About the Year of Natural Scotland
Scotland is renowned throughout the world for its breath-taking scenery, biodiversity and unique natural heritage.
With its stunning rugged landscapes which also act as an invigorating natural playground, a unique and unforgettable on-your-doorstep larder, historic monuments and castles which map out the country’s history, and spectacular flora and fauna, it’s little wonder that Scotland has inspired many art forms and innovations over the generations.
Scotland’s natural environment influences our culture, education, manufacturing, fashion and textiles industry, food and drink.
From Chanel drawing inspiration from Scotland’s history as well as its fabrics, to the world’s largest tidal energy turbine harnessing the power of the country’s wind and seas, not to mention rugged hills, mountains, lochs and lands that are just as good to play on as they are to look at; Scotland has much to celebrate in 2013, the Year of Natural Scotland.
In 2013, the Year of Natural Scotland will inspire the country’s people and visitors to celebrate Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty, landscapes and biodiversity and discover or rediscover the natural attraction of the country.
An exciting and diverse programme of events is currently in the making, highlights of which include:
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running
Blair Castle International Horse Trials
BWA Tiree Wave Classic
Crathes Half Marathon
Dumfries and Galloway Wild Spring Festival
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Fringe by the Sea
Glasgow Film Festival
Great Edinburgh International Cross Country
Great Scottish Swim
Hebridean Celtic Festival
Highland Fieldsports Fair (Moy Game fair)
Inverness Half Marathon
Ladies Scottish Open
Martin Currie Rob Roy Challenge
Mountain Bike World Cup
National Parks Week
Royal Highland Show
Royal National MOD
Scottish 6 Days Orienteering
Scottish Grand National
Scottish Seniors Golf Open
Scottish Traditional Boat Festival
Snowdrops by Starlight
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
Strathclyde Park Triathlon
T in the Park
Tiree Music Festival
Tour of Britain
Traquair Shakespeare Festival
UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships
Wigtown Book Festival
World Pipe Band Championships
Youth Beatz in the Park