Piping Inverness

Inverness - Scotland Inverness, Scotland

The European Pipe Band Championships will be held in Bught Park, with food and drink, traditional craft stalls and live entertainment, will make it a fun-filled family day out. Info: [email protected]

Kenmore Highland Games

Kenmore - Scotland Kenmore, Perthshire, Scotland

Traditional Highland games with a heavy event unique to Kenmore, throwing the Tirnie Stones -an almost spherical stone found on Tirinie Farm, Kenmore. Info: www.kenmorehighlandgames.com

John Paul Jones Birthday Celebration

Arbigland, Dumfries , United Kingdom

John Paul Jones was one of the greatest Founding Fathers of America and The Father of the US Navy for his heroics in the American Revolutionary War. Come celebrate his birth (July 6, 1747) at the place of his birth and childhood, The John Paul Jones Birthplace Cottage and Museum located on Arbigland Estates just ... Read more

The Ceòlas Summer School

Isle of South Uist - Scotland Isle of South Uist, Scotland

Unbeatable tuition in Gaelic music, dance and language from the best traditional musicians in Scotland and Canada; guided walks, house cèilidhs and village-hall dances in the strongest Gaelic-speaking community in the world; authentic Hebridean culture alive in its heartland. Info: www.ceolas.co.uk

Loch Lomond Highland Games

Balloch - Scotland Balloch, Scotland

Athletics, pipe bands and more at Moss o' Balloch Park, Loch Lomond. Info: www.llhgb.com

HebCelt

Stornoway Isle of Lewis , United Kingdom

The Hebridean Celtic Festival is an international Celtic music festival, which takes place annually with a variety of performers and events. Info: www.hebceltfest.com

The Battle Of Falkirk 1298 Commemoration 2019

Falkirk - Scotland Falkirk, Scotland

Commemoration The Battle Of Falkirk 1298. On the 22nd of July 1298 Sir William Wallace Guardian of Scotland and high protector of the Realm and his army of Scotsman stood in defiance of tyranny against King Edward I of England at Falkirk Trinity Church. Info: www.facebook.com/events/661098897603239

Stonehaven Highland Games

Stonehaven - Scotland Stonehaven

Highland dancing, athletics and Pipe Band Competition at Mackie Academy Playing Fields. Info: www.stonehavenhighlandgames.com

Langholm Common Riding

Langholm , United Kingdom

A week of celebration culminate in a ceremonial procession. The procession is led by the cornet and his mounted supporters, accompanied by brass and pipe bands, horse-racing, athletics, Cumberland wrestling and Highland games; with an open air dance in the evening and a closing ceremony. Info: www,returntotheridings.co.uk/langholm-common-riding

Alasdair Fraser’s Mammoth Fiddle Night

Isle of Skye , United Kingdom

Prepare for a string spectacular and experience the sound of over 130 fiddles and cellos lifting the rafters of Sabhal Mr Ostaig. Info: www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/en/

Dufftown Highland Games

Dufftown , United Kingdom

A full programme of Light and Heavy Events, Massed Pipe Bands, Highland Dancing and there is a chance to take part too with the Overseas Race. Info: www.dufftownhighlandgames.org

Bagpipe Appreciation Day

Nationwide - Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

Show your love of the pies by playing your pipes today or listen to favourite band. Be sure to listen to some bagpipe music today!

St. Andrews Highland Games

St Andrews, Fife, , United Kingdom

One of the top Highland Games in Fife with a full traditional program at Station Park. Info: www.standrewshighlandgames.co.uk

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The Edinburgh Tattoo is a spectacular like no other. A kaleidoscope of music, dance and entertainment. All set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. See your evening burst into life with a colourful blend of Scottish pipe and drum bands, highland dancers and performers from across the world. Info: www.edintattoo.co.uk

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The largest arts festival in the world featuring performers from across the globe at locations across Edinburgh. Info: www.edfringe.com

The Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

For three weeks in August, Scotland’s capital becomes an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and an annual meeting point for people of all nations. Festival programmes featuring dance, opera, music and theatre at venues across Edinburgh. Info: www.eif.co.uk

International Scottish Gin Day

Nationwide - Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

International Scottish Gin Day aims to help a global audience discover the wonderful world of Scottish Gin and to create a special day established to raise the profile of Scottish Gin, which accounts for 70% of the UK's overall gin production.

Clan Farquharson Gathering 2019

Braemar - Scotland Braemar, Scotland

Celebrate our Clan Chief’s 100th birthday and his 70th anniversary of becoming Clan Chief with a variety of Clan focused events. Info: www.farquharson-clan.co.uk

Clan Baird Society General Meeting

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Clan Baird Society is hosting its General Meeting, St. Trinnean's Room, St. Leonard's Hall, 18 Holyrood Park Rd. A representative from the Office of the Lord Lyon is coming to hear the state of the Bairds and to explain processes for more organization of the family. All Bairds are invited to attend. You do not ... Read more

Isle Of Skye Highland Games

Isle of Skye , United Kingdom

These games, which date back to 1877, remain one of the few games in Scotland to feature a sailing event. Info: www.skye-highland-games.co.uk

Clan Munro Gathering

Inverness - Scotland Inverness, Scotland

Clan Munro Clan event to commemorate the Battle of Glen Shiel in 1719 where the Munros took to the field for the last time as a clan. Info: www.clanmunro.org.uk

Piping Live!

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Piping Live! brings together musicians from across the globe, who come to Glasgow with pipe bands and music groups from many different countries to take part. With Pipe Idol, The Piping Live! Big Band, The Masters, Evening Concerts, the festival club, Street Café and more, the festival  has something for everyone. Info: www.pipinglive.co.uk

Learn@Live! at Piping Live! 2019

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Learn@Live! is a brand new workshop series from the Piping Live! festival team at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Learn@Live! will feature two full days of workshops looking at topics across the spectrum of Piping and Drumming. This is a great way to learn more about your craft, find out about a new style of ... Read more

The World Pipe Band Championships

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Two days of competition showcases the extraordinary ability of 8000 pipers and drummers taking part. Defending champions Inveraray and District will face bands from around the World as they compete to hang on to their crown at Glasgow Green. Info: www.theworlds.co.uk

Stirling Highland Games

Stirling - Scotland Stirling , Scotland

Stirling sees some of the burliest heavy athletes battle it out in the heavies, from the shot put to the hammer throw. Info: www.stirlinghighlandgames.com

Cowal Highland Gathering

Dunoon, Argyll , United Kingdom

Celebrating 125 years and renowned for the quality of its Highland dancing, drawing in the best performers from around the globe as they compete in the Scottish and World Championships. Info:  www.cowalgathering.com or 01369 703206.

2019 Clan MacAulay Gathering

Aviemore , United Kingdom

MacAulays (of all spellings) will gather in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park at the Hilton Coylumbridge. It will be a time to connect with our fellow MacAulays, make new friends and reacquaint with friends you’ve made at previous Gatherings. Info: www.clanmacaulay.org.uk

The Stewart Gathering 2019

Elgin, Moray , United Kingdom

The Stewart Society (of Edinburgh) will hold its Annual General Meeting, hosted by the Royal Hotel with trips to Duffus Castle, Spynie Palace, Burghead, Darnaway Castle, Holy Trinity Church, and Dunkeld Cathedral to visit the tomb of the Wolf of Badenoch. Info: www.stewartsociety.org

Perth Festival of Yarn

Perth - Scotland Perth , Scotland

The festival brings together independent dyers, farmers, small-holders, knitters, spinners, felters and weavers for a weekend. You can also take part in a class programme with professional tutors across a range of textile disciplines. Info: www.perthfestivalofyarn.uk

Scottish Borders Walking Festival

Selkirk , United Kingdom

This year’s festival will see a total of 28 guided countryside walks of varied lengths and challenge, taking in routes across the Selkirk, Ettrick and Yarrow Valley areas - from the Southern Upland Way, the Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall and the Ring o’ the Loch to the famous Three Brethren and many more. Info: www.borderswalking.com

Braemar Gathering

Braemar - Scotland Braemar, Scotland

This Highland games was founded in the 18th century and awarded Royal Patronage by Queen Victoria. Since then the reigning monarch has been patron of the games, and the event has regularly welcomed royalty including Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Info: www.braemargathering.org

Blairgowrie & Rattray Highland Games

Blairgowrie - Scotland Blairgowrie, Scotland

Traditional Highland Games, with an exciting mix of piping, dancing, track and field events. Also featuring a dog show and a wide range of stands. Info: www.blairgowriehighlandgames.co.uk

Pitlochry Highland Games

Pitlochry - Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

Enjoy the soul-stirring sound of pipes during the parade and piping competitions, and watch other popular events, such as the caber toss, shot put, hammer throw and Highland dancing. Info: www.pitlochryhighlandgames.co.uk

Jura Music Festival

Isle of Jura , United Kingdom

Now in its 25th year, The Isle of Jura Musical Festival is a well-established favourite for lovers of the traditional music scene. From the locals Friday night ceilidh right through to the Sunday night concert in the distillery co-operage, enjoy a weekend packed with fantastic performances, stimulating workshops, spontaneous sessions and great craic. Info: www.juramusicfestival.com

Highland Archaeology Festival

Highlands , United Kingdom

A fortnight of investigations into Scotland's ancient past, including walks, practical demonstrations, family events, self-guided trails, insights into recent research, historical talks, and plenty of chances for visitors to get their hands dirty exploring what lies beneath this famous landscape. Info: www.highland.gov.uk/archaeology

Highland Golf Links Pro Am

Inverness - Scotland Inverness, Scotland

Three-day, 54-hole annual event, will be one of the richest on the PGA in Scotland Tour and will be limited to 60 teams. The winning professional will pick up a unique prize of a bottle of 50-Year-Old Tomatin single malt which has been bottled exclusively for the event with an estimated value of £10,000. Info: ... Read more

The Enchanted Forest

Pitlochry - Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

Perthshire’s multi-award-winning sound and light show, entitled Cosmos, is inspired by the vastness and natural beauty of the skies that sit above the forest at Faskally Wood. Info: www.enchantedforest.org.uk

Royal National Mòd

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

The Royal National Mòd is Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival and is famous for celebrating our Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage. Info: www.ancomunn.co.uk

The 31st Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Celebrates old traditions and new connections, building bridges between artists, regions and communities in a feast of storytelling, music and dance. SISF 2019 will have a special focus between Scotland and Canada, aimed at developing new creative work, collaborations and exchanges between Scottish and Canadian artists and festivals. Info: www.sisf.org.uk

Illuminight with Lidl

Kilmarnock-Scotland , United Kingdom

Experience one of the UK’s most spectacular illumination events at Dean Castle County Park. The park is illuminated with light installations and AV effects, and there's quality local food and drink to keep you refreshed.Info: www.illuminight.co.uk

Orkney Storytelling Festival

Orkney - Scotland Orkney , Scotland

The 2019 Orkney Storytelling Festival takes place around Orkney between the 24th-27th October. The festival has a truly international flavour, with storytellers from Scotland, Canada and Africa. Info: www.orkneystorytellingfestival.co.uk

Paisley Halloween Festival

Paisley - Scotland Paisley, Scotland

Festivals Paisley RenfrewshirBeware the witching hour, when supernatural creatures and ghostly figures gather their powers to scare even the bravest of souls at Halloween. Info: www.whatsonrenfrewshire.co.uk

Scottish and European Vintage Ploughing Championships

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

The 57th Scottish Ploughing Championships will also be hosting the 22nd European Vintage Ploughing Championships. Over 200 competitors will battle it out in horse, vintage, modern and classic categories over the two day event, culminating in the crowning of European Vintage and Scottish Champions. Info: www.scotplough.co.uk

The Glenfiddich Piping Championship

Blair Atholl Perthshire , United Kingdom

The Glenfiddich was established in 1974 to inspire the world's finest individual pipers and to seek the best overall exponents on Ceol Mor (or Piobaireachd, the great music) and Ceol Beag (or light music, the little music). The event is held annually in Blair Castle. Following the competition, the annual Pipers' Ceilidh will take place ... Read more

City of Perth Halloween Parade and Fun Night

Perth - Scotland Perth , Scotland

Celebrate the spookiest time of year with the Grand Halloween Parade through Perth city centre. There's also live music and dance, storytelling, face painting and fun fair rides. Info: www.perthcity.co.uk

Celtic Samhain

Kenmore - Scotland Kenmore, Perthshire, Scotland

Come and hear about the ancient legends of Samhain. Prepare for the most fearful day of all with a lovely winter storytelling and music session around the protective Crannog fire, as the veil between our world and the spirit world is lifted at the Scottish Crannog Centre. Info: www.crannog.co.uk

The Perthshire Amber Festival

Perthshire , United Kingdom

A variety of music events across Perthshire with Dougie Maclean and friends including; music sessions, a triple Cabaret Amber, a big Dougie concert at Perth Concert Hall, and a Farewell Concert/Event. Info: www.perthshireamber.com

Festival of Remembrance

Hamilton MT, United Kingdom

Ceremony in remembrance of the members of the armed forces who sacrificed their lives for our safety, featuring dramatic and musical performances. Info: www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk

Glasgow Loves Christmas

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Magical events, shopping and festive fun in the heart of the city. Info: www.glasgowloveschristmas.com

The Lost Medieval Towers of Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Edinburgh Castle is one of the most iconic of world monuments with almost 2 million visitors every year, and yet its medieval form has remained a mystery. This lecture will focus on how recent historical research and archaeological investigations have begun to reveal how different the Castle looked to Robert Bruce and the Stewart kings. ... Read more

Scots Fiddle Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

This exciting, fiddle-fuelled weekend returns in 2019 with concerts, recitals, workshops, talks, stalls, sessions, festival clubs, and ceilidhs. Info: www.scotsfiddlefestival.com

Edinburgh’s Christmas

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Edinburgh's Christmas is a spectacular, six-week season of festive entertainment in the heart of the city centre and also a Christmas Market. Info: www.edinburghschristmas.com

The Saltire Festival

East Lothian , United Kingdom

There will be exciting events marking St. Andrew's Day taking place across East Lothian from Monday 25th November - Sunday 1st December bringing together the very best of Scotland in the Home of the Flag. Info: www.visiteastlothian.org/the-saltire

Happy St Andrew’s Day

Nationwide - Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

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!

Drambusters Whisky Festival

Dumfries - Scotland Dumfries, Scotland

A festival celebrating the water of life. Meet the makers and celebrities of the whisky world and have a wee dram of a range of malts and other spirits. Info: www.drambusters.com

Christmas Ghost Stories

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Pull up a chair by the fire, relax with some Christmassy goodwill, but pull up the covers because not only does the winter chill – but so do the tales of terror. Join a collection of story tellers for a Christmas afternoon of Victorian and Edwardian Ghost stories in the atmospheric and beautiful surroundings of ... Read more

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Ceilidh

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Join our traditional music students for their annual, rip-roaring, toe-tapping ceilidh in the home of Scottish music, the National Piping Centre. www.rcs.ac.uk

The Red Chilli Pipers Live

Aberdeen - Scotland Aberdeen, Scotland

A unique brand of 'bag rock' (that's bagpipes plus rock, if you were wondering) with stirring tunes and energetic performances. Expect everything from 'Flower of Scotland' to Coldplay's 'Clocks', via AC/DC and Deep Purple at Music Hall, Union St. Info: www.redhotchillipipers.co.uk

Glamis Castle Christmas Markets

Glamis , United Kingdom

Celebrate the festive season at Glamis Castle, with winter walks, holiday stalls, tours and more. Info: www.glamis-castle.co.uk

Lanark Christmas Ceilidh

Lanark , United Kingdom

Festive ceilidh dance led by the Clyde Valley Ceilidh Band. Lanark Memorial Hall welcomes the Clyde Valley Ceilidh Band for an evening of foot stomping tunes and Christmas ceilidhing. Info: [email protected]

Happy Christmas

Nationwide - Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

Wishing all our readers and friends a very Happy Christmas and festive season!

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Edinburgh's Hogmanay is one of the world's greatest New Year celebrations, including street party, torchlight procession, ceilidh and more. Join for three days of spectacular events, as Edinburgh shows the world how to party! Info: www.edinburghshogmanay.com

Happy Hogmany

Nationwide - Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

The Scottish Banner wishes all our readers and friends a very Happy Hogmanay and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2020!

Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony

Stonehaven - Scotland Stonehaven

The Fireball Ceremony is Stonehaven's unique way to welcome in the New Year and greet friends and neighbours. As the midnight chimes ring out on December 31st, approximately 40 men and women parade up and down the High Street swinging fiercely flaming balls around their heads. Info: www.stonehavenfireballs.co.uk

The Loony Dook

South Queensferry West Lothian , United Kingdom

The Loony Dook continues its New Year’s Day tradition at South Queensferry. In the shadow of the Forth Bridges, the dippers in fancy dress, scantily clad or even fully clothed from the night before will brave the chill to raise money for charities while shaking off their Hogmanay hangover. Dookers will march the length of ... Read more

Celtic Connections

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

Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Over 500 companies exhibit thousands of products in Clothing, Textiles, Jewellery, Fashion Accessories, Clan Products, Beauty & Bath Products, Stationery, Giftware, Gift Food & Speciality Fine Food at Glasgow’s SEC-trade only event. Info: www.spring.scotlandstradefairs.co.uk

Scots Music Group-Celebrating Robert Burns

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Join friends from Scots Music Group for an afternoon session of traditional songs, music, poems and stories celebrating Scotland’s national bard. Held in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling Court. All welcome to listen or bring a turn and join in! Info: www.scottishstorytellingcentre.com

Big Burns Supper 2020

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

Glasgow Burns Night

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

This fun, informal and traditional Burns Night will include poetry, bagpipes and plenty of merriment and the opportunity to meet old friends and new at Royal Exchange Square. Info: [email protected].

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.

Glamis Castle Burns Supper

Forfar - Scotland Forfar, Tayside, Scotland

Your evening will begin with us from 6pm in the magnificent 17th Century drawing room with a glass of fizz on arrival, followed by a traditional 3 course Burns Supper served in the stunning Strathmore Dining Room, where you will also be entertained by a full cast of well known local speakers throughout. Info: [email protected]

A Blazing Burns Night Spectacular

Alloway, Ayr , United Kingdom

What better way to celebrate Burns Night than with a ceilidh and a spectacular choreographed fire show? An evening of live music, dancing, an awe-inspiring fire performance finale and, of course, haggis, neeps and tatties at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Info: www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/robert-burns-birthplace-museum/events

Up Helly Aa

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

Oor Wullie

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

The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival

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

Decade from The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland

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

SPECTRA 2020

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

The Fort William Mountain Festival

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

Winkie’s Return

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

StAnza

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

International Bagpipe Day

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!

Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED-Europe's biggest comedy festival! Info: www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com

Hawick Reivers Festival

Hawick-Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- 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 ... Read more

International Whisky Day

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

The Clan Gunn Society’s 60th Diamond Celebrations

Inverness - Scotland Inverness, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- Clan members and septs gather for a variety of activities and events celebrating Clan Gunn. Info: www.clangunnsociety.org

Arbroath 2020 Festival

Arbroath - Scotland Arbroath , Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED - 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

SpringFest: The Scottish Food and Drink Festival

Balloch - Scotland Balloch, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED- 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

A Celtic Spring

Kenmore - Scotland Kenmore, Perthshire, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- 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: ... Read more

Beltane Fire Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- 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 ... Read more

Gourock Highland Games

Gourock - Scotland Gourock, Renfrewshire, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED-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

World Whisky Day

Nationwide - Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

A day of global whisky celebration, try a dram and celebrate the water of life. Info: www.worldwhiskyday.com

Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair

Fochabers, Aberdeenshire , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- 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

The British Pipe Band Championships

Paisley - Scotland Paisley, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED-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

Atholl Highlanders Parade and Gathering

Blair Atholl Perthshire , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED-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

Blackford Highland Games

Blackford - Scotland Blackford, Perthshire, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED-Traditional Highland Games celebrating 150 years of Highland excellence in 2020. Info: www.blackfordhighlandgames.co.uk

The Outlander Conference

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED-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

Dumbarton 2020

Dumbarton , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- 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. ... Read more

Helenburgh & Lomond Highland Games

Helensburgh - Scotland Helensburgh , Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED-Traditional Scottish family fun day with running, heavy weights, solo piping and Highland dance competitions. Info: www.helensburghandlomondgames.co.uk

Cornhill Highland Games

Banff, Aberdeenshire , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED-Traditional Highland games with heavy weight championships, Highland dancing, hill race, children's races, tug o'war at Cornhill Playing Fields. Info: www.cornhillhighlandgames.org

The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

Portsoy, Aberdeenshire , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED-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

Aberdeen’s Highland Games

Aberdeen - Scotland Aberdeen, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- A highlight on the Aberdeen summer calendar, it promises to be a day full of family entertainment, including traditional Scottish Highland Games competitions, pipe band championships and solo piping competitions, and more at Hazlehead Park. Info: www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/leisure-culture-and-parks/events-aberdeen/aberdeens-highland-games

Piping Inverness

Inverness - Scotland Inverness, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- 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

Drumtochty Highland Games

Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire, , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- Traditional games in the beautiful surroundings of Drumtochty Castle. info: www.spanglefish.com/drumtochtyhighlandgames

Ceòlas Summer School

Isle of South Uist - Scotland Isle of South Uist, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED-Unbeatable tuition in Gaelic music, dance and language from the best traditional musicians in Scotland and Canada; guided walks, house cèilidhs and village-hall dances in the strongest Gaelic-speaking community in the world; authentic Hebridean culture alive in its heartland. Info: www.ceolas.co.uk

HebCelt 20: Scottish Music Festival

Stornoway Isle of Lewis , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- 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

The Inverness Highland Games

Inverness - Scotland Inverness, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED-Founded in 1822 the Inverness Highland Games is one of the most spectacular traditional gatherings staged in Scotland and is one of the highlights of any visit to the Highland capital city of Inverness at Bught Park. Info: www.invernesshighlandgames.com

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Summer School 2020

St Andrews, Fife, , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED-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 ... Read more

368th Burntisland Highland Games

Burntisland - Scotland Burntisland, Fife, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED-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

The Glasgow Canal Festival

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- 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

Scottish Pipe Band Championships

Dumbarton , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED-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

Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre Highland Games and Gathering

Lochearnhead , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- 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

Clan Cameron – 2020 Gathering

Spean Bridge , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- 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

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- A world-class military event rooted in Scottish tradition, with hundreds of performers from across the globe, at the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. Info: www.edintattoo.co.uk

Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- 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

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- 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

Clan MacKenzie Gathering 2020

Strathpeffer , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- Calling all MacKenzie's and septs for a variety of events. Info: www.clanmackenziesociety.co.uk/events/gathering-2020/

PipingLive!

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- 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

Brodick Highland Games

Brodick, Isle of Arran , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- Traditional village Highland games with athletics, a pipe band, heavy weights, Highland dancing and stalls. Info: www.facebook.com/BrodickHighlandGames

A Night in That Land

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- Inveraray & District Pipe Band live at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Info: www.idpb.co.uk

The World Pipe Band Championships

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- 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

Stirling Highland Games

Stirling - Scotland Stirling , Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- 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

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- The Book Festival welcomes around 900 authors from over 60 countries in more than 800 events for adults and children each year including novelists, poets, scientists, philosophers, sportsmen, illustrators, comic creators, historians, musicians, biographers, environmentalists, economists, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides. Info: www.edbookfest.co.uk

Clan Donnachaidh Society 2020 Clan Gathering

Pitlochry & Bruar - Scotland Pitlochry & Bruar , Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- Bringing in members from across the world at the Clan Donnachaidh Centre. Info: www.donnachaidh.com

Lonach Highland Gathering & Games

Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- The Highland Games showcase traditional sports and events including pipe bands, tug-o-war and Highland dancing. Info: www.lonach.org

Cowal Highland Gathering

Dunoon, Argyll , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- 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

The Braemar Gathering

Braemar - Scotland Braemar, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- 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

The Scottish Borders Walking Festival

Jedburgh , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- The Scottish Borders has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the UK. This festival is the oldest established walking festival in Scotland, has a reputation for being one of the friendliest walking festivals of the year. Info: www.borderswalking.com

The Isle Martin Seaweed Festival

Ullapool , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- Celebrate the rich seaweed life to be found along the shoreline of Isle Martin. The Isle Martin Trust will present an extraordinary and fascinating festival celebrating the rich seaweed life of our shorelines in a host of ways. Info: www.islemartin.org

Blairgowrie & Rattray Highland Games 2020

Blairgowrie - Scotland Blairgowrie, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- The annual Games, a blend of spectacle and fun, take place on the first Sunday after the first Saturday in September in beautiful Perthshire. Info: www.facebook.com/blairgowrieandrattrayhighlandgames

Nairn Book & Arts Festival

Nairn , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- A range of musical, literary and artistic events with a fringe drawing on the talents of the local creative community. Info: www.nairnfestival.co.uk

Stranraer Oyster Festival

Stranraer , United Kingdom

The Festival launches when the first Scottish native oysters of the season are piped ashore from the Vital Spark oyster boat. Marking the start of the native oyster harvesting season, Stranraer Oyster Festival is bringing top chefs, inspiring speakers, amazing entertainers and some of the world’s leading oyster experts together to have a seafood celebration ... Read more

The Findhorn Bay Festival

Forres - Scotland Forres , Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED-The 4th biennial Findhorn Bay Festival is a spectacular six-day celebration of arts and culture taking place at the heart of Moray, showcasing artists of national and international renown. Info: www.findhornbayfestival.com

Wigtown Book Festival

Wigtown, Scotland Wigtown, United Kingdom

THIS EVENT WILL GO ONLINE ONLY DUE TO COVID-19- Words flourish in few places as they do in Scotland’s National Book Town. So much of the culture and history of this beautiful part of south-west Scotland is written in its landscape. Info: www.wigtownbookfestival.com

The Isle of Jura Musical Festival

Isle of Jura , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- A well-established favourite for lovers of the traditional Scottish music scene. Info: www.juramusicfestival.com

The Cumnock Tryst

Cumnock - Scotland Cumnock, Strathclyde, Scotland

THIS EVENT WILL GO ONLINE ONLY DUE TO COVID-19- A festival of music in and around Cumnock, which brings some of the world's greatest musicians into local venues, churches and halls, with the community at the heart of all of its activities. Info: www.thecumnocktryst.com

The Enchanted Forest

Faskally Wood , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED-Set amidst the magical Autumn woodland of Highland Perthshire, with pioneering sound and light shows and world renowned, our multi-award winning event has clocked up many accolades including the UK’s Best Cultural Event, Best Outdoor Festival and Scotland’s Best Large Event. Info: www.enchantedforest.org.uk

Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival

Shetland - Scotland Shetland , Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- 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

Aiseag

Inverness - Scotland Inverness, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS POSTPONED- Festival exploring and celebrating Gaelic culture, heritage and tradition, and its association with coasts and waters, all through creative technologies and performances at Urquhart Castle. The jewel of Loch Ness becomes a treasure chest of Scottish arts and culture for one weekend, as we bring stories of the sea and ... Read more

Allan Ramsay Festival

Carlops, Midlothian , United Kingdom

Celebrates the life and work of the Scots poet, Allan Ramsay (1684–1758). Ramsay was a cultural entrepreneur of astonishing versatility and originality. He argued for the validity of Scots as a British literary language. His assiduous networking helped to internationalize Scottish culture, develop the infrastructure of the Enlightenment, and lay the foundations for the success ... Read more

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Annual celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions & cultural diversity at Scottish Storytelling Centre. Info: www.sisf.org.uk

The Orkney Storytelling Festival

Orkney - Scotland Orkney , Scotland

THIS EVENT WILL GO ONLINE ONLY DUE TO COVID-19- A long weekend of traditional oral storytelling held in interesting, intimate and atmospheric locations. Alongside local storytellers, the Orkney Storytelling Festival brings invited guests to our isles from all over the world. This year will see tellers from Japan, Edinburgh and Norway. Info: www.orkneystorytellingfestival.co.uk

58th Scottish Ploughing Championships

Prestwick, Ayrshire , United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED-Over 200 competitors battle it out in horse, vintage, modern and classic categories over the two day event, culminating in the crowning of this year's Scottish Plougher. Info: www.scotplough.co.uk

The Loch Ness Knit Fest

Inverness - Scotland Inverness, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- Knitting festival in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, featuring workshops, talks, presentations, fashion shows, marketplace, local musicians and much more. Info: www.lochnessknitfest.com

Perth Accordion & Fiddle Festival

Perth - Scotland Perth , Scotland

THIS EVENT WILL GO ONLINE ONLY DUE TO COVID-19-A major occasion in the Scottish music calendar incorporating the official Scottish Accordion Championships for traditional music alongside fiddle competitions and a range of individual and group sections covering a variety of musical styles. Info: www.perthaccordionfestival.co.uk

Glenfiddich Piping Championship 2020 Online

Online event , United Kingdom

The Glenfiddich Piping Championship 2020 looks a little different for 2020. Staged behind closed doors at Blair Castle in Perthshire, 10 of the previous winners, and 2nd places, will come together to play Piobaireachd and March, Strathspey and Reel to find the Glenfiddich Piping Champion 2020. With no in-person audience this year, you are invited ... Read more

The Perthshire Amber Festival

Dunkeld - Scotland Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED- Dougie MacLean with wonderful musicians performing to the most appreciative audiences ever, gathered in Perthshire in the heart of Scotland from all over the world. Info: www.perthshireamber.com

Oban Winter Festival

Oban - Scotland Oban, Scotland

THIS EVENT PROGRAM WILL BE ALTERED DUE TO COVID-19-The coastal town gets frosty with a series of activities, films and light shows to celebrate the fluffy white season that carries the year to a close.There's even a chance Santa might stop by, when he gets a break from all that present preparation. Info: www.obanwinterfestival.com

The Dundee Mountain Film Festival

Dundee - Scotland Dundee, Scotland

Dundee Mountain Film Festival regrets that due to the ongoing guidance re Covid 19 it will be unable to present a full programme of events this year. The Festival is, however, making plans to screen a special selection of films, details of which will be released when arrangements are in place. Info: www.dundeemountainfilm.org.uk

Happy St Andrew’s Day

Nationwide - Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

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!

Happy Christmas

Nationwide - Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

Wishing all our readers and friends a very Happy Christmas and festive season!

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

THIS EVENT PROGRAM WILL BE ALTERED DUE TO COVID-19- Join thousands of marchers bearing firelit torches, enjoy dancing to traditional Scottish music beneath Edinburgh Castle, and watch top stars and incredible fireworks from Princes Street Gardens. Info: www.edinburghshogmanay.com

Happy Hogmanay

Nationwide - Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

The Scottish Banner wishes all our readers and friends a very Happy Hogmanay and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2021!

Burns Poetry Competition

Virtual event

Join ScotlandShop's RobertBurns Poetry Competition. Details and enter online at: https://www.scotlandshop.com/tartanblog/robert-burns-poetry-competition

Celtic Connections

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

The UK's premier celebration of Celtic music. Info: www.celticconnections.com

Happy Burns Night

Nationwide - Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

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.

Janey Godley’s Big Burns Supper

Online event , United Kingdom

Scotland’s largest contemporary Burns celebration joins forces with Scotland’s much loved comic hero of 2020, Janey Godley as Big Burns Supper goes digital for 2021. Marking the festival’s 10th anniversary, Janey Godley’s Big Burns Supper dishes up a very special broadcast connecting Scotland to the world with contributions from local, national and international artists to ... Read more

World’s Biggest FREE Online Burns Supper – Streaming from Scotland

Virtual event

On the 25th January a small Scottish charity are thinking BIG! Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland) is attempting to host the world’s biggest virtual Burns supper. We have fantastic line up including Scots comedian Janey Godley and Travis music sensation Fran Healy! The charity, which for the last 30 years typically welcomes up to ... Read more

Burns in the ‘Burgh

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

"Edina! Scotia's darling seat!” Please join us for a celebration of the ‘heav'n-taught ploughman' through poetry readings and a virtual guided tour of the places particularly associated with the bard from his time in the capital from 1786 to 1788. Special guests include Scottish actors Derek Riddell (Shetland, No Angels), John Gordon Sinclair (Gregory’s Girl, ... Read more

The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival

Isle of Lewis , United Kingdom

An ambitious programme features stargazing events, workshops and talks led by leading scientists, as well as film, music and theatre, all located on the Isle of Lewis, which has some of the darkest skies in the UK and is one of the best places in the country to see the Aurora Borealis. Info: https://lanntair.com/creative-programme/darkskies/

StAnza

Online event , United Kingdom

A hybrid festival, largely digital, with a few live exhibitions and socially distanced outdoor events. The festival will include readings, round table events, interactive poetry installations and more to celebrate Scotland’s magnificent culture and artistic talent. Info: https://stanzapoetry.org/festival

International Bagpipe Day

Nationwide - Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

March 10th every year: a day initiated by The Bagpipe Society to celebrate the world's many bagpipes and piping traditions. www.bagpipesociety.org.uk

Unique light show launches celebrations for Sir Walter Scott 250th anniversary

Join us at 6pm this Saturday 20th March to see Sir Walter Scott light up the night sky as we launch the nation’s 250th anniversary celebrations.A spectacular light show will launch the international celebrations for the 250th anniversary of the life and works of Sir Walter Scott on Saturday 20th March, World Storytelling Day.The night ... Read more

A Celebration of Duncan Johnstone and His Music – Online Event

Virtual event

The National Piping Centre has just announced it's next Online Concert, this time celebrating the life and music of Duncan Johnstone. During the concert you will hear solo piping from Roddy MacLeod MBE, one of Duncan’s most well-known pupils and John Dew who was the last overall winner of the competition in 2019. This event ... Read more

Virtual Spring Fling

Virtual event

Hosted by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, the Virtual Spring Fling and Fringe event can be accessed completely online. Info: https://abzspringfling2021.wordpress.com

National Piping Centre Spring Adult Online Gathering

Virtual event

A fantastic four days of piping with masterclasses, workshops, one-to-one lessons, group lessons and more. Info: www.thepipingcentre.co.uk/learn/seasonal-schools/npc-gatherings

Spirit of Speyside Festival-Virtual Event

Virtual event

The Speyside region is home to some of the biggest names in Scotch whisky, and the Festival is a five-day celebration comprising more than 500 different events.Info: www.spiritofspeyside.com

40th Shetland Folk Festival

Shetland - Scotland Shetland , Scotland

*POSTPONED TO APRIL 2022-This internationally renowned festival - the most northerly folk gathering in the UK - hosts eclectic line-ups of folk, blues, jazz and swing with a programme of workshops, sessions and concerts. It's famous for showcasing Shetland musicianship, especially the unique fiddle tradition. Info: www.shetlandfolkfestival.com

World Whisky Day

Nationwide - Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

World Whisky Day is a global celebration of world whiskies. Info: www.WorldWhiskyDay.com

British Pipe Band Championships

Paisley - Scotland Paisley, Scotland

In line with national guidance from the Scottish Government, and after discussions with Renfrewshire Council, the RSPBA have agreed to cancel the British Pipe Band Championships for 2021. Info: www.rspba.org

Atholl Highlanders Parade and Gathering

Pitlochry - Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

It is with sadness that we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Atholl Highlanders’ Gathering and Highland Games, due to Government restrictions for outdoor events. Info: https://blair-castle.co.uk/scottish-highland-castle/atholl-highlanders-parade-gathering/

Blackford Highland Games

Blackford - Scotland Blackford, Perthshire, Scotland

Blackford Highland Games 2021 is cancelled and  will return on Saturday the 28th of May 2022.  Info: www.blackfordhighlandgames.co.uk

The Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games

Helensburgh - Scotland Helensburgh , Scotland

A spectacular event of traditional sport, dance & Scottish heritage. Info: www.facebook.com/HLHighlandGames

The Royal Highland Show

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The Royal Highland Show, Scotland's biggest annual Agricultural show, has been cancelled for the second year running due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Info: www.royalhighlandshow.org

Cupar Highland Games

Cupar - Scotland Cupar, Scotland

The Committee of Cupar Highland Games wishes to announce that the Games of 2021, due to take place in June, are now cancelled. We will see you all in 2022. Info: www.cuparhighlandgames.org

European Pipe Band Championships

Inverness - Scotland Inverness, Scotland

Due to uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions and following the latest Scottish Government guidance, the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA), in partnership with event organiser, LCC Live, has cancelled the annual event. Info: www.pipinginverness.com

East Neuk Festival

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

World class music & more in the beautiful, restful East Neuk o' Fife. Info: www.eastneukfestival.com

HebCelt Festival

Stornoway Isle of Lewis , United Kingdom

Multi-award winning International music festival set in Stornoway, Outer Hebrides,celebrating 25 years-A "hybrid" festival featuring some live performances and "unique digital content" is now being planned instead as traditional event has been cancelled. Info: www.hebceltfest.com

Tomintoul Highland Games

Tomintoul

179th Games cancelled due to the current Covid-19 ongoing situation. Info: https://www.facebook.com/tomintoulhighlandgames

Stonehaven Highland Games

Stonehaven - Scotland Stonehaven

It is with much disappointment that we have taken the decision to cancel the 2021 Stonehaven Highland Games. We will be back bigger and better in 2022. Info: www.facebook.com/stonehavenhighlandgames

Inveraray Highland Games

Inveraray - Scotland Inveraray, Scotland

It is with huge disappointment and regret that we confirm the cancellation of Inveraray Highland Games 2021, in-line with current guidelines surrounding the Covid-19 virus. Info: www.inveraray-games.co.uk

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Sadly cancelled for 2021 but this incredible show will return from 5th to 27th August 2022. Info: www.edintattoo.co.uk or + 44 (0) 131 225 1188.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The Fringe will return from 06 to 30 August 2021. Registration for 2021 Fringe shows is now open, and the first batch of tickets will available to book from 01 July. Info: www.edfringe.com

Brodick Highland Games

Brodick, Isle of Arran , United Kingdom

Cancelled and returning August 2022 . Info: www.facebook.com/BrodickHighlandGames

Piping Live!

Virtual event

This year’s Glasgow International Piping Festival will see the livestreaming and premiering of as many events as possible across the nine days of the festival. Info: https://pipinglive.co.uk

Edinburgh International Festival

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

The World Pipe Band Championships

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

The World Pipe Band Championships 2021, due to take place at Glasgow Green in August, has been cancelled. The event, which would normally attract around 200 bands from around the world to compete, is expected to return to Glasgow in 2022. Info: www.theworlds.co.uk

Edinburgh Book Festival

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Book Festival fans can expect a range of live online author talks, workshops and readings as well as, if circumstances permit, some events for live socially-distanced audiences. Info: www.edbookfest.co.uk

Stirling Highland Games (Virtual Event)

Virtual event

Organisers have unveiled an exciting programme of virtual activities to entertain families, food-lovers, history buffs and Highland Games competition fans from home and abroad on Saturday August 21. Spectators can watch competitors take part in hammer throwing, shot put and tossing the caber via a dedicated video channel. Tickets can be pre-ordered now - via ... Read more

Cowal Highland Games

Dunoon, Argyll , United Kingdom

Due to Covid 19 this year's event has been cancelled, with Cowal Highland Gathering moving  into its virtual space with Cowal’s Virtual Gathering. Info: www.cowalgathering.com

The Gathering

Inverness - Scotland Inverness, Scotland

A festival celebrating the very best of The Highlands and Scotland with a focus on folk and trad music alongside local food and drink. A one-day festival celebrating the very best of The Highlands and Scotland is set to return to The Northern Meeting Park. Info: www.thegatheringscotland.com

Braemar Highland Gathering

Braemar - Scotland Braemar, Scotland

Cancelled for 2021, returning September, 2022. Info: www.braemargathering.org

Isle of Jura Musical Festival

Isle of Jura , United Kingdom

Island festival of Scottish traditional music which encourages local talent with concerts, workshops and sessions, and completes the bill with established acts to give them something to aspire to. Info: www.juramusicfestival.com

The Enchanted Forest

Pitlochry - Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

Cancelled and back in 2022. Info: www.enchantedforest.org.uk

Royal National Mod

Virtual event

An Comunn Gaidhealach have published competition syllabuses for The Royal National Mòd 2021 which will take place in a hybrid format this year. The online syllabus, similar to the one used for the online Mòd last year, will give people the opportunity to take part in this year’s Mòd by submitting videos of their performances. ... Read more

Perthshire Amber

Dunkeld - Scotland Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland

Cancelled for 2021. Info: www.perthshireamber.com

Castle of Light: Hidden Treasures

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland

This winter, discover a show of legend, light, mystery & magic at the iconic Edinburgh Castle. Info: www.edinburghcastle.scot/whats-on/castle-of-light-hidden-treasures

Glasgow’s Whisky Festival

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow's festival of the national tipple returns for 2021, with more than 60 stands featuring whisky, gin, rum, other spirits and whisky gifts in Scotland’s National Stadium-Hampden Park. Info: www.glasgowswhiskyfestival.com

Edinburgh’s Christmas

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland

Celebrating the festive season in Scotland's capital. Info: www.edinburghschristmas.com

Happy St Andrew’s Day

Nationwide - Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

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!

Caledonia Festival

Virtual event

A winter festival celebrating the arts, comedy, music and Scotland’s heritage is coming to Stirling. The Caledonia Festival, showcasing a wide range of grassroots and emerging talent, takes place next Tuesday November 30 – St Andrew’s Day.Viewers from all over the world can tune into the virtual section of the hybrid event while some tickets ... Read more

Happy Christmas

Wishing all our readers, advertisers and friends a very happy and peaceful Christmas!

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland

Hogmanay is the Scottish word for the last day of the year or New Year’s Eve and is generally regarded as the most important Scottish holiday. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival dates back to 1993 and has evolved to become one of the greatest outdoor celebrations of New Year’s Eve in the world.  Given the ongoing pandemic, a decision has ... Read more

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 2022!

11th Big Burns Supper

Dumfries - Scotland Dumfries, Scotland

Big Burns Supper is the largest community platform in the South of Scotland, with over 250 events each year, and the biggest contemporary Burns Festival in the world. Info: www.bigburnssupper.com

Celtic Connections

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

The UK's premiere celebration of roots music, will return in full force for 2022 with an exciting and eclectic programme of events. Info: www.celticconnections.com

Burns&Beyond

Edinburgh - Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh’s flagship Burns festival Burns&Beyond returns for its fourth edition, sending messages of Luve, Hope and Kindness. Burns&Beyond celebrates the life and legacy of Robert Burns with an outstanding programme of traditional and contemporary art and culture, from across Scotland and beyond. This year’s event welcomes the return of live events with spectacular music, poetry, comedy and whisky, along with the Scottish premier ... Read more

Up-Helly-A’

Lerwick - Scotland Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland

The Lerwick Up-Helly-A’ festival has been postponed for a second year and will return Tuesday, 31st January 2023. Info: www.uphellyaa.org

Happy Burns Night

Nationwide

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.

SPECTRA

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.com

Paul McKenna Band @ Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre

Eastgate, Peebles , United Kingdom

Paul McKenna is among our finest younger singers and songwriters, armed with a powerful yet intensely emotive voice and passionate social conscience, a combination that’s brought frequent comparisons to the great Dick Gaughan. The band is Paul McKenna (vocals), Robbie Greig (fiddle), Conal McDonagh (pipes/whistles), Conor Markey (banjo/bouzouki/guitars) and Ewan Baird (percussion). They draw on ... Read more

The Paul McKenna Band @ Plockton Village Hall

Plockton , United Kingdom

Scotland’s Paul McKenna has long been ranked among our finest younger singers and songwriters, armed with a powerful yet intensely emotive voice and passionate social conscience, often expressed through his songs, a combination that’s brought frequent comparisons to the great Dick Gaughan. Paul was a featured artist at the world renowned Transatlantic Sessions in 2019. ... Read more

The Paul McKenna Band @Tolbooth

Stirling - Scotland Stirling , Scotland

Scotland’s Paul McKenna has long been ranked among our finest younger singers and songwriters, armed with a powerful yet intensely emotive voice and passionate social conscience, often expressed through his songs, a combination that’s brought frequent comparisons to the great Dick Gaughan. Paul was a featured artist at the world renowned Transatlantic Sessions in 2019. ... Read more

The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra in Concert

Perth - Scotland Perth , Scotland

The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, joined by the RAF Central Scotland Pipes & Drums are delighted to be back in Perth Scotland at last - it's been a long wait! We have a fantastic show lined up including some favourites loved by our regular patrons - traditional music at its best, played by wonderful musicians who ... Read more

Stanza – Scotland’s Poetry Festival

St Andrews, Fife, , United Kingdom

Planned as an in-person festival with a number of digital events. The festival's title will be 'Stories like starting points'. Info:

International Bagpipe Day

Nationwide

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.

Sands: International Film Festival of St Andrews

St Andrews - Scotland St Andrews, Scotland

Over three days, 25-27 March 2022, filmmakers from around the world will gather in the historic University town, to not only showcase their work, but engage directly with cinemagoers and the larger community in a range of supporting events all housed in the festival hub, the Byre Theatre. Info: https://sands-iff.com/

Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Trade only event for to source a wide range of Scottish products for retailers at SECC Glasgow. Info: www.scotlandstradefairs.com

Eddi Reader Live

Perth - Scotland Perth , Scotland

’40 Years Live’ concerts promise to be something special, as with any Eddi Reader concert, the magic is being made in the moment, no two concerts ever the same at Perth Concert Hall. Info: www.horsecross.co.uk/whats-on/eddi-reader-139802

Eddi Reader Live

Dunfermline , United Kingdom

’40 Years Live’ concerts promise to be something special, as with any Eddi Reader concert, the magic is being made in the moment, no two concerts ever the same at Alhambra Theatre. Info: https://alhambradunfermline.com/event/eddi-reader/

Eddi Reader – 40 Years Live

Howden, Scotland , United Kingdom

’40 Years Live’ concerts promise to be something special, as with any Eddi Reader concert, the magic is being made in the moment, no two concerts ever the same at Howden Park Centre. Info: www.howdenparkcentre.co.uk/article/71091/Eddi-Reader---40-Years-Live

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. Info: www.spiritofspeyside.com/festivals/whisky

The National Whisky Festival: Glasgow Edition

Glasgow - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

With over 200 whiskies available to sample from some of the most celebrated names in the industry, plus an extensive programme of award winning mixology, local food vendors, cutting edge musicians and live artists. Info: www.nationalwhiskyfestival.scot

Gourock Highland Games

Greenock , United States

See heavy competitors throw the Kempock Stane, hear the Pipe Band competitions and watch the Highland Dancers, all in a stunning setting with the River Clyde as the back drop at Battery Park. Info: www.facebook.com/GourockHighlandGames

Gordon Castle Highland Games

Fochabers - Scotland Fochabers, Scotland

Scotland's only Highland Games and Country Fair at Gordon Castle Estate. Info: www.gordoncastle.co.uk/highland-games

Perth Festival

Perth - Scotland Perth , Scotland

One of the oldest, continuously-running independent arts festivals in Scotland, Perth Festival of the Arts celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Each May, Perth Festival becomes the gem in Scotland’s cultural calendar. With performances in Perth Theatre, Perth Concert Hall and other venues, the 10-day Festival features the best in classical music, theatre, rock, folk, ... Read more

World Whisky Day

Nationwide

World Whisky Day invites everyone to try a dram and celebrate the water of life. Slàinte Mhath!

British Pipe Band Championships

Greenock , United States

Welcoming over 100 bands to Inverclyde at Battery Park, free event. Info: www.inverclyde.gov.uk/tourism-and-visitor-attractions/british-pipe-band-championship

2022 Orkney Folk Festival

Stromness, Orkney , United Kingdom

Back to its best this spring, with plans in place for a return to full-scale live events. The 39th festival will bring some of the finest folk musicians from Orkney, Scotland and further afield to the islands. Info: www.orkneyfolkfestival.com

Atholl Highlanders Parade and Gathering

Blair Atholl Perthshire , United Kingdom

The Atholl Highlanders are a Scottish ceremonial infantry regiment. They are the only remaining private army in Europe and act as the personal bodyguard to the Duke of Atholl – Chief of the Clan Murray, with parade and Highland Gathering at Blair Castle. Info: www.blair-castle.co.uk

Blackford Highland Games

Blackford - Scotland Blackford, Perthshire, Scotland

Held since 1870 on the park, an area of land loaned to the community by the landowner. A condition of the loan is that the Highland Games are held there annually in May. Info: www.blackfordhighlandgames.co.uk

Ardrossan Highland Games

Ardrossan has hosted a Highland Games since 1979, at Ardrossan Academicals Rugby Football Club. Info: www.ardrossanhighlandgames.org.uk