Fèis Ìle-Islay Festival

Isle of Islay - Scotland Isle of Islay, Scotland

A gathering of whisky and Islay fans from across the globe, bringing with it a wealth of music, song, dancing, chatting, meeting new people and savouring a dram or two of Islay whisky along the way. Info: www.feisile.co.uk

Spring Fling Open Studios Weekend

Dumfries and Galloway , United Kingdom

A record-breaking 104 studios will be welcoming in the public for Dumfries and Galloway’s 22nd annual Spring Fling Open Studios Weekend. Renowned as the foremost event of its kind in Scotland, Spring Fling embraces everything from paintings, original prints, ceramics, glass, jewellery, furniture, photography and textiles to experimental and installation art. Info: www.spring-fling.co.uk.  

Atholl Gathering

Blair Atholl - Scotland Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland

The Atholl Highlanders officially open the Highland Games with a ‘March On’, led by the sound of their pipes and drums. Strongmen from around Scotland take centre stage to battle it out and much more at Blair Castle. Info: www.atholl-estates.co.uk/events/atholl-gathering

Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games

Helensburgh - Scotland Helensburgh , Scotland

Featuring a variety of traditional Highland Games Competitions like the Sheaf Toss, Hammer Throw and of course the world-famous Caber Toss. Info: www.hlhighlandgames.scot

MacEwen Family Convention

Otter Ferry, Argyll , United Kingdom

with the MacEwen surname, spelling broadly defined, are invited to attend the MacEwen Family Convention. This meeting will seek to affirm the Clan’s position on the matter of the Chiefship of MacEwen, a post which has been vacant for more than 500-years. Info: www.ClanMacEwen.com

The Reeling

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Scotland’s newest traditional music festival, is set to return to Glasgow’s Rouken Glen Park with a spectacular line up and even bigger programme of activities for all. The single biggest weekend of traditional music in the Central Belt. Info: thereeling.com

British Pipe Band Championships

Forres - Scotland Forres , Scotland

With pip ebands from across the UK competing across various grades at Grant Park. Info: www.rspba.org

Strathmore Highland Games

Glamis , United Kingdom

 The traditions of Highland Games held on the glorious grounds of Glamis Castle in Angus. Info: www.strathmorehighlandgames.co.uk

2024 Clan Urquhart International Gathering

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

A gathering of Urquhart's, their descendants and members of families to gather from across teh world. Info: www.clanurquhart.org

Aberdeen Highland Games

Aberdeen - Scotland Aberdeen, Scotland

A highlight on the Aberdeen summer calendar, it promises to be a day full of fun for all the family; with traditional Highland Games events at Hazlehead Park. Info: www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/leisure-culture-and-parks/major-events-aberdeen/aberdeen-highland-games-2024

Clan MacKinnon Gathering

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Join the Clan MacKinnon Society for local tours, workshops, sightseeing, social time, a banquet, and more... not to mention reconnecting with old friends and making new ones from near and far. Info: www.themackinnon.com/scotland2024.html

St Magnus International Festival

Orkney - Scotland Orkney , Scotland

Each year there are a variety of events in music, theatre, arts, dance, literature, cabaret and folk music alongside community projects, education and learning opportunities all of them set against the backdrop of Orkney's magical midsummer. Info: www.stmagnusfestival.com

Drumtochty Highland Games

Drumtochty, Aberdeenshire , United Kingdom

Known as the friendliest Highland Games in the area they are firmly established in the Scottish Highland Games calendar as one of the most outstanding events, held in the grounds of Drumtochty Castle. Info: www.drumtochtyhighlandgames.co.uk

East Neuk Festival

East Neuk of Fife - Scotland East Neuk of Fife, Scotland

Taking place in Crail, Anstruther, Kilrenny, St Monans and St Andrews in a range of quirky and atmospheric venues, from churches, halls, and an ex-nuclear bunker, to caves, an RAF base, a Scout hall, stately homes and gardens. Info: www.eastneukfestival.com

Ceres Highland Games

Ceres, Scotland , United Kingdom

Ceres Games are the oldest free games in Scotland. There has been a market and games held here at the end of June, every year (except for war and during the period of the 1746 Act of Proscription) since 1314. Info: www.ceresgames.co.uk

Clan MacLennan 2024 International Gathering

Strathpeffer , United Kingdom

Clan MacLennan Scotland invite all MacLennans, and MacLennan descendants, wherever you live, to start thinking about joining them for fun, family and friendship. Events will include the traditional “meet and greet”, a Genealogy Day, a Clan Parliament, a formal dinner on the Saturday, a village hall ceilidh and a range of tours and other events. ... Read more

Luss Highland Gathering

Luss, Scotland , United Kingdom

A range of entertainment including heavies, tug ‘o war and cycling and running races. Info: www.lusshighlandgames.co.uk

Forres Highland Games

Forres - Scotland Forres , Scotland

A spectacular show of Scottish tradition, sport and culture with Highland Dancing, Track and Field, Heavy Events, Tug ‘o’ War, Solo Piping and many more disciplines on display at Grant Park. Info: www.forreshighlandgames.com

Robert the Bruce Heritage Day

Maybole, Ayrshire , United Kingdom

Robert the Bruce led Scotland during the First War of Scottish Independence. He fought successfully during his reign to regain Scotland's place as an independent kingdom and is now revered in Scotland as a national hero. The 750th anniversary of his birth will be on 11 July 2024 and should be a cause of national ... Read more

Stonehaven Folk Festival

Stonehaven - Scotland Stonehaven

Some of the best traditional and contemporary folk music, concerts, ceilidh, sessions, singarounds and workshops, plus the famous aqua ceilidh and world paper’n’comb championships. Info: www.stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk/34th-stonehaven-folk-festival

City of Inverness Highland Games

Inverness - Scotland Inverness, Scotland

Traditional games with pipe bands, athletics, whisky, clans and more at Bught Park Pitches, Bught Rd. Info: www.invernesshighlandgames.com

Clan Gregor 2024 International Gathering

Scottish Highlands , United Kingdom

Clan Gregor will be hosting a spectacular International Gathering and tour of the Scottish Highlands to celebrate the Society’s 200th anniversary. You’ll meet fellow MacGregors from Australia, Canada, Europe and the USA. Info: www.clangregor.com/post/clangregorinternationalgathering

RSCDS Summer School 2024

St Andrews, Fife, , United Kingdom

With Scottish country dance classes for all ages and abilities including Junior Summer School and various social dancing programmes, there is something for everyone at RSCDS Summer School. Info: www.rscds.org/events

Inveraray Highland Games

Inveraray - Scotland Inveraray, Scotland

Celebrate Scotland's rich culture and heritage with field and track events, piping, highland dancing competitions and heavyweight events on the grounds of Inveraray Castle. Info: www.inveraray-games.co.uk

HebCelt-Hebridean Celtic Festival

Isle of Lewis , United Kingdom

HebCelt passionately protects and promotes its heritage, including the vibrant Gaelic and traditional music that is both part of its history and its contemporary life. It mixes the best local talent with leading Scottish, UK and world artists and brings together household names and emerging talent to provide a feast of music to appeal to ... Read more

Speyfest

Fochabers - Scotland Fochabers, Scotland

The best in traditional and contemporary Celtic music in the form of concerts, ceilidhs, stomps, fairs and workshops, plus bustling craft fair, food and drink, and Speyfest Family Sunday. Info: www.speyfest.com

Royal Deeside Golf Week

Aberdeenshire - Scotland Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Annual golf tournament held over four courses in Aboyne, Ballater, Banchory and Braemar. Info: www.royaldeesidegolfweek.co.uk

Scottish Pipe Band Championships

Dumbarton , United Kingdom

More than 100 bands from all over Scotland and the UK gather to compete Leven Grove Park. Info: www.rspba.org

Strachan Family Convention

Strachan, Aberdeenshire , United Kingdom

Meeting at noon to nominate a Chief of the Name of Arms of Clan Strachan. Meeting will be at the Feughside in Strachan, Aberdeenshire. Dinner event in Aberdeen. Info: www.clanstrachan.org

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The 2024 show is called Journeys and will feature the military at the heart of the showcase. Audiences can expect the magnificent sounds of the Massed Pipes and Drums filling up the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade alongside performances from the incredibly talented Tattoo Pipes and Drums and Tattoo Dancers. International acts will join the 2024 line ... Read more

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

For three weeks in August, the city of Edinburgh welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the globe, the single greatest celebration of arts and culture on the planet at venues across Edinburgh. Info: www.edfringe.com

Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The International Festival presents some of the finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre at venues across the city. Info: www.eif.co.uk

Fringe by the Sea

North Berwick , United Kingdom

A 10-day arts festival taking place in North Berwick, offers up 250+ music, comedy, book, family events and more from its hub in The Lodge Grounds. info:  www.fringebythesea.com

Piping Live!

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Piping Live! returns in full force to the streets of Glasgow in the run up to the World’s once again as Glasgow hosts the world’s biggest week of piping! This year is the 21st edition of the festival which attracts performers and audiences from across the world to venues across Glasgow. Info: www.pipinglive.co.uk

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The largest public celebration of the written word in the world. With hundreds of authors and illustrators joining from across the world to share their stories, ideas and perspectives. Info: www.edbookfest.co.uk

Perth Highland Games

Perth - Scotland Perth, Scotland

See all the traditional Highland events in the heart of Scotland. Info: www.perthhighlandgames.co.uk

The World Pipe Band Championships

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Thousands of pipers and drummers in all grades from across Scotland, the UK and globe compete at the annual competition held at Glasgow Green. Info: www.theworlds.co.uk

Stirling Highland Games

Stirling - Scotland Stirling , Scotland

A cherished annual cultural sporting extravaganza nestled in the heart of central Scotland, seamlessly blending tradition, athletic competition, and entertainment at Stirling Sports Village. Info: www.stirlinghighlandgames.com

Bute Highland Games

Rothesay, Isle Of Bute , United Kingdom

Experience at first hand the magic of a traditional Highland Games set on a beautiful Scottish island, at The Stadium, High St. Info: www.butehighlandgames.org

Carruthers Clan and Family Gathering

Annan, Dumfriesshire , United Kingdom

Join the Chief and fellow Clan members for the first ever Carruthers Gathering, at the Carruthers ancestral lands, at the Annan Festival. Info: www.clancarrutherssociety.org

Gathering of the Local Clans & Families

Annan, Dumfriesshire , United Kingdom

Annan the History Town welcomes you to the Gathering of the Local Clans & Families, Featuring local Clan Chiefs in attendance, pipe bands, Highland dancing, Scottish Country Dancing, Teviot Steel Bonnets bring the Border Reiver experience and more at The Everholm. Info: www.annanthehistorytown.org

Cowal Highland Gathering

Dunoon, Argyll , United Kingdom

World-class pipers, dancers and athletes competing in this unique, friendly atmosphere and stunning Highland location. Includes the World Highland Dancing Championships. Info: www.cowalgathering.com

The Braemar Gathering

Braemar - Scotland Braemar, Scotland

Held at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park each September in the beautiful Cairngorms village of Braemar, it is the proud continuation of an ancient tradition of Gatherings here — one that can be traced back to the time of King Malcolm Canmore, over 900 years ago. Traditionally the Gathering has been ... Read more

Blairgowrie & Rattray Highland Games

Blairgowrie - Scotland Blairgowrie, Scotland

A day of Scottish tradition in beautiful Perthshire, at  Bogles Field, Essendy Rd. Info: www.blairgowriehighlandgames.co.uk

Pitlochry Highland Games

Pitlochry - Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

Traditional Highland Games with pipe bands, solos, Highland dance, athletics and more. Info: www.pitlochryhighlandgames.co.uk

Lochaber Live

Fort William - Scotland Fort William, Scotland

A whole host of Scottish talent, all with a close connection to the region, play trad music to thousands at a tented venue set out on An Aird shinty field. Info: www.anairdevents.com

Clan Ewing Family Convention

Dumbarton , United Kingdom

The Ewing Family Association is organising a new Family Convention and invites all clansfolk when, unless a hereditary claimant can be securely established, a new chief will be appointed by the clan at Strathleven House, West Dunbartonshire. Info: www.clanewing.uk

The Stewart Society Gathering

Stirling - Scotland Stirling , Scotland

Join the Stewart Society in historic Stirling for a weekend celebrating the 125th anniversary of the foundation of the Stewart Society, as well as Stewart and Scottish heritage culture. Visit Bannockburn battlefield, tragic Sauchieburn and dance the night away with us at the celebration ceilidh. Join us for a very special weekend filled with unique ... Read more

Clan MacNicol 2024 International Gathering

Portree, Isle of Skye , United Kingdom

Clan Chief, John MacNeacail of MacNeacail and Scorrybreac along with Clan Chieftains have decided it's time to return to the land of their forebears and reconnect with their worldwide family. New Chieftain, Donnie Nicolson will be hosting the events such as talks, walks and a ceilidh. Info: www.clanmacnicol.org

The Enchanted Forest

Pitlochry - Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

Set your imagination alight with dazzling visuals and innovative design, all choreographed against an original music score, while you explore the stunning autumn woodland setting of Forestry & Land Scotland’s Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. Info: www.enchantedforest.org.uk

Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship

Carrbridge - Scotland Carrbridge , Scotland

The Golden Spurtle is awarded to the contestant who makes, in the judges view, the best bowl of porridge. Past competitors have come from all corners of the world including New Zealand, Australia, America, Canada, Africa and across Europe. The event takes place in Carrbridge village hall and is live streamed to the world over ... Read more

The Royal National Mòd 2024

Oban - Scotland Oban, Scotland

Oban welcomes back Gaeldom’s premiere musical and cultural event for the 17th time in 2024, continuing its legacy on the West Coast. The event promotes Gaelic language and culture through music, song, dance, drama, literature, and the arts. Info: www.ancomunn.co.uk

Borderlands Whisky Festival

Lockerbie , United Kingdom

The best whisky producers from the Borderlands and beyond. Info: www.borderlandswhiskyfestival.com

The Autumn Gathering 2024

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The Autumn Gathering provides an opportunity for Scottish country dancers from across the world to gather over a weekend in Edinburgh. Info: www.rscds.org/events

Happy St Andrew’s Day

Nationwide

Saint Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s official national day. Celebrate St Andrew’s Day (or in Scottish Gaelic ‘Là Naomh Anndrais’), Scotland’s patron saint!

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Join revellers from around the globe at incredible events featuring spectacular live music concert, unforgettable fireworks, Street Party extravaganzas and free New Year’s Day family events. Info: www.edinburghshogmanay.com

Happy Hogmanay

Nationwide

The Scottish Banner wishes all our readers, advertisers and friends a very Happy Hogmanay and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2025!

Tartan Parade Scotland

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

This exciting new event will bring together tartans, pipe bands, dancers, musicians, organisations, and individuals from Edinburgh, as well as across Scotland, and beyond - to celebrate the country's rich heritage, tartans, culture and inclusivity. Info: www.handupevents.co.uk/tartan-parade-scotland

Orkney 2025 Island Games

Orkney - Scotland Orkney , Scotland

A celebration of sports and island communities. This week-long event will see athletes from up to 24 island groups from across the world compete in 13 exciting sports. Info: www.orkney2025.com

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