Scott 250

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag,
Sir Walter!

In 2021-22 we are celebrating the 250th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott's Birthday. JGU Mainz Scotland Hub is proud to be an official partner of Walter Scott 250.

Join us and take part in the wide range of events that is dedicated to honouring Sir Walter Scott. Events include storytelling, theatre productions, opera, exhibitions and talks. Due to the ongoing pandemic, many of these events will be online, enabling those of us who are in Germany to join the celebrations. The year of celebration will start with a light show at Scott’s paternal home in the Scottish Borders.




Reading Scotland - Reading Scott

In honour of Sir Walter, the JGU Scotland Hub will continue our “Reading Scotland” series of talks with “Reading Scott”.
‘Reading Scotland’ is a virtual community bringing together Germans and Scots and all who have an interest in Scottish life and literature. For the Walter Scott 250th anniversary, we have devised a special programme of readings and discussions devoted to Scott (Walter Scott 250).
Visit our Reading Scotland page for more information on each session!


A warm welcome to the Launch Event

A spectacular light show will launch the international celebrations for the 250th anniversary of the life and works of Sir Walter Scott on Saturday 20th March, World Storytelling Day. The night sky at Smailholm Tower, in the Scottish Borders, will be lit up by the world premiere of a brand-new short film of the Young Scott, created by video artist, Andy McGregor. The launch event is being funded by EventScotland and organised by Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter Scott, on behalf of the global Walter Scott 250 Partnership. An online broadcast of the event will introduce the Smailholm Tower light show to a worldwide audience from 6pm (GMT) on Saturday 20th March.

And why not join us for a drink while you watch...

Glenkinchie Distillery is joining us to celebrate the launch with their own unique serve, created by Glenkinchie bartender Sam Clark, and Inspired by the hills and meadows that backdrop the distillery: the Lammermuir Hills Highball.

Here’s how to make it:
50 ml Glenkinchie 12
15 ml Chamomile Simple Syrup
25 ml Crisp Apple Juice
150 ml Bottle Green Sparkling Elderflower
Homemade Chamomile-Infused Simple Syrup
This simple syrup will keep in the fridge for up to a month
-1 cup water
-1 cup white sugar
-1 cup fresh chamomile blossoms or x2 chamomile tea bags
Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and simmer until sugar has dissolved.
Remove from the heat and add chamomile blossoms. Allow mixture to steep for 15 minutes and then strain the mixture through a fine sieve. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.