Celtic Connections

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow

Celtic Connections will return for its 30th anniversary edition as the UK's premier celebration of Celtic music at venues across Glasgow. Info: www.celticconnections.com

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Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow

Held at the SEC in Glasgow is Scotland's biggest and only trade fair, with exhibitors who are gift and food wholesale suppliers from Scotland and beyond. Trade only event. Info: www.scotlandstradefairs.com

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Happy Burns Night

Nationwide

Celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns. The tradition of the Burns Night Supper was first held in 1801 by the poet’s friends, five years after his death.

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A Poetic Burns Night

Dundee - Scotland Dundee

A rousing celebration of our National Bard is always a sentimental affair at Forgan’s- expect classic Scottish fayre with a twist, and an extensive selection of Scottish gins and whiskies to toast the man himself. Info: www.designmynight.com/uk/restaurants/dundee/forgans-broughty-ferry/a-poetic-burns-night

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Burns&Beyond Festival 2023

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh

A celebration of the life & legacy of Robert Burns through traditional and contemporary art & culture. Info: www.burnsandbeyond.com

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Up Helly Aa

Lerwick - Scotland Lerwick, Shetland

Up Helly Aa is a torchlight festival. This event takes place once a year on the last Tuesday of January in the Shetland Isles. Info: www.uphellyaa.org

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Edinburgh in the1920s: Historical Photos

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh

Using archive material which documents aspects of 1920s Edinburgh, take a tour on a charabanc to look at life in the city at City Art Centre, 2 Market St. Info: www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/venue/city-art-centre

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The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra in Concert

Perth - Scotland Perth

The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, joined by the RAF Central Scotland Pipes & Drums are delighted to be returning to Perth Concert Hall. They have a fantastic show lined up, including some favourite sets loved by our regular patrons - traditional music at its best, played by wonderful musicians who return by popular demand to provide ... Read more

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Sabhal Mor Ostaig @ 50

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow

Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture, celebrates 50 Years of being at the heart of Gaelic Music and Culture. This special concert features an array of stars from across the Scottish traditional music scene at the Old Fruitmarket. Info: www.glasgowconcerthalls.com

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The National Piping Centre’s Adult Gathering

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow

The National Piping Centre’s Adult Gatherings return for the first of four events across the year. You can join these schools in person or online, so you can get tuition from the world’s best, wherever you are across the globe! Info: www.thepipingcentre.co.uk

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SPECTRA Festival

Aberdeen - Scotland Aberdeen

SPECTRA, Scotland’s Festival of Light returns to light up the winter nights with installations, projections and sculptures, as well as returning home to Union Terrace Gardens for the first time in five years. Info: www.spectrafestival.co.uk

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Capital Sci-Fi Con

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh

With film and TV guests, iconic props, as well as incredible trader stalls and fantastic cosplay competitions, there is something for everyone. Capital Sci-Fi Con is the ultimate not for profit comic con event, with all profits donated to Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS). Featuring an amazing special guest line up from Film and TV ... Read more

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Scottish Country Dance Winter School 2023

Pitlochry - Scotland Pitlochry

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: www.rscds.org/events/winter-school-2023

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Six Nations: Scotland vs Ireland

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh

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

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Spirit of Perthshire

Perth, WA

Annual Whisky Festival featuring the best distillers and independent bottlers of today at Gannochy Suite-Perth Ice Rink. Info: www.spiritofperthshire.co.uk

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Clackmannanshire’s Whisky Festival

Alloa

The best whiskies from Scotland and the world, together with interactive coopering demonstrations; a heritage exhibition; exhibits from Clackmannanshire’s whisky producing past in the historic Alloa Town Hall. Info: www.slanj.events/clackmannanshires-whisky-festival

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V&A Dundee: Tartan

Dundee - Scotland Dundee

Tartan will celebrate the global story of a unique pattern which has connected communities worldwide, expressed tradition, revolt and diversity, and inspired playful and provocative design. It is a complex, rich, and sometimes painful history unequalled by any other cloth or pattern. Tartan is a textile which is adored and derided, inspiring great works of art ... Read more

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The Edinburgh Science Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh

The UK’s largest Science Festival with almost 270 events for families and adults over the course of two weeks. Info: www.sciencefestival.co.uk

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Spirit Of Speyside Whisky Festival

Speyside - Scotland Speyside

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. Info: www.spiritofspeyside.com

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Beltane Fire Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh

A living, dynamic reinterpretation and modernisation of an ancient Iron Age Celtic ritual and is the largest of its kind. Celebrate the return of summer at Calton Hill.Info: www.beltane.org

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World Whisky Day

A day of global whisky celebration, try a dram and celebrate the water of life. Info: www.worldwhiskyday.com

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Blackford Highland Games

Blackford - Scotland Blackford, Perthshire

The famous Blackford Highland Games have been held since 1870 on the park, an area of land loaned to the community by the landowner. A condition of the loan is that the Highland Games are held there annually in May. Info: www.blackfordhighlandgames.co.uk

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165th Famous Alva Games

Alva

Alva Games are the last surviving sports and games to be run in Clackmannanshire, at Johnstone Park. Info: www.alva.ukctest.co.uk

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HebCelt

Isle of Lewis

Award-winning music festival with exceptional music, breathtaking scenery and Celtic and Gaelic culture on offer. Info: www.hebceltfest.com

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Inverness Highland Games

Inverness - Scotland Inverness

A twirl of tartan, competitors tearing down the track, the clang of a caber, and the peppering of pipes filling the air in the Capital of the Highlands. Info: www.invernesshighlandgames.com

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Lochcarron Highland Games

Wester Ross

"The Friendly Games" held in the beautiful North West Highlands. Info: www.lochcarrongames.org.uk/2023

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RSCDS Summer School

St Andrews, Fife,

Summer School, an action-packed four weeks of dancing in the historic town of St Andrews. Come and join with dancers from around the world and be led by some of the best of Scottish Country Dance teachers and musicians. Info: www.rscds.org/events/summer-school-2023

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Inveraray Highland Games

Inveraray - Scotland Inveraray

The Games celebrate our rich culture and heritage with field and track events, piping, highland dancing competitions and heavyweight events including the world championships for tossing the caber at Inveraray Castle. Info: www.inveraray-games.co.uk

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Shetland Tall Ships Races

Lerwick, Shetland

The Tall Ships Races is an annual race series that has been arranged by Sail Training International since 1956 and in summer 2023 the town of Lerwick will welcome the fleet for four days of celebrations, sharing culture and international friendships. Info: www.tallshipslerwick.com

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Halkirk Highland Games

Halkirk, Caithness

A traditional and spectacular Scottish sporting event held in Caithness in the far North of Scotland, near to Thurso, the North Coast 500 route and the famous end of the road landmark of John O’Groats. Info: www.halkirkgames.co.uk

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Clan Macnab Global Clan Gathering

Killin

In the heart of Macnab country and to coincide with the annual Killin Highland Games. In addition to the Games, there will be an evening dinner and music, opportunities to commune with the dead on Innis Bhuidhe (the Macnab burial island), and of course the presence of our warm and wonderful Chief, Jamie Macnab of ... Read more

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh

A unique and memorable celebration of music, dance and military pageantry at Edinburgh Castle. One of Scotland's premier summer events. Info: www.edintattoo.co.uk

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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh

One of the greatest celebrations of arts and culture in the world at venues across Edinburgh. Info: www.edfringe.com

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The Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh

An unparalleled celebration of music, theatre, opera and dance performed at venues across Edinburgh. Info: www.eif.co.uk

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Bridge of Allan Highland Games

Stirling - Scotland Stirling

Traditional games, also known as the Strathallan Meeting, at Strathallan Games Park, Airthrey Ave, Bridge of Allan. Info: www.bofagames.com

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Ballater Highland Games

Ballater

There have been Games held in Ballater in Aberdeenshire since 1864 and, apart from the war and pandemic years, the Games have continued uninterrupted until the present day. Info: www.ballaterhighlandgames.com

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh

A distinctive international showcase celebrating the written word, literature and ideas. Info: www.edbookfest.co.uk

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Piping Live!

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow

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 20th edition of the festival which attracts performers and audiences from across the world for piping performances, workshops, concerts and more. Info: ... Read more

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The World Pipe Band Championships

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow

Pipers and drummers from across Scotland, the UK and globe compete at the annual competition held at Glasgow Green. Info: www.theworlds.co.uk

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Stirling Highland Games

Stirling - Scotland Stirling

the Games showcases traditional Highland games competitions like tossing the caber and Highland dancing, it also offers visitors an affordable ‘festival style’ day out with lots to see and do at Stirling Sports Village. Info: www.stirlinghighlandgames.com

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Crieff Highland Gathering

Crieff - Scotland Crieff, Perthshire

One of Scotland's premier games at Market Park. Info: www.crieffhighlandgathering.com

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Argyllshire Gathering Oban Games

Oban - Scotland Oban

A day of Highland dancing, athletics, heavy field events and solo piping competitions. Info: www.obangames.com

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The Hebridean Whisky Festival

Hebrides

A week-long festival celebrating the whisky distilleries along the Hebridean Whisky Trail. Info: www.hebrideanwhisky.com

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Scotties by the Sea

St Andrews, Fife,

Decorated by local artists and communities, more than 30 giant Scottie sculptures will appear across St Andrews & The Northeast Fife Coast, forming a free 10-week art trail of discovery for locals and visitors of all ages to explore and enjoy. Info: www.scottiesbythesea.com

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The Braemar Gathering

Braemar - Scotland Braemar

One of Scotland's most famous Games, often frequented by members of The Royal Family, at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park. Info: www.braemargathering.org

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Pitlochry Highland Games

Pitlochry - Scotland Pitlochry

Piping, dancing, heavy events and more. Info: www.pitlochryhighlandgames.co.uk

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Bloody Scotland

Stirling - Scotland Stirling

Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival, covering a range of criminal subjects from fictional forensics, psychological thrillers, tartan noir, cosy crime and many more. Info: www.bloodyscotland.com

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Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh

The Festival brings together a large number of Scottish and international storytellers and musicians. Info: www.sisf.org.uk

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