the tales of the women from all walks of life whom left their mark on Edinburgh’s incredible past.

Getting to Real Mary King’s Close is very easy as it’s situated in the centre of Edinburgh, in the old town.  Walk up the Royal Mile towards Edinburgh Castle and it’s on the right-hand side. On your way up, take a look down the many enchanting closes located on both sides of the Royal Mile they are all very different, some with views others with deep dark staircases. Each shrouded in history, tales of ghouls and ghosts.

Group on the Close. Real Mary King's Close. 2017 Scotland
Group on the Close @Real Mary King’s Close

Promoting our food heritage, Real Mary King’s Close are also celebrating Whisky Month in May. Following on from sell out tours in 2016 The Perfect Blend is returning to Real Mary King’s Close. Combining Scotland’s most iconic exports, history and Whisky, the tour will take guests back in time on the underground closes where they will uncover the city’s fascinating hidden history whist getting to grips with the national drink.

Whisky Tasting. 2017 Scotland
Whisky Tasting ©Real Mary King’s Close

Celtic Rainforest

Both The National Trust for Scotland and Plantlife – two conservation charities have joined forces to share the secrets of one of the UK’s richest and most mysterious habitats – the Celtic Rainforest.

The National Trust for Scotland, the charity that conserves and promotes Scotland’s heritage and Plantlife Scotland, the organisation that is speaking up for our wild flowers, plants and fungi, are holding an event at Balmacara in Wester Ross which will explore the flora that thrives in the damp, ancient forests of Scotland.

Events including guided walks and storytelling are planned for the launch of a new Plantlife Scotland leaflet exploring this important plant area.

Leaving from Balmacara Square, visitors will be able to explore the National Trust for Scotland’s Coille Mhór, a woodland full of native species on Scotland’s west coast.

Iron Age – Dun Deardail Archaeology Festival

Enjoy a family fun day out at the Iron Age/Pictish fort Dun Deardail Archaeology Festival incorporating the Dun Deardail hillfort excavation open day, taking place on Saturday,  August 19th. A collaboration between Lochaber FD, the Scottish Crannog Centre and Nevis Landscape Partnership. Associated Mac-talla Nan Creag II project with Firecracker recordings (a creative sonic reinterpretation of The Sorrow of Derdriu). There will be demonstrations including woodworking with replica ancient tools, cordage and rope-making, jewellery-making, medicinal plants, ancient cooking over open fires and displays of ancient tools and weapons.

Dun Deardail Fort. Forest Enterprise Scotland. 2017 Scotland
Dun Deardail Fort ©Forest Enterprise Scotland

New Lanark

Did you know New Lanark is one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. A  former 18th century cotton spinning mill village located on the banks of the River Clyde and only 1 hour drive from both Edinburgh and Glasgow. There is onsite restaurants and accommodation with opportunities for woodland nature walks, as well as exploring the large historic site. There are a number of planned family fun days taking place including Brick City Exhibition.

The Easter Holiday school break is just around the corner and things are hotting up here in Edinburgh. Please do book accommodation in-advance to avoid disappointment. If arriving into Edinburgh or Glasgow Airport, why not pre-book car rental to get the best rates.

I hope you enjoyed reading this weeks blog on celebrating 2017 Scotland Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology and it inspired you to visit the up and coming events. As always, I would love to hear from you.  Please leave any comments/questions below.  Happy Travels:) x

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