V&A Dundee: Tartan

Dundee - Scotland Dundee

Tartan will celebrate the global story of a unique pattern which has connected communities worldwide, expressed tradition, revolt and diversity, and inspired playful and provocative design. It is a complex, rich, and sometimes painful history unequalled by any other cloth or pattern. Tartan is a textile which is adored and derided, inspiring great works of art ... Read more

Helensburgh and Lomond Highland Games

Helensburgh - Scotland Helensburgh

Close to the shores of Loch Lomond, the stunningly beautiful, original sea-side getaway, Helensburgh. Featuring a variety of traditional Highland Games Competitions like the Sheaf Toss, Hammer Throw and of course the world-famous Caber Toss. There will also be lots of athletics with dedicated Highland Dance stages. Info: www.hlhighlandgames.scot

Scottish Marine Fest

North Berwick

The five-day events programme at the Scottish Seabird Centre in the coastal town of North Berwick, near Edinburgh, will bring together leading artists, writers and environmentalists to celebrate Scotland’s incredible marine wildlife and habitats. Info: www.seabird.org

The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra Live

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh

The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra have a fantastic show lined up including some favourites loved by their regular patrons – traditional music at its best, played by wonderful musicians who return by popular demand to provide an evening of lively entertainment including marches, strathspeys, jigs and reels, guaranteed to have your feet tapping at Ushers Hall. ... Read more

Strathmore Highland Games

Strathmore - Scotland Strathmore

In the glorious grounds of Glamis Castle in Angus for a truly Scottish day out. Info: www.strathmorehighlandgames.co.uk

2023 Clan Carmichael International Gathering

Biggar, Lanarkshire

Join Clan Carmichael International at the source of the name to celebrate 40 years of Clan Gatherings, at Carmichael Estate. Info: https://carmichael.co.uk/product/clan-gathering-2023-deposit/

Aberdeen Highland Games

Aberdeen - Scotland Aberdeen

This popular event is an affordable experience for all the family; from traditional Highland Games events, quality trade and charity stalls, stage entertainment from professional performers as well as local community groups and a range of activities that can be enjoyed by all ages at Hazlehead Park. Info: [email protected]

The Royal Highland Show

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh

An annual event, showcasing the best of food, farming and rural life at Ingliston in Edinburgh. Info: www.royalhighlandshow.org

Ceres Highland Games

Ceres, Scotland

Ceres Games are the oldest free games in Scotland. There has been a market and games held here at the end of June, every year (except for war and during the period of the 1746 Act of Proscription) since 1314. Info: www.ceresgames.co.uk

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

The Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary with a weekend of heritage boat, storytelling, children's activities, music and dance in the historic port of Portsoy, including opening act Skerryvore. Info: www.stbfportsoy.org

165th Famous Alva Games


Alva Games are the last surviving sports and games to be run in Clackmannanshire, at Johnstone Park. Info: www.alva.ukctest.co.uk


Isle of Lewis

Award-winning music festival with exceptional music, breathtaking scenery and Celtic and Gaelic culture on offer. Info: www.hebceltfest.com

Inverness Highland Games

Inverness - Scotland Inverness

A twirl of tartan, competitors tearing down the track, the clang of a caber, and the peppering of pipes filling the air in the Capital of the Highlands. Info: www.invernesshighlandgames.com

Lochcarron Highland Games

Wester Ross

"The Friendly Games" held in the beautiful North West Highlands. Info: www.lochcarrongames.org.uk/2023

RSCDS Summer School

St Andrews, Fife,

Summer School, an action-packed four weeks of dancing in the historic town of St Andrews. Come and join with dancers from around the world and be led by some of the best of Scottish Country Dance teachers and musicians. Info: www.rscds.org/events/summer-school-2023

Inveraray Highland Games

Inveraray - Scotland Inveraray

The Games celebrate our rich culture and heritage with field and track events, piping, highland dancing competitions and heavyweight events including the world championships for tossing the caber at Inveraray Castle. Info: www.inveraray-games.co.uk


Fochabers - Scotland Fochabers

Moray’s much-loved folk festival is set to display the very best Scottish talent and traditional music over a weekend of top-tier Scottish music and culture. Info: www.speyfest.com

725th Anniversary of the Battle of Falkirk 1298

Falkirk - Scotland Falkirk

725 years ago on the 22nd of July 1298 the Patriots of Scotland under the command of Sir William Wallace stood their ground at the Battle of Falkirk against overwhelming numbers against the might of King Edward I of England's army. This event will bring history to life with our tradition commemoration we highly encourage ... Read more

Outlander Conference 2023

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow

Through a range of events that will be open to academic researchers and the public, the aim of the Outlander Conference Glasgow 2023 is to further the exchange of information and knowledge surrounding Outlander, both books and TV series, ensuring its far-reaching and long-lasting impact as a remarkable socio-cultural phenomenon at the University of Glasgow. ... Read more

Shetland Tall Ships Races

Lerwick, Shetland

The Tall Ships Races is an annual race series that has been arranged by Sail Training International since 1956 and in summer 2023 the town of Lerwick will welcome the fleet for four days of celebrations, sharing culture and international friendships. Info: www.tallshipslerwick.com

Bute Fest 2023

Isle of Bute

A non-stop weekend of live music, family, friends and fun at Ettrick Bay on the magical Isle of Bute. Info: www.butefest.co.uk

Halkirk Highland Games

Halkirk, Caithness

A traditional and spectacular Scottish sporting event held in Caithness in the far North of Scotland, near to Thurso, the North Coast 500 route and the famous end of the road landmark of John O’Groats. Info: www.halkirkgames.co.uk

Clan Macnab Global Clan Gathering


In the heart of Macnab country and to coincide with the annual Killin Highland Games. In addition to the Games, there will be an evening dinner and music, opportunities to commune with the dead on Innis Bhuidhe (the Macnab burial island), and of course the presence of our warm and wonderful Chief, Jamie Macnab of ... Read more

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh

A unique and memorable celebration of music, dance and military pageantry at Edinburgh Castle. One of Scotland's premier summer events. Info: www.edintattoo.co.uk

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh

One of the greatest celebrations of arts and culture in the world at venues across Edinburgh. Info: www.edfringe.com

The Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh

An unparalleled celebration of music, theatre, opera and dance performed at venues across Edinburgh. Info: www.eif.co.uk

Bridge of Allan Highland Games

Stirling - Scotland Stirling

Traditional games, also known as the Strathallan Meeting, at Strathallan Games Park, Airthrey Ave, Bridge of Allan. Info: www.bofagames.com

Ballater Highland Games


There have been Games held in Ballater in Aberdeenshire since 1864 and, apart from the war and pandemic years, the Games have continued uninterrupted until the present day. Info: www.ballaterhighlandgames.com

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh

A distinctive international showcase celebrating the written word, literature and ideas. Info: www.edbookfest.co.uk

Piping Live!

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow

Piping Live! returns in full force to the streets of Glasgow in the run up to the World’s once again as Glasgow hosts the world’s biggest week of piping! This year is the 20th edition of the festival which attracts performers and audiences from across the world for piping performances, workshops, concerts and more. Info: ... Read more

Simon Fraser University Pipe Band – Generations

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow

Pre-Worlds Concert 2023, Canada's Simon Fraser University Pipe Band are delighted to announce that they will be headlining this highly anticipated concert in conjunction with the Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band at the SEC Armadillo. Info: www.sec.co.uk/events/detail/simon-fraser-university-pipe-band-generations

The World Pipe Band Championships

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow

Pipers and drummers from across Scotland, the UK and globe compete at the annual competition held at Glasgow Green. Info: www.theworlds.co.uk

Stirling Highland Games

Stirling - Scotland Stirling

the Games showcases traditional Highland games competitions like tossing the caber and Highland dancing, it also offers visitors an affordable ‘festival style’ day out with lots to see and do at Stirling Sports Village. Info: www.stirlinghighlandgames.com

Crieff Highland Gathering

Crieff - Scotland Crieff, Perthshire

One of Scotland's premier games at Market Park. Info: www.crieffhighlandgathering.com

Argyllshire Gathering Oban Games

Oban - Scotland Oban

A day of Highland dancing, athletics, heavy field events and solo piping competitions. Info: www.obangames.com

The Hebridean Whisky Festival


A week-long festival celebrating the whisky distilleries along the Hebridean Whisky Trail. Info: www.hebrideanwhisky.com

Scotties by the Sea

St Andrews, Fife,

Decorated by local artists and communities, more than 30 giant Scottie sculptures will appear across St Andrews & The Northeast Fife Coast, forming a free 10-week art trail of discovery for locals and visitors of all ages to explore and enjoy. Info: www.scottiesbythesea.com

The Braemar Gathering

Braemar - Scotland Braemar

One of Scotland's most famous Games, often frequented by members of The Royal Family, at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park. Info: www.braemargathering.org

Young Family Convention

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh

Candidates for Commander of the Youngs of Scotland and those wishing to vote need to establish that they are Youngs, or Youngers, by birth (not by marriage) and are descended from Youngs/Youngers of Scotland at The Melting Pot, 15 Calton Rd. Info: www.youngsofscotland.com

Blairgowrie & Rattray Highland Games

Blairgowrie - Scotland Blairgowrie

A blend of spectacle and fun in beautiful Perthshire at Bogles Field. Info: www.blairgowriehighlandgames.co.uk

Pitlochry Highland Games

Pitlochry - Scotland Pitlochry

Piping, dancing, heavy events and more. Info: www.pitlochryhighlandgames.co.uk

Ceòl Cholasa

Isle of Colonsay - Scotland Isle of Colonsay

A four-day feast of top-quality traditional music on the beautiful Inner Hebridean island of Colonsay. Info: www.ceolcholasa.co.uk.

Bloody Scotland

Stirling - Scotland Stirling

Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival, covering a range of criminal subjects from fictional forensics, psychological thrillers, tartan noir, cosy crime and many more. Info: www.bloodyscotland.com

25th Wigtown Book Festival

Wigtown, Scotland Wigtown

Brings together leading authors, poets, journalists, scientists, politicians, singers and a multitude of others for hundreds of events in and around Scotland’s National Book Town- Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway, south-west Scotland. Info: www.wigtownbookfestival.com

Glasgow Cathedral Festival

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow

A week-long programme of music, tours, exhibitions, dance and film, bringing the city's oldest building to life and finding fresh perspectives on Glasgow's cultural heritage. Info: www.gcfestival.com

The Enchanted Forest

Pitlochry - Scotland Pitlochry

et your imagination alight with dazzling visuals and innovative design, all choreographed against an original music score, while you explore the stunning autumn woodland setting of Forestry & Land Scotland’s Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. Info: www.enchantedforest.org.uk

Leith Comedy Festival


Brand new comedy festival taking place in Leith. Info: www.leithcomedyfest.com


Cowal, Argyll

One of Scotland’s most popular walking festivals prior to the pandemic, makes a welcome return with a five-day format encompassing over 25 guided, core walks around Cowal in Argyll & Bute. Info: www.cowalfest.org or www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086564895756

Royal National Mòd

Paisley - Scotland Paisley

2023 will see the Gaeldom’s premiere musical and cultural event celebrating Gaelic language and culture return to Paisley for only the second time. The event promotes Gaelic language and culture through music, song, dance, drama, literature, and the arts. Info: www.ancomunn.co.uk

Edinburgh Horror Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh

One of the most popular Hallowe'en events in Edinburgh, incorporating theatre, comedy, magic, spoken word, movies, games, improv, workshops, interactive events and more. Info: www.edhorrorfest.co.uk.

Perth Accordion & Fiddle Festival

Perth - Scotland Perth

Features competitions, concerts and ceilidhs - opening with a welcome dance on Friday night. Info: www.perthaccordionfestival.co.uk

30th Alloa Real Ale and Cider Festival


Over 40 beers from across Scotland including local beers, plus live music, hot food and soft drinks. Info: www.forthvalley.camra.org.uk

Happy St Andrew’s Day


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!

Loch Lomond Shores Christmas Festival

Loch Lomond - Scotland Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond Shores rounds off its year of lively food and entertainment festivals with a host of food & drink, entertainment, rides and more for all the family. Info: www.lochlomondfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk

Hoolie in The Hydro

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow

The biggest night of Scottish traditional music to ever take place. Hoolie in the Hydro is a momentous moment for Scotland’s trad scene as it takes to the country’s biggest indoor arena-The OVO Hydro. Info: www.ovohydro.com/events/detail/hoolie-in-the-hydro-2023

Phil Cunningham’s Christmas Songbook

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow

Phil Cunningham and his Christmas Songbook colleagues have been delighting audiences for the last 17 years. Phil will be joined by some of the finest musicians on the Scottish folk scene at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Info: www.glasgowconcerthalls.com

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh

Edinburgh's world-famous New Year's celebrations, comprising three days of events, five stages of bands and DJs and over 60,000 revellers on Princes Street for the big night. As well as the stunning fireworks display above Edinburgh Castle and the perennially sell-out Concert in the Gardens – this year featuring Eddie Reader, Dougie MacLean and Basement ... Read more

The Hogmanay Ceilidh

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow

There is no better way to end the year than with a traditional ceilidh in the heart of Glasgow, and why not do it in style by coming along to The Ferry on the banks of the River Clyde on the eve of the New Year. Info: www.the-ferry.co.uk

Biggar Hogmanay Bonfire

Biggar, Lanarkshire

South Lanarkshire town's own New Year celebration with the welcoming of a New Year by the townsfolk in a warm, fiery glow. Info: www.biggarbonfire.org.uk