A government initiative consisting of VisitScotland, EventScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL are launching the Year of Creative Scotland 2012 to showcase the cultural and creative strengths of the country.

Scotland has encouraged invention, fired imagination and inspired creation for generations and this programme of events will allow visitors to experience the cultural and creative vibrancy for themselves.

Launching the Year of Creative Scotland 2012, Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, said: “Scotland is a dynamic and creative nation, rich in heritage with a wealth of world-class cultural events that draw visitors from across the globe, year round.

”The Year of Creative Scotland is a chance to spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on the world stage.”

Events commence with the New Year’s and Hogmanay celebrations and will continue throughout 2012 with a vast array of different spectacles.

Highlighted events include:

Celtic Connections – 19 Jan – 5 Feb, 2012 Glasgow.

Spread over 20 venues this festival celebrates Celtic music in stellar fashion. 2100 artists will descend on Glasgow to play 300 events with some of the largest names in folk, jazz, bluegrass and Americana gracing the stage.

International Festival of Visual Art – 20 Apr – 7 May, 2012 Glasgow

Both local and international artists take part in world class exhibitions, talks and tours to highlight and embrace Glasgow’s vibrant art scene.

Speed of Light – 9 Aug – 1 Sept, 2012 Edinburgh.

Scotland’s participation in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Festival will see some of the events taking place in Scotland, including the fusion of sport and innovative culture that will see the exciting Speed of Light as an official contribution to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Throughout 2012, a programme of events brimming with exciting music festivals, arts and culture, outdoor activities, Highland games and food festivals will be on offer for everyone to enjoy.

There will be no better time to visit Scotland than in 2012, to witness some world-class cultural events and CLC Duchally Country Estate is positioned perfectly to make the most of exploring Scotland.

Centrally located just over an hour away from the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, CLC Duchally Country Estate  is set in 27 acres of stunning parkland and provides excellent self catering accommodation allowing you to take full advantage of the Year of Creative Scotland 2012.

More information on the Year of Creative Scotland 2012 can be found here: www.visitscotland.com