Highland 2007

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Highland 2007 was a year-long celebration of Highland culture which took place from January until December 2007. It involved local communities throughout the Scottish Highlands and Islands as well as people across Scotland, the UK and beyond.

The concept of 2007 as 'Scotland's Year of Highland Culture' was suggested by then First Minister of the Scottish Parliament, Jack McConnell. During the Convention of Highlands and Islands in 2003, he declared that he was so impressed by the momentum built up by the failed Inverness/Highlands bid to be European Capital of Culture 2008, that he would back a celebration of Highland culture in 2007.

Its proponents had claimed that Highland 2007 would bring significant economic and social benefits which would endure well beyond the celebrations themselves. However, there has been criticism of the event as being Inverness-centric and marginalising the Gaelic language [1]


The programme of events developed for Highland 2007 encompassed the Arts, the Environment, Heritage, Language, Science and Sport. Street Parties, a rededication of Culloden Battlefield, a homecoming for expatriate Orcadians, a marathon in Inverness and a showcase of Gaelic Song with Anne Lorne Gilles have been planned. Rock band Runrig played at Drumnadrochit. The programme also included The Vital Spark Interpretation Conference - an event which saw heritage interpreters from across the world meeting for three days in Aviemore.

The year was planned to officially start on the 12th of January 2007 in Inverness with a street party and a reenactment of the historic shinty match between Strathglass Shinty Club and Glenurquhart Shinty Club at the Bught Park. Bad weather was to curtail the street party and cause the shinty match to be put off until 2008, when it was then cancelled again.

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