Major Events in Scotland

Use the links below to zoom to a particular month to view our list of important upcoming events in Scotland. Event dates may be subject to change and were correct at the time of publishing. Please check with the venue/orgraniser to make sure.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
January (* denotes provisional date, denotes an event with traditional music or bagpipes)
1 January (and 25 December)
THE BA', Orkney
Historical street football game with around 400 players.
t: +44 (0)1856 872856
w: www.visitorkney.com

1-31 January1-31 January
TURNER IN JANUARY, Edinburgh
Annual exhibition of Turner watercolours.
t: +44 (0)131 624 6200
w: www.nationalgalleries.org

27 January
UP HELLY AA, Shetland
Viking fire festival.
t: +44 (0)1595 693434
w: www.visitshetland.com

15 January - 1 February
CELTIC CONNECTIONS, Glasgow
Celebration of traditional music
t: +44 (0)141 353 8000
w: www.celticconnections.com

25 January
BURNS NIGHT, throughout Scotland
Celebrating the anniversary of our national poet

February (* denotes provisional date, denotes an event with traditional music or bagpipes)
20 February-2 March
GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL
Showcase of films from around the world.
t: +44 (0)141 332 6535
w: www.glasgowfilmfestival.org.uk

March (* denotes provisional date, denotes an event with traditional music or bagpipes)
5-9 March
STANZA, ST ANDREWS
Scotlandís Poetry Festival Ė a celebration of poetry.
w: www.stanzapoetry.org

14 March - 5 April
GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL*
Stand-Up, Theatre, Film, Children's Shows and Workshops.
t: +44 (0)141 552 2070
w: www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com

April (* denotes provisional date, denotes an event with traditional music or bagpipes)
30 April
BELTANE FIRE FESTIVAL, EDINBURGH
A celebration of the arrival of summer.
w: www.beltane.org

5 April-5 May
DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY WILD SPRING FESTIVAL
80 events over 2 weeks
w: www.wildlifefestival.org.uk

6-12 April
ST ANDREWS GOLF WEEK
A week of golf in St Andrews, "the Home of Golf".
w: www.standrewsgolfweek.com

5-20 April
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Stunning science for all ages.
t: +44 (0)131 5587666
w: www.sciencefestival.co.uk

11-12 April
CORAL SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL, AYR
Highlight of the Scottish horse racing calendar.
t: +44 (0)1292 264179
w: www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk

11-12 April
MELROSE SEVENS
Rugby 7s tournament
t: +44 (0)1896 822993
w: www.melrose7s.com

29 April-1 May
GIRVAN FOLK FESTIVAL
Concerts, ceilidhs, competitions and sessions throughout the weekend.
t: +44 (0)1560 321 102
w: www.girvanfolkfestival.co.uk

May (* denotes provisional date, denotes an event with traditional music or bagpipes)
22 May-1 June
PERTH FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
The 40th anniversary of this annual arts festival.
t: +44 (0)1738 621031
w: www.perthfestival.co.uk

2-4 May
GIRVAN FOLK FESTIVAL
Concerts, ceilidhs, competitions and sessions throughout the weekend.
t: +44 (0) 1560 321102
w: www.girvanfolkfestival.org.uk

17-25 May
BALLATER WALKING FESTIVAL
A week of guided walks in Cairngorms National Park
w: www.visitgairngorms.com/walkingfestivals

30 May-1 June
GARDENING SCOTLAND, EDINBURGH
Scotlandís national celebration of gardening and outdoor living.
t: +44 (0)131 333 0969
w: www.gardeningscotland.com

23 May-1 June
ISLAY FESTIVAL OF MALT AND MUSIC
t: +44 (0)1496 810254
w: www.islayfestival.org

25-26 May
WICKERMAN FESTIVAL, Dundrennan, Dumfries & Galloway
One of the UKís best-loved independent music festivals
w: www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk

16-25 May
DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY ARTS FESTIVAL
t: +44 (0)1387 260447
w: www.dgartsfestival.org.uk

22-25 May
ORKNEY FOLK FESTIVAL*
t: +44 (0)1856 851638
w: www.orkneyfolkfestival.com

24 May-8 June
TWEEDLOVE Scottish Borders
10 days of biking in the beautiful Borders.
w: www.tweedlove.com

1-5 May
SPIRIT OF SPEYSIDE WHISKY FESTIVAL
Whisky festival with over 200 events.
t: +44 (0)7768 383500
w: www.spiritofspeyside.com

May - September
HIGHLAND GAMES
Around 100 Highland games and gatherings take place in Scotland each year. Each one has a mix of piping, athletic events and Highland dancing.
w: www.visitscotland.com

1-4 May
SHETLAND FOLK FESTIVAL
Presenting the best folk music from around the globe.
t: +44 (0)1595 694757
w: www.shetlandfolkfestival.com

June (* denotes provisional date, denotes an event with traditional music or bagpipes)
5-8 June
ANGUS GLENS WALKING FESTIVAL
This award-winning 4 day festival has walks to suit all tastes and abilities.
t: +44 (0)1307 473168
w: www.angusahead.com/walkingfestival

7-8 June
UCI MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUP, Fort William
A stunning celebration of 2 wheeled action in the Highlands.
t: +44 (0)131 555 3820
w: www.fortwilliamworldcup.co.uk

7 June
TASTE OF GRAMPIAN, Inverurie
Sample the wide range of quality produce from the north east of Scotland.
w: www.tasteofgrampian.co.uk

8 June
ARDROSSAN HIGHLAND GAMES, Memorial Playing Fields, Ardrossan*
w: www.ardrossanhighlandgames.org.uk

19-22 June
ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW, EDINBURGH
The Highlight of the Scottish country calendar.
t: +44 (0)131 335 6200
w: www.royalhighlandshow.org

20-26 June
ST MAGNUS FESTIVAL, ORKNEY
Annual celebration of the arts in Orkney.
t: +44 (0)1856 871445
w: www.stmagnusfestival.com

15-26 June
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, EDINBURGH
t: +44 (0)131 228 4051
w: www.edfilmfest.org.uk

July (* denotes provisional date, denotes an event with traditional music or bagpipes)
6-11 July
CE“LAS MUSIC FESTIVAL, South Uist, Outer Hebrides
Gaelic music and dance summer school.
w: www.ceolas.co.uk

4-6 July
GAME CONSERVANCY SCOTTISH FAIR, Scone Palace, Perthshire
Demonstrating the importance of game and other wildlife to the Scottish countryside.
w: www.scottishfair.com

23 July-3 August
THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES, Glasgow
The XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014
w: www.glasgow2014.com

29 - 31 July
LOMOND FOLK FESTIVAL, Balloch Park
w: www.lomondfolkfestival.com

18-27 July
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL
w: www.edinburghjazzfestival.co.uk

10-13 July
SCOTTISH OPEN, Royal Aberdeen Golf Club
Major PGA Golf Championship sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management.
w: www.aamscottishopen.com

12-13 July
SCOTTISH TRANSPORT EXTRAVAGANZA, GLAMIS CASTLE*
t: +44 (0)1307 840311
w: www.svvc.co.uk

17-20 July
HEBRIDEAN CELTIC FESTIVAL*
Premier Celtic music festival.
t: +44 (0)1851 621234
w: www.hebceltfest.com

25 July-2 August
ABERDEEN INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FESTIVAL
11 days of music, dance and theatre.
t: +44 (0)1224 213800
w: www.aiyf.org

August (* denotes provisional date, denotes an event with traditional music or bagpipes)
8-31 August
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
3 weeks of the best opera, theatre, dance and classical music from around the world.
t: +44 (0)131 473 2000
w: www.eif.co.uk

31 July-31 August
EDINBURGH ARTS FESTIVAL
UK's largest annual celebration of visual art
w: www.edinburghartsfestival.com

2-10 August
PITTENWEEM ARTS FESTIVAL, Fife
t: +44 (0)1333 313903
w: www.pittenweemartsfestival.co.uk

29-31 August
EDINBURGH MELA
A mix of theatre, dance, music, film, visual arts and multi art form performance.
t: +44 (0)131 332 2888
w: www.edinburgh-mela.co.uk

1-3 August
AYR FLOWER SHOW
Scotland's annual answer to the Chelsea Flower Show.
w: www.ayrflowershow.org

1-23 August
EDINBURGH ROYAL MILITARY TATTOO
Military extravaganza with breathtaking displays.
t: +44 (0)8707 555118
w: www.edintattoo.co.uk

11-17 August
PIPING LIVE & THE WORLD PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS, GLASGOW
The ultimate pipe band championships.
t: +44 (0)141 221 5414
w: www.pipinglive.co.uk

9-25 August
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL
t: +44 (0)131 718 5666
w: www.edbookfest.co.uk

28-30 August
COWAL HIGHLAND GATHERING, DUNOON
Traditional Highland games.
t: +44 (0)1369 703206
w: www.cowalgathering.com

21-24 August
BLAIR CASTLE INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS AND COUNTRY FAIR, BLAIR ATHOLL
International 3 day event.
t: +44 (0)1796 481543
w: www.blairhorsetrials.co.uk

1-25 August
EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE
The world's largest Arts festival.
t: +44 (0)131 226 0026
w: www.edfringe.com

September (* denotes provisional date, denotes an event with traditional music or bagpipes)
26-28 September
THE BELHAVEN BEST DUNBAR TRADITIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Traditional concerts, ceilidhs and sessions.
w: www.dunbarmusicfestival.co.uk/

26 September- 5 October
THE WIGTOWN BOOK FESTIVAL
A 10-day celebration of the written word.
t: +44 (0)1988 403222
w: www.wigtownbookfestival.com

18-21 September
WILLIAM HILL AYR GOLD CUP FESTIVAL, Ayr Race Course
w: www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk

6 September
BLAS FESTIVAL - Celebrating the Highlands
A unique cultural celebration of the Gaelic language and music of the Scottish Highlands.
t: +44 (0)1463 225559
w: www.blas-festival.com

6-8 September
DUNDEE FLOWER AND FOOD FESTIVAL
3 day celebration.
t: +44(0) 1382 433815
w: www.dundeeflowerandfoodfestival.com

6 September
BRAEMAR GATHERING
Traditional Highland Games and Gathering.
t: +44 (0)1339 755377
w: www.braemargathering.org

26-28 September
THE RYDER CUP, Gleneagles
The biennial professional match-play golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States.
w: www.rydercup2014.com

October (* denotes provisional date, denotes an event with traditional music or bagpipes)
19-25 October
ST ANDREWS GOLF WEEK
A week of golf in St Andrews, "the Home of Golf".
w: www.standrewsgolfweek.com

24 October - 2 November
PERTHSHIRE AMBER - The Dougie MacLean Festival
Scottish and international acoustic music.
w: www.perthshireamber.com

29 October
GLENFIDDICH PIPING AND FIDDLE CHAMPIONSHIPS, BLAIR ATHOLL*
International competition.
t: +44 (0)1698 573536
w: www.glenfiddich.com

November (* denotes provisional date, denotes an event with traditional music or bagpipes)
29-30 November
TRAQUAIR HOUSE Traditional Christmas Fair
A traditional Scottish Borders Christmas Fair in Innerleithen.
t: +44 (0)1896 830323
w: www.traquair.co.uk

30 November
ST ANDREWS DAY
Celebrations of Scotland's Patron Saint.

24 November-25 December
EDINBURGH'S CHRISTMAS
A month of sparkling celebrations.
w: www.edinburghschristmas.com

December (* denotes provisional date, denotes an event with traditional music or bagpipes)
31 December
STONEHAVEN FIREBALL FESTIVAL
Fire festival to welcome the New Year.
w: www.stonehavenfireballs.co.uk

31 December
HOGMANAY
New Year celebrations take place in most towns and cities throughout Scotland.
w: www.visitscotland.com

31 December - 1 January
GLASGOW'S HOGMANAY
New Year celebrations with special guests in George Square.
w: www.winterfestglasgow.com

THROUGHOUT DECEMBER
CHRISTMAS MARKETS FESTIVE MARKETS ARE HELD THROUGHOUT SCOTLAND, IDEAL FOR UNIQUE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
Festive markets are held throughout Scotland, ideal for unique Christmas shopping ideas.

30 December-1 January 2015
EDINBURGH'S HOGMANAY
Celebrate the New Year at the home of Hogmanay.
w: www.edinburghshogmanay.com