The Gathering at the end of July was a key part of Homecoming Scotland - a series of events to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Rabbie Burns's birth.

Highland Games

The event was a resounding success it included the biggest clan gathering that had ever been take place in Edinburgh. Around 50,000 people from all the corners of the world took part in the celebrations - as a change to celebrate their shared heritage and put on their family tartan 8,000 clan men and women marched up the Royal Mile from Holyrood palace to Edinburgh castle.

The event, opened by Prince Charles, included traditional Highland Games, whisky tasting, Scottish dancing and Scottish fare.

In fact it was so successful there is talk of making it an annual event.