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September 2017

Enchanted Forest: Oir An Uisge

September 28 - October 29
Faskally Wood , United Kingdom + Google Map

Perthshire’s renowned sound and light show offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience the outdoors, at night and with spectacular imagery. Info: www.enchantedforest.org.uk

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October 2017

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

October 20 - October 31
Edinburgh, United Kingdom + Google Map

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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Ceilidh

October 27
Edinburgh – Scotland, Edinburgh , Scotland + Google Map

The Annasach Ceilidh Band provide the live music at this ceilidh dance with a caller at Counting House,West Nicolson St. Info: www.annasach.co.uk

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Theatre of Drams Whisky Festival

October 27
Bowmore, Isle Of Islay, United Kingdom + Google Map

Morning lectures explain the linear process of whisky making - Malting, Mashing, Distillation, Maturation, Libation/Marketing/Nosing and Tasting. Afternoons offer Peat Cutting, Gaelic and English Distillery Tours, Whisky Tastings, Ceilidh Corner, Independent Bottlers, Independent Distillers and more at Bowmore Hall. Info: www.theatreofdrams.scot

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68th Perth All Scotland Accordion and Fiddle Festival

October 28
Perth – Scotland, Perth , Scotland + Google Map

Kicking off with a ceilidh, the event takes in competitions and championships during the day before finishing with the Senior Scottish Championship and performances by some of Scotland's top musicians at Salutation Hotel, South St. Info: www.perthaccordionfestival.co.uk

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Scottish Rhododendron Festival 2017: Achnacloich

October 28
Oban – Scotland, Oban, Scotland + Google Map

Enjoy a succession of wonderful bulbs, flowering shrubs, rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and primulas and a woodland garden with ponds above Loch Etive at Scottish baronial house by John Starforth of Glasgow. Info: www.scotlandsgardens.org

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Alloween

October 28
Alloway, Ayr, United Kingdom + Google Map

Are you brave enough to visit Alloway on Halloween? Spooky Guided Tour of the Bard’s birthplace and Alloway’s Auld Haunted Kirk at Burns Cottage. Info: 01292 443700 or [email protected]

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November 2017

Denholm Folk Festival

November 2 - November 5
Denholm, United Kingdom + Google Map

A wee folk festival for a wee village. The weekend's programme includes evening concerts, workshops and an open stage competition. The main events are joined by continual sessions for uninterrupted foot-tapping. Info: www.denholmfolkfest.co.uk

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Big Gaelic Beasties

November 4
Edinburgh – Scotland, Edinburgh , Scotland + Google Map

Bilingual, interactive fun with big beasties from traditional Gaelic storytelling lore at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Info: www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre

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Colours of Cluny

November 8 - November 19
Forres – Scotland, Forres , Scotland + Google Map

A sound and light spectacular lighting up Northern Scotland skies for 12 nights at Grant Park, Victoria Rd. Info: www.coloursofcluny.com

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Glasgow’s Whisky Festival

November 11
Glasgow – Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland + Google Map

Glasgow's festival of the national tipple is especially interested in distillers and bottlers from in and around Glasgow itself, but they welcome all, big or small at Hampden Park, Letherby Dr. Info: www.glasgowswhiskyfestival.com

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Oban Winter Festival

November 17 - November 26
Oban – Scotland, Oban, Scotland + Google Map

The coastal town gets frosty with a series of activities. Info: www.obanwinterfestival.com

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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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Eddi Reader Live

November 18
Livingston, United Kingdom + Google Map

From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi Reader brings life to all forms of song at Howden Park Centre. Info: [email protected]

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West Lothian Family History Weekend

November 18
Broxburn, United Kingdom + Google Map

Who do you think you are-West Lothian style! Have you ever thought about researching your family tree, but don't know where to start? Come to Broxburn Library to start your search. Info: www.westlothian.gov.uk

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Dundee Mountain Film Festival

November 23 - November 25
Dundee – Scotland, Dundee, Scotland + Google Map

The UK's longest continuous running mountain film festival at Bonar Hall, The University of Dundee, Park Place. Info: www.dundeemountainfilm.org.uk

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Happy St Andrew’s Day

November 30
Nationwide, United Kingdom + Google Map

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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illumination: Harbour Festival of Light

November 30 - December 3
Irvine, United Kingdom + Google Map

Irvine’s historic waterfront will light up with fireworks as the country’s newest art and light spectacular comes to life. Info: www.illuminationfestival.co.uk

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The Saltire Festival

November 30 - December 3
East Lothian, United Kingdom + Google Map

Celebrate St. Andrews Day and the Home of the Flag and celebrate Scotland's fascinating heritage, wonderful culture, delicious food & drink traditions, best of Scottish music, arts, innovation and entertainment. Info: www.visiteastlothian.org/the-saltire

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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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Skerryvore

December 8
Darvel, East Ayrshire, United Kingdom + Google Map

Expect blazing bagpipes, accordion and fiddle mixed with standard rock instruments as the 'boy band of Scottish traditional music' play live at Darvel Town Hall. Info: www.skerryvore.com

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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