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November 2017

Edinburgh’s Christmas

November 17, 2017 - January 6, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland + Google Map

Edinburgh's Christmas is a spectacular, six-week season of festive entertainment in the heart of the city centre. Info: www.edinburghschristmas.com

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December 2017

Kinross-shire’s Winter Festival

December 1 - December 31
Kinross, United Kingdom + Google Map

A mix of family fun including pantos, music, street market, carols, fairs and Christmas activities. Info: www.kleo.org.uk

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Scottish Borders Winter Festival

December 1 - December 17
Scottish Borders, United Kingdom + Google Map

The Scottish Borders is overflowing with history and beauty. This is a winter festival with events taking place in Galashiels, Kelso, Jedburgh, Selkirk and Hawick. Info: www.facebook.com/ScottishBordersWinterFestival

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The Red Hot Chilli Pipers Live

December 23
Hawick-Scotland,

Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent at Hawick Town Hall, High St. Info: www.rhcp.scot

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Family Festive Ceilidh

December 28
Paisley – Scotland, Paisley, Scotland + Google Map

Celebrate the end of 2017 at the Festive Family Ceilidh with Clamjamfrie; a traditional evening of Scottish music and ceilidh dancing for everyone to enjoy at Paisley Town Hall. Info: www.whatsonrenfrewshire.co.uk

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Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2018

December 30, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland, Edinburgh , Scotland + Google Map

Edinburgh's Hogmanay is one of the world's greatest New Year celebrations. Three days of spectacular events, as Scotland shows the world how to celebrate. Info: www.edinburghshogmanay.com

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Hogmanay ‘Black Bun’ Special Trains

December 30 - December 31
Bo’ness, United Kingdom + Google Map

Celebrate the closing of the year with a steam ride, including a traditional Scottish black bun and tea or coffee on the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway. Info: www.bkrailway.co.uk

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Hogmania

December 31
Musselburgh, United Kingdom + Google Map

A family-friendly Hogmanay party with live music, a piper and traditional snacks at The Brunton. Info: www.thebrunton.co.uk

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Happy Hogmanay

December 31
Nationwide – New Zealand, Nationwide, New Zealand + Google Map

The Scottish Banner wishes all our readers and friends a very Happy Hogmanay and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018!

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Stirling’s Hogmanay

December 31
Stirling – Scotland, Stirling , Scotland + Google Map

Bring in the New Year in style as Stirling hosts its biggest ever midnight fireworks display, which will once again focus around the iconic Stirling Castle. Info: www.stirlingwinterfestival.com

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Hogmanay Hootenanny

December 31
Glasgow – Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland + Google Map

Scotland is world famous for its Hogmanay celebrations, so where better in Glasgow to be than in the company of family and friends, bringing in the New Year at The National Piping Centre. Info: +44 (0) 141 353 0220 or www.thepipingcentre.co.uk

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January 2018

Loony Dook

January 1, 2018
South Queensferry West Lothian, United Kingdom + Google Map

Dive into 2018 with a dip off South Queensferry. Gather for the parade and watch as the swimmers freeze their proverbials off under the iconic Forth Rail Bridge. Info: www.edinburghshogmanay.com

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The Edinburgh Outlander Experience

January 13, 2018 - January 28, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland, Edinburgh , Scotland + Google Map

Visit locations from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novels as visited by characters Claire and Jamie. Hear stories of the Jacobites, the Stuarts, witchcraft, clans and how the fictional story intermingles with history. Info: www.mercattours.com

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Celtic Connections

January 19, 2018 - February 5, 2018
Glasgow – Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland + Google Map

Celtic Connections is a winter music festival in Glasgow, featuring artists from around the globe alongside the best Scottish talent at venues across the city. Info: www.celticconnections.com

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Big Burns Supper

January 19, 2018 - January 28, 2018
Dumfries – Scotland, Dumfries, Scotland + Google Map

The world's biggest Burns Night celebration. Stars from across the country congregate as Dumfries celebrates the birth of the Baird with a vast selection of dance, theatre, visual arts, live art and comedy, turning Burns' Night into a festival of contemporary arts. Info: www.bigburnssupper.com

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Aileen Robertson School of Highland Dancing – Hop Scotch Polka

January 19, 2018 - January 20, 2018
Ayr – Scotland, Ayr, Scotland + Google Map

Dance Director of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Aileen Robertson choreographs Hop Scotch Polka. Showcasing dancers aged 3+ who aspire to perform in the Tattoo Dance Company at Edinburgh Castle’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Gaiety Theatre. Info: www.thegaiety.co.uk

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Scotland’s Trade Fair, Spring

January 21, 2018 - January 23, 2018
Glasgow – Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland + Google Map

The only Scottish trade gift show at the SECC. Info: 01877 385772 or www.scotlandstradefairs.co.uk

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Burns Night Special

January 24, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland, Edinburgh , Scotland + Google Map

Celebrate Burns Night in style with an evening of top comedy at The Stand. Info: www.thestand.co.uk

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Annasach’s Burns Night Ceilidh

January 25, 2018 - January 27, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland, Edinburgh , Scotland + Google Map

Annasach Ceilidh Band invites you to our informal celebration of The Bard's birthday at the Counting House. Info: www.annasach.co.uk

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Happy Burns Night

January 25, 2018
Nationwide – New Zealand, Nationwide, New Zealand + Google Map

A night to celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns. The tradition of the Burns Night Supper was first held in 1801 by the poet's friends, five years after his death. Today events take place around the world with Scottish music, poetry, food, drink and dance.

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Haggis Hooley

January 26, 2018
Alloway, Ayr, United Kingdom + Google Map

Celebrate the Bard’s birthday in style at an informal nod to a Burns Supper. The Borland Ceilidh Band and a variety of talented local musicians will perform while you enjoy traditional Burns Supper fare at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Info: www.burnsmuseum.org.uk

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Burns Night Ceilidh

January 26, 2018 - January 27, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland, Edinburgh , Scotland + Google Map

The Flaming Heather ceilidh band and caller Ken Gourlay set off Burns Night right, with a few folk dancers and a piper in tow at Lauriston Hall. Info: www.edinburghceilidhs.net

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Revel with Rabbie

January 27, 2018 - January 28, 2018
Stirling – Scotland, Stirling , Scotland + Google Map

Celebrate Scotland's national bard and learn about the Stirling Lines with a dram of whiskey and a bite of haggis at Stirling Castle. Info: +44 (0)131 668 8885 or [email protected]

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February 2018

Spectra 2018: Play The Night

February 8, 2018 - February 11, 2018
Aberdeen – Scotland, Aberdeen, Scotland + Google Map

Aberdeen’s four-day festival of light will light up the winter skies with a varied programme of light installations from fire drawings to light projections and sculptures, as well as music and performance. Info: www.spectraaberdeen.com

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The Glasgow Tattoo

February 9, 2018 - February 10, 2018
Glasgow – Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland + Google Map

Pipe bands and military displays at The SSE Hydro. Info: www.theglasgowtattoo.com

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Inspire by The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland

February 17, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland, Edinburgh , Scotland + Google Map

The National Piping Centre is proud to present The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland live in concert. This year’s concert will see the band perform a fantastic mixture of traditional and contemporary music infused with the ever so popular NYPBoS twist at Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 New Market Rd. Info: +44 (0) 141 353 ... Read more

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Groove CairnGorm

February 23, 2018 - February 24, 2018
Badaguish, United Kingdom + Google Map

A thrilling weekend of live music, world-class DJs and snow sports all within the setting of Cairngorm Mountain & Badaguish Outdoor Centre. Info: www.groovecairngorm.co.uk

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Inverness Music Festival

February 24, 2018 - February 28, 2018
Inverness – Scotland, Inverness, Scotland + Google Map

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. Competitions are open to the public. Info: www.invernessmusicfestival.org

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March 2018

StAnza: Scotland’s Poetry Festival

March 7, 2018 - March 11, 2018
St Andrews, Fife,, United Kingdom + Google Map

StAnza is a literary festival that focuses on verse. Joining the locals for readings, performances, slams and open mics, jazz, films, workshops and poetry-related art exhibitions, installations and films are a host of local and international wordsmiths. Info: www.stanzapoetry.org

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Fife Whisky Festival

March 10, 2018
Cupar – Scotland, Cupar, Scotland + Google Map

The inaugural Fife Whisky Festival will showcase the renaissance of whisky-making in Fife, bringing together whisky connoisseurs and beginners with the best whisky producers from Fife and beyond. Info: www.fifewhiskyfestival.com

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Wild Film Festival Scotland

March 23, 2018 - March 25, 2018
Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom + Google Map

A weekend-long celebration of the natural world with wildlife film screenings, celebrity speakers and a photographic exhibition. Info: www.wildfilmfestivalscotland.co.uk

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Edinburgh International Science Festival

March 31, 2018 - April 15, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland, Edinburgh , Scotland + Google Map

In 2018, the Scottish Year of Young People and the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, the Edinburgh International Science Festival is themed around Life, The Universe and Everything - celebrating the wonder and diversity of life. Info: www.sciencefestival.co.uk

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April 2018

Dougie MacLean Live

April 7, 2018
Dundee – Scotland, Dundee, Scotland + Google Map

Scotland's foremost folk/roots troubadour, renowned for his meaningful, haunting music at Dundee Rep, Tay Square. Info: www.dougiemaclean.com

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TradFest Edinburgh/Dùn Èideann

April 26, 2018 - May 6, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland, Edinburgh , Scotland + Google Map

Edinburgh’s TradFest kick starts the summer season with a feast of folk arts - music, storytelling, dance, folk film, literature, talks, crafts and visual arts - across Scotland’s capital. Info: www.tracscotland.org/festivals/tradfest

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Glasgow Kiltwalk

April 29, 2018
Balloch – Scotland, Balloch, Scotland + Google Map

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

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Beltane Fire Festival

April 30, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland, Edinburgh , Scotland + Google Map

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. Info: www.beltane.org

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May 2018

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2018

May 3, 2018 - May 7, 2018
Speyside – Scotland, Speyside, Scotland + Google Map

One of the world’s biggest whisky festivals with a programme of almost 500 whisky-inspired events at various venues. Info: +44 7789 671 635 or www.spiritofspeyside.com

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Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival

May 3, 2018 - May 7, 2018
Hawick-Scotland,

Attracting some of the most innovative filmmakers from around the world, the experimental film festival will again transform the town into a creative hub as it screens more than 120 films from over 20 different countries. Info: www.alchemyfilmfestival.org.uk

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World Whisky Day

May 19, 2018
Nationwide – Scotland, Nationwide, Scotland + Google Map

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

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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh 2018

May 24, 2018 - May 27, 2018
Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom + Google Map

The World Ceilidh returns for 2018 to celebrate with the best music, the best audience and the best atmosphere at Knockengorroch Farm, Carsphairn, Castle Douglas. Info: www.knockengorroch.org.uk

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July 2018

Ceòlas Summer School

July 1, 2018 - July 6, 2018
Dalabrog, South Uist, United Kingdom + Google Map

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: www.ceolas.co.uk

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August 2018

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August 3, 2018 - August 25, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland, Edinburgh , Scotland + Google Map

Experience one of Scotland's greatest events staged on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. Info: Telephone: +44(0)131 225 1188 or www.edintattoo.co.uk

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October 2018

The Royal National Mòd 2018

October 12, 2018 - October 20, 2018
Dunoon – Scotland, Dunoon, Argyll Scotland + Google Map

Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival provides opportunities for people of all ages to perform across a range of competitive disciplines including Gaelic music and song, highland dancing, instrumental, drama, sport and literature. Info: www.ancomunn.co.uk/nationalmod

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