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  • Top Scotland and Ireland events in 2014

    Hogmanay in Edinburgh

    Hogmanay in Edinburgh ©Joe/Flcikr

    It is safe to day that Scotland and Ireland are two parts of Europe are among the most popular destinations on the continent. Many descendants of those who immigrated to the US come back annually to their motherland and many others come for the famous Celtic culture.

    If you are also planning a trip to Ireland or Scotland this year, let us help you with some of the top events in 2014 that will surely make you want to come back again!

    Win a free trip to Ireland

    As a start, you should check out Tourism Ireland’s video on how to win a free trip to Ireland for the Saint Patrick’s Day Festival. It’s easy, it’s fun, so go ahead and give it a try!

    Edinburgh Festival

    This 3 weeks long art festival transforms Scotland’s capital into a meeting place for artists and performers from all over the world. Always in August, Edinburgh Festival brings classical music, opera, theater and visual arts into all the theaters, smaller venues and even some artistically unconventional places in the city.

    Hogmanay in Edinburgh

    Hogmanay, the Scottish new Year’s Eve is – as you may guess – held on December 31, every year. As we pass from one year to another, the city of Edinburgh becomes one huge party place. Hogmanay is an amazing way to celebrate the New Year with bonfires, costumes and… lots of whiskey!

    Hogmanay in Edinburgh

    Hogmanay in Edinburgh ©Joe/Flickr

    Saint Patrick’s Festival in Dublin

    Between Mar 14 and 17 Dublin’s life turns upside down while people from all over the world come to the Saint Patrick Festival. Treasure hunts, family activities, a Ceili, lots of concerts and shows attract visitors until the high point, the Parade, that closes the event on Monday.

    Galway Oyster Festival in Ireland

    If you like good seafood, your place is definitely here! From September 25 to 28 in 2014 Galway Oyster and Seafood Festival turns the Irish city into a culinary Mecca. The event features the Oyster Trail, a tour of the best restaurants in the city, The Food Village at The Festival Marquee, National Oyster Opening Championship and an Oyster Feast Off as a closing with lots of activities.

    The Oyster Championship

    The Oyster Championship ©Annie and Andrew/Flickr

    Homecoming to Scotland

    For those who had Scottish ancestors, but definitely not exclusively, there are homecoming events organized throughout the whole year and all over Scotland. Food, arts, music and crafts events will be held all year, as a big touristic movement, to show off the beauty, richness and culture of the land, so if you have not been there yet, travel to Scotland now!

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