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And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak a right guid willy waught,
For auld lang syne.
And for auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne,


Homecoming Scotland 2009:
A Message from First Minister Alex Salmond


Dear Friend of Scotland

I would like to extend to you a very warm invitation to join our year long Homecoming Scotland celebrations in Scotland in 2009. 2009 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of our national poet and cultural icon Robert Burns, whose message of friendship and 'Auld Lang Syne' lives on. And Burns is the inspiration behind our year long celebration of some of Scotland's great contributions to the world: Golf, Whisky, The Enlightenment and Innovation, Burns himself and our rich culture and heritage. Whether you have Scots ancestry or simply a passion for our great nation, 2009 will be an exceptional year to visit Scotland.

A programme of inspirational events will run throughout 2009, complementing the vast range of world-class attractions already offered in Scotland. From the world's biggest ever Clan Gathering in Edinburgh to Celtic Connections in Glasgow and from the Open Championship at Turnberry to the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival , there's something special for everyone.

I would be grateful if you could help the Homecoming Scotland team by completing our short online survey about Homecoming Scotland here. If you would like to receive email updates over the next 18 months with information on our exciting Homecoming programme and details of new and great value travel deals for travelling to and staying in Scotland during 2009, please subscribe here.

Above all, I would encourage you to get behind Homecoming Scotland 2009 and spread the word to family and friends who you can motivate to visit Scotland in 2009.

My colleagues in the new Scottish Government and I look forward to welcoming you to Scotland during 2009. Here's to Burns, his enduring legacy, his pride in our great nation and his inspiration for our Homecoming celebrations - for auld lang syne.

Yours for Scotland


Alex Salmond




2008 The Robert Burns World Federation