Thursday, 26 March 2009



Celebrations of times gone by Homecoming Scotland Blog highlights the date of March 29th 2009 at Mossgiel Farm Mauchline for the event to take place.
Robert Burns lived at Mossgiel for four years and while living there wrote some of his finest work.
The ploughing Match which is organised by Mauchline Burns Club and celebrates the Scottish countryside and hard farm life.
While visiting Mauchline consider also visiting the Burns Monument which sits about 1/2 mile from Mossgiel Farm gateway, and if you go to Mossgiel Farm via Mauchline town centre you will pass the unmissable Monument on your journey.
To remember your visit to Burns Country keep the memory fresh as many have sampled before you, visit the World famous "Poosie Nancies inn" and enjoy a similar refreshment that Robert Burns himself tasted on many occasions. You will find "Poosie Nancies" in Mauchline town centre, and as alive today as it has ever been.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

The Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh 25th – 28th June 2009 WIN VIP TICKETS.

The Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh 25th – 28th June 2009 WIN VIP TICKETS.

Win a VIP Trip to the Greatest Show on Earth!

The Royal Highland Show is the greatest gathering of all that is good

about Scotland. It’s one of the featured events during Homecoming

Scotland and is expected to attract 160,000 people over four days.

Hundreds of exhibitors of food, drink, farmyard animals, show jumping, crafts and education will converge on the 100 acre site near Edinburgh Airport.

The Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh, June 2009 - part of the Homecoming Scotland events programme

With a packed entertainment programme including some of Scotland’s finest musicians, dancers and singers, plus the highly popular Children’s Discovery Centre, this event allows you to celebrate Scottish life like no other.

It’s an experience not to be missed and the show organizers are offering a ‘Red Rosette’ VIP package to include: -
  • Two tickets to the show for 25th and 26th June
  • 2 Nights luxury overnight accommodation at 94DR, Edinburgh’s coolest new Guest House (24 & 25th June)
  • Free access to the exclusive Members Area at the Show where lunch and high tea will be provided on both days
  • AND you will get the opportunity to present the prize to one of the winning animals!
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Win A Weekend Break to Spirit of the West.

Win A Weekend Break to Spirit of the West.

This fantastic prize includes a pair of tickets to the spectacular Spirit of the West event, 2 tickets to the Black Tie Burns Supper Ceilidh, 2 Master Class tickets, Bed and Breakfast at the Loch Fyne Hotel + return travel within the UK.

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Monday, 16 March 2009


Visitors to Scotland during the Homecoming Scotland 2009 year must pencil in a weekend "Murder Mystery". Having just come back from the beautiful and wild hamlet of Kinloch Rannoch. The road to Kinloch Rannoch is untouched and you immediately take a step back in time, the road to Knloch Rannoch is a photographers paradise, especially if like us you travel via the A93 route. The A93 takes in some of the most breathtaking and beautiful views in the whole of Scotland as the road travels up and over the Cairngorm Mountains. Kinloch Rannoch is a gem tucked away on the B8109 which is North West of Pilochry. We were fortunate enough to stay for two nights in the Dunalastair Hotel where you will find the staff friendly and helpful, our stay was made even better by the excellent chef Dunalastair Hotel have, the presentation and food was cooked to perfection. The joy of the "Murder Mystery Weekend", had an excellent presentation and kept everybody guessing right to the end - the acting was brilliantly portrayed by professional actors who do this at venues all over the U.K. You can read all about the acting team and see where they are booked next at; if you have that special occasion you wish to see a success then consider this acting team at the top of your list for booking - they were excellent! The benefit of the "Murder Mystery Weekend", became obvious as we found over the weekend everybody staying at the Hotel had become good friends sharing the hospitality of the Dunalastair and the intrigue of the murder plot from the Eye Spy Team. Oh! so often we have stayed in Hotels Worldwide and found that other guests spoke occassionally, on the "Murder Mystery Weekend" at the Kinloch Rannoch Dunalastair Hotel, the atmosphere was of fun and friendship with everybody. An outstanding weekend which we hope the Dunalastair Hotel will keep alive and kicking as it reflects the image of the friendly and hospitable Scots in the year of Homecoming Scotland 2009.

Monday, 9 March 2009





SNP MSPs have been winning friends for Scotland as part of Homecoming 2009.

MSPs have written to their counterparts in towns and cities across the world that have Scottish namesakes or connections to build links between the towns.

As a result towns and cities in Scotland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and America are now building new connections with possible visits and exchanges in the future.

This has included

· Jamie Hepburn made contact not only with Croy in Switzerland and Kilsyth in Australia but also received a response from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as he connected California in Falkirk to the US State.

· Adam Ingram (South of Scotland) contacted the Mayor in Ayr, Australia and a delegation will be visiting Ayr, Scotland later on in the year

· After contact from Stuart McMillan (West of Scotland) the Mayor of Greenock Australia has asked for information about Greenock Scotland to include in the town newsletter. Mr McMillan has also had a response from Greenock, Ontario

· Fiona Hyslop (Lothians) has established a link with the Mayor of Armadale, West Australia, host of W.A’s largest Highland gathering – who sent back examples of their Armadale tartan and will promote homecoming at the event

· Responses from New Edinburgh in Canada to Shirley Anne Somerville, East Dundee in Illinois to Joe FitzPatrick and Roseanna Cunningham will be welcoming visitors from Perth in Tasmania

Central Scotland MSP Jamie Hepburn said;

"I was delighted to receive the letter from Arnold Schwarzenegger, in which he set out his support for Scotland's year of Homecoming. As the Governor of California there is an obvious link with our very own California here in Scotland, not far from Falkirk.

“With Homecoming gearing up to be a real success I know when our visitors from sister cities leave Scotland they’ll be copying the Terminator and saying “I’ll be back.”

Adam Ingram MSP for South of Scotland is looking forward to a delegation from Ayr Australia heading to Ayr Scotland

“This is a great way to build links around the world and I am confident that these international relationships, built up during Homecoming, will have lasting benefit for Scotland.

Stuart McMillan MSP who made contact with Greenock South Australia as well as Greenock Ontario commented;

“I wrote to Greenock Australia after discovering the Australian town was named after Greenock Scotland by a European explorer in 1839.

“There are towns across Inverclyde with namesakes all over the world and I look forward to welcoming any visitors from our sister towns and cities to Scotland during this year of Homecoming and beyond.”



THE GATHERING OF THE CLANS 2009 in the year of Homecoming Scotland is one very special occasion. (officially called: THE GATHERING 2009)
The last such gathering was reminiscent of some earlier pageants in the years 1822, 1977 and 1989 which brought many Clans together.
Clans of many famous names have already booked their Clan Tent. This event will be the greatest international gathering, with around 140 different clans in the parade, and 120 clans represented in the tented village at the Highland Games.The massive parade which will march with pride along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh will be viewed by the World's media.
There will be Clan members and their families from all over the world and our feedback is more than positive from all over the World.
HRH The Prince Charles is also titled the Duke of Rothesay, which is the official title to the heir apparent to the throne of the Kingdom of Scotland. A separate Scottish throne has not existed since the Treaty of Union in 1707, which saw the joining of the Kingdom of Scotland with the Kingdom of England to form the Kingdom of Great Britain under Queen Anne.
HRH Prince Charles is the Royal Patron for the Clan Gathering in the year of Homecoming Scotland 2009.
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