Our themed years celebrate the very best of Scotland and its people. You’ll find a packed programme of events taking place throughout the year, as well as lots of opportunities to discover sides of Scotland you never knew existed.

2022 - Year of Stories


2022 is Scotland’s Year of Stories. This will be a year in which stories inspired by, created, or written in Scotland are showcased and celebrated.

The love of stories is hardwired into us all; it is one of the strongest ways we connect with one another and share our experiences. Great stories can bring contemporary and traditional cultures to life. Every culture has its stories to tell, and Scotland has a particularly rich heritage of stories and storytelling to share. Local tales, oral traditions, great stories told in books or on screen – all inspired by our country, our culture and the many diverse voices across the nation and around the world. Every community has its own tales to tell as well as visitor attractions that showcase our literary and storytelling heritage.

2021 - Year of Coasts and Waters

Kelpies dusk Helix Park

Splash into Scotland in 2021 as we celebrate our Year of Coasts and Waters. Scotland's magnificent coastline runs to around 10,000 km and there are over 30,000 lochs and lochans and miles of winding rivers to discover. Immerse yourself in Scotland's fascinating history and unique culture along our shores and waterways. Plan some adventures on or in our waters, test your skills with a spot of fly-fishing or simply enjoy some delicious seafood and a wee dram from our seas and streams.

2018 - Year of Young People

Gorge walking family

From adrenaline filled adventure breaks and toe-tapping music festivals, to family-friendly days out and amazing activities, the Year of Young People 2018 will be a year to celebrate our young people, their accomplishments and enjoy all the fun and excitement that Scotland has to offer.

2017 - Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology

Caerlaverock Castle near Dumfries

From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to important battlefields, cultural traditions to captivating myths, stories and legends, the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 will be a year to enjoy the best of Scotland's historic places, icons and hidden gems.

Uncover Scotland's fascinating history.

2016 – Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

Stained glass rose House for an Art lover

2016 is the year we shine a spotlight on Scotland’s achievements in innovation, design and architecture. Some of the things you can enjoy this year include: a range of marvellous events at the Festival of Architecture (March – October) and the National Museum of Scotland’s 10 new galleries which will showcase internationally important collections of decorative art, design, fashion, science and technology.

2015 – Year of Food & Drink

63 Tay Street plated food, Perth

In the Year of Food & Drink we looked at Scotland’s unique produce. Explore the unspoilt habitats that our food and drink comes from and fill your shopping basket with high quality fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat and much more.

Discover more about Scotland’s local produce and whisky, our national drink with five great whisky distilleries guides.

2014 – Year of Homecoming

Warriors spears Bannockburn Live

2014 was the Year of Homecoming, an unforgettable year in which Scotland welcomed the world to take part in a unique celebration of all that the country has to offer. With more than 1,000 fantastic events across the country, 2014 showcased the very best of Scottish arts, culture, food & drink, nature, activities, history, ancestry and much more.  It also saw the opening of the Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre, the Kelpies at Helix Park, and the launch of the John Muir Way , a fantastic coast-to-coast walking route.

Find out more about your Scottish ancestry.

2013 – Year of Natural Scotland

Rannoch Moor

Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty was celebrated throughout 2013. From stunning natural landscapes and surprising wildlife to art inspired by nature and delicious food & drink, Scotland’s great outdoors is a perfect playground just waiting to be explored.

Discover Scotland's landscapes and nature.

2012 – Year of Creative Scotland

House Art Lover Oval Room windows

Throughout 2012, we paid tribute to Scotland’s arts, culture and creative contributions. You’ll find lots of places to soak up Scotland’s creative side from galleries and theatres to craft fairs and festivals.

Find more on Scottish arts and culture.

2011 – Year of Active Scotland

White Water Rafting

In 2011 both locals and visitors were told to get active! Scotland offers plenty of great activities for you to try, from world-renowned walking and mountain biking to adrenaline-pumping activities such as kite surfing and canyoning.

Get active in Scotland yourself! Gorge walking family