National Geographic : 2009 Feb
Whisky Month May 1--31 [ACROSS SCOTLAND] Explore the expertise of the stillsmen and master blenders throughout May. Events include the biggest ever Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, tasting sessions at the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh, a 3-day whisky course in Fife, and Taste the Dram(a), a weekend-long celebration of West Coast culture at Inveraray Castle, plus much more. The Gathering 2009 July 25--26 [EDINBURGH] Be a part of history; join clan members from around the world at Scotland's largest ever Highland Games in Holyrood Park. Marvel at the pipers and dancers, visit the clan tents, learn more about your family and enjoy the clan parade and pageant. Culloden from Battle to Exile May 9--10 [INVERNESS] Culloden is the battlefield that intimately connects us with our ancestors. The National Trust for Scotland invites you to Scotland's exciting new visitor center for a weekend program of events telling the story of the battle, its aftermath and the journey to a new life overseas. Edinburgh Military Tattoo August 7--29 Edinburgh International Festival August 14--September 6 [EDINBURGH] The Edinburgh Military Tattoo emotes pride and passion in a unique blend of music and military theater set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The Edinburgh International Festival highlights Scotland's influence on some of the world's great artists and artistic endeavors. The Outsider June 20 -- 21 [AVIEMORE] The Outsider, Scotland's groundbreaking open-air festival, makes a welcome return in 2009, combining music with a range of outdoor activities and the beautiful surroundings of the Cairngorm National Park. The Open Championship July 16--19 [TURNBERRY] Scotland is the birthplace of golf, and The Open Championship at Turnberry will be one of the focal points of Homecoming 2009. The 138th staging of The Open Championship, golf's oldest major, will find The Champion Golfer of the Year at Turnberry. celebration Scottish! www.cometoscotland.com MORE LISTINGS ON THE NEXT PAGE CIE Tours International offers over 35 motor-coach tours to Ireland, Britain and Italy, focusing on high quality and value for money. They have three dedicated Scotland programs and tours of Scotland combined with Ireland or England. www.cietours.com With daily non-stop and direct flights to Edinburgh and Glasgow, coming home has never been easier. www.continental.com Win your own Scottish adventure! A 6-day trip for you and 3 friends. Your choice of unforgettable activities. Roundtrip flights on Continental Airlines. 5 nights at first-class hotels. Enter now at expeditionscotland.com Cowal Gathering August 29 [ARGYLL & BUTE] An international extravaganza for the Homecoming in 2009 complementing the Cowal Highland Gathering. Welcoming back visitors from home and abroad to the Games and much, much more. Enjoy dancers, musicians, food and local produce, arts & crafts, music, and street theater, and of course the massed bands and pipes.