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April 2017

TradFest

April 26 - May 7
Edinburghu, United Kingdom

Tradition goes live in Edinburgh, with an annual showcase of traditional arts and culture in Scotland’s capital. Info: www.tracscotland.org/festivals/tradfest

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Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

April 27 - May 1
Speyside, United Kingdom

Thousands of visitors from around the globe celebrate Scotland’s national drink at one of the world’s biggest whisky events. Info: www.spiritofspeyside.com.

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Ceilidh at The Counting House

April 28
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Come and dance to Annasach Ceilidh Band at our regular Ceilidh at The Counting House, Edinburgh from 8pm. All dances will be called so beginners welcome. Info: www.annasach.co.uk.

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Kintyre Songwriters Festival

April 28 - April 30
Campbeltown, United Kingdom

A music festival aimed at showcasing and promoting Kintyre's home grown musical talent, along with appearances by a selection of higher profile guests. Info: www.kintyresongwritersfestival.co.uk.

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May 2017

The 2017 European Rugby Challenge Cup Final

May 12
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Featuring the cream of European professional club rugby as well as stars of the world game is staged at Murrayfield. Info: www.epcrugby.com.

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Gourock Highland Games

May 14
Gourock, United Kingdom

The first games of the Scottish season at Gourock Park. Info: www.gourockhighlandgames.org.uk.

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Perth Festival of the Arts

May 15 - July 27
Perth, United Kingdom

Music, comedy, theatre, dance and visual arts are all up for grabs at this festival. Info: www.perthfestival.co.uk.

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Isle of Arran Mountain Festival

May 19 - May 22
Arran, United Kingdom

A huge variety of guided walks and scrambles throughout Arran’s stunning hills and mountains: from wildlife-watching walks along the island’s coastline to airy scrambles on towering granite ridges. Info: www.arranmountainfestival.co.uk.

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British Pipe Band Championships

May 20
Paisley, United Kingdom

St James Playing Fields will be turned into a spectacle of sight and sound, with anywhere between 3,500 and 4,000 pipers and drummers from across the UK and abroad set to compete on the day, across 200 live performances. Info: www.rspba.org.

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World Whisky Day

May 20
Nationwide, United Kingdom

Raise a glass and try a dram and celebrate the water of life! Info: www.worldwhiskyday.com

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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh

May 25 - May 28
Castle Douglas, Dumfries, United Kingdom

An outdoor festival with the emphasis on roots music, the line-up is a melting pot of world, folk, fusion and dub reggae music. Info: www.knockengorroch.org.uk.

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Blackford Highland Games

May 27
Blackford, United Kingdom

Events include running, cycling, heavy weights and highland dance at Games Field. Info: www.blackfordhighlandgames.co.uk.

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Hooley In The Highlands

May 27
Strathpeffer, United Kingdom

The popular annual country music festival returns to the Pavilion in 2017. Info: www.wegottickets.com/event/364783.

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Mauchline Holy Fair 2017

May 27
Mauchline , United Kingdom

A day dedicated to celebrating Mauchline's History & Heritage with entertainment and more at Mauchline Burns House Museum. Info: www.burnsfestival.com/burnsfringe/mauchline-holy-fair

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Atholl Gathering

May 28
Pitlochry, United Kingdom

Traditional Highland games at Blair Castle & Gardens. Info: www.atholl-estates.co.uk/events/atholl-gathering

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June 2017

Shotts Highland Games

June 3
Shotts, North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Traditional Highland games featuring Highland dancing, a pipe band competition and heavy events. Info: www.shottshighlandgames.org.uk

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Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games

June 3
Helensburgh, United Kingdom

Events include British and Scottish Championships in both the heavyweight and athletic events and tossing the caber. Info: www.helensburghandlomondgames.co.uk

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Cornhill Highland Games

June 3
Banff, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

Traditional Highland games at Cornhill Playing Fields. Info: www.cornhillhighlandgames.org

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Carrick Lowland Gathering

June 4
Girvan, United Kingdom

Pipe band and Highland dancing competitions, heavyweight events and more at Victory Park. Info: www.girvanattractions.co.uk/lowland-gathering.php

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Markinch Highland Games

June 4
Markinch, Fife, United Kingdom

Experience an action packed day with Highland Dancing, Solo Piping and Drum Majors at the oldest Pipe Band Contest in Scotland. Info: www.shga.co.uk/events/markinch-highland-games

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Cupar Highland Games

June 10
Cupar, Fife, United Kingdom

Traditional Highland games featuring heavy, light and field events, cycling, Highland dancing and piping. Info: www.cuparhighlandgames.org

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Bearsden & Milngavie Highland Games

June 10
Milngavie, Glasgow, United Kingdom

A day of fun with all the traditional favourites but with a modern twist at West of Scotland Football Club. Info: www.bearsdenmilngaviehighlandgames.com

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Selkirk Common Riding

June 12 - June 16
Selkirk, United Kingdom

A tradition which can be traced back over 400 years, the Riding involves exchanging of flags, mass horse rides, and much ceremonial pomp and circumstance. Info: www.returntotheridings.co.uk/selkirk-common-riding

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East Lothian Garden Trail 2017

June 18 - July 2
East Lothian, United Kingdom

An opportunity to see twelve magnificent spacious gardens and well tended allotments in close proximity over a day or days. Info: www.scotlandsgardens.org/elgt2017

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International Gathering of the Clan Maclean

June 20 - June 25
Isle of Mull, United Kingdom

125th Anniversary of the Founding of the Clan Maclean Association. Info: www.maclean.org.

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Royal Highland Show

June 22 - June 25
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Scotland's annual farming and countryside showcase at Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston. Info: www.royalhighlandshow.org.

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Piping At Forres-The European Pipe Band Championships 2017

June 24
Forres, United Kingdom

Thousands of pipers and drummers from far and wide, in over a hundred bands, will compete to be European Champions in their grade at Grant Park. Info: www.pipingatforres.com.

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July 2017

Paisley’s International Festival of Weaving

July 1 - July 2
Paisley, United Kingdom

A festival reconnecting Paisley's weaving heritage with its historic textile connections all over the world. The programme features the Sma’ Shot Parade, a historic and colourful pageant, as well as cultural activities and performances. Info: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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Luss (Loch Lomond) Highland Gathering

July 1
Luss, United Kingdom

A traditional Highland Gathering for all the family at Games Park. Info: www.lusshighlandgames.co.uk

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Ceòlas Summer School

July 2 - July 7
Dalabrog, South Uist, United Kingdom

Expert tuition in piping, fiddle, song, dance and the Gaelic language are offered over a backdrop of community events, including cèilidhs, concerts and guided walks. Info: + 44 (0) 1878700154 or www.ceolas.co.uk.

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Stewart Highland Games

July 8
Tain, United Kingdom

Presented by The Stewart Society of Edinburgh at Ballone Castle.  Info: +44 (0)131-220-4512 or www.StewartSociety.org.

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161st Famous Alva Games

July 8
Alva, Clackmannanshire, United Kingdom

The last surviving sports and games to be run in Clackmannanshire, the games feature the full range of traditional events including athletics. Info: www.alva.ukctest.co.uk.

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Stonehaven Highland Games

July 16
Stonehaven, United Kingdom

Traditional Highland games with open and heavy events, the Grampian light events championship at Mackie Academy Playing Fields. Info: www.stonehavenhighlandgames.com

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The Hebridean Celtic Festival

July 19 - July 22
Stornoway, United Kingdom

HebCelt is an international Celtic music festival with traditional and contemporary music on the Isle of Lewis. Info: +44(0)1851 621234 or www.hebceltfest.com

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Arisaig Highland Games & Clan Ranald Gathering

July 26
Arisaig, United Kingdom

This traditional Highland Games is held at the scenic location of Traigh Farm, Arisaig with sweeping views across sandy beaches. Info: www.arisaighighlandgames.co.uk

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Ceilidh at The Counting House

July 28
Edinburgh, Australia

Come and dance to Annasach Ceilidh Band at our regular Ceilidh at The Counting House, Edinburgh from 8pm. All dances will be called so beginners welcome. Info: www.annasach.co.uk.

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Scottish Pipe Band Championships

July 29
Dumbarton, United Kingdom

Set against the backdrop of Dumbarton Rock and Castle, the  Championships welcomes players and spectators from across the globe at Levengrove Park. Info: www.rspba.org.

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St Andrews Highland Games

July 30
St Andrews, United Kingdom

Watch all the cabers and stones fly across the field at one of the top Highland Games in Fife, at Station Park. Info: www.standrewshighlandgames.co.uk

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August 2017

Clan Macnab International Gathering

August 1
Killin, Perthshire, United Kingdom

Clan Macnab members from across the world unite at the Killin Highland Games. Info: www.clan-macnab.com

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Clan Hay Tartan Ties

August 3 - August 8
Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Delve into the history of the Scottish people and their way of life at Tartan Ties, organised by Clan Hay. Info: www.clanhay.org

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August 4 - August 26
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The greatest show on earth with pipe bands, military displays and hundreds of performers from across the world on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle-2017 features a Splash of Tartan with Clans being highlighted nightly. Info: www.edintattoo.co.uk.

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Clan MacPherson Annual Gathering

August 4 - August 7
Newtonmore, United Kingdom

The annual clan gathering brings together Macphersons and associated families from all over the world to celebrate their history and heritage. Info: www.clan-macpherson.org.

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The Edinburgh International Festival

August 4 - August 28
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

An unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and an annual meeting point for peoples of all nations with events throughout the city. Info: www.eif.co.uk

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Piping Live!

August 7 - August 14
Glasgow, United Kingdom

A great week, with pipers from across the world coming together to take part, share their music, compete and perform across Glasgow. Info: www.pipinglive.co.uk.

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Stewart Society AGM

August 9 - August 11
Kirkwall, Orkney, United Kingdom

Dinner & Ceilidh at Albert Hotel also: Palaces of the Stewart Earls of Orkney, St. Magnus Cathedral, Earl's Ru, Italian  Chapel, Skara Brae, Maes Howe, Skaill House & Churchill Barriers. Info: + 44 (0)131-220-4512 or www.StewartSociety.org.

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The Isle Of Skye Highland Games

August 9
Portree, United Kingdom

Traditional highland games with all the usual treats, including piping, Highland dancing and kids activities at Skye Games Field. Info: www.skye-highland-games.co.uk

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World Pipe Band Championships

August 11 - August 12
Glasgow, United Kingdom

The world's biggest pipe band championships, includes bands from across the world, Scottish dance and more at Glasgow Green. Info: +44 141 353 8000 or www.theworlds.co.uk.

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Perth Highland Games

August 13
Perth, United Kingdom

Featuring running, cycling, heavy events, Highland dancing, pipe band contests and more at North Inch Park. Info: www.perthhighlandgames.co.uk.

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Currie Family Convention

August 15
Glasgow, United Kingdom

The Clan Currie Society seeks to facilitate the formal recognition of a Chief of Name and Arms of Currie by the Lord Lyon King of Arms. The Convention will be held at the Trades Hall of Glasgow. Info: Revd. Dr. David A. Currie: [email protected]

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Stewart Gathering

August 18
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

At the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Info: Info: + 44 (0)131-220-4512 or www.StewartSociety.org.

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Bute Highland Games

August 19
Rothesay, Isle Of Bute, United Kingdom

Full programme of dancing, heavy, athletics and pipe band and drum majors, junior shinty and a great wee family day out. Info: www.butehighlandgames.org

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Cowal Highland Gathering

August 24 - August 26
Dunoon, United Kingdom

Traditional Highland games, renowned for its unique atmosphere, world-class competitors, beautiful Highland location at Dunoon Stadium. Info: www.cowalgathering.com.

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September 2017

Clan Lamont Society Annual Gathering: ‘Hands Across the Seas’

September 1 - September 3
Dunoon, United Kingdom

Full programme of activity in Dunoon Burgh Hall including sailing trip to Loch Striven to the Manse Clan Lamont Society HQ, formal dinner and ceilidh. There will also be films, children's activities, workshops, an exhibition of Lamont history over the years in the Burgh Hall.  Info: www.clanlamontsociety.com.

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Follow the Vikings Roadshow & Festival

September 2 - September 9
Shetland Islands, United Kingdom

Experience Viking heritage on a scale never before seen in Shetland. Info: www.shetland.gov.uk.

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Braemar Gathering

September 2
Braemar, United Kingdom

Perhaps the most famous and best Highland Games anywhere. It features the finest Pipe Bands, pipers, Highland dancers, and athletes in a beautiful setting surrounded by hills. The patron of the Gathering is Her Majesty the Queen. Info: www.braemargathering.org.

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Blairgowrie & Rattray Highland Games

September 3
Blairgowrie, United Kingdom

Traditional highland games with highland dancing, piping and sports at Bogles Field. Info: www.blairgowriehighlandgames.co.uk.

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Pitlochry Highland Games

September 9
Pitlochry, United Kingdom

Traditional Highland games featuring dancing, pipe band competitions and, of course, heavy events and track & field at Pitlochry Recreation Ground. Info: www.pitlochryhighlandgames.co.uk

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Invercharron Highland Games

September 16
Bonar Bridge, United Kingdom

Traditionally the final games of the year, many of the Scottish Games Association league results are decided at Invercharron, making it the most exciting of the season, at Balblair Farm. Info: www.invercharrongames.co.uk

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October 2017

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

October 20 - October 31
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

A celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity, with Scottish and international storytellers and musicians. Info: www.tracscotland.org/festivals

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November 2017

Happy St Andrew’s Day

November 30
Nationwide, United Kingdom

Wishing all our readers and friends a happy St Andrew's Day! Celebrate St Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s national day.

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