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
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.
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
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
Wigtown Book Festival – in Dumfries and Galloway
Aberdeen Winter Festival
Book Week Scotland
Hogmanay Celebrations in Glasgow and Edinburgh