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Events in Scotland

Scotland is known around the world for its Highland Games held throughout the summer, as well as the popular Hogmanay New Years celebrations and Royal Military Tattoo. There are also a number of events with roots even further back in time, such as the Beltane and Samhain festivals and the Up Helly Aa Viking Fire Festival held in Shetland. Click on the links below to check out our list of suggested events. This list is far from exhaustive and if you know of a fantastic event that you can’t find here we would be happy to list it.

Don’t miss a visit to a Scottish Snowdrop Festivals to enjoy a bracing early season walk amongst carpets of snowdrops.

It’s also worth checking NGS Gardens for Charity for days open in private gardens you can visit.

Celtic Connections – Winter Celtic music festival in Glasgow.

Up Helly Aa – Viking Fire Festival in Shetland


Norrie-Miller Walk Light NIghts Experience the beauty of Perth’s riverside walk in a whole new way as spectacular lighting arrangements illuminate the Norrie-Miller Walk.

Glasgow Film Festival – with a great schedule of films and talks.

North Hop Aviemore – Festival celebrating food, drink and music.

Winter Words Festival at Pitlochry Festival Theatre


Aye Write – Glasgow’s book festival
Glasgow Comedy Festival – See top acts and enjoy the unrivalled atmosphere.


Beltane Spring Celebration at the Scottish Crannog Centre, Loch Tay


Perth festival of the Arts, various venues in Perth and featuring the renowned Nigel Kennedy

Mhor Festival, Lochearnhead. Festival of food, music, whisky and entertainment

Spirit of Speyside – Whisky festival.


Cream O The Croft Weekend Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Taste of Grampian Food Festival – Celebrating local cuisine in Aberdeenshire.


Kenmore Highland Games

Kirriemuir Agricultural Show

Glamis Prom, music event at Glamis Castle

Perth Races – Family Fun Day

Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre Highland Games


Edinburgh International Festival  4 – 28 August

Edinburgh Book Festival  4 – 28 August

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo  4 – 26 August

Perth Agricultural Show

The Perth Kilt Run

Perth Highland Games

Crieff highland Gathering

Birnam Highland Games

September/ October

The Enchanted Forest – A premier sound and light event at Faskally Woods, by Pitlochry

Perthshire Open Studios, 200 artists and craft makers open their studios to the public

Braemar Highland Gathering

Pitlochry Highland Games

Callander Jazz and Blues Festival

Wigtown Book Festival – in Dumfries and Galloway


Aberdeen Winter Festival

Book Week Scotland

Dundee Mountain Film Festival


Hogmanay Celebrations in Glasgow and Edinburgh

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