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Scotland's Themed Years

Our Themed Years celebrate the very best of Scotland and its people.

You’ll find a packed programme of events and activity taking place throughout each celebratory year, as well as lots of opportunities to get involved whether you're a visitor, a business or an organisation.

Themed Years

  • Year of Young People 2018

2018 was designated the Year of Young People (YoYP2018), a year that aimed to inspire Scotland through its young people by celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and on the international stage.

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  • Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

2017 celebrated Scotland’s people, traditions, distinct culture, landscapes, attractions and icons, as well as its hidden gems.  Throughout the year there was a wealth of opportunities to explore Scotland’s past through a range of cultural and creative events and activities.

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  • Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016

2016 showcased awe-inspiring innovation, breathtaking architecture and brave, bold designs through new and exciting experiences and events ranging from pop-up design exhibitions to a Tiny Homes village, Renaissance fashion shows to architecture and design festivals.

Highlights video - A look back at Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 

Highlights video - Finger on Scotland's Creative Pulse


  • Year of Food and Drink 2015

2015 spotlighted, celebrated and promoted Scotland’s natural larder and quality produce to both locals and visitors.  The year aimed to increase and promote Scottish produce across the tourism sector and enhance Scotland’s global reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.

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  • Homecoming Scotland 2014

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.

Highlights video


New delivery model 

Themed Years now take place every second year with the planning, promotion and delivery taking place over a three year period. 2022 will celebrate the Year of Stories.