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February 2019

Hebridean Dark Skies Festival

February 8 - February 21
Isle of Lewis United Kingdom

Ambitious programme of events featuring stargazing events, workshops and talks led by leading scientists, film, music, theatre and more - all located on the Isle of Lewis, which has some of the darkest skies in the UK and is one of the best places in the country to see the Aurora Borealis. Info: www.lanntair.com/darkskies

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RSCDS Winter School

February 17 - February 22
Pitlochry – Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

Held in the picturesque town of Pitlochry, the RSCDS Winter School, has Scottish country dance classes held at different venues around Pitlochry. Classes are held every morning and there are optional classes in the afternoon — a full day of dancing if your feet are up for it! Info: www.rscds.org

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Glasgow Film Festival

February 20 - March 3
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

One of the largest film festivals in the UK, with new local and international film from all genres; mainstream crowd-pleasers to groundbreaking art-house experimentation; the return of well-loved classics alongside rare cult gems; with filmmaker guest appearances, interactive workshops and discussion panels to complete the mix. Info: www.glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-film-festival

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Fort William Mountain Festival

February 20 - February 24
Fort William – Scotland Fort William, Scotland

A series of films and lectures celebrating the great outdoors and mountain culture, held in Scotland's outdoor capital, and spread over five nights. Info: www.mountainfestival.co.uk

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Braemar Mountain Festival

February 28 - March 3
Braemar – Scotland Braemar, Scotland

The second Braemar Mountain Festival celebrates the mountains in winter with a programme of workshops covering ski touring, winter skills, avalanche awareness, low level walking, navigation and fell running. Info: www.braemarmountainfestival.com

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Inverness Music Festival

February 28 - March 6
Inverness – Scotland Inverness, Scotland

This music festival is a competitive event that allows people of all ages and abilities to show off their skills. The main discipline groups are vocal, instrumental, speech, Gaelic and Scottish with over 75 awards to be won. Competitions are open to the public. Info: www.invernessmusicfestival.org

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March 2019

StAnza

March 6 - March 10
St Andrews – Scotland St Andrews, Scotland

StAnza, Scotland's Poetry Festival, is held every March in St Andrews, Scotland's oldest university town. With readings, exhibitions, performances, music, and film. Info: www.stanzapoetry.org

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Fife Whisky Festival

March 9
Cupar – Scotland Cupar, Scotland

The Fife Whisky Festival brings over 30 distilleries and independent bottlers from all over Scotland to showcase their whisky wares at Cupar Corn Exchange, St Catherine St. Info: www.fifewhiskyfestival.com

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International Bagpipe Day

March 10
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

This is a day initiated by The Bagpipe Society to celebrate the world’s many bagpipes and piping traditions. Every March 10th you are invited to go out and play your pipes – anywhere, anyhow to anyone!

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Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival

March 14 - March 31
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Aye Write! remains committed to celebrating Scottish and international writers and writing. Info: www.ayewrite.com

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Glasgow International Comedy Festival

March 14 - March 31
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow's comedy festival birls back into your life, getting ever more impressive with each outing. For 2019, you're looking at a lineup of Craig Hill, Janey Godley, Julian Clary and more. Info: www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com

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Niel Gow Annual Scottish Fiddle Festival

March 15 - March 17
Dunkeld & Birnam United Kingdom

Now a breeding ground for traditional music talent, the festival runs a selection of workshops, performances and events each year. Established in 2004 to celebrate the life of Perthshire fiddle legend Niel Gow, this festival is held in his home village of Dunkeld & Birnam each year. Info: www.niel-gow.co.uk

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Rat Race Mighty Deerstalker

March 16
Innerleithen, Scottish Borders United Kingdom

An evening obstacle course where tweed is actively encouraged followed by the Mighty Beerstalker Party with food, ales and live bands. Legend tells of a cult running event deep in the Scottish Borders. This is probably the hardest off-road-Tweed-clad-pipe-lit-plus-four-and-headtorch-wearing run that exists at Traquair House. Info: www.mightydeerstalker.co.uk

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Sounds from Stirling Castle: A Military Concert

March 16
Stirling – Scotland Stirling , Scotland

Performances in aid of the service charity Erskine and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum Trust,. At Stirling Castle a magical evening of military performances featuring: The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, The Military Wives Choir and The Pipes, Drums and Dancers of Queen Victoria School. Info: www.historicenvironment.scot

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An Evening of Traditional Music

March 22
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

An exuberant evening of  traditional music featuring  students from  Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Info: www.rcs.ac.uk

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April 2019

Glenfarg Folk Feast

April 5 - April 7
Kinross United Kingdom

A small and friendly stalwart of the folk festival calendar, this festival is an initiative of Glenfarg Village Folk Club and is open to many musics of an acoustic variety as well as storytelling and poetry. Info: www.glenfargfolkclub.com

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Edinburgh International Harp Festival

April 5 - April 10
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

A wonderful selection of concerts, courses and workshops at  Merchiston Castle School for a celebration of all things harp. Info: www.harpfestival.co.uk

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Scotland’s Daffodil Festival

April 13 - April 14
Collessie, Fife United Kingdom

Make the most of spring daffodils with a woodland walk, an egg hunt, artisan stalls, talks, nine hole putting and more. Home to the National Collection for Narcissus Backhouse cultivars. See some of the first daffodil cultivars ever created in the UK from the Wordsworth style daffodils and hundreds of different historic, modern, scented and ... Read more

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True OriGINs: The Scottish Gin Festival

April 19
Inverurie – Scotland Inverurie , Scotland

Festival celebrating Scottish gins, with masterclasses, live music, Scottish-inspired street food and plenty of botanicals to enjoy, the first gin festival from Scotland to promote purely Scottish gins. Info: www.trueorigins-ginfestival.com

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Music Show Scotland

April 27
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

A big celebration of Scottish music and dance featuring over 200 pipers, drummers, dancers, musicians and vocalists at SSE Hydro. Info: www.musicshowscotland.com

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Etape Loch Ness

April 28
Loch Ness – Scotland Loch Ness, Scotland

A cycle sportive taking place around iconic Loch Ness, offering the chance to cycle 66 miles around the loch on traffic free roads. Info: www.etapelochness.com

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Colonsay Festival of Spring

April 29 - May 19
Isle of Colonsay – Scotland Isle of Colonsay, Scotland

This tiny island comes alive with a series of events that showcase its natural beauty: workshops and tours, whisky tasting and cake baking, music, exhibitions and film screenings. Info: www.colonsayspringfest.com

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Beltane Fire Festival

April 30
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Join hundreds of performers and thousands of revellers as they come together on Calton Hill to celebrate the death of winter and the birth of summer by casting off the darkness and celebrating the light on one of the most magical nights of the year at Calton Hill. Info: www.beltane.org

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May 2019

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

May 1 - May 6
Speyside – Scotland Speyside, Scotland

Event providers from all corners of Speyside – the spiritual home of Scotland’s malt whisky production – have lined up a host of exciting and unusual events for both whisky connoisseurs and first-time visitors. Info: www.spiritofspeyside.com

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Burnsfest! 2019

May 4
Ayr – Scotland Ayr, Scotland

Burnsfest! is a free family festival featuring live music, Burns Wine Bar and Beer Garden, A-Coo-Stick Tipi, The Mercat, Performance Pokey, Bairns Bunnet, Haverin' Hoolie, Burns Fair- celebrate the man, the music, the legacy. Info: www.burnsfestival.com/burnsfest

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British Pipe Band Championships

May 18
Paisley – Scotland Paisley, Scotland

Paisley comes alive with the skirl of the pipes and the beat of the drums. Over 125 bands will travel from around the world to the St James' Playing Fields, Paisley, to compete for a whole series of titles. Info: https://paisley.is/featured_event/british-pipe-band-championships/

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June 2019

Piping Inverness

June 29
Inverness – Scotland Inverness, Scotland

The European Pipe Band Championships will be held in Bught Park, with food and drink, traditional craft stalls and live entertainment, will make it a fun-filled family day out. Info: [email protected]

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July 2019

The Ceòlas Summer School

July 7 - July 12
Isle of South Uist – Scotland Isle of South Uist, Scotland

Unbeatable tuition in Gaelic music, dance and language from the best traditional musicians in Scotland and Canada; guided walks, house cèilidhs and village-hall dances in the strongest Gaelic-speaking community in the world; authentic Hebridean culture alive in its heartland. Info: www.ceolas.co.uk

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HebCelt

July 17 - July 20
Stornoway Isle of Lewis United Kingdom

The Hebridean Celtic Festival is an international Celtic music festival, which takes place annually with a variety of performers and events. Info: www.hebceltfest.com

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August 2019

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August 2 - August 24
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The Edinburgh Tattoo is a spectacular like no other. A kaleidoscope of music, dance and entertainment. All set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. See your evening burst into life with a colourful blend of Scottish pipe and drum bands, highland dancers and performers from across the world. Info: www.edintattoo.co.uk

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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August 2 - August 26
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The largest arts festival in the world featuring performers from across the globe at locations across Edinburgh. Info: www.edfringe.com

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The Edinburgh International Festival

August 2 - August 26
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

For three weeks in August, Scotland’s capital becomes an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and an annual meeting point for people of all nations. Festival programmes featuring dance, opera, music and theatre at venues across Edinburgh. Info: www.eif.co.uk

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International Scottish Gin Day

August 3
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

International Scottish Gin Day aims to help a global audience discover the wonderful world of Scottish Gin and to create a special day established to raise the profile of Scottish Gin, which accounts for 70% of the UK's overall gin production.

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Clan Baird Society General Meeting

August 5
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Clan Baird Society is hosting its General Meeting, St. Trinnean's Room, St. Leonard's Hall, 18 Holyrood Park Rd. A representative from the Office of the Lord Lyon is coming to hear the state of the Bairds and to explain processes for more organization of the family. All Bairds are invited to attend. You do not ... Read more

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Clan Munro Gathering

August 9 - August 11
Inverness – Scotland Inverness, Scotland

Clan Munro Clan event to commemorate the Battle of Glen Shiel in 1719 where the Munros took to the field for the last time as a clan. Info: www.clanmunro.org.uk

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Piping Live!

August 10 - August 16
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Piping Live! brings together musicians from across the globe, who come to Glasgow with pipe bands and music groups from many different countries to take part. With Pipe Idol, The Piping Live! Big Band, The Masters, Evening Concerts, the festival club, Street Café and more, the festival  has something for everyone. Info: www.pipinglive.co.uk

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The World Pipe Band Championships

August 16 - August 17
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Two days of competition showcases the extraordinary ability of 8000 pipers and drummers taking part. Defending champions Inveraray and District will face bands from around the World as they compete to hang on to their crown at Glasgow Green. Info: www.theworlds.co.uk

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Cowal Highland Gathering

August 29 - August 31
Dunoon, Argyll United Kingdom

Celebrating 125 years and renowned for the quality of its Highland dancing, drawing in the best performers from around the globe as they compete in the Scottish and World Championships. Info:  www.cowalgathering.com or 01369 703206.

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September 2019

2019 Clan MacAulay Gathering

September 5 - September 8
Aviemore United Kingdom

MacAulays (of all spellings) will gather in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park at the Hilton Coylumbridge. It will be a time to connect with our fellow MacAulays, make new friends and reacquaint with friends you’ve made at previous Gatherings. Info: www.clanmacaulay.org.uk

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The Stewart Gathering 2019

September 6 - September 8
Elgin, Moray United Kingdom

The Stewart Society (of Edinburgh) will hold its Annual General Meeting, hosted by the Royal Hotel with trips to Duffus Castle, Spynie Palace, Burghead, Darnaway Castle, Holy Trinity Church, and Dunkeld Cathedral to visit the tomb of the Wolf of Badenoch. Info: www.stewartsociety.org

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October 2019

The 31st Scottish International Storytelling Festival

October 18 - October 31
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Celebrates old traditions and new connections, building bridges between artists, regions and communities in a feast of storytelling, music and dance. SISF 2019 will have a special focus between Scotland and Canada, aimed at developing new creative work, collaborations and exchanges between Scottish and Canadian artists and festivals. Info: www.sisf.org.uk

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November 2019

The Perthshire Amber Festival

November 2 - November 4
Perthshire United Kingdom

A variety of music events across Perthshire with Dougie Maclean and friends including; music sessions, a triple Cabaret Amber, a big Dougie concert at Perth Concert Hall, and a Farewell Concert/Event. Info: www.perthshireamber.com

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Happy St Andrew’s Day

November 30
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

Saint Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s official national day. Celebrate St Andrew’s Day (or in Scottish Gaelic ‘Là Naomh Anndrais’), Scotland’s patron saint!

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