All eyes turn to Scotland in 2014 with perhaps no better year to raid its rich store of fascinating history, breathtaking scenery and amazing array of outdoor pursuits – as well as its cool cities and larder stuffed with Scottish specialities – as the country has a jam-packed calendar featuring top class sporting events.

Thrilled to be in the top 3 of the Lonely Planet’s world’s best places to visit in 2014 – World Cup host nation Brazil came first – VisitScotland is touting it as the “Year of Homecoming”, celebrating Scottish culture and traditions… and there is the little matter of the Glasgow hosted Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup happening at Gleneagles!

Of course, the country’s annual Highland Games with the distinctive skirl of the pipes and swirl of the kilt in full pelt, and globally famous Edinburgh Fringe arts and comedy festival, attract visitors in droves and are events deserving of a place on everyone’s holiday itinerary at least once in their lifetime.

With 2014 an opportunity for Scotland to really shine on the world stage, if you have yet to discover its jaw-dropping mix of dizzyingly beautiful Highland glens, rivers and mountains, great adventure on all sorts of terrain, slick city shopping in cosmopolitan Edinburgh and Glasgow and national food and drink, including iconic malt whisky, make this your year to do so.

And where will you stay… at CLC Duchally Country Estate, a multi award winning hotel and lodge resort with outstanding facilities, a trip advisor certificate of excellence, warm and friendly staff – and a location in Perth at the gateway to the Highlands, about an hour’s drive from each of Scotland’s two foremost cities. Check out our rates and offers. We’ll take care of you and you’ll have a holiday filled with sights and sounds that will stay with you forever.

Anyone watching how the Scots prepare for and celebrate Hogmanay (Scottish New Year), with torchlight processions, live music, spectacular fireworks and crowds of 80,000 plus counting down the clock in the shadow of Edinburgh’s impressive castle, will conclude they really know how to put on a show.

To start planning your Scottish adventure, go to www.visitscotland.com for details of festivals and other events, places to go, things to do and tempting images of a small country with a huge heart offering a hospitable welcome to all.