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April 2018

Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art

April 20 - May 7
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Exhibitions, seminars, talks and events in this festival showing the best of contemporary visual arts and artists. Info: www.glasgowinternational.org

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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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Stirling Scottish Marathon

April 29
Stirling – Scotland Stirling , Scotland

Take in the sights of Stirling Castle, Blair Drummond Safari Park, University of Stirling and the historic Wallace Monument. Info: www.princeandprincessofwaleshospice.org.uk/event-article/challenges/stirling-marathon

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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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Stirling Whisky Festival

May 12
Stirling – Scotland Stirling , Scotland

Stirling Highland Hotel is transformed into a whisky lover’s paradise during the Stirling Whisky Festival, featuring top distillers from all over Scotland. Info: www.stirlingspiritcompany.scot

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Gourock Highland Games

May 13
Greenock United States

The first games of the Scottish season at Battery Park, Eldon St. Info: www.inverclyde.gov.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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Edinburgh Whisky Stramash

May 19 - May 20
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Over 200 different whiskies from around the world to sample and number of participatory "experiences" that Stramashers can get involved in at historic Surgeons' Hall, Nicolson St. Info: www.thewhiskystramash.com

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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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Discovering family history at Kelvin Hall

May 23
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Have you discovered the outline of your family history? Do you want to find out more about your ancestors' lives? This workshop at Kelvin Hall will show you how to use our huge range of resources. Info: www.kelvinhall.org.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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The Islay Festival of Music and Malt

May 25 - June 2
Bruichladdich, Isle of Islay United Kingdom

A diverse programme featuring traditional music, ceilidhs, Gaelic lessons, golf, bowling and whisky tasting on Islay. Info: www.islayfestival.com

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West Lothian Highland Games

May 26
Bathgate – Scotland Bathgate, Scotland

Traditional Scottish Highland games covering all disciplines including pipe band and Highland dancing competitions. Info: www.westlothiangames.com

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June 2018

West End Festival

June 1 - June 24
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Scotland's largest multi-cultural festival held in the west end of Glasgow encompassing over 400 events in over 80 venues. Info: www.westendfestival.co.uk

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Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games

June 2
Helensburgh – Scotland Helensburgh , Scotland

Traditional Highland Games with the great Clann an-Drumma tribal group at Helensburgh Rugby Ground. Info: www.helensburghandlomondgames.co.uk

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Markinch Highland Games

June 3
Markinch, Fife United Kingdom

Head to the heart of Fife for a traditional Scottish Highland games with plenty of entertainment at John Dixon Park. Info: [email protected]

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The Rock of Ages

June 9 - June 10
Dumbarton United Kingdom

Join historians at the foot of the rock to relive some the rich history from the west coast of Scotland at Dumbarton Castle, Castle Rd. Info: www.historicenvironment.scot

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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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Edinburgh Whisky Festival 2018

June 16
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Over 100 whiskies from all over Scotland and the world, open and ready to taste at The Assembly Rooms, 54 George St. Info: www.thewhiskylounge.com

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Aberdeen Highland Games

June 17
Aberdeen – Scotland Aberdeen, Scotland

Join thousands of spectators at Aberdeen’s Hazlehead Park space on the outskirts of the city for this lively Highland games. Info: www.visitabdn.com

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Fish and Chips on a Steam Train

June 22
Bo’ness, Falkirk United Kingdom

The journey features evening views across the Forth before climbing the hill to Birkhill, then it's over the Avon viaduct to Manuel before setting off back to Bo’ness stopping at Birkhill and Kinneil. Info: www.bkrailway.co.uk

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Isle of Gigha Music Festival

June 29 - June 30
Isle of Gigha United Kingdom

The smallest music festival in Scotland offers a perfectly-formed line-up of ceilidhs, headline concerts, sessions, workshops and a musical beach picnic. Info: www.gighamf.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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Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

June 30 - July 1
Portsoy, Aberdeenshire United Kingdom

As traditional boats congregate in the historic harbour, the seaside town of Portsoy celebrates with a festival of music, sailing, rowing and traditional crafts and art. Info: www.stbfportsoy.org

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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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Inverness Summer Camp 2018

July 19 - July 21
Inverness – Scotland Inverness, Scotland

The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland will be bringing its young members to Inverness to conduct a Piping and Drumming Summer Camp at Millburn Academy, Diriebught Rd. Info: 0141 353 0220 or [email protected]

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16th Clan MacLeod Parliament

July 21 - July 28
Isle of Skye United Kingdom

Clan Macleod members from across the globe descend on Dunvegan Castle. For further information, contact the Parliament Co-ordinator on: [email protected] or www.clanmacleod.org/world-gatherings/clan-parliament-2018.html To register: http://www.clanmacleodparliament.org/2018-booking.html

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City Of Inverness Highland Games

July 21
Inverness – Scotland Inverness, Scotland

Traditional events in the world's oldest Highland games stadium. Info: www.invernesshighlandgames.com

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St Andrews Highland Games

July 29
St Andrews – Scotland St Andrews, Scotland

Watch all the Cabers and stones fly across the field at one of the top Highland Games in Fife at Station Park. Info: www.standrewshighlandgames.co.uk

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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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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August 3 - August 27
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The largest arts festival in the world at venues across Edinburgh. Info: www.edfringe.com

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Edinburgh International Festival

August 3 - August 27
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The International Festival present a programme featuring finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre. Info: www.eif.co.uk

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Clan Oliphant Gathering & Conference 2018

August 5 - August 18
Perth – Scotland Perth , Scotland

Oliphant Clan Gathering & Conference will intersperse presentations and visits to places of historic Clan interest from around Perthshire to the Borders. The programme will include presentations by lyon court and a leading genealogist as well as lectures, discussions and break-out sessions on Clan history. Info: www.new.clanoliphant.org

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Clan Donnachaidh Society 2018 AGM & Gathering

August 10 - August 19
Pitlochry – Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

Clan Donnachaidh (the Robertsons) are holding a special Gathering in their Perthshire heartland with a variety of events. Info: www.donnachaidh.com

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Piping Live!

August 13 - August 19
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Piping Live! is a week long celebration of piping culture from across the world which takes place at various locations across Glasgow. Info: www.pipinglive.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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September 2018

Braemar Gathering

September 1
Braemar – Scotland Braemar, Scotland

Traditional Highland games with piping, Highland dancing and strong events, the event has regularly welcomed royalty including Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Info: www.braemargathering.org

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October 2018

Clan MacNicol World Gathering

October 11 - October 14
Portree, Isle of Skye United Kingdom

Join members of the worldwide Highland Clan MacNeacail Federation on Skye for a variety of events and kinship. Info: www.scorrybreac.org/2018-clan-gathering.html

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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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