RSCDS Winter School

Pitlochry - Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

Taking place over five days in the Scottish town of Pitlochry, Winter School attracts around 150 dancers from the UK, continental Europe, North America, and Australasia. Attendees enjoy a 4-star stay in the Atholl Palace Hotel, with a range of classes, social dances, tours and (of course) the famous ball at Blair Castle. Info: https://rscds.org/events/winter-school-2024

Seachdain na Gàidhlig-World Gaelic Week

Nationwide - Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

The first official nationwide language week of its kind in Scotland, aims to promote Gaelic for all. The week-long celebration giving Scottish Gaelic speakers, learners and supporters the opportunity to celebrate the language at home and internationally. Info: www.seachdainnagaidhlig.scot.

Seachdain na Gàidhlig 2024/World Gaelic Week 2024

Nationwide

Celebrating Scottish Gaelic across the globe. The theme for the 2024 edition of the cultural celebration is Do Chànan. Do Chothrom, which translates to Your Language. Your Opportunity. Participants are encouraged to showcase how the Gaelic language benefits and enriches lives, opening doors for connections, collaboration and success. Info: www.seachdainnagaidhlig.scot

Six Nations: Scotland vs England

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Scotland take on England in this Six Nations fixture at Murrayfield Stadium. Info: www.scottishrugby.org

The Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships

Kilmarnock-Scotland , United Kingdom

The world’s largest schools pipe band competition, returns to East Ayrshire at the William McIlvanney Campus. There are eight competition categories, beginning with quartets and culminating with the Juvenile category for bands, plus the hugely enjoyable and popular Freestyle. Info: www.thechampionships.org.uk

International Bagpipe Day

Nationwide

Listen of play some pipes today! This is a day initiated by The Bagpipe Society to celebrate the world’s many bagpipes and piping traditions.

Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Celebrate Glasgow's status as the funniest city in the world at venues across the city. Info: www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com

Govan Music Festival

Govan, Glasgow , United Kingdom

The festival has become an annual celebration with Govan’s creativity at its heart, with a diverse programme spanning folk, Gaelic, fusion, classical and hip-hop music and more to be staged in venues across the area. Info:  www.glasgowbarons.com

Cullen Skink World Championships

Cullen , United Kingdom

The competition pits the best Cullen Skink makers against each other with judging undertaken as a blind tasting with the highest score being declared the Cullen Skink World Champion. Come along, spectate and sample the competition entries and see who you think is the world champion. There will be stalls, stands, and fundraising raffles and ... Read more

Highland Shortbread Showdown 2024

Inverness - Scotland Inverness, Scotland

A shortbread bake off in the Highlands capital. The public are invited along to try samples of the shortbread and vote for their favourite at Eden Court. Info: www.visitinvernesslochness.com/shortbread-showdown

The Niel Gow Festival

Dunkeld & Birnam , United Kingdom

A weekend of music performances and workshops celebrating the life of Perthshire fiddle legend Niel Gow, with events taking place across the villages of Dunkeld and Birnam. Info: www.nielgowfestival.co.uk

Edinburgh Science Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The UK’s largest Science Festival with a programme of exhibitions, events, workshops, performances, screenings and discussions between some of the world's foremost scientific minds. Info: www.sciencefestival.co.uk.

National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland End of Year Concert

Perth - Scotland Perth , Scotland

The NYPBS round off our 2023-2024 programme with our flagship concert at Perth Concert Hall, which will feature three ensembles comprising around 135 young people for a night of incredible music. Info: www.nypbs.co.uk/eoyc2024

Mull Music Festival

Tobermory, Isle of Mull , United Kingdom

Get ready for a weekend of soulful Scottish music, with folk-rock groups, Scottish dance bands, traditional musicians and singers, all taking place on the stunning Isle of Mull on the west coast. Info: www.facebook.com/MullMusicFestival

Paisley Food and Drink Festival

Paisley - Scotland Paisley, Scotland

Two days of top street food from across Scotland, fantastic local traders, live music, food workshops and more. Info: www.paisley.is

Run Balmoral

Ballater , United Kingdom

North east Scotland's biggest running event, with races for all age groups held in the stunning Royal Deeside scenery, at Balmoral Castle. Info: www.balmoralcastle.com

Kelpies 10

Falkirk - Scotland Falkirk, Scotland

A special one-off event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the multi-award winning visitor attraction, the Kelpies, the world’s largest equine sculptures at the Helix Park in Falkirk. Info: www.thehelix.co.uk/whats-on/kelpies-10

Etape Loch Ness

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

Glasgow Kilt Walk

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Wear your tartan with pride and join in with your fellow walkers, as this event aims to raise money for charities. This year there are three distances to choose from; 26 miles, 13 miles or the Wee Walk of 6 miles, all of which finish at Moss O' Balloch Park. Info: www.thekiltwalk.co.uk/events/glasgow

Beltane Fire Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Celebrate the start of summer at this event which combines a mix of fire, drumming, and pagan performance at Calton Hill. Info: www.beltane.org

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Speyside - Scotland Speyside, Scotland

The doors to Speyside’s world-famous distilleries open, inviting visitors from across the globe to meet the makers, taste the world’s finest whiskies and discover the passion behind them. But that’s not all, there are events fit for a foodie, live music, talks, tastings, tours and more. Info: www.spiritofspeyside.com

Shetland Folk Festival

Lerwick, Shetland , United Kingdom

The UK's most northerly folk festival. Concerts are organised throughout the isles, consisting of some of the best International, British and Shetland music that the world has to offer.  Info: www.shetlandfolkfestival.com

Edinburgh Tradfest 2024

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

A festival showcasing the very best in traditional arts with an unmissable line-up of live music, talks, new commissions, and traditional storytelling. Info: www.edinburghtradfest.com.

The 49th Girvan Traditional Folk Festival

Girvan , United Kingdom

The finest in traditional music and song at one of Scotland's longest established gatherings of traditional musicians. Info: www.girvanfolkfestival.org.uk

Clan Arthur International Gathering

Dalmally , United Kingdom

Members of Clan Arthur will meet on the banks of Loch Awe and the Portsonachan Hotel. Info: http://clanarthur.org/events/clan-arthur-international-gathering

Gourock Highland Games

Gourock - Scotland Gourock, Renfrewshire, Scotland

There will be pipe band and drum major competitions; Highland dance competitions; heavyweight events; mini Highland Games; children’s entertainment; gift and craft stalls – a great day out for all the family at Battery Park. Info: www.facebook.com/GourockHighlandGames or  http://inverclyde.gov.uk/ghg-24

World Whisky Day

Nationwide

World Whisky Day invites everyone to try a dram and celebrate the water of life. Events are taking place all over the globe.  Info: www.worldwhiskyday.com

Gordon Castle Highland Games

Fochabers, Aberdeenshire , United Kingdom

Pipe bands, athletics, Highland dance and a  Gordon Setter canine gathering at  Gordon Castle. Info: www.gordoncastle.co.uk/gordon-castle-highland-games-2024

Fèis Ìle-Islay Festival

Isle of Islay - Scotland Isle of Islay, Scotland

A gathering of whisky and Islay fans from across the globe, bringing with it a wealth of music, song, dancing, chatting, meeting new people and savouring a dram or two of Islay whisky along the way. Info: www.feisile.co.uk

Spring Fling Open Studios Weekend

Dumfries and Galloway , United Kingdom

A record-breaking 104 studios will be welcoming in the public for Dumfries and Galloway’s 22nd annual Spring Fling Open Studios Weekend. Renowned as the foremost event of its kind in Scotland, Spring Fling embraces everything from paintings, original prints, ceramics, glass, jewellery, furniture, photography and textiles to experimental and installation art. Info: www.spring-fling.co.uk.  

Atholl Gathering

Blair Atholl - Scotland Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland

The Atholl Highlanders officially open the Highland Games with a ‘March On’, led by the sound of their pipes and drums. Strongmen from around Scotland take centre stage to battle it out and much more at Blair Castle. Info: www.atholl-estates.co.uk/events/atholl-gathering

Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games

Helensburgh - Scotland Helensburgh , Scotland

Featuring a variety of traditional Highland Games Competitions like the Sheaf Toss, Hammer Throw and of course the world-famous Caber Toss. Info: www.hlhighlandgames.scot

MacEwen Family Convention

Otter Ferry, Argyll , United Kingdom

with the MacEwen surname, spelling broadly defined, are invited to attend the MacEwen Family Convention. This meeting will seek to affirm the Clan’s position on the matter of the Chiefship of MacEwen, a post which has been vacant for more than 500-years. Info: www.ClanMacEwen.com

The Reeling

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Scotland’s newest traditional music festival, is set to return to Glasgow’s Rouken Glen Park with a spectacular line up and even bigger programme of activities for all. The single biggest weekend of traditional music in the Central Belt. Info: thereeling.com

British Pipe Band Championships

Forres - Scotland Forres , Scotland

With pip ebands from across the UK competing across various grades at Grant Park. Info: www.rspba.org

Strathmore Highland Games

Glamis , United Kingdom

 The traditions of Highland Games held on the glorious grounds of Glamis Castle in Angus. Info: www.strathmorehighlandgames.co.uk

2024 Clan Urquhart International Gathering

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

A gathering of Urquhart's, their descendants and members of families to gather from across teh world. Info: www.clanurquhart.org

Aberdeen Highland Games

Aberdeen - Scotland Aberdeen, Scotland

A highlight on the Aberdeen summer calendar, it promises to be a day full of fun for all the family; with traditional Highland Games events at Hazlehead Park. Info: www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/leisure-culture-and-parks/major-events-aberdeen/aberdeen-highland-games-2024

Clan MacKinnon Gathering

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Join the Clan MacKinnon Society for local tours, workshops, sightseeing, social time, a banquet, and more... not to mention reconnecting with old friends and making new ones from near and far. Info: www.themackinnon.com/scotland2024.html

St Magnus International Festival

Orkney - Scotland Orkney , Scotland

Each year there are a variety of events in music, theatre, arts, dance, literature, cabaret and folk music alongside community projects, education and learning opportunities all of them set against the backdrop of Orkney's magical midsummer. Info: www.stmagnusfestival.com

Drumtochty Highland Games

Drumtochty, Aberdeenshire , United Kingdom

Known as the friendliest Highland Games in the area they are firmly established in the Scottish Highland Games calendar as one of the most outstanding events, held in the grounds of Drumtochty Castle. Info: www.drumtochtyhighlandgames.co.uk

East Neuk Festival

East Neuk of Fife - Scotland East Neuk of Fife, Scotland

Taking place in Crail, Anstruther, Kilrenny, St Monans and St Andrews in a range of quirky and atmospheric venues, from churches, halls, and an ex-nuclear bunker, to caves, an RAF base, a Scout hall, stately homes and gardens. Info: www.eastneukfestival.com

Ceres Highland Games

Ceres, Scotland , United Kingdom

Ceres Games are the oldest free games in Scotland. There has been a market and games held here at the end of June, every year (except for war and during the period of the 1746 Act of Proscription) since 1314. Info: www.ceresgames.co.uk

Clan MacLennan 2024 International Gathering

Strathpeffer , United Kingdom

Clan MacLennan Scotland invite all MacLennans, and MacLennan descendants, wherever you live, to start thinking about joining them for fun, family and friendship. Events will include the traditional “meet and greet”, a Genealogy Day, a Clan Parliament, a formal dinner on the Saturday, a village hall ceilidh and a range of tours and other events. ... Read more

Luss Highland Gathering

Luss, Scotland , United Kingdom

A range of entertainment including heavies, tug ‘o war and cycling and running races. Info: www.lusshighlandgames.co.uk

Forres Highland Games

Forres - Scotland Forres , Scotland

A spectacular show of Scottish tradition, sport and culture with Highland Dancing, Track and Field, Heavy Events, Tug ‘o’ War, Solo Piping and many more disciplines on display at Grant Park. Info: www.forreshighlandgames.com

Robert the Bruce Heritage Day

Maybole, Ayrshire , United Kingdom

Robert the Bruce led Scotland during the First War of Scottish Independence. He fought successfully during his reign to regain Scotland's place as an independent kingdom and is now revered in Scotland as a national hero. The 750th anniversary of his birth will be on 11 July 2024 and should be a cause of national ... Read more

Stonehaven Folk Festival

Stonehaven - Scotland Stonehaven

Some of the best traditional and contemporary folk music, concerts, ceilidh, sessions, singarounds and workshops, plus the famous aqua ceilidh and world paper’n’comb championships. Info: www.stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk/34th-stonehaven-folk-festival

City of Inverness Highland Games

Inverness - Scotland Inverness, Scotland

Traditional games with pipe bands, athletics, whisky, clans and more at Bught Park Pitches, Bught Rd. Info: www.invernesshighlandgames.com

Clan Gregor 2024 International Gathering

Scottish Highlands , United Kingdom

Clan Gregor will be hosting a spectacular International Gathering and tour of the Scottish Highlands to celebrate the Society’s 200th anniversary. You’ll meet fellow MacGregors from Australia, Canada, Europe and the USA. Info: www.clangregor.com/post/clangregorinternationalgathering

RSCDS Summer School 2024

St Andrews, Fife, , United Kingdom

With Scottish country dance classes for all ages and abilities including Junior Summer School and various social dancing programmes, there is something for everyone at RSCDS Summer School. Info: www.rscds.org/events

Inveraray Highland Games

Inveraray - Scotland Inveraray, Scotland

Celebrate Scotland's rich culture and heritage with field and track events, piping, highland dancing competitions and heavyweight events on the grounds of Inveraray Castle. Info: www.inveraray-games.co.uk

HebCelt-Hebridean Celtic Festival

Isle of Lewis , United Kingdom

HebCelt passionately protects and promotes its heritage, including the vibrant Gaelic and traditional music that is both part of its history and its contemporary life. It mixes the best local talent with leading Scottish, UK and world artists and brings together household names and emerging talent to provide a feast of music to appeal to ... Read more

Speyfest

Fochabers - Scotland Fochabers, Scotland

The best in traditional and contemporary Celtic music in the form of concerts, ceilidhs, stomps, fairs and workshops, plus bustling craft fair, food and drink, and Speyfest Family Sunday. Info: www.speyfest.com

Royal Deeside Golf Week

Aberdeenshire - Scotland Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Annual golf tournament held over four courses in Aboyne, Ballater, Banchory and Braemar. Info: www.royaldeesidegolfweek.co.uk

Scottish Pipe Band Championships

Dumbarton , United Kingdom

More than 100 bands from all over Scotland and the UK gather to compete Leven Grove Park. Info: www.rspba.org

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The 2024 show is called Journeys and will feature the military at the heart of the showcase. Audiences can expect the magnificent sounds of the Massed Pipes and Drums filling up the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade alongside performances from the incredibly talented Tattoo Pipes and Drums and Tattoo Dancers. International acts will join the 2024 line ... Read more

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

For three weeks in August, the city of Edinburgh welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the globe, the single greatest celebration of arts and culture on the planet at venues across Edinburgh. Info: www.edfringe.com

Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The International Festival presents some of the finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre at venues across the city. Info: www.eif.co.uk

Fringe by the Sea

North Berwick , United Kingdom

A 10-day arts festival taking place in North Berwick, offers up 250+ music, comedy, book, family events and more from its hub in The Lodge Grounds. info:  www.fringebythesea.com

Piping Live!

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Piping Live! returns in full force to the streets of Glasgow in the run up to the World’s once again as Glasgow hosts the world’s biggest week of piping! This year is the 21st edition of the festival which attracts performers and audiences from across the world to venues across Glasgow. Info: www.pipinglive.co.uk

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The largest public celebration of the written word in the world. With hundreds of authors and illustrators joining from across the world to share their stories, ideas and perspectives. Info: www.edbookfest.co.uk

Perth Highland Games

Perth - Scotland Perth, Scotland

See all the traditional Highland events in the heart of Scotland. Info: www.perthhighlandgames.co.uk

The World Pipe Band Championships

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Thousands of pipers and drummers in all grades from across Scotland, the UK and globe compete at the annual competition held at Glasgow Green. Info: www.theworlds.co.uk

Stirling Highland Games

Stirling - Scotland Stirling , Scotland

A cherished annual cultural sporting extravaganza nestled in the heart of central Scotland, seamlessly blending tradition, athletic competition, and entertainment at Stirling Sports Village. Info: www.stirlinghighlandgames.com

Bute Highland Games

Rothesay, Isle Of Bute , United Kingdom

Experience at first hand the magic of a traditional Highland Games set on a beautiful Scottish island, at The Stadium, High St. Info: www.butehighlandgames.org

Carruthers Clan and Family Gathering

Annan, Dumfriesshire , United Kingdom

Join the Chief and fellow Clan mebers at the Annan Festival. Info: www.clancarrutherssociety.org

Cowal Highland Gathering

Dunoon, Argyll , United Kingdom

World-class pipers, dancers and athletes competing in this unique, friendly atmosphere and stunning Highland location. Includes the World Highland Dancing Championships. Info: www.cowalgathering.com

The Braemar Gathering

Braemar - Scotland Braemar, Scotland

Held at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park each September in the beautiful Cairngorms village of Braemar, it is the proud continuation of an ancient tradition of Gatherings here — one that can be traced back to the time of King Malcolm Canmore, over 900 years ago. Traditionally the Gathering has been ... Read more

Blairgowrie & Rattray Highland Games

Blairgowrie - Scotland Blairgowrie, Scotland

A day of Scottish tradition in beautiful Perthshire, at  Bogles Field, Essendy Rd. Info: www.blairgowriehighlandgames.co.uk

Pitlochry Highland Games

Pitlochry - Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

Traditional Highland Games with pipe bands, solos, Highland dance, athletics and more. Info: www.pitlochryhighlandgames.co.uk

Lochaber Live

Fort William - Scotland Fort William, Scotland

A whole host of Scottish talent, all with a close connection to the region, play trad music to thousands at a tented venue set out on An Aird shinty field. Info: www.anairdevents.com

Clan Ewing Family Convention

Dumbarton , United Kingdom

The Ewing Family Association is organising a new Family Convention and invites all clansfolk when, unless a hereditary claimant can be securely established, a new chief will be appointed by the clan at Strathleven House, West Dunbartonshire. Info: www.clanewing.uk

The Stewart Society Gathering

Stirling - Scotland Stirling , Scotland

Join the Stewart Society in historic Stirling for a weekend celebrating the 125th anniversary of the foundation of the Stewart Society, as well as Stewart and Scottish heritage culture. Visit Bannockburn battlefield, tragic Sauchieburn and dance the night away with us at the celebration ceilidh. Join us for a very special weekend filled with unique ... Read more

Clan MacNicol 2024 International Gathering

Portree, Isle of Skye , United Kingdom

Clan Chief, John MacNeacail of MacNeacail and Scorrybreac along with Clan Chieftains have decided it's time to return to the land of their forebears and reconnect with their worldwide family. New Chieftain, Donnie Nicolson will be hosting the events such as talks, walks and a ceilidh. Info: www.clanmacnicol.org

The Enchanted Forest

Pitlochry - Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

Set your imagination alight with dazzling visuals and innovative design, all choreographed against an original music score, while you explore the stunning autumn woodland setting of Forestry & Land Scotland’s Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. Info: www.enchantedforest.org.uk

The Royal National Mòd 2024

Oban - Scotland Oban, Scotland

Oban welcomes back Gaeldom’s premiere musical and cultural event for the 17th time in 2024, continuing its legacy on the West Coast. The event promotes Gaelic language and culture through music, song, dance, drama, literature, and the arts. Info: www.ancomunn.co.uk

The Autumn Gathering 2024

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The Autumn Gathering provides an opportunity for Scottish country dancers from across the world to gather over a weekend in Edinburgh. Info: www.rscds.org/events

Happy St Andrew’s Day

Nationwide

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!

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Join revellers from around the globe at incredible events featuring spectacular live music concert, unforgettable fireworks, Street Party extravaganzas and free New Year’s Day family events. Info: www.edinburghshogmanay.com

Orkney 2025 Island Games

Orkney - Scotland Orkney , Scotland

A celebration of sports and island communities. This week-long event will see athletes from up to 24 island groups from across the world compete in 13 exciting sports. Info: www.orkney2025.com

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