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January 2021

Burns Poetry Competition

January 1 - January 31
Virtual event

Join ScotlandShop's RobertBurns Poetry Competition. Details and enter online at: https://www.scotlandshop.com/tartanblog/robert-burns-poetry-competition

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Celtic Connections

January 14 - January 31
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

The UK's premier celebration of Celtic music. Info: www.celticconnections.com

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Burns in the ‘Burgh

January 28
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

"Edina! Scotia's darling seat!” Please join us for a celebration of the ‘heav'n-taught ploughman' through poetry readings and a virtual guided tour of the places particularly associated with the bard from his time in the capital from 1786 to 1788. Special guests include Scottish actors Derek Riddell (Shetland, No Angels), John Gordon Sinclair (Gregory’s Girl, ... Read more

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February 2021

The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival

February 5 - February 18
Isle of Lewis United Kingdom

An ambitious programme features stargazing events, workshops and talks led by leading scientists, as well as film, music and theatre, all located on the Isle of Lewis, which has some of the darkest skies in the UK and is one of the best places in the country to see the Aurora Borealis. Info: https://lanntair.com/creative-programme/darkskies/

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March 2021


March 6 - March 14
Online event United Kingdom

A hybrid festival, largely digital, with a few live exhibitions and socially distanced outdoor events. The festival will include readings, round table events, interactive poetry installations and more to celebrate Scotland’s magnificent culture and artistic talent. Info: https://stanzapoetry.org/festival

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April 2021

Spirit of Speyside Festival

April 28 - May 3
Speyside – Scotland Speyside, Scotland

The Speyside region is home to some of the biggest names in Scotch whisky, and the Festival is a five-day celebration comprising more than 500 different events.Info: www.spiritofspeyside.com

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40th Shetland Folk Festival

April 29 - May 2
Shetland – Scotland Shetland , Scotland

This internationally renowned festival - the most northerly folk gathering in the UK - hosts eclectic line-ups of folk, blues, jazz and swing with a programme of workshops, sessions and concerts. It's famous for showcasing Shetland musicianship, especially the unique fiddle tradition. Info: www.shetlandfolkfestival.com

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May 2021

World Whisky Day

May 15
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

World Whisky Day is a global celebration of world whiskies. Info: www.WorldWhiskyDay.com

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June 2021

The Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games

June 5
Helensburgh – Scotland Helensburgh , Scotland

A spectacular event of traditional sport, dance & Scottish heritage. Info: www.facebook.com/HLHighlandGames

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July 2021

East Neuk Festival

July 1 - July 4
East Neuk of Fife – Scotland East Neuk of Fife, Scotland

World class music & more in the beautiful, restful East Neuk o' Fife. Info: www.eastneukfestival.com

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HebCelt Festival

July 14 - July 17
Stornoway Isle of Lewis United Kingdom

Multi-award winning International music festival set in Stornoway, Outer Hebrides,celebrating 25 years. Info: www.hebceltfest.com

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August 2021

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August 6 - August 28
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

An unforgettable event that combines military precision, live music, breath-taking lighting and special effects and fantastic entertainment.One of the greatest shows on earth at the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. Info: www.edintattoo.co.uk or + 44 (0) 131 225 1188.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August 6 - August 30
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Each year, thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for each and every taste. From big names to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, operas, children's shows, music and cabaret. Info: www.edfringe.com

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Brodick Highland Games

August 7
Brodick, Isle of Arran United Kingdom

Traditional village Highland Games with Pipe Bands, Highland Dancing, Heavy Events, Athletics, Children's Races & Fancy Dress and stalls - a great day out for all the family. Info: www.facebook.com/BrodickHighlandGames

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Edinburgh International Festival

August 8 - August 30
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The International Festival present a programme featuring finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre. Info: www.eif.co.uk

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The World Pipe Band Championships

August 13 - August 14
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Pipe bands from across the world compete at Glasgow Green. Info: www.theworlds.co.uk

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Cowal Highland Games

August 26 - August 28
Dunoon, Argyll United Kingdom

Join around 23,000 people who visit every year to soak up the unique, friendly atmosphere and stunning Highland location. Info: www.cowalgathering.com

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September 2021

The Gathering

September 4
Inverness – Scotland Inverness, Scotland

A festival celebrating the very best of The Highlands and Scotland with a focus on folk and trad music alongside local food and drink. A one-day festival celebrating the very best of The Highlands and Scotland is set to return to The Northern Meeting Park. Info: www.thegatheringscotland.com

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Braemar Highland Gathering

September 4
Braemar – Scotland Braemar, Scotland

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 at Princess Royal & Duke of Fife Memorial Park. The patron of the Gathering is Her Majesty the Queen. Info: www.braemargathering.org

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Isle of Jura Musical Festival

September 24 - September 26
Isle of Jura United Kingdom

Island festival of Scottish traditional music which encourages local talent with concerts, workshops and sessions, and completes the bill with established acts to give them something to aspire to. Info: www.juramusicfestival.com

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The Enchanted Forest

September 30 - October 31
Pitlochry – Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

A stunning sound and light show that transforms Faskally Wood using dazzling visuals and innovative design set against an original music score. Info: www.enchantedforest.org.uk

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November 2021

Perthshire Amber

November 5 - November 7
Dunkeld – Scotland Dunkeld, Perthshire Scotland

A traditional music festival taking place across autumnal Perthshire. Expect big names at the afternoon and evening concerts, plus plenty of other activities. Info: www.perthshireamber.com

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Glasgow’s Whisky Festival

November 20
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow's festival of the national tipple returns for 2021, with more than 60 stands featuring whisky, gin, rum, other spirits and whisky gifts in Scotland’s National Stadium-Hampden Park. Info: www.glasgowswhiskyfestival.com

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