There’s no place like home as visitors flock to Borders

John Muir Festival 2014 Launch, Dunbar, East Lothian, 11/02/2014:'Cyclists and walkers get ready to celebrate the start of a series of exciting John Muir Festival events planned over nine days in April, as part of the Year of Homecoming 2014.'Pictured are 10-year old Baillie Cairns Ford (correct) with Colin Cairns Fordall (left) and Nathan Gale from Dunbar, East Lothian. Pictured in John Muir Country Park near Dunbar, East Lothian - on the Dunbar to Helensburgh John Muir Way.'More information from: Chelsea Charles, Homecoming 2014 (Event Scotland) - 0131 472 2067 - 07917 592768 - chelsea.charles@eventscotland.org'Photography for Homecoming 2014 / Event Scotland from: Colin Hattersley Photography - colinhattersley@btinternet.com - www.colinhattersley.com - 07974 957 388
John Muir Festival 2014 Launch, Dunbar, East Lothian, 11/02/2014:'Cyclists and walkers get ready to celebrate the start of a series of exciting John Muir Festival events planned over nine days in April, as part of the Year of Homecoming 2014.'Pictured are 10-year old Baillie Cairns Ford (correct) with Colin Cairns Fordall (left) and Nathan Gale from Dunbar, East Lothian. Pictured in John Muir Country Park near Dunbar, East Lothian - on the Dunbar to Helensburgh John Muir Way.'More information from: Chelsea Charles, Homecoming 2014 (Event Scotland) - 0131 472 2067 - 07917 592768 - chelsea.charles@eventscotland.org'Photography for Homecoming 2014 / Event Scotland from: Colin Hattersley Photography - colinhattersley@btinternet.com - www.colinhattersley.com - 07974 957 388

The Borders and East Lothian has seen biggest-ever attendance figures at some of its events during the first half of Scotland’s year of Homecoming.

Latest reports reveal that events attracted record-breaking crowds as hundreds of thousands of people from the UK and overseas have embraced Homecoming Scotland 2014 during its first six months.

The figures for January to May show that over 890,000 people attended 34 funded events throughout Scotland, with many more enjoying the hundreds of ‘partner’ events taking place in the same period.

In the Borders Tweedlove Bike Festival organisers have reported excellent attendances. The Festival attracted more than triple the number of visitors this year with Homecoming funding supporting Tweed Ride which entertained more than 200 families, as well as the flagship event - The Enduro World Series Race, which saw local accommodation providers completely booked out.

Brand new events were also a big success, including the John Muir Festival which was launched in Dunbar, which led to over 38,500 visitors discovering more about the great Scottish naturalist and over 9,000 people experiencing the opening of Andy Scott’s horse head sculptures.

A full evaluation report for Homecoming 2014 will be available in Spring 2015.