V&A Dundee: Tartan

Dundee - Scotland Dundee, Scotland

Tartan will celebrate the global story of a unique pattern which has connected communities worldwide, expressed tradition, revolt and diversity, and inspired playful and provocative design. It is a complex, rich, and sometimes painful history unequalled by any other cloth or pattern. Tartan is a textile which is adored and derided, inspiring great works of art ... Read more

Christmas at the Botanics

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

See Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden burst into festive colours as the enchanting illuminated trail returns to brighten up the winter nights. Info: www.rbge.org.uk/whats-on/christmas-at-the-botanics-2023

Edinburgh’s Christmas

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Practise your moves at the popular ice rink on George Street or take-in breathtaking festive views of the city from the spectacular heights of the Big Wheel – an unmistakable landmark during Christmas in Edinburgh, it’s a fantastic way to experience the panoramas of the city’s UNESCO Heritage Old and New Towns and admire Edinburgh ... Read more

Hoolie in The Hydro

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

The biggest night of Scottish traditional music to ever take place. Hoolie in the Hydro is a momentous moment for Scotland’s trad scene as it takes to the country’s biggest indoor arena-The OVO Hydro. Info: www.ovohydro.com/events/detail/hoolie-in-the-hydro-2023

Phil Cunningham’s Christmas Songbook

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Phil Cunningham and his Christmas Songbook colleagues have been delighting audiences for the last 17 years. Phil will be joined by some of the finest musicians on the Scottish folk scene at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Info: www.glasgowconcerthalls.com

Global Webcast – Pipes of Christmas

Virtual event

Highlights of the 2023 Pipes of Christmas performance will be globally streamed via Eventbrite from December 22-31 – available anywhere there’s an internet connection! Stream the 2023 performance of this beloved Celtic Christmas concert. Features traditional carols and new works for bagpipes, brass, and more. Details: www.eventbrite.com/e/global-webcast-concert-highlights-tickets-744401293307

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Edinburgh's world-famous New Year's celebrations, comprising three days of events, five stages of bands and DJs and over 60,000 revellers on Princes Street for the big night. As well as the stunning fireworks display above Edinburgh Castle and the perennially sell-out Concert in the Gardens – this year featuring Eddie Reader, Dougie MacLean and Basement ... Read more

Scottish Fiddle Orchestra – Hogmanay Celebration

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

For over 40 years the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra have been bringing the beauty and heritage of Scotland’s traditional music to audiences across the globe. Music lovers of all ages can expect to enjoy toe-tapping reels and jigs, lively strathspeys and marches, and poignant slow airs performed by the skilled members of one of Scotland’s foremost ... Read more

The Hogmanay Ceilidh

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

There is no better way to end the year than with a traditional ceilidh in the heart of Glasgow, and why not do it in style by coming along to The Ferry on the banks of the River Clyde on the eve of the New Year. Info: www.the-ferry.co.uk

Biggar Hogmanay Bonfire

Biggar, Lanarkshire , United Kingdom

South Lanarkshire town's own New Year celebration with the welcoming of a New Year by the townsfolk in a warm, fiery glow. Info: www.biggarbonfire.org.uk

Happy Hogmanay


The Scottish Banner wishes all our readers, advertisers and friends a very Happy Hogmanay and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2024!

The Stonehaven Fireballs Ceremony

Stonehaven - Scotland Stonehaven

One of Scotland's most unique Hogmanay events. As the old Town House bell chimes midnight, the Fireballs are lit and swingers emerge from the street leading to the harbour. Info: www.stonehavenfireballs.com

Kirkwall Ba’

Kirkwall, Orkney , United Kingdom

A great Orkney tradition which sees almost the entire town turned into a football pitch for a chaotic and competitive kickabout. Info: www.bagame.com

National Shortbread Day


Celebrate the historic and classic Scottish treat enjoyed around the world known as shortbread. Enjoy a taste of Scotland today!

Burning of the Clavie

Burghead, Moray , United Kingdom

A fire festival unique to Burghead, which greets the New Year. The significance of the 11th January dates back to the 1750’s, when the Julian calendar was reformed in Britain. Every 11th January the flaming Clavie (a barrel full of staves) is carried round the town followed by a large crowd. Info: www.burghead.com/clavie

Scalloway Fire Festival

Scalloway, Shetland , United Kingdom

Shetland’s ancient capital hosts the first of Shetland's annual fire festivals. Info: www.scalloway.net/events/fire-festival

Celtic Connections

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow’s status as a UNESCO City of Music will be well and truly on display as more than 300 events bring 25 venues across the city to life, welcoming a host of unmissable music across its 18 days. The UK's largest Celtic, world and roots music festival. Info: www.celticconnections.com

Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Trade only event for Scottish retailers at the SEC. The Show will feature the best of what Scotland has to offer in terms of gifts, homeware, fashion, textiles, jewellery and crafts. Info: www.scotlandstradefairs.com

Happy Burns Night


Celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns. The tradition of the Burns Night Supper was first held in 1801 by the poet’s friends, five years after his death.

Burns Supper

Bo'ness , United Kingdom

Celebrate the birth of our national bard, Robert Burns, we are delighted to be hosting a Burns Supper at the Corbie Inn, Bo'ness. Info: www.corbieinn.co.uk

Burns Supper and Bothy Ballads

Huntly , United Kingdom

Did you know that Robert Burns has strong links to the Cabrach? Join the folk of the Cabrach community for a traditional Burns Supper, ballads from the Bothy and stories of Scotland’s national bard. Info: www.cabrachtrust.org

Burns Supper

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Join The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow for an evening of traditional Scottish celebration, with fine dining, whisky and entertainment. This annual traditional Burns Supper is one of their favourite and most popular fundraising events bringing together a diverse College community for an evening of exquisite food, friendship and fun. Info: www.rcpsg.ac.uk

Scottish National Whisky Festival

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

A definitive whisky and cultural experience, the Festival brings together a line up of some of the best exhibitors from across the whisky industry, with hundreds of whiskies and other spirits available to sample over each session. Info: www.swg3.tv

Up Helly Aa 2024

Lerwick, Shetland , United Kingdom

The Up Helly Aa fire festivals are amongst the biggest annual celebrations in Shetland. Inspired by Shetland’s Viking past, communities across the islands come together for a night of guizing (dressing up), burning torches through the streets and dancing the night away to traditional Shetland music. Info: www.uphellyaa.org

Celtic Fiddle Festival

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations. Fiddlers Kevin Burke (Ireland), Yuna Léon (Brittany) and Capercaillie’s own Charlie McKerron showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles at Mackintosh Church. Info: www.mackintoshchurch.com

Transatlantic Sessions

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Transatlantic Sessions returns for 2024, exploring and celebrating the rich musical traditions that connect Scotland, Ireland and the US. An annual focal point of Celtic Connections, the exclusive line-up combines guest singers and the celebrated house band, inviting them to interweave original material with age-old tunes and songs as they explore shared roots and find ... Read more

Spectra Festival of Light

Aberdeen - Scotland Aberdeen, Scotland

Spectra, Scotland’s magical Festival of Light returns shining a light on Scotland’s glorious Northeast for the tenth time. Each year, the festival brings a spectacular programme of works by some of the world’s leading visual artists, studios and companies to transform the Granite City with light, sound and eye-catching visual art. Info: www.spectrafestival.com

International Scotch Day


Raise a dram to a global celebration of Scotch whisky. A day for people to come together and enjoy a drink while paying homage to the rich history and culture of Scotland.

Fort William Mountain Festival

Fort William - Scotland Fort William, Scotland

Welcoming both adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts from all walks of life to Fort William and Lochaber, the Outdoor Capital of the UK, for an action-packed programme full to the brim with inspiring speakers, creative workshops, guided outdoor activities, thought-provoking films, together with an interactive festival hub. Info: www.mountainfestival.co.uk

RSCDS Winter School

Pitlochry - Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

Taking place over five days in the Scottish town of Pitlochry, Winter School attracts around 150 dancers from the UK, continental Europe, North America, and Australasia. Attendees enjoy a 4-star stay in the Atholl Palace Hotel, with a range of classes, social dances, tours and (of course) the famous ball at Blair Castle. Info: https://rscds.org/events/winter-school-2024

Seachdain na Gàidhlig-World Gaelic Week

Nationwide - Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

The first official nationwide language week of its kind in Scotland, aims to promote Gaelic for all. The week-long celebration giving Scottish Gaelic speakers, learners and supporters the opportunity to celebrate the language at home and internationally. Info: www.seachdainnagaidhlig.scot.

Seachdain na Gàidhlig 2024/World Gaelic Week 2024


Celebrating Scottish Gaelic across the globe. The theme for the 2024 edition of the cultural celebration is Do Chànan. Do Chothrom, which translates to Your Language. Your Opportunity. Participants are encouraged to showcase how the Gaelic language benefits and enriches lives, opening doors for connections, collaboration and success. Info: www.seachdainnagaidhlig.scot

Six Nations: Scotland vs England

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Scotland take on England in this Six Nations fixture at Murrayfield Stadium. Info: www.scottishrugby.org

The Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships

Kilmarnock-Scotland , United Kingdom

The world’s largest schools pipe band competition, returns to East Ayrshire at the William McIlvanney Campus. There are eight competition categories, beginning with quartets and culminating with the Juvenile category for bands, plus the hugely enjoyable and popular Freestyle. Info: www.thechampionships.org.uk

International Bagpipe Day


Listen of play some pipes today! This is a day initiated by The Bagpipe Society to celebrate the world’s many bagpipes and piping traditions.

Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Celebrate Glasgow's status as the funniest city in the world at venues across the city. Info: www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com

Cullen Skink World Championships

Cullen , United Kingdom

The competition pits the best Cullen Skink makers against each other with judging undertaken as a blind tasting with the highest score being declared the Cullen Skink World Champion. Come along, spectate and sample the competition entries and see who you think is the world champion. There will be stalls, stands, and fundraising raffles and ... Read more

Edinburgh Science Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The UK’s largest Science Festival with a programme of exhibitions, events, workshops, performances, screenings and discussions between some of the world's foremost scientific minds. Info: www.sciencefestival.co.uk.

National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland End of Year Concert

Perth - Scotland Perth , Scotland

The NYPBS round off our 2023-2024 programme with our flagship concert at Perth Concert Hall, which will feature three ensembles comprising around 135 young people for a night of incredible music. Info: www.nypbs.co.uk/eoyc2024

Run Balmoral

Ballater , United Kingdom

North east Scotland's biggest running event, with races for all age groups held in the stunning Royal Deeside scenery, at Balmoral Castle. Info: www.balmoralcastle.com

Kelpies 10

Falkirk - Scotland Falkirk, Scotland

A special one-off event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the multi-award winning visitor attraction, the Kelpies, the world’s largest equine sculptures at the Helix Park in Falkirk. Info: www.thehelix.co.uk/whats-on/kelpies-10

Etape Loch Ness

Loch Ness - Scotland Loch Ness, Scotland

A cycle sportive taking place around iconic Loch Ness, offering the chance to cycle 66 miles around the loch on traffic free roads. Info: www.etapelochness.com

Beltane Fire Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Celebrate the start of summer at this event which combines a mix of fire, drumming, and pagan performance at Calton Hill. Info: www.beltane.org

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Speyside - Scotland Speyside, Scotland

The doors to Speyside’s world-famous distilleries open, inviting visitors from across the globe to meet the makers, taste the world’s finest whiskies and discover the passion behind them. But that’s not all, there are events fit for a foodie, live music, talks, tastings, tours and more. Info: www.spiritofspeyside.com

Shetland Folk Festival

Lerwick, Shetland , United Kingdom

The UK's most northerly folk festival. Concerts are organised throughout the isles, consisting of some of the best International, British and Shetland music that the world has to offer.  Info: www.shetlandfolkfestival.com

World Whisky Day


World Whisky Day invites everyone to try a dram and celebrate the water of life. Events are taking place all over the globe.  Info: www.worldwhiskyday.com

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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