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January 2020

Celtic Connections

January 16 - February 2
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Celtic Connections is the largest winter music festival of its kind and the UK’s premier celebration of Celtic music. Info: www.celticconnections.com

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Big Burns Supper 2020

January 23 - February 2
Dumfries – Scotland Dumfries, Scotland

Dumfries, one of Scotland’s friendliest towns flings open its doors for 114 events across 11 days of top-class music, comedy, dance and cabaret at the world’s biggest contemporary Burns celebration. Info: www.bigburnssupper.com

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Up Helly Aa

January 28
Lerwick – Scotland Lerwick, Shetland Scotland

Taking place annually on the last Tuesday of January in the town of Lerwick, the Shetland’s Viking Fire Festival, or Up Helly Aa as it’s known locally, is the largest event of its kind in Europe. Thousands of visitors from across the world travel to this northernmost corner of Scotland to join in this Scandinavian ... Read more

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February 2020

Oor Wullie

February 3 - February 8
Ayr – Scotland Ayr, Scotland

Jings, Crivvens, Help Ma Boab! Scotland’s cheekiest, spiky-haired scamp is back! Only question is; where’s his bucket?! Join Wullie, Fat Boab, Soapy Soutar, Wee Eck, and the rest of the Sunday Post gang, in a brand new musical adventure celebrating their 80th anniversary as Scotland’s most beloved comic strip. Info: www.thegaiety.co.uk/oor-wullie

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The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival

February 7 - February 22
Stornoway Isle of Lewis United Kingdom

Two weeks of arts and astronomy events to the Isle of Lewis, with an ambitious and exciting programme spanning theatre, live music, film, visual art, food, astronomy talks, and stargazing. Info: www.lanntair.com/creative-programme/darkskies

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Decade from The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland

February 8
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Join the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland for their next concert "Decade", will see the band perform a fantastic mixture of traditional and contemporary music infused with the ever so popular NYPBoS twist at the Corn Exchange. Info: www.thepipingcentre.co.uk/play/national-youth-pipe-band-of-scotland/events

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SPECTRA 2020

February 13 - February 16
Aberdeen – Scotland Aberdeen, Scotland

SPECTRA will once again light up the winter nights in Aberdeen encouraging audiences to get out and experience the city looking its best using interactive light sculptures, architectural projections and film to create new ways of exploring the city. Info: www.spectrafestival.co.uk

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The Fort William Mountain Festival

February 19 - February 23
Fort William – Scotland Fort William, Scotland

An annual festival of mountain culture with great speakers, films, exhibitions, workshops, book festival fringe events and more. Info: www.mountainfestival.co.uk

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Winkie’s Return

February 20
Dundee – Scotland Dundee, Scotland

Following 2018's excellent talk by Guy Puzey we have invited Guy back to give his talk on our WWII heroine Winkie the pigeon alongside a special guest - Winkie herself! Hear how Winkie was responsible for saving the lives of a crew on board a Beaufort Fighter Plane in 1942 at Broughty Castle Museum. Info: ... Read more

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March 2020

StAnza

March 4 - March 8
St Andrews, Fife, United Kingdom

Scotland's Poetry Festival, is held every March in St Andrews, Scotland's oldest university town. With readings, exhibitions, performances, music, film and more. Info: www.stanzapoetry.org

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Seabirds on the Isle of May Talk

March 5
Duns United Kingdom

David Steel, Reserve Manager on the Isle of May, gives an illustrated talk at Duns Parish Church,Castle St. Info: [email protected]

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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. Or you can simply listen to the pipes and enjoy the sound of Scotland!

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Glasgow International Comedy Festival

March 12 - March 29
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Europe's biggest comedy festival! Info: www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com

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Hawick Reivers Festival

March 27 - March 29
Hawick-Scotland

Step back in time to the mid sixteenth century when the Borderlands were an area of constant feuding – when loyalties were to kinship rather than king and country and when “Reiving” was a means of survival. A programme of music, drama and re-enactments allow you to experience what life was like in the mid ... Read more

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International Whisky Day

March 27
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

The annual celebration of whisky- raise a dram - where ever in the world to honour the many unsung heroes of the past and present, who have been crafting the King o'Drinks for centuries. Info: www.internationalwhiskyday.org

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April 2020

The Clan Gunn Society’s 60th Diamond Celebrations

April 2 - April 5
Inverness – Scotland Inverness, Scotland

Clan members and septs gather for a variety of activities and events celebrating Clan Gunn. Info: www.clangunnsociety.org

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Arbroath 2020 Festival

April 3 - April 5
Arbroath – Scotland Arbroath , Scotland

2020 marks the 700th anniversary of the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath. Events include a Festival Concert, Declaration Pageant Procession, Arbroath Embroidered Tapestry. Info: www.arbroath2020.com

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SpringFest: The Scottish Food and Drink Festival

April 4 - April 5
Balloch – Scotland Balloch, Scotland

A springtime event to celebrate all things food, from the people behind the ever-popular Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival. Springfest is back in 2020 with another fantastic line up of food and drink producers, live entertainment, whisky tastings, chef demonstrations, kids’ activities and more. Info: www.lochlomondspringfest.co.uk

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A Celtic Spring

April 12 - April 13
Kenmore – Scotland Kenmore, Perthshire Scotland

Celebrate spring and explore how people prepared for the season 2500 years ago, with the chance to help plough fields, plant crops, ready boats and more. The Scottish Crannog Centre wakes up after the winter and invites you to join them in celebrating the start of Spring. Info: www.crannog.co.uk

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Beltane Fire Festival

April 30
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

A modern interpretation of the ancient fertility festival, the Beltane is the only festival of its kind in the world. 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 ... Read more

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May 2020

Gourock Highland Games

May 10
Gourock – Scotland Gourock, Renfrewshire Scotland

Starts the Scottish piping, games and Highland Dance season against the scenic backdrop of the Firth of Clyde and Argyll hills beyond at Battery Park. Info: www.facebook.com/GourockHighlandGames

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Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair

May 17
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 variety of entertainment. Info: www.gordoncastle.co.uk/highland-games

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Islay Festival – Feis Ile – The Islay Festival of Music and Malt

May 22 - May 30
Isle of Islay – Scotland Isle of Islay, Scotland

Every year there is a diverse programme featuring traditional music, ceilidhs, Gaelic lessons, golf, bowling and whisky tasting. Info: www.islayfestival.com

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The British Pipe Band Championships

May 23
Paisley – Scotland Paisley, Scotland

Over 100 bands from across the UK, Ireland and beyond flock to the Paisley’s St James Playing Fields for the first of the five annual ‘majors’ in the piping calendar. Info: www.paisley.is

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Atholl Highlanders Parade and Gathering

May 23 - May 24
Blair Atholl Perthshire United Kingdom

This unrivalled spectacle gives locals and visitors alike the chance to participate in a unique Highland tradition that has persisted for generations. The two day Atholl Gathering weekend consists of The Atholl Highlanders’ Parade on Saturday followed by the Highland Games on Sunday at Blair Castle. Info: https://blair-castle.co.uk/scottish-highland-castle/atholl-highlanders-parade-gathering

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Blackford Highland Games

May 30
Blackford – Scotland Blackford, Perthshire Scotland

Traditional Highland Games celebrating 150 years of Highland excellence in 2020. Info: www.blackfordhighlandgames.co.uk

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June 2020

The Outlander Conference

June 2 - June 6
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

The University of Glasgow will host a major conference to look at the history, customs, politics, culture, clothes and music featured in the Outlander TV series. Inludes a key note speech by author and creator Diana Gabaldon. Info: www.outlanderconferenceglasgow.com

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Dumbarton 2020

June 4 - June 7
Dumbarton United Kingdom

The river town of Dumbarton, where the Cutty Sark was built, connects Loch Lomond with the Clyde by the River Leven. This exciting new festival of music, arts and recreational events will run over four days to celebrate how water shaped this historic town, from distilling to shipbuilding. Info: www.dumbarton2020.co.uk

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Helenburgh & Lomond Highland Games

June 6
Helensburgh – Scotland Helensburgh , Scotland

Traditional Scottish family fun day with running, heavy weights, solo piping and Highland dance competitions. Info: www.helensburghandlomondgames.co.uk

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The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

June 20 - June 21
Portsoy, Aberdeenshire United Kingdom

Packed with brilliant moments, the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival 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 27
Inverness – Scotland Inverness, Scotland

Piping Inverness, the European Pipe Band Championships, will be taking place in the stunning setting of Bught Park, for the second time in 2020. Inverness, the Highland capital, will be hosting the Championships from 2019 to 2021.Info: www.pipinginverness.com

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July 2020

HebCelt 20: Scottish Music Festival

July 15 - July 18
Stornoway Isle of Lewis United Kingdom

This internationally renowned event has a unique setting in the Scottish Hebridean island of Lewis, the heartland of the Gaelic language and culture. Info: www.hebceltfest.com

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Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Summer School 2020

July 19 - August 16
St Andrews, Fife, United Kingdom

Summer School; an action packed four weeks of dancing in the historic university town of St Andrews. Join some 700 dancers from as far afield as South Africa, North and South America, Japan, Australasia, China, continental Europe and, of course, Scotland and the UK. To lead the classes we have the best Scottish country dance ... Read more

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368th Burntisland Highland Games

July 20
Burntisland – Scotland Burntisland, Fife Scotland

A fun and entertaining occasion for all the family filled with athletic events, Scottish music, dancing and much more. Founded in 1652, these are the second-oldest highland games in the world and feature highland dancing, running, cycling and heavy events. Info: www.burntislandhighlandgames.co.uk

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The Glasgow Canal Festival

July 25
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Will introduce a Canal Carnival Flotilla, a parade of boats adorned with large-scale carnivalesque artworks that will celebrate the diversity of Glasgow's multicultural communities and the beauty of the Forth and Clyde Canal. Info: www.glasgowcanalfestival.com

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Scottish Pipe Band Championships

July 25
Dumbarton United Kingdom

With over 125 pipe bands, first class entertainment and traditional highland dancing all on offer, why not come along and witness the sound of Scotland first hand at Levengrove Park. Info: www.rspba.org

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Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre Highland Games and Gathering

July 25
Lochearnhead United Kingdom

Traditional Highland games with music, dancing and sports. Includes the clan gathering of the clans McLaren, Stewart, McGregor and McNabb at Games Park. Info: www.lochearnheadhighlandgames.co.uk

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Clan Cameron – 2020 Gathering

July 30 - August 2
Spean Bridge United Kingdom

Cameron clansfolk, septs, descendants and friends are cordially invited to an International Gathering of Clan Cameron at Achnacarry, that stunning residence near Loch Arkaig upon the Lochiel Estate near Spean Bridge, Inverness-shire. Info: www.facebook.com/clancameron

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August 2020

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August 7 - August 29
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

A world-class military events rooted in Scottish tradition, with hundreds of performers from across the globe, at the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. Info: www.edintattoo.co.uk

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Edinburgh International Festival

August 7 - August 31
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Since 1947, the Edinburgh International Festival has brought powerful and significant work to delight and challenge the capital's residents and visitors with a celebration of music, theatre, art and dance. Info: www.eif.co.uk

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August 7 - August 31
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the single biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet. Every August, for three weeks, the city of Edinburgh welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the globe. Info: www.edfringe.com

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Clan MacKenzie Gathering 2020

August 7 - August 9
Strathpeffer United Kingdom

Calling all MacKenzie's and septs for a variety of events. Info: www.clanmackenziesociety.co.uk/events/gathering-2020/

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PipingLive!

August 8 - August 16
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

The world's biggest week of piping from daily performances at the Street Cafe to Pipe Bands in the heart of the city on Glasgow's Buchanan Street, this festival brings musicians together from across the world. Info: www.pipinglive.co.uk

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Brodick Highland Games

August 8
Brodick, Isle of Arran United Kingdom

Traditional village Highland games with athletics, a pipe band, heavy weights, Highland dancing and stalls. Info: www.facebook.com/BrodickHighlandGames

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The World Pipe Band Championships

August 14 - August 15
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

The Worlds now regularly attract more than 220 bands with more than a quarter coming from overseas. The event regularly receives entries from 15 or more countries at Glasgow Green. Info: www.theworlds.co.uk

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Stirling Highland Games

August 15
Stirling – Scotland Stirling , Scotland

A full programme of traditional Highland games competitions on offer including running, youth running, cycling, Highland dancing, heavyweights, long jump and triple jump, also showcasing several piping performances throughout the day at The Peak Sports Village. Info: www.stirlinghighlandgames.com

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Cowal Highland Gathering

August 27 - August 29
Dunoon, Argyll United Kingdom

Join around 23,000 people who visit every year to soak up the unique, friendly atmosphere and stunning Highland location. Includes the World Highland Dancing Championships. Info: www.cowalgathering.com

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September 2020

The Braemar Gathering

September 5
Braemar – Scotland Braemar, Scotland

Perhaps the most famous and best Highland Games anywhere. It features the finest Pipe Bands, pipers, Highland dancers, and athletes in a beautiful setting surrounded by hills at Princess Royal & Duke of Fife Memorial Park. The patron of the Gathering is Her Majesty the Queen. Info: www.braemargathering.org

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