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July 2018

Sabhal Mòr Summer Gaelic Courses

July 2 - August 24
Isle of Skye United Kingdom

For over 40 years Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has offered courses in the Gaelic language and in traditional music with instruction in Gaelic, Gaelic song, fiddle, button-box and accordion, photography and a range of other specialised subjects offered by a talented team of instructors. Info: www.smo.uhi.ac.uk

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August 2018

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August 3 - August 25
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

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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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August 3 - August 27
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The largest arts festival in the world at venues across Edinburgh. Info: www.edfringe.com

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Edinburgh International Festival

August 3 - August 27
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 Cowal Highland Gathering

August 23 - August 25
Dunoon, Argyll United Kingdom

The world’s biggest Highland games attracts thousands of competitors and includes the Scottish and World Highland Dancing championships. Info: www.cowalgathering.com

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177th Lonach Highland Gathering and Games

August 25
Strathdon, Aberdeenshire United Kingdom

The unique March of the Lonach Highlanders is followed by all the fun of traditional Highland games at Bellabeg Park, Bellabeg House. Info: www.lonach.org

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September 2018

Braemar Gathering

September 1
Braemar – Scotland Braemar, Scotland

Traditional Highland games with piping, Highland dancing and strong events, the event has regularly welcomed royalty including Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Info: www.braemargathering.org

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Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight

September 1 - September 16
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

Annual celebration of Scotland's fantastic larder offering more than 200 events around the country. These range from cookery demonstrations to festivals, farmers' markets and tasting events. Info: www.fooddrinkfort.scot

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Portpatrick Folk Festival

September 7 - September 10
Portpatrick United Kingdom

A weekend festival in a picturesque seaside village, with Celtic & folk concerts at the village hall and sessions at harbourside pubs on the Friday and Saturday. Info: www.portpatrickfolkfestival.org

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Pitlochry Highland Games

September 8
Pitlochry – Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

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

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Invercharron Highland Games

September 15
Bonar Bridge United Kingdom

Traditionally the final Highland Games of the year, a thrillingly tense event where many of the Scottish Highland Games Association league are decided. Info: www.invercharrongames.co.uk

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Scotch Whisky Festival

September 15
Kirkcaldy United Kingdom

Bringing together distillers and whisky enthusiasts from around the country for an experience to savour and remember for years to come at Adam Smith Theatre, Bennochy Rd. Info: www.scotchwhiskyfestival.com/fife

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Kirkcaldy Waterfront Beach Highland Games

September 15
Kirkcaldy United Kingdom

Highland games on Kirkcaldy Waterfront, the only Highland Games be to staged on a beach. Info: www.kirkcaldy4all.co.uk

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Walking Tour: Robert Louis Stevenson and Edinburgh’s New Town

September 16
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Starting with a short talk in the Victorian Heroes and Heroines exhibition at the Portrait Gallery, our afternoon walk takes us to the northern New Town, Greenside and Calton Hill, as we explore Robert Louis Stevenson’s Edinburgh at Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen St. Info: [email protected]

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The Jura Music Festival

September 21 - September 23
Isle of Jura United Kingdom

A fantastic weekend of traditional Scottish music in a beautiful, remote island setting, Info: www.juramusicfestival.com

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Three Lochs Book and Arts Festival

September 21 - September 22
Strontian United Kingdom

With a strong literary focus, this tiny festival in the remote village of Strontian on the shores of Loch Sunar. Info: www.threelochs.co.uk

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Wigtown Book Festival

September 21 - September 30
Wigtown, Scotland Wigtown, United Kingdom

The festival marks the 20th year since Wigtown became Scotland’s National Book Town with the largest and most diverse progamme ever. Info: www.wigtownbookfestival.com

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Shetland Wool Week

September 22 - September 30
Shetland – Scotland Shetland , Scotland

Shetland's textile industry celebrates the sheep that catapulted it to fame masterclasses, workshops and events led by professionals from the textile and design industry, along with a makers market and exhibitions. Info: www.shetlandwoolweek.com

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October 2018

Ness Book Fest

October 4 - October 7
Inverness – Scotland Inverness, Scotland

Inverness based book festival that features emerging voices as well as big names in a free programme of events. Info: www.nessbookfest.wordpress.com

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Crieff & Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst Walking Festival

October 6 - October 14
Strathearn United Kingdom

Celebrates the life, work and play of the people who made Crieff the cattle-droving crossroads of Scotland in the 1700s. Info: www.droverstryst.com

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Clan MacNicol World Gathering

October 11 - October 14
Portree, Isle of Skye United Kingdom

Join members of the worldwide Highland Clan MacNeacail Federation on Skye for a variety of events and kinship. Info: www.scorrybreac.org/2018-clan-gathering.html

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Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival

October 11 - October 15
Shetland – Scotland Shetland , Scotland

Visiting and local acts join together in a Shetland knees-up to warm up the October evenings with fine trad music. Info: www.shetlandaccordionandfiddle.com

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The Royal National Mòd 2018

October 12 - October 20
Dunoon – Scotland Dunoon, Argyll Scotland

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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Scottish International Storytelling Festival

October 19 - October 31
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

A celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity, with Scottish and international storytellers and musicians at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Info: www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre

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Tweed Valley Forest Festival

October 20 - October 28
Glentress, Scottish Borders United Kingdom

A celebration of the rich woodland culture of the Borders in a variety of locations around the beautiful Tweed Valley. Info: www.forest-festival.com

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Orkney Storytelling Festival

October 25 - October 28
Orkney – Scotland Orkney , Scotland

A four-day programme of walks, talks, story sessions and workshops with renowned storytellers from Scotland and beyond. Info: www.orkneystorytellingfestival.co.uk

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Perth All Scotland Accordion and Fiddle Festival

October 27
Perth – Scotland Perth , Scotland

The 69th annual festival of its kind. 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. Info: www.perthaccordionfestival.co.uk

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The Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championship

October 27
Blair Atholl Perthshire United Kingdom

Established in 1974 to inspire the world's finest individual pipers and to seek the best overall exponents of ceol mor or piobaireachd (the great music) and ceol beag or light music (the little music) at Blair Castle. Each year, 10 competitors qualify to play at this prestigious event through placing in one of a series ... Read more

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November 2018

The Perthshire Amber Festival

November 2 - November 4
Perthshire United Kingdom

A variety of music events with Dougie Maclean and friends including; music sessions, a triple Cabaret Amber, a big Dougie concert at Perth Concert Hall, and a Farewell Concert/Event. Info: www.perthshireamber.com

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Concert of Remembrance

November 9
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Organised by the Royal British Legion Scotland in partnership with City of Edinburgh, to say thank you through music and song, to those who served, sacrificed and changed our world during the First World War. Narrated by Rose McBain and featuring Isla St Clair, The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, The Band of ... Read more

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Happy St Andrew’s Day

November 30
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

Saint Andrew's Day is Scotland's official national day. Celebrate St Andrew's Day (or in Scottish Gaelic 'Là Naomh Anndrais'), Scotland's patron saint!

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December 2018

Happy Christmas

December 25
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

Wishing all our readers and friends a very Happy Christmas and festive season!

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Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2019

December 30, 2018 - January 1, 2019
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

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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Happy Hogmanay

December 31
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

The Scottish Banner wishes all our readers and friends a very Happy Hogmanay and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019!

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