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Revellers across Scotland see in the New Year

  • 1 January 2014
  • From the section Scotland
Princes Street Hogmanay scene
Image caption An estimated 80,000 people descended on Edinburgh for its world-renowned Hogamany street party

Tens of thousands of revellers descended on Edinburgh's city centre to bring in the New Year.

The Pet Shop Boys headlined a concert in Princes Street Gardens and the street party had three stages.

A number of other events have been taking place across the country.

For the first time, Edinburgh, Inverness, Stirling and Stonehaven were united in a simultaneous firework display at 20:14 GMT to welcome in the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014.

On Monday, a torchlight procession through the centre of Edinburgh kicked off the city's official Hogmanay celebrations.

About 7,500 torchbearers and a crowd of 20,000 people lined The Mound and Princes Street towards Calton Hill.

It was led by Shetland's Up Helly Aa Vikings and the massed pipes and drums.

Fireworks and another "son et lumiere" (sound and light) display added to the visual spectacle.

Inverness played a pivotal role as one of the key locations to welcome in the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014.

Revellers there saw fire sculptures and large-scale light installations that illuminated the dark night skies across the city.

Stirling's Hogmanay took place at Stirling Castle Esplanade.

Image caption Fireworks lit up the skies above Edinburgh and three other Scottish locations at 20:14

The event was headlined by Deacon Blue and included performances by Scottish singer Dougie MacLean, Bags of Rock and Rail Fan.

A fireworks sequence took place above Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument at 20:14, before a display above the castle at the bells.

Glasgow hosted a day of family events on Hogmanay.

Bagpipers, drummers and dancers performed during the city's "Hogmanayday" between 12:00 and 22:00.

The free event at George Square featured a giant ceilidh and stalls selling Scottish produce, while acts from Commonwealth countries also performed.

The annual Loony Dook, an annual fixture in Scotland's calendar for more than 25 years, saw people plunge into the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry to mark the New Year.

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