Scotland enthusiasts will have more reasons than ever to visit their favourite country during 2016 which has been designated the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.
Building on the success of previous themed years such as Homecoming Scotland 2014 and the Year of Natural in 2013, the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design will celebrate the richness of Scotland’s much-loved heritage, culture and environment, alongside the contemporary and cutting edge designs of today.
From textiles to technology, architecture to fashion and design, the year-long programme will shine the spotlight on Scotland’s greatest assets and icons, as well as some of our unique hidden gems.
Visitors to Scotland in 2016 will be able to explore and discover Scotland’s achievements in innovation, design and architecture through a wide-ranging, variety of events, festivals, exhibitions, business conferences and visitor attractions, throughout the whole of Scotland.
2016 will see The Festival of Architecture take place as well as the opening of the new Queensferry Crossing – set to be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world. The National Museum of Scotland will also open new galleries in 2016 showcasing Scotland’s internationally important collections of decorative art, design, fashion, science and technology.
So whether you want to discover the innovative structural design behind Andy Scott’s magnificent horse-head sculptures – the Kelpies, enjoy the splendour of a bygone era through the iconic designs of one of Scotland’s best known architects Charles Rennie Mackintosh or experience the creative inspiration behind some of Scotland’s artists and designers – there will be something for everyone throughout 2016.