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February 2017

Scottish Snowdrop Festival

February 1 - February 28
Various, United Kingdom

Each year the Scottish Snowdrop Festival gathers together some of the best gardens and woodlands where you can see swathes of snowdrops, so that you won’t miss out on the arrival of these dainty little flowers – one of the most delightful signs that spring is on it’s way. Info: www.nts.org.uk.

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Edinburgh’s Georgian Shadows

February 23 - March 26
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Six buildings in Edinburgh's New Town, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, are brought to life using inventive lighting. Info: www.edinburgh.org

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Inverness Music Festival

February 25 - March 8
Inverness, United Kingdom

Vocal, instrumental, speech, Gaelic and Scottish performances. Info: www.invernessmusicfestival.org.

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March 2017

StAnza: Scotland’s Poetry Festival

March 1 - March 5
St Andrews, United Kingdom

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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Scottish Snowdrop Festival

March 1 - March 15
Various, United Kingdom

Each year the Scottish Snowdrop Festival gathers together some of the best gardens and woodlands where you can see swathes of snowdrops, so that you won’t miss out on the arrival of these dainty little flowers – one of the most delightful signs that spring is on it’s way. Info: www.nts.org.uk.

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The Red Hot Chilli Pipers Live

March 3
Perth, United Kingdom

A unique brand of 'bag rock' (that's bagpipes plus rock, if you were wondering) with stirring tunes and energetic performances. Info: www.rhcp.scot.

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Blazin’ Fiddles Live

March 4
Lanark, Canada

On fiery form, these contemporary fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands mix solo and ensemble sets to create a unique blend of energy and sensitivity. Info: LanarkMemorial@southlanarkshireleisure.co.uk

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Galloway Music Festival

March 6 - March 11
Stranraer & Newton Stewart, United Kingdom

Competitive music festival for amateur musicians of all ages and a festival concert on the final day. Info: www.gallowaymusicfestival.org.uk.

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Glasgow International Comedy Festival

March 9 - March 26
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow's comedy festival birls back into your life, getting ever more impressive with each outing. Info: www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com.

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Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival

March 9 - March 19
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Located in the iconic Mitchell Library Aye Write! remains committed to celebrating Scottish and international writers and writing. Info: www.ayewrite.com.

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Aviemore Adventure Festival

March 9 - March 12
Aviemore, United Kingdom

A celebration of adventure and sport with outdoor activities, filmmaker workshops, guest talks and film screenings. Info: www.aviemoreadventure.org.

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International Bagpipe Day

March 10
Nationwide, United Kingdom

This is a day initiated by The Bagpipe Society to celebrate the world's many bagpipes and piping traditions. Every March 10th you are invited to go out and play your pipes – anywhere, anyhow to anyone!

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Celtic Ceilidh Dinner and Dance

March 10
Glasgow, United Kingdom

A three-course dinner, followed by a ceilidh with music from Haud Yer Lugs to raise money for the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice at Òran Mór, 731-735 Great Western Rd. Info: www.oran-mor.co.uk.

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National Piping Centre Adult Spring Gathering

March 28 - March 31
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Includes practice time, social events, lessons, workshops and much more at The National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater St. Info: +44 (0) 141 353 0220 or www.thepipingcentre.co.uk.

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April 2017

Highland Haggis Festival

April 1 - April 2
Spean Bridge, United Kingdom

Celebrate Scotland's national dish and eat, drink, and dance. Info: www.highlandhaggisfest.co.uk.

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Springfest: The Scottish Food and Drink Festival

April 1 - April 2
Balloch, United Kingdom

One of the largest food and drink festivals in the country. Around 80 food and drink producers and suppliers set up their stands on the stunning banks of Loch Lomond Shores. Info: www.lochlomondspringfest.co.uk.

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Geological Walk

April 2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The geology of the Water of Leith forms the foundation for its character, shaping it into an important source of both water power and building stone. This walk in the Dells provides an opportunity to see many of its geological features including Carboniferous sedimentary rocks, glacial features and fossils, as well as the site of ... Read more...

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Young Stars Spring Piping School

April 10 - April 13
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Specially tailored for 16 and Unders, this 4 day school will enhance their piping with practice, lessons, games, workshops and more at The National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater St. Info: +44 (0) 141 353 0220 or www.thepipingcentre.co.uk.

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Eddi Reader Live

April 15
Strathpeffer, United Kingdom

From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi Reader brings life to all forms of song at Strathpeffer Pavilion. Info: www.eddireader.co.uk

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Scotland in Six-World Heritage Day 2017

April 18
Falkirk, United Kingdom

On World Heritage Day 2017, Scotland celebrates our six iconic World Heritage Sites with six toe-tapping, mouth-watering, jaw-dropping, heart-pumping events from dawn to dusk.Info: www.digit2017.com.

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Great Edinburgh Run

April 23
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

A ten mile race in Scotland's capital taking in landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriar’s Bobby and the Royal Mile. Info: www.greatrun.org/great-edinburgh-run

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TradFest

April 26 - May 7
Edinburghu, United Kingdom

Tradition goes live in Edinburgh, with an annual showcase of traditional arts and culture in Scotland’s capital. Info: www.tracscotland.org/festivals/tradfest

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Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

April 27 - May 1
Speyside, United Kingdom

Thousands of visitors from around the globe celebrate Scotland’s national drink at one of the world’s biggest whisky events. Info: www.spiritofspeyside.com.

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Ceilidh at The Counting House

April 28
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Come and dance to Annasach Ceilidh Band at our regular Ceilidh at The Counting House, Edinburgh from 8pm. All dances will be called so beginners welcome. Info: www.annasach.co.uk.

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Kintyre Songwriters Festival

April 28 - April 30
Campbeltown, United Kingdom

A music festival aimed at showcasing and promoting Kintyre's home grown musical talent, along with appearances by a selection of higher profile guests. Info: www.kintyresongwritersfestival.co.uk.

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May 2017

The 2017 European Rugby Challenge Cup Final

May 12
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Featuring the cream of European professional club rugby as well as stars of the world game is staged at Murrayfield. Info: www.epcrugby.com.

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Perth Festival of the Arts

May 15 - July 27
Perth, United Kingdom

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

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Isle of Arran Mountain Festival

May 19 - May 22
Arran, United Kingdom

A huge variety of guided walks and scrambles throughout Arran’s stunning hills and mountains: from wildlife-watching walks along the island’s coastline to airy scrambles on towering granite ridges. Info: www.arranmountainfestival.co.uk.

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British Pipe Band Championships

May 20
Paisley, United Kingdom

St James Playing Fields will be turned into a spectacle of sight and sound, with anywhere between 3,500 and 4,000 pipers and drummers from across the UK and abroad set to compete on the day, across 200 live performances. Info: www.rspba.org.

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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh

May 25 - May 28
Castle Douglas, Dumfries, United Kingdom

An outdoor festival with the emphasis on roots music, the line-up is a melting pot of world, folk, fusion and dub reggae music. Info: www.knockengorroch.org.uk.

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Blackford Highland Games

May 27
Blackford, United Kingdom

Events include running, cycling, heavy weights and highland dance at Games Field. Info: www.blackfordhighlandgames.co.uk.

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Hooley In The Highlands

May 27
Strathpeffer, United Kingdom

The popular annual country music festival returns to the Pavilion in 2017. Info: www.wegottickets.com/event/364783.

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Mauchline Holy Fair 2017

May 27
Mauchline , United Kingdom

A day dedicated to celebrating Mauchline's History & Heritage with entertainment and more at Mauchline Burns House Museum. Info: www.burnsfestival.com/burnsfringe/mauchline-holy-fair

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June 2017

East Lothian Garden Trail 2017

June 18 - July 2
East Lothian, United Kingdom

An opportunity to see twelve magnificent spacious gardens and well tended allotments in close proximity over a day or days. Info: www.scotlandsgardens.org/elgt2017

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Royal Highland Show

June 22 - June 25
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Scotland's annual farming and countryside showcase at Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston. Info: www.royalhighlandshow.org.

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Piping At Forres-The European Pipe Band Championships 2017

June 24
Forres, United Kingdom

Thousands of pipers and drummers from far and wide, in over a hundred bands, will compete to be European Champions in their grade at Grant Park. Info: www.pipingatforres.com.

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July 2017

Paisley’s International Festival of Weaving

July 1 - July 2
Paisley, United Kingdom

A festival reconnecting Paisley's weaving heritage with its historic textile connections all over the world. The programme features the Sma’ Shot Parade, a historic and colourful pageant, as well as cultural activities and performances. Info: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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Ceòlas Summer School

July 2 - July 7
Dalabrog, South Uist, United Kingdom

Expert tuition in piping, fiddle, song, dance and the Gaelic language are offered over a backdrop of community events, including cèilidhs, concerts and guided walks. Info: + 44 (0) 1878700154 or www.ceolas.co.uk.

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Stewart Highland Games

July 8
Tain, United Kingdom

Presented by The Stewart Society of Edinburgh at Ballone Castle.  Info: +44 (0)131-220-4512 or www.StewartSociety.org.

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161st Famous Alva Games

July 8
Alva, Clackmannanshire, United Kingdom

The last surviving sports and games to be run in Clackmannanshire, the games feature the full range of traditional events including athletics. Info: www.alva.ukctest.co.uk.

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The Hebridean Celtic Festival

July 19 - July 22
Stornoway, United Kingdom

HebCelt is an international Celtic music festival with traditional and contemporary music on the Isle of Lewis. Info: +44(0)1851 621234 or www.hebceltfest.com

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Ceilidh at The Counting House

July 28
Edinburgh, Australia

Come and dance to Annasach Ceilidh Band at our regular Ceilidh at The Counting House, Edinburgh from 8pm. All dances will be called so beginners welcome. Info: www.annasach.co.uk.

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Scottish Pipe Band Championships

July 29
Dumbarton, United Kingdom

Set against the backdrop of Dumbarton Rock and Castle, the  Championships welcomes players and spectators from across the globe at Levengrove Park. Info: www.rspba.org.

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August 2017

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August 4 - August 26
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The greatest show on earth with pipe bands, military displays and hundreds of performers from across the world on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle-2017 features a Splash of Tartan with Clans being highlighted nightly. Info: www.edintattoo.co.uk.

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Piping Live!

August 7 - August 14
Glasgow, United Kingdom

A great week, with pipers from across the world coming together to take part, share their music, compete and perform across Glasgow. Info: www.pipinglive.co.uk.

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Stewart Society AGM

August 9 - August 11
Kirkwall, Orkney, United Kingdom

Dinner & Ceilidh at Albert Hotel also: Palaces of the Stewart Earls of Orkney, St. Magnus Cathedral, Earl's Ru, Italian  Chapel, Skara Brae, Maes Howe, Skaill House & Churchill Barriers. Info: + 44 (0)131-220-4512 or www.StewartSociety.org.

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World Pipe Band Championships

August 11 - August 12
Glasgow, United Kingdom

The world's biggest pipe band championships, includes bands from across the world, Scottish dance and more at Glasgow Green. Info: +44 141 353 8000 or www.theworlds.co.uk.

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Currie Family Convention

August 15
Glasgow, United Kingdom

The Clan Currie Society seeks to facilitate the formal recognition of a Chief of Name and Arms of Currie by the Lord Lyon King of Arms. The Convention will be held at the Trades Hall of Glasgow. Info: Revd. Dr. David A. Currie: currieconvention@gmail.com

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Stewart Gathering

August 18
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

At the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Info: Info: + 44 (0)131-220-4512 or www.StewartSociety.org.

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September 2017

Clan Lamont Society Annual Gathering: ‘Hands Across the Seas’

September 1 - September 3
Dunoon, United Kingdom

Full programme of activity in Dunoon Burgh Hall including sailing trip to Loch Striven to the Manse Clan Lamont Society HQ, formal dinner and ceilidh. There will also be films, children's activities, workshops, an exhibition of Lamont history over the years in the Burgh Hall.  Info: www.clanlamontsociety.com.

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Follow the Vikings Roadshow & Festival

September 2 - September 9
Shetland Islands, United Kingdom

Experience Viking heritage on a scale never before seen in Shetland. Info: www.shetland.gov.uk.

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