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February 2018

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Winter School 2018

February 18 - February 23
Pitlochry – Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

Scottish country dance classes, events and fun at Atholl Palace Hotel. Info: www.rscds.org

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Groove CairnGorm

February 23 - February 24
Badaguish United Kingdom

A thrilling weekend of live music, world-class DJs and snow sports all within the setting of Cairngorm Mountain & Badaguish Outdoor Centre. Info: www.groovecairngorm.co.uk

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Inverness Music Festival

February 24 - February 28
Inverness – Scotland Inverness, Scotland

This music festival is a competitive event that allows people of all ages and abilities to show off their skills. The main discipline groups are vocal, instrumental, speech, Gaelic and Scottish. Competitions are open to the public. Info: www.invernessmusicfestival.org

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The National Piping Centre Junior Piping Competition

February 24
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

This annual event held at The National Piping Centre celebrates the best in young piping, from all pipers aged Under 18. Info: If you have [email protected] or 0141 353 0220.

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Eddi Reader Live

February 28
Perth – Scotland Perth , Scotland

The popular folk pop chanteuse, known for her work with Fairground Attraction and often called upon to add her voice to other people's records tours her latest album Vagabond. Info: www.eddireader.co.uk

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March 2018

StAnza: Scotland’s Poetry Festival

March 7 - March 11
St Andrews, Fife, United Kingdom

StAnza is a literary festival that focuses on verse. 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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Fife Whisky Festival

March 10
Cupar – Scotland Cupar, Scotland

The inaugural Fife Whisky Festival will showcase the renaissance of whisky-making in Fife, bringing together whisky connoisseurs and beginners with the best whisky producers from Fife and beyond. Info: www.fifewhiskyfestival.com

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International Bagpipe Day

March 10
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

Every March 10th you are invited to go out and play your pipes – anywhere, anyhow to anyone!

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Niel Gow Annual Scottish Fiddle Festival

March 16 - March 18
Dunkeld & Birnam United Kingdom

Established in 2004 to celebrate the life of Perthshire fiddle legend Niel Gow, this festival is held in his home village of Dunkeld & Birnham each year. Now a breeding ground for traditional music talent, the festival runs a selection of workshops, performances and events each year. Info: www.niel-gow.co.uk

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Wild Film Festival Scotland

March 23 - March 25
Dumfries and Galloway United Kingdom

A weekend-long celebration of the natural world with wildlife film screenings, celebrity speakers and a photographic exhibition. Info: www.wildfilmfestivalscotland.co.uk

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Edinburgh International Science Festival

March 31 - April 15
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

In 2018, the Scottish Year of Young People and the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, the Edinburgh International Science Festival is themed around Life, The Universe and Everything - celebrating the wonder and diversity of life. Info: www.sciencefestival.co.uk

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April 2018

Sabhal Mòr Easter Gaelic Courses

April 2 - April 13
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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Dougie MacLean Live

April 7
Dundee – Scotland Dundee, Scotland

Scotland's foremost folk/roots troubadour, renowned for his meaningful, haunting music at Dundee Rep, Tay Square. Info: www.dougiemaclean.com

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TradFest Edinburgh/Dùn Èideann

April 26 - May 6
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Edinburgh’s TradFest kick starts the summer season with a feast of folk arts - music, storytelling, dance, folk film, literature, talks, crafts and visual arts - across Scotland’s capital. Info: www.tracscotland.org/festivals/tradfest

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Colonsay Book Festival

April 28 - April 29
Isle of Colonsay – Scotland Isle of Colonsay, Scotland

A book festival hosted by the beautiful inner Hebridean isle of Colonsay. As well as readings and performances, the emphasis is on meeting and chatting with the writers, and debate and good craic in the pub. Info: www.colonsaybookfestival.org.uk

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Glasgow Kiltwalk

April 29
Balloch – Scotland Balloch, Scotland

Wear your tartan with pride and join in with your fellow walkers, as this event aims to raise money for charities. This year there are three distances to choose from; 26 miles, 13 miles or the Wee Walk of 6 miles, all of which finish at Moss O' Balloch Park. Info: www.thekiltwalk.co.uk

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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. Info: www.beltane.org

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May 2018

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2018

May 3 - May 7
Speyside – Scotland Speyside, Scotland

One of the world’s biggest whisky festivals with a programme of almost 500 whisky-inspired events at various venues. Info: +44 7789 671 635 or www.spiritofspeyside.com

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Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival

May 3 - May 7
Hawick-Scotland

Attracting some of the most innovative filmmakers from around the world, the experimental film festival will again transform the town into a creative hub as it screens more than 120 films from over 20 different countries. Info: www.alchemyfilmfestival.org.uk

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World Whisky Day

May 19
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

A day of global whisky celebration, try a dram and celebrate the water of life. Info: www.worldwhiskyday.com

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British Pipe Band Championships

May 19
Paisley – Scotland Paisley, Scotland

Paisley comes alive with the skirl of the pipes and the beat of the drums. Expect over 150 of the finest bands from across the world competing for some of the most prestigious titles in bagpiping at the St James Playing Fields. Info: www.paisley2021.co.uk

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Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair

May 20
Fochabers, Aberdeenshire United Kingdom

Held in the historic grounds of Gordon Castle, the event brings together the traditionally Scottish and the quintessentially country to offer visitors a plethora of entertainment. Info: www.gordoncastlehighlandgames.co.uk

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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh 2018

May 24 - May 27
Dumfries and Galloway United Kingdom

The World Ceilidh returns for 2018 to celebrate with the best music, the best audience and the best atmosphere at Knockengorroch Farm, Carsphairn, Castle Douglas. Info: www.knockengorroch.org.uk

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June 2018

Ardrossan Highland Games

June 10
Ardrossan United Kingdom

Traditional Highland games including pipe band competitions, Highland dancing and heavy events. Info: www.ardrossanhighlandgames.org.uk

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Piping At Forres

June 30
Forres – Scotland Forres , Scotland

The European Pipe Band Championships 2018 involving thousands of pipers and drummers from far and wide and full day of Scottish events at Grant Park. Info: +44 75 63 18 12 86 or www.pipingatforres.com

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July 2018

Ceòlas Summer School

July 1 - July 6
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: www.ceolas.co.uk

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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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The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Summer School 2018

July 15 - August 12
St Andrews – Scotland St Andrews, Scotland

Scottish country dance courses, events and fun. Info: www.rscds.org

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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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The 2018 World Pipe Band Championships

August 17 - August 18
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Hundreds of pipe band, with thousands of band members, from across the world compete in each grade at Glasgow Green, also a full range of events from Highland dancing, entertainment and more at the home of piping. Info: www.theworlds.co.uk

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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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October 2018

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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