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April 2019

Edinburgh Tradfest

April 26 - May 6
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The past, present and future of traditional music. Info: www.edinburghtradfest.com

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Music Show Scotland

April 27
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

A big celebration of Scottish music and dance featuring over 200 pipers, drummers, dancers, musicians and vocalists at SSE Hydro. Info: www.musicshowscotland.com

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Etape Loch Ness

April 28
Loch Ness – Scotland Loch Ness, Scotland

A cycle sportive taking place around iconic Loch Ness, offering the chance to cycle 66 miles around the loch on traffic free roads. Info: www.etapelochness.com

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Colonsay Festival of Spring

April 29 - May 19
Isle of Colonsay – Scotland Isle of Colonsay, Scotland

This tiny island comes alive with a series of events that showcase its natural beauty: workshops and tours, whisky tasting and cake baking, music, exhibitions and film screenings. Info: www.colonsayspringfest.com

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Beltane Fire Festival

April 30
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

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 at Calton Hill. Info: www.beltane.org

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May 2019

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

May 1 - May 6
Speyside – Scotland Speyside, Scotland

Event providers from all corners of Speyside – the spiritual home of Scotland’s malt whisky production – have lined up a host of exciting and unusual events for both whisky connoisseurs and first-time visitors. Info: www.spiritofspeyside.com

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Burnsfest! 2019

May 4
Ayr – Scotland Ayr, Scotland

Burnsfest! is a free family festival featuring live music, Burns Wine Bar and Beer Garden, A-Coo-Stick Tipi, The Mercat, Performance Pokey, Bairns Bunnet, Haverin' Hoolie, Burns Fair- celebrate the man, the music, the legacy. Info: www.burnsfestival.com/burnsfest

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Traditional Music: Masters Performance

May 10
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Masters students from the Traditional Music department perform their end of year recitals as part of this impressive showcase at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Info: www.rcs.ac.uk

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Coll Bird Festival

May 10 - May 12
Isle of Coll United Kingdom

A chance to find out about the bird life on Coll, including the elusive corncrake. Did you know that one of the best places to see the corncrake, along with a host of other fantastic and often rare wildlife, is the Isle of Coll? Info: www.collbunkhouse.com

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Orkney Nature Festival

May 13 - May 19
Orkney – Scotland Orkney , Scotland

Get familiar with Orkney's wildlife through walks, talks, activities, demonstrations, concerts and more. Info: www.orkneynaturefestival.org

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Highland Whisky Festival

May 16
Muir of Ord United Kingdom

Brand new festival celebrating the Highland Whisky Trail and taking place at eight distilleries along the North Coast 500 route. Info: www.highlandwhiskyfestival.com

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Perth Festival of the Arts

May 16 - May 25
Perth – Scotland Perth , Scotland

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

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British Pipe Band Championships

May 18
Paisley – Scotland Paisley, Scotland

Paisley comes alive with the skirl of the pipes and the beat of the drums. Over 125 bands will travel from around the world to the St James' Playing Fields, Paisley, to compete for a whole series of titles. Info: https://paisley.is/featured_event/british-pipe-band-championships/

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World Whisky Day

May 18
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

A day of global whisky celebration. World Whisky Day invites everyone to try a dram and celebrate the water of life. Info: www.worldwhiskyday.com

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Hebridean Whisky Festival

May 21 - May 25
Isle of Skye United Kingdom

Whisky festival with tastings and local food and drink, showcasing the four Hebridean distilleries. Info: www.hebrideanwhisky.com

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The Atholl Gathering

May 26
Blair Atholl Perthshire United Kingdom

Traditional Highland Games at Blair Castle. Info: www.blair-castle.co.uk

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June 2019

Kirkwall City Pipe Band Parade

June 1
Kirkwall, Orkney United Kingdom

A street parade by Kirkwall City Pipe Band. The band - which will be celebrating their 100th birthday in 2019 - parade along Broad Street for the entertainment of locals and visitors, performing a selection of marches and sets. Info: www.kirkwallcity.com

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Highland Garden Fest 2019

June 2
Inverness – Scotland Inverness, Scotland

The very first Highland Garden Fest - the only gardening festival in the Highlands! Whether you are a novice gardener or a gardening enthusiast this is a must visit and a fun day for all of the family at Inverness Botanic Gardens. Info: www.highlandgardenfest.co.uk

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Markinch Highland Games

June 2
Markinch, Fife United Kingdom

Events include Grand Pipe Band contest, solo piping, Highland dancing contest, running, cycling, heavy events, children's races, fun fair and trade stalls. Info: www.shga.co.uk

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Hawick Common Riding

June 6 - June 8
Hawick-Scotland

Festival commemorating the capture in 1514 of an English flag by a Hawick youth, and the ancient practice of riding the borders of the common land. The first of the Border festivals and celebrates both the capture of an English Flag in 1514 by the youth of Hawick. Info: www.hawickcommonriding.co.uk

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Lesmahagow Highland Games

June 15
Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire United Kingdom

Pipe band contests, heavy events, road race, haggis hurling competition, children's football tournament final, athletics and more at Glebe Park. Info: www.lesmahagowhighlandgames.com

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Aberdeen’s Highland Games

June 16
Aberdeen – Scotland Aberdeen, Scotland

Traditional Highland Games events with pipe band, dance and heavy events at Hazlehead Park. Info: [email protected]

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The Royal Highland Show

June 20 - June 23
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Part agricultural show, part food festival, part family fun day out, with everything from motor, equine and craft programmes to food and drink and children's activities. Celebrating its 179th year, The Royal Highland Show is one of Scotland's most iconic events, showcasing the very best of farming food and rural life. Info: www.royalhighlandshow.org

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Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

June 22 - June 23
Portsoy, Aberdeenshire United Kingdom

Engages the local region, bringing together boats, music, crafts, food and drink to celebrate the region’s rich cultural heritage. Info: www.stbfportsoy.org

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Piping Inverness

June 29
Inverness – Scotland Inverness, Scotland

The European Pipe Band Championships will be held in Bught Park, with food and drink, traditional craft stalls and live entertainment, will make it a fun-filled family day out. Info: [email protected]

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July 2019

The Ceòlas Summer School

July 7 - July 12
Isle of South Uist – Scotland Isle of South Uist, Scotland

Unbeatable tuition in Gaelic music, dance and language from the best traditional musicians in Scotland and Canada; guided walks, house cèilidhs and village-hall dances in the strongest Gaelic-speaking community in the world; authentic Hebridean culture alive in its heartland. Info: www.ceolas.co.uk

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Loch Lomond Highland Games

July 13
Balloch – Scotland Balloch, Scotland

Athletics, pipe bands and more at Moss o' Balloch Park, Loch Lomond. Info: www.llhgb.com

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HebCelt

July 17 - July 20
Stornoway Isle of Lewis United Kingdom

The Hebridean Celtic Festival is an international Celtic music festival, which takes place annually with a variety of performers and events. Info: www.hebceltfest.com

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The Battle Of Falkirk 1298 Commemoration 2019

July 20
Falkirk – Scotland Falkirk, Scotland

Commemoration The Battle Of Falkirk 1298. On the 22nd of July 1298 Sir William Wallace Guardian of Scotland and high protector of the Realm and his army of Scotsman stood in defiance of tyranny against King Edward I of England at Falkirk Trinity Church. Info: www.facebook.com/events/661098897603239

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Stonehaven Highland Games

July 21
Stonehaven – Scotland Stonehaven, Kincardineshire Scotland

Highland dancing, athletics and Pipe Band Competition at Mackie Academy Playing Fields. Info: www.stonehavenhighlandgames.com

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Scottish Pipe Band Championships

July 27
Dumbarton United Kingdom

Pipe band contest, all grades. Info: www.rspba.org

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St. Andrews Highland Games

July 28
St Andrews, Fife, United Kingdom

One of the top Highland Games in Fife with a full traditional program at Station Park. Info: www.standrewshighlandgames.co.uk

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August 2019

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August 2 - August 24
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The Edinburgh Tattoo is a spectacular like no other. A kaleidoscope of music, dance and entertainment. All set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. See your evening burst into life with a colourful blend of Scottish pipe and drum bands, highland dancers and performers from across the world. Info: www.edintattoo.co.uk

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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August 2 - August 26
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The largest arts festival in the world featuring performers from across the globe at locations across Edinburgh. Info: www.edfringe.com

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The Edinburgh International Festival

August 2 - August 26
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

For three weeks in August, Scotland’s capital becomes an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and an annual meeting point for people of all nations. Festival programmes featuring dance, opera, music and theatre at venues across Edinburgh. Info: www.eif.co.uk

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International Scottish Gin Day

August 3
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

International Scottish Gin Day aims to help a global audience discover the wonderful world of Scottish Gin and to create a special day established to raise the profile of Scottish Gin, which accounts for 70% of the UK's overall gin production.

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Clan Baird Society General Meeting

August 5
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Clan Baird Society is hosting its General Meeting, St. Trinnean's Room, St. Leonard's Hall, 18 Holyrood Park Rd. A representative from the Office of the Lord Lyon is coming to hear the state of the Bairds and to explain processes for more organization of the family. All Bairds are invited to attend. You do not ... Read more

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Clan Munro Gathering

August 9 - August 11
Inverness – Scotland Inverness, Scotland

Clan Munro Clan event to commemorate the Battle of Glen Shiel in 1719 where the Munros took to the field for the last time as a clan. Info: www.clanmunro.org.uk

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Piping Live!

August 10 - August 16
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Piping Live! brings together musicians from across the globe, who come to Glasgow with pipe bands and music groups from many different countries to take part. With Pipe Idol, The Piping Live! Big Band, The Masters, Evening Concerts, the festival club, Street Café and more, the festival  has something for everyone. Info: www.pipinglive.co.uk

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The World Pipe Band Championships

August 16 - August 17
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Two days of competition showcases the extraordinary ability of 8000 pipers and drummers taking part. Defending champions Inveraray and District will face bands from around the World as they compete to hang on to their crown at Glasgow Green. Info: www.theworlds.co.uk

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Cowal Highland Gathering

August 29 - August 31
Dunoon, Argyll United Kingdom

Celebrating 125 years and renowned for the quality of its Highland dancing, drawing in the best performers from around the globe as they compete in the Scottish and World Championships. Info:  www.cowalgathering.com or 01369 703206.

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September 2019

2019 Clan MacAulay Gathering

September 5 - September 8
Aviemore United Kingdom

MacAulays (of all spellings) will gather in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park at the Hilton Coylumbridge. It will be a time to connect with our fellow MacAulays, make new friends and reacquaint with friends you’ve made at previous Gatherings. Info: www.clanmacaulay.org.uk

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The Stewart Gathering 2019

September 6 - September 8
Elgin, Moray United Kingdom

The Stewart Society (of Edinburgh) will hold its Annual General Meeting, hosted by the Royal Hotel with trips to Duffus Castle, Spynie Palace, Burghead, Darnaway Castle, Holy Trinity Church, and Dunkeld Cathedral to visit the tomb of the Wolf of Badenoch. Info: www.stewartsociety.org

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October 2019

The 31st Scottish International Storytelling Festival

October 18 - October 31
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Celebrates old traditions and new connections, building bridges between artists, regions and communities in a feast of storytelling, music and dance. SISF 2019 will have a special focus between Scotland and Canada, aimed at developing new creative work, collaborations and exchanges between Scottish and Canadian artists and festivals. Info: www.sisf.org.uk

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November 2019

The Perthshire Amber Festival

November 2 - November 4
Perthshire United Kingdom

A variety of music events across Perthshire 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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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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