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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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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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Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival

June 29 - July 1
Newcastleton, Scottish Borders United Kingdom

Family-focused festival of traditional music, with workshops, ceilidhs, concerts and adult and children's competitions. An attitude of hands-on music making is encouraged. Info: www.newcastleton.com

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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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Carham 1018

July 7 - July 8
Carham United Kingdom

1000 year anniversary and re-enactment weekend of the battle that fixed the border. Info: www.carham1018.org.uk

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July 14 - July 22
Unst, Shetland Islands United Kingdom

Britain's most northerly festival on Britain's most northerly island is a family-friendly affair with fiddle workshops, go kart races, film screenings and live music worth travelling for. Info: www.unstfest.org

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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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Stonehaven Highland Games

July 15
Stonehaven – Scotland Stonehaven, Kincardineshire Scotland

Traditional Highland games with open and heavy events, the Grampian light events championship, dancing, track events and more. Info: www.stonehavenhighlandgames.com

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St Andrews Summer School

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

Each Week of Summer School gives dancers the opportunity for classes, social dancing, a Ceilidh or two with the input of experienced teachers and great musicians, at St Andrews University. Info: www.rscds.org/article/summer-school-2018

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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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Arisaig Highland Games & Clan Donald Gathering

July 25
Traigh, Arisaig United Kingdom

Traditional Highland games with piping, dancing, heavy and field events. Info: www.visitfortwilliam.co.uk

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The Halkirk Highland Games

July 28
Halkirk United Kingdom

Traditional Scottish Highland games, started over 100 years ago and are now one of the most popular sporting events in the area. The games also host the annual gathering of Clans Gunn and Sinclair. Info: www.halkirkgames.co.uk

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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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Mull of Kintyre Music Festival

August 8 - August 12
Campbeltown, Kintyre United Kingdom

Traditional and contemporary Scottish and Irish music. Info: www.mokfest.com

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Isle of Skye Highland Games

August 8
Portree, Isle of Skye United Kingdom

Don't miss out on this traditional Highland Games with some of the finest piping talent in Scotland and from around the world. Info: www.skye-highland-games.co.uk

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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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Bute Highand Games

August 11
Rothesay, Isle Of Bute United Kingdom

Experience a traditional Highland games on a beautiful Scottish island. Info: www.butehighlandgames.org

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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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Innerleithen Music Festival

August 17 - August 19
Innerleithen, Scottish Borders United Kingdom

An established Celtic music festival that augments its line-up of local musicians, sessions, traditional singing, street events and workshops with international stars. Info: www.innerleithenmusicfestival.org

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The Cowal Highland Gathering

August 23 - August 25
Dunoon, Argyll United Kingdom

The world’s biggest Highland games attracts thousands of competitors and includes the Scottish and World Highland Dancing championships. Info: www.cowalgathering.com

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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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Pitlochry Highland Games

September 8
Pitlochry – Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

Traditional Highland games featuring dancing, pipe band competitions and, of course, heavy events and track & field. Info: www.pitlochryhighlandgames.co.uk

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Invercharron Highland Games

September 15
Bonar Bridge United Kingdom

Traditionally the final Highland Games of the year, a thrillingly tense event where many of the Scottish Highland Games Association league are decided. Info: www.invercharrongames.co.uk

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The Jura Music Festival

September 21 - September 23
Isle of Jura United Kingdom

A fantastic weekend of traditional Scottish music in a beautiful, remote island setting, Info: www.juramusicfestival.com

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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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Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival

October 11 - October 15
Shetland – Scotland Shetland , Scotland

Visiting and local acts join together in a Shetland knees-up to warm up the October evenings with fine trad music. Info: www.shetlandaccordionandfiddle.com

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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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