Monday, 6th January 2014: the Christmas decorations are down, and, in Scotland, many, if not most, people are returning to work for the first time in the New Year. TVFHS volunteers are also taking up their duties again as the Research Centre reopens after the festive break.

There is much to look forward to in Scotland this year.

If you are planning a visit, you will find a large number of events taking place under the banner of Homecoming Scotland 2014. If you are combining a visit with doing some family history research, you might be interested in the SAFHS 25th Annual Conference taking place in Dunfermline. Of course the Homecoming events are open to Scottish residents as well as visitors.

There are a number of Highlight Events. On that page, you can search for events happening at particular places. One of the highlights is the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.  A new visitor centre is opening in March and in June, at the time of the anniversary, there will be re-enactments of the battle.

As well as Homecoming 2014, there are two major sporting events in Scotland this year.

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games take place from 23rd July to 3rd August. Most of the venues are in and around the host city, but there is one in the Tay Valley area. The shooting events are to be held at the Barry ranges which are situated between Carnoustie and Monifieth in Angus.

In golf, Europe will be attempting to retain the Ryder Cup against the USA from 23rd to 28th September at Gleneagles in Perthshire.

Exciting though these events are, of more importance to people residing in Scotland is the Independence referendum on 18th September. In case anyone living outside Scotland does not know, on that day, Scottish residents over 16 will be voting to decide whether Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom or becomes independent.

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