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July 2017

161st Famous Alva Games

July 8, 2017
Alva, Clackmannanshire, United Kingdom

The last surviving sports and games to be run in Clackmannanshire, the games feature the full range of traditional events including athletics. Info: www.alva.ukctest.co.uk.

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Stonehaven Highland Games

July 16, 2017
Stonehaven, United Kingdom

Traditional Highland games with open and heavy events, the Grampian light events championship at Mackie Academy Playing Fields. Info: www.stonehavenhighlandgames.com

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The Hebridean Celtic Festival

July 19, 2017 - July 22, 2017
Stornoway, United Kingdom

HebCelt is an international Celtic music festival with traditional and contemporary music on the Isle of Lewis. Info: +44(0)1851 621234 or www.hebceltfest.com

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Arisaig Highland Games & Clan Ranald Gathering

July 26, 2017
Arisaig, United Kingdom

This traditional Highland Games is held at the scenic location of Traigh Farm, Arisaig with sweeping views across sandy beaches. Info: www.arisaighighlandgames.co.uk

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Ceilidh at The Counting House

July 28, 2017
Edinburgh, Australia

Come and dance to Annasach Ceilidh Band at our regular Ceilidh at The Counting House, Edinburgh from 8pm. All dances will be called so beginners welcome. Info: www.annasach.co.uk.

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Scottish Pipe Band Championships

July 29, 2017
Dumbarton, United Kingdom

Set against the backdrop of Dumbarton Rock and Castle, the  Championships welcomes players and spectators from across the globe at Levengrove Park. Info: www.rspba.org.

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St Andrews Highland Games

July 30, 2017
St Andrews, United Kingdom

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

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August 2017

Clan Macnab International Gathering

August 1, 2017
Killin, Perthshire, United Kingdom

Clan Macnab members from across the world unite at the Killin Highland Games. Info: www.clan-macnab.com

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Clan Hay Tartan Ties

August 3, 2017 - August 8, 2017
Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Delve into the history of the Scottish people and their way of life at Tartan Ties, organised by Clan Hay. Info: www.clanhay.org

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August 4, 2017 - August 26, 2017
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The greatest show on earth with pipe bands, military displays and hundreds of performers from across the world on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle-2017 features a Splash of Tartan with Clans being highlighted nightly. Info: www.edintattoo.co.uk.

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Clan MacPherson Annual Gathering

August 4, 2017 - August 7, 2017
Newtonmore, United Kingdom

The annual clan gathering brings together Macphersons and associated families from all over the world to celebrate their history and heritage. Info: www.clan-macpherson.org.

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The Edinburgh International Festival

August 4, 2017 - August 28, 2017
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

An unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and an annual meeting point for peoples of all nations with events throughout the city. Info: www.eif.co.uk

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Piping Live!

August 7, 2017 - August 14, 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom

A great week, with pipers from across the world coming together to take part, share their music, compete and perform across Glasgow. Info: www.pipinglive.co.uk.

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International Gathering of the Clan Donnachaidh Society & AGM

August 8, 2017 - August 13, 2017
Bruar, Perthshire, United Kingdom

A week of events in celebration of Scottish heritage in Pitlochry, Blair Atholl, and Bruar at the annual Clan Gathering. Included the honour of participating in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 12 August, led by our Chief, Gilbert Robertson of Struan. Info: Clan Secretary +44 (0)1796 483770 or www.donnachaidh.com.

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Stewart Society AGM

August 9, 2017 - August 11, 2017
Kirkwall, Orkney, United Kingdom

Dinner & Ceilidh at Albert Hotel also: Palaces of the Stewart Earls of Orkney, St. Magnus Cathedral, Earl's Ru, Italian  Chapel, Skara Brae, Maes Howe, Skaill House & Churchill Barriers. Info: + 44 (0)131-220-4512 or www.StewartSociety.org.

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The Isle Of Skye Highland Games

August 9, 2017
Portree, United Kingdom

Traditional highland games with all the usual treats, including piping, Highland dancing and kids activities at Skye Games Field. Info: www.skye-highland-games.co.uk

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World Pipe Band Championships

August 11, 2017 - August 12, 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom

The world's biggest pipe band championships, includes bands from across the world, Scottish dance and more at Glasgow Green. Info: +44 141 353 8000 or www.theworlds.co.uk.

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Perth Highland Games

August 13, 2017
Perth, United Kingdom

Featuring running, cycling, heavy events, Highland dancing, pipe band contests and more at North Inch Park. Info: www.perthhighlandgames.co.uk.

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Currie Family Convention

August 15, 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom

The Clan Currie Society seeks to facilitate the formal recognition of a Chief of Name and Arms of Currie by the Lord Lyon King of Arms. The Convention will be held at the Trades Hall of Glasgow. Info: Revd. Dr. David A. Currie: [email protected]

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Stewart Gathering

August 18, 2017
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

At the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Info: Info: + 44 (0)131-220-4512 or www.StewartSociety.org.

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Bute Highland Games

August 19, 2017
Rothesay, Isle Of Bute, United Kingdom

Full programme of dancing, heavy, athletics and pipe band and drum majors, junior shinty and a great wee family day out. Info: www.butehighlandgames.org

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Cowal Highland Gathering

August 24, 2017 - August 26, 2017
Dunoon, United Kingdom

Traditional Highland games, renowned for its unique atmosphere, world-class competitors, beautiful Highland location at Dunoon Stadium. Info: www.cowalgathering.com.

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September 2017

Clan Lamont Society Annual Gathering: ‘Hands Across the Seas’

September 1, 2017 - September 3, 2017
Dunoon, United Kingdom

Full programme of activity in Dunoon Burgh Hall including sailing trip to Loch Striven to the Manse Clan Lamont Society HQ, formal dinner and ceilidh. There will also be films, children's activities, workshops, an exhibition of Lamont history over the years in the Burgh Hall.  Info: www.clanlamontsociety.com.

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Follow the Vikings Roadshow & Festival

September 2, 2017 - September 9, 2017
Shetland Islands, United Kingdom

Experience Viking heritage on a scale never before seen in Shetland. Info: www.shetland.gov.uk.

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Braemar Gathering

September 2, 2017
Braemar, United Kingdom

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. The patron of the Gathering is Her Majesty the Queen. Info: www.braemargathering.org.

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The Mary Queen of Scots Festival

September 2, 2017 - September 3, 2017
Kinross, United Kingdom

Celebrate the rich cultural and history and heritage of the Kinross area, most notably it’s famed connection to Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots with living history encampments, music, food and more. Info: www.maryqueenofscotsfestival.co.uk

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Blairgowrie & Rattray Highland Games

September 3, 2017
Blairgowrie, United Kingdom

Traditional highland games with highland dancing, piping and sports at Bogles Field. Info: www.blairgowriehighlandgames.co.uk.

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The Highland Military Tattoo

September 8, 2017 - September 10, 2017
Fort George, United Kingdom

A showcase of the best of Highland and military culture and traditions, set against the stunning backdrop of Fort George near Inverness. Info: + 44(0)131 3108701 or www.highlandmilitarytattoo.co.uk

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Pitlochry Highland Games

September 9, 2017
Pitlochry, United Kingdom

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

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The HNC Music – Piping

September 11, 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom

The only course which has a bespoke Music First Study Unit for performance on the Highland Bagpipe at The National Piping Centre. Info:  +44 (0) 141 353 0220 or www.thepipingcentre.co.uk

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Invercharron Highland Games

September 16, 2017
Bonar Bridge, United Kingdom

Traditionally the final games of the year, many of the Scottish Games Association league results are decided at Invercharron, making it the most exciting of the season, at Balblair Farm. Info: www.invercharrongames.co.uk

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Wigtown Book Festival

September 22, 2017 - October 1, 2017
Wigtown, Scotland Wigtown, United Kingdom

Scotland's National Book Town's literary festival: 240+ events. Info: www.wigtownbookfestival.com

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Enchanted Forest: Oir An Uisge

September 28, 2017 - October 29, 2017
Faskally Wood , United Kingdom

Perthshire’s renowned sound and light show offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience the outdoors, at night and with spectacular imagery. Info: www.enchantedforest.org.uk

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October 2017

The National Piping Centre Adult Seasonal Piping Gathering

October 3, 2017 - October 6, 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Themed workshops, practice time and small group lessons to improve your playing through this shared learning experience at the National Piping Centre. Info: www.thepipingcentre.co.uk

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Glasgow to Edinburgh Canoe Challenge

October 8, 2017
Falkirk – Scotland Falkirk, Scotland

Paddle your way from Glasgow to Edinburgh over two days and help raise funds for Kidney Cancer Scotland along the Union Canal. Info: www.kcuk.org.uk/scotland

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Scottish International Storytelling Festival

October 20, 2017 - October 31, 2017
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

A celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity, with Scottish and international storytellers and musicians. Info: www.tracscotland.org/festivals

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The Dramathon

October 21, 2017
Ballindalloch, Moray United Kingdom

Run from Glenfarclas to Glenfiddich, pick up stamps along the way and get single malt samples at the end. Love running and whisky? Time to cross the streams. Info: www.thedramathon.com

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Ceilidh

October 27, 2017
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The Annasach Ceilidh Band provide the live music at this ceilidh dance with a caller at Counting House,West Nicolson St. Info: www.annasach.co.uk

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Theatre of Drams Whisky Festival

October 27, 2017
Bowmore, Isle Of Islay United Kingdom

Morning lectures explain the linear process of whisky making - Malting, Mashing, Distillation, Maturation, Libation/Marketing/Nosing and Tasting. Afternoons offer Peat Cutting, Gaelic and English Distillery Tours, Whisky Tastings, Ceilidh Corner, Independent Bottlers, Independent Distillers and more at Bowmore Hall. Info: www.theatreofdrams.scot

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68th Perth All Scotland Accordion and Fiddle Festival

October 28, 2017
Perth – Scotland Perth , Scotland

Kicking off with a ceilidh, the event takes in competitions and championships during the day before finishing with the Senior Scottish Championship and performances by some of Scotland's top musicians at Salutation Hotel, South St. Info: www.perthaccordionfestival.co.uk

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Scottish Rhododendron Festival 2017: Achnacloich

October 28, 2017
Oban – Scotland Oban, Scotland

Enjoy a succession of wonderful bulbs, flowering shrubs, rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and primulas and a woodland garden with ponds above Loch Etive at Scottish baronial house by John Starforth of Glasgow. Info: www.scotlandsgardens.org

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Alloween

October 28, 2017
Alloway, Ayr United Kingdom

Are you brave enough to visit Alloway on Halloween? Spooky Guided Tour of the Bard’s birthplace and Alloway’s Auld Haunted Kirk at Burns Cottage. Info: 01292 443700 or [email protected]

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November 2017

Denholm Folk Festival

November 2, 2017 - November 5, 2017
Denholm United Kingdom

A wee folk festival for a wee village. The weekend's programme includes evening concerts, workshops and an open stage competition. The main events are joined by continual sessions for uninterrupted foot-tapping. Info: www.denholmfolkfest.co.uk

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Big Gaelic Beasties

November 4, 2017
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Bilingual, interactive fun with big beasties from traditional Gaelic storytelling lore at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Info: www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre

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Colours of Cluny

November 8, 2017 - November 19, 2017
Forres – Scotland Forres , Scotland

A sound and light spectacular lighting up Northern Scotland skies for 12 nights at Grant Park, Victoria Rd. Info: www.coloursofcluny.com

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Glasgow’s Whisky Festival

November 11, 2017
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow's festival of the national tipple is especially interested in distillers and bottlers from in and around Glasgow itself, but they welcome all, big or small at Hampden Park, Letherby Dr. Info: www.glasgowswhiskyfestival.com

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Oban Winter Festival

November 17, 2017 - November 26, 2017
Oban – Scotland Oban, Scotland

The coastal town gets frosty with a series of activities. Info: www.obanwinterfestival.com

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Edinburgh’s Christmas

November 17, 2017 - January 6, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland

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

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Eddi Reader Live

November 18, 2017
Livingston United Kingdom

From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi Reader brings life to all forms of song at Howden Park Centre. Info: [email protected]

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West Lothian Family History Weekend

November 18, 2017
Broxburn United Kingdom

Who do you think you are-West Lothian style! Have you ever thought about researching your family tree, but don't know where to start? Come to Broxburn Library to start your search. Info: www.westlothian.gov.uk

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Dundee Mountain Film Festival

November 23, 2017 - November 25, 2017
Dundee – Scotland Dundee, Scotland

The UK's longest continuous running mountain film festival at Bonar Hall, The University of Dundee, Park Place. Info: www.dundeemountainfilm.org.uk

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Happy St Andrew’s Day

November 30, 2017
Nationwide, United Kingdom

Wishing all our readers and friends a happy St Andrew's Day! Celebrate St Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s national day.

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illumination: Harbour Festival of Light

November 30, 2017 - December 3, 2017
Irvine United Kingdom

Irvine’s historic waterfront will light up with fireworks as the country’s newest art and light spectacular comes to life. Info: www.illuminationfestival.co.uk

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The Saltire Festival

November 30, 2017 - December 3, 2017
East Lothian United Kingdom

Celebrate St. Andrews Day and the Home of the Flag and celebrate Scotland's fascinating heritage, wonderful culture, delicious food & drink traditions, best of Scottish music, arts, innovation and entertainment. Info: www.visiteastlothian.org/the-saltire

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December 2017

Kinross-shire’s Winter Festival

December 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Kinross United Kingdom

A mix of family fun including pantos, music, street market, carols, fairs and Christmas activities. Info: www.kleo.org.uk

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Scottish Borders Winter Festival

December 1, 2017 - December 17, 2017
Scottish Borders United Kingdom

The Scottish Borders is overflowing with history and beauty. This is a winter festival with events taking place in Galashiels, Kelso, Jedburgh, Selkirk and Hawick. Info: www.facebook.com/ScottishBordersWinterFestival

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Skerryvore

December 8, 2017
Darvel, East Ayrshire United Kingdom

Expect blazing bagpipes, accordion and fiddle mixed with standard rock instruments as the 'boy band of Scottish traditional music' play live at Darvel Town Hall. Info: www.skerryvore.com

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Santa Dash

December 10, 2017
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Run the fun, festive 5K! The Santa Dash is a Christmas spectacle you won't want to miss as the city centre transforms in to a sea of Santa suits, all running for charity.​ Ready, set, go ho ho! Info: www.glasgowloveschristmas.com

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The Red Hot Chilli Pipers Live

December 23, 2017
Hawick-Scotland

Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent at Hawick Town Hall, High St. Info: www.rhcp.scot

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Family Festive Ceilidh

December 28, 2017
Paisley – Scotland Paisley, Scotland

Celebrate the end of 2017 at the Festive Family Ceilidh with Clamjamfrie; a traditional evening of Scottish music and ceilidh dancing for everyone to enjoy at Paisley Town Hall. Info: www.whatsonrenfrewshire.co.uk

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Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2018

December 30, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Edinburgh's Hogmanay is one of the world's greatest New Year celebrations. Three days of spectacular events, as Scotland shows the world how to celebrate. Info: www.edinburghshogmanay.com

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Hogmanay ‘Black Bun’ Special Trains

December 30, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Bo’ness United Kingdom

Celebrate the closing of the year with a steam ride, including a traditional Scottish black bun and tea or coffee on the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway. Info: www.bkrailway.co.uk

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Hogmania

December 31, 2017
Musselburgh United Kingdom

A family-friendly Hogmanay party with live music, a piper and traditional snacks at The Brunton. Info: www.thebrunton.co.uk

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Happy Hogmanay

December 31, 2017
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

The Scottish Banner wishes all our readers and friends a very Happy Hogmanay and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018!

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Stirling’s Hogmanay

December 31, 2017
Stirling – Scotland Stirling , Scotland

Bring in the New Year in style as Stirling hosts its biggest ever midnight fireworks display, which will once again focus around the iconic Stirling Castle. Info: www.stirlingwinterfestival.com

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Hogmanay Hootenanny

December 31, 2017
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Scotland is world famous for its Hogmanay celebrations, so where better in Glasgow to be than in the company of family and friends, bringing in the New Year at The National Piping Centre. Info: +44 (0) 141 353 0220 or www.thepipingcentre.co.uk

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January 2018

Loony Dook

January 1, 2018
South Queensferry West Lothian United Kingdom

Dive into 2018 with a dip off South Queensferry. Gather for the parade and watch as the swimmers freeze their proverbials off under the iconic Forth Rail Bridge. Info: www.edinburghshogmanay.com

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The Edinburgh Outlander Experience

January 13, 2018 - January 28, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Visit locations from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novels as visited by characters Claire and Jamie. Hear stories of the Jacobites, the Stuarts, witchcraft, clans and how the fictional story intermingles with history. Info: www.mercattours.com

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Celtic Connections

January 19, 2018 - February 5, 2018
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Celtic Connections is a winter music festival in Glasgow, featuring artists from around the globe alongside the best Scottish talent at venues across the city. Info: www.celticconnections.com

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Big Burns Supper

January 19, 2018 - January 28, 2018
Dumfries – Scotland Dumfries, Scotland

The world's biggest Burns Night celebration. Stars from across the country congregate as Dumfries celebrates the birth of the Baird with a vast selection of dance, theatre, visual arts, live art and comedy, turning Burns' Night into a festival of contemporary arts. Info: www.bigburnssupper.com

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Aileen Robertson School of Highland Dancing – Hop Scotch Polka

January 19, 2018 - January 20, 2018
Ayr – Scotland Ayr, Scotland

Dance Director of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Aileen Robertson choreographs Hop Scotch Polka. Showcasing dancers aged 3+ who aspire to perform in the Tattoo Dance Company at Edinburgh Castle’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Gaiety Theatre. Info: www.thegaiety.co.uk

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Scotland’s Trade Fair, Spring

January 21, 2018 - January 23, 2018
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

The only Scottish trade gift show at the SECC. Info: 01877 385772 or www.scotlandstradefairs.co.uk

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Burns Night Special

January 24, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Celebrate Burns Night in style with an evening of top comedy at The Stand. Info: www.thestand.co.uk

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Annasach’s Burns Night Ceilidh

January 25, 2018 - January 27, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Annasach Ceilidh Band invites you to our informal celebration of The Bard's birthday at the Counting House. Info: www.annasach.co.uk

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Happy Burns Night

January 25, 2018
Nationwide – New Zealand Nationwide, New Zealand

A night to celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns. The tradition of the Burns Night Supper was first held in 1801 by the poet's friends, five years after his death. Today events take place around the world with Scottish music, poetry, food, drink and dance.

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Haggis Hooley

January 26, 2018
Alloway, Ayr United Kingdom

Celebrate the Bard’s birthday in style at an informal nod to a Burns Supper. The Borland Ceilidh Band and a variety of talented local musicians will perform while you enjoy traditional Burns Supper fare at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Info: www.burnsmuseum.org.uk

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Burns Night Ceilidh

January 26, 2018 - January 27, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The Flaming Heather ceilidh band and caller Ken Gourlay set off Burns Night right, with a few folk dancers and a piper in tow at Lauriston Hall. Info: www.edinburghceilidhs.net

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Revel with Rabbie

January 27, 2018 - January 28, 2018
Stirling – Scotland Stirling , Scotland

Celebrate Scotland's national bard and learn about the Stirling Lines with a dram of whiskey and a bite of haggis at Stirling Castle. Info: +44 (0)131 668 8885 or [email protected]

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February 2018

Address the Haggis in Cumbernauld

February 3, 2018
Cumbernauld United Kingdom

Revellers will have the chance to raise a dram and toast Scotland’s most iconic poet at a special Burns Night at The Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort. Info: www.qhotels.co.uk

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Spectra 2018: Play The Night

February 8, 2018 - February 11, 2018
Aberdeen – Scotland Aberdeen, Scotland

Aberdeen’s four-day festival of light will light up the winter skies with a varied programme of light installations from fire drawings to light projections and sculptures, as well as music and performance. Info: www.spectraaberdeen.com

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Tapestry Weaving Experience Day

February 10, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Aimed at beginners, and taught by an independent weaver, the workshop introduces the materials and skills involved in creating tapestry at Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary St. Info: www.dovecotstudios.com

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St Valentine’s Weekend of Love and Friendship

February 10, 2018 - February 11, 2018
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

In Latin America St Valentines day is known as "Día del Amor y la Amistad" (Day of Love and Friendship). Come along and try out fun new craft ideas and take home something special for you loved ones at St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, 2 Castle St. Info: [email protected]

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Inspire by The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland

February 17, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The National Piping Centre is proud to present The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland live in concert. This year’s concert will see the band perform a fantastic mixture of traditional and contemporary music infused with the ever so popular NYPBoS twist at Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 New Market Rd. Info: +44 (0) 141 353 ... Read more

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Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Winter School 2018

February 18, 2018 - February 23, 2018
Pitlochry – Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

Scottish country dance classes, events and fun at Atholl Palace Hotel. Info: www.rscds.org

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Groove CairnGorm

February 23, 2018 - February 24, 2018
Badaguish United Kingdom

A thrilling weekend of live music, world-class DJs and snow sports all within the setting of Cairngorm Mountain & Badaguish Outdoor Centre. Info: www.groovecairngorm.co.uk

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Inverness Music Festival

February 24, 2018 - February 28, 2018
Inverness – Scotland Inverness, Scotland

This music festival is a competitive event that allows people of all ages and abilities to show off their skills. The main discipline groups are vocal, instrumental, speech, Gaelic and Scottish. Competitions are open to the public. Info: www.invernessmusicfestival.org

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The National Piping Centre Junior Piping Competition

February 24, 2018
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

This annual event held at The National Piping Centre celebrates the best in young piping, from all pipers aged Under 18. Info: If you have [email protected] or 0141 353 0220.

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Eddi Reader Live

February 28, 2018
Perth – Scotland Perth , Scotland

The popular folk pop chanteuse, known for her work with Fairground Attraction and often called upon to add her voice to other people's records tours her latest album Vagabond. Info: www.eddireader.co.uk

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March 2018

Inverness Music Festival

March 1, 2018 - March 7, 2018
Inverness – Scotland Inverness, Scotland

More than 1000 entrants will take part in the Inverness Music Festival hoping to win awards in instrumental, speech and vocal in Gaelic disciplines. Info: www.invernessmusicfestival.org

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StAnza: Scotland’s Poetry Festival

March 7, 2018 - March 11, 2018
St Andrews, Fife, United Kingdom

StAnza is a literary festival that focuses on verse. Joining the locals for readings, performances, slams and open mics, jazz, films, workshops and poetry-related art exhibitions, installations and films are a host of local and international wordsmiths. Info: www.stanzapoetry.org

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Fife Whisky Festival

March 10, 2018
Cupar – Scotland Cupar, Scotland

The inaugural Fife Whisky Festival will showcase the renaissance of whisky-making in Fife, bringing together whisky connoisseurs and beginners with the best whisky producers from Fife and beyond. Info: www.fifewhiskyfestival.com

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International Bagpipe Day

March 10, 2018
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

Every March 10th you are invited to go out and play your pipes – anywhere, anyhow to anyone!

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Aye Write! – Glasgow’s Book Festival

March 15, 2018 - March 25, 2018
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Celebrating the rich variety of Glaswegian writing and also brings the best of Scottish and international writers to the city. Info: www.ayewrite.com

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Niel Gow Annual Scottish Fiddle Festival

March 16, 2018 - March 18, 2018
Dunkeld & Birnam United Kingdom

Established in 2004 to celebrate the life of Perthshire fiddle legend Niel Gow, this festival is held in his home village of Dunkeld & Birnham each year. Now a breeding ground for traditional music talent, the festival runs a selection of workshops, performances and events each year. Info: www.niel-gow.co.uk

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Wild Film Festival Scotland

March 23, 2018 - March 25, 2018
Dumfries and Galloway United Kingdom

A weekend-long celebration of the natural world with wildlife film screenings, celebrity speakers and a photographic exhibition. Info: www.wildfilmfestivalscotland.co.uk

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Edinburgh International Science Festival

March 31, 2018 - April 15, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

In 2018, the Scottish Year of Young People and the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, the Edinburgh International Science Festival is themed around Life, The Universe and Everything - celebrating the wonder and diversity of life. Info: www.sciencefestival.co.uk

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April 2018

Sabhal Mòr Easter Gaelic Courses

April 2, 2018 - April 13, 2018
Isle of Skye United Kingdom

For over 40 years Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has offered courses in the Gaelic language and in traditional music with instruction in Gaelic, Gaelic song, fiddle, button-box and accordion, photography and a range of other specialised subjects offered by a talented team of instructors. Info: www.smo.uhi.ac.uk

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Dougie MacLean Live

April 7, 2018
Dundee – Scotland Dundee, Scotland

Scotland's foremost folk/roots troubadour, renowned for his meaningful, haunting music at Dundee Rep, Tay Square. Info: www.dougiemaclean.com

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Melrose Sevens Rugby

April 14, 2018
Melrose – Scotland Melrose, Roxburghshire Scotland

Scottish Borders Rugby Sevens events. Thousands of spectators come every year to see rugby played at its traditional home. Info: www.melroserugby.org

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Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art

April 20, 2018 - May 7, 2018
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

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

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TradFest Edinburgh/Dùn Èideann

April 26, 2018 - May 6, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Edinburgh’s TradFest kick starts the summer season with a feast of folk arts - music, storytelling, dance, folk film, literature, talks, crafts and visual arts - across Scotland’s capital. Info: www.tracscotland.org/festivals/tradfest

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Colonsay Book Festival

April 28, 2018 - April 29, 2018
Isle of Colonsay – Scotland Isle of Colonsay, Scotland

A book festival hosted by the beautiful inner Hebridean isle of Colonsay. As well as readings and performances, the emphasis is on meeting and chatting with the writers, and debate and good craic in the pub. Info: www.colonsaybookfestival.org.uk

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Glasgow Kiltwalk

April 29, 2018
Balloch – Scotland Balloch, Scotland

Wear your tartan with pride and join in with your fellow walkers, as this event aims to raise money for charities. This year there are three distances to choose from; 26 miles, 13 miles or the Wee Walk of 6 miles, all of which finish at Moss O' Balloch Park. Info: www.thekiltwalk.co.uk

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Stirling Scottish Marathon

April 29, 2018
Stirling – Scotland Stirling , Scotland

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

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Beltane Fire Festival

April 30, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Join hundreds of performers and thousands of revellers as they come together on Calton Hill to celebrate the death of winter and the birth of summer by casting off the darkness and celebrating the light on one of the most magical nights of the year. Info: www.beltane.org

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May 2018

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2018

May 3, 2018 - May 7, 2018
Speyside – Scotland Speyside, Scotland

One of the world’s biggest whisky festivals with a programme of almost 500 whisky-inspired events at various venues. Info: +44 7789 671 635 or www.spiritofspeyside.com

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Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival

May 3, 2018 - May 7, 2018
Hawick-Scotland

Attracting some of the most innovative filmmakers from around the world, the experimental film festival will again transform the town into a creative hub as it screens more than 120 films from over 20 different countries. Info: www.alchemyfilmfestival.org.uk

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Stirling Whisky Festival

May 12, 2018
Stirling – Scotland Stirling , Scotland

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

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Gourock Highland Games

May 13, 2018
Greenock United States

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

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World Whisky Day

May 19, 2018
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

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

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British Pipe Band Championships

May 19, 2018
Paisley – Scotland Paisley, Scotland

Paisley comes alive with the skirl of the pipes and the beat of the drums. Expect over 150 of the finest bands from across the world competing for some of the most prestigious titles in bagpiping at the St James Playing Fields. Info: www.paisley2021.co.uk

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Edinburgh Whisky Stramash

May 19, 2018 - May 20, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

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

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Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair

May 20, 2018
Fochabers, Aberdeenshire United Kingdom

Held in the historic grounds of Gordon Castle, the event brings together the traditionally Scottish and the quintessentially country to offer visitors a plethora of entertainment. Info: www.gordoncastlehighlandgames.co.uk

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Discovering family history at Kelvin Hall

May 23, 2018
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

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

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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh 2018

May 24, 2018 - May 27, 2018
Dumfries and Galloway United Kingdom

The World Ceilidh returns for 2018 to celebrate with the best music, the best audience and the best atmosphere at Knockengorroch Farm, Carsphairn, Castle Douglas. Info: www.knockengorroch.org.uk

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The Islay Festival of Music and Malt

May 25, 2018 - June 2, 2018
Bruichladdich, Isle of Islay United Kingdom

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

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West Lothian Highland Games

May 26, 2018
Bathgate – Scotland Bathgate, Scotland

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

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June 2018

West End Festival

June 1, 2018 - June 24, 2018
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

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

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Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games

June 2, 2018
Helensburgh – Scotland Helensburgh , Scotland

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

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Markinch Highland Games

June 3, 2018
Markinch, Fife United Kingdom

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

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The Rock of Ages

June 9, 2018 - June 10, 2018
Dumbarton United Kingdom

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

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Ardrossan Highland Games

June 10, 2018
Ardrossan United Kingdom

Traditional Highland games including pipe band competitions, Highland dancing and heavy events. Info: www.ardrossanhighlandgames.org.uk

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Edinburgh Whisky Festival 2018

June 16, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

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

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Aberdeen Highland Games

June 17, 2018
Aberdeen – Scotland Aberdeen, Scotland

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

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Cupar Highland Games

June 17, 2018
Cupar – Scotland Cupar, Scotland

Traditional Scottish Highland games which started in started in 1979. Info: www.cuparhighlandgames.org

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Fish and Chips on a Steam Train

June 22, 2018
Bo’ness, Falkirk United Kingdom

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

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Isle of Gigha Music Festival

June 29, 2018 - June 30, 2018
Isle of Gigha United Kingdom

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

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Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival

June 29, 2018 - July 1, 2018
Newcastleton, Scottish Borders United Kingdom

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

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Piping At Forres

June 30, 2018
Forres – Scotland Forres , Scotland

The European Pipe Band Championships 2018 involving thousands of pipers and drummers from far and wide and full day of Scottish events at Grant Park. Info: +44 75 63 18 12 86 or www.pipingatforres.com

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Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

June 30, 2018 - July 1, 2018
Portsoy, Aberdeenshire United Kingdom

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

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July 2018

Ceòlas Summer School

July 1, 2018 - July 6, 2018
Dalabrog, South Uist United Kingdom

Expert tuition in piping, fiddle, song, dance and the Gaelic language are offered over a backdrop of community events, including cèilidhs, concerts and guided walks. Info: www.ceolas.co.uk

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Sabhal Mòr Summer Gaelic Courses

July 2, 2018 - August 24, 2018
Isle of Skye United Kingdom

For over 40 years Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has offered courses in the Gaelic language and in traditional music with instruction in Gaelic, Gaelic song, fiddle, button-box and accordion, photography and a range of other specialised subjects offered by a talented team of instructors. Info: www.smo.uhi.ac.uk

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Carham 1018

July 7, 2018 - July 8, 2018
Carham United Kingdom

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

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UnstFest

July 14, 2018 - July 22, 2018
Unst, Shetland Islands United Kingdom

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

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The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Summer School 2018

July 15, 2018 - August 12, 2018
St Andrews – Scotland St Andrews, Scotland

Scottish country dance courses, events and fun. Info: www.rscds.org

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Stonehaven Highland Games

July 15, 2018
Stonehaven – Scotland Stonehaven, Kincardineshire Scotland

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

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St Andrews Summer School

July 15, 2018 - August 12, 2018
St Andrews – Scotland St Andrews, Scotland

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

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Inverness Summer Camp 2018

July 19, 2018 - July 21, 2018
Inverness – Scotland Inverness, Scotland

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

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16th Clan MacLeod Parliament

July 21, 2018 - July 28, 2018
Isle of Skye United Kingdom

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

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City Of Inverness Highland Games

July 21, 2018
Inverness – Scotland Inverness, Scotland

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

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Arisaig Highland Games & Clan Donald Gathering

July 25, 2018
Traigh, Arisaig United Kingdom

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

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The Halkirk Highland Games

July 28, 2018
Halkirk United Kingdom

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

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St Andrews Highland Games

July 29, 2018
St Andrews – Scotland St Andrews, Scotland

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

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August 2018

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August 3, 2018 - August 25, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Experience one of Scotland's greatest events staged on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. Info: Telephone: +44(0)131 225 1188 or www.edintattoo.co.uk

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August 3, 2018 - August 27, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

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

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Edinburgh International Festival

August 3, 2018 - August 27, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

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

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The Silver Chanter 2018

August 4, 2018
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

The finest exponent of Piobaireachd playing MacCrimmon tunes at The National Piping Centre. Info: Tel: +44 (0) 141 353 0220 or www.thepipingcentre.co.uk

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Clan Oliphant Gathering & Conference 2018

August 5, 2018 - August 18, 2018
Perth – Scotland Perth , Scotland

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

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Mull of Kintyre Music Festival

August 8, 2018 - August 12, 2018
Campbeltown, Kintyre United Kingdom

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

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Isle of Skye Highland Games

August 8, 2018
Portree, Isle of Skye United Kingdom

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

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Clan Donnachaidh Society 2018 AGM & Gathering

August 10, 2018 - August 19, 2018
Pitlochry – Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

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

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Bute Highand Games

August 11, 2018
Rothesay, Isle Of Bute United Kingdom

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

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Piping Live!

August 13, 2018 - August 19, 2018
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

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

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The 2018 World Pipe Band Championships

August 17, 2018 - August 18, 2018
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Hundreds of pipe band, with thousands of band members, from across the world compete in each grade at Glasgow Green, also a full range of events from Highland dancing, entertainment and more at the home of piping. Info: www.theworlds.co.uk

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Innerleithen Music Festival

August 17, 2018 - August 19, 2018
Innerleithen, Scottish Borders United Kingdom

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

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The Cowal Highland Gathering

August 23, 2018 - August 25, 2018
Dunoon, Argyll United Kingdom

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

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177th Lonach Highland Gathering and Games

August 25, 2018
Strathdon, Aberdeenshire United Kingdom

The unique March of the Lonach Highlanders is followed by all the fun of traditional Highland games at Bellabeg Park, Bellabeg House. Info: www.lonach.org

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September 2018

Braemar Gathering

September 1, 2018
Braemar – Scotland Braemar, Scotland

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

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Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight

September 1, 2018 - September 16, 2018
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

Annual celebration of Scotland's fantastic larder offering more than 200 events around the country. These range from cookery demonstrations to festivals, farmers' markets and tasting events. Info: www.fooddrinkfort.scot

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Portpatrick Folk Festival

September 7, 2018 - September 10, 2018
Portpatrick United Kingdom

A weekend festival in a picturesque seaside village, with Celtic & folk concerts at the village hall and sessions at harbourside pubs on the Friday and Saturday. Info: www.portpatrickfolkfestival.org

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Pitlochry Highland Games

September 8, 2018
Pitlochry – Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

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

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Invercharron Highland Games

September 15, 2018
Bonar Bridge United Kingdom

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

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Scotch Whisky Festival

September 15, 2018
Kirkcaldy United Kingdom

Bringing together distillers and whisky enthusiasts from around the country for an experience to savour and remember for years to come at Adam Smith Theatre, Bennochy Rd. Info: www.scotchwhiskyfestival.com/fife

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Kirkcaldy Waterfront Beach Highland Games

September 15, 2018
Kirkcaldy United Kingdom

Highland games on Kirkcaldy Waterfront, the only Highland Games be to staged on a beach. Info: www.kirkcaldy4all.co.uk

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Walking Tour: Robert Louis Stevenson and Edinburgh’s New Town

September 16, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Starting with a short talk in the Victorian Heroes and Heroines exhibition at the Portrait Gallery, our afternoon walk takes us to the northern New Town, Greenside and Calton Hill, as we explore Robert Louis Stevenson’s Edinburgh at Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen St. Info: [email protected]

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The Jura Music Festival

September 21, 2018 - September 23, 2018
Isle of Jura United Kingdom

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

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Three Lochs Book and Arts Festival

September 21, 2018 - September 22, 2018
Strontian United Kingdom

With a strong literary focus, this tiny festival in the remote village of Strontian on the shores of Loch Sunar. Info: www.threelochs.co.uk

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Wigtown Book Festival

September 21, 2018 - September 30, 2018
Wigtown, Scotland Wigtown, United Kingdom

The festival marks the 20th year since Wigtown became Scotland’s National Book Town with the largest and most diverse progamme ever. Info: www.wigtownbookfestival.com

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Shetland Wool Week

September 22, 2018 - September 30, 2018
Shetland – Scotland Shetland , Scotland

Shetland's textile industry celebrates the sheep that catapulted it to fame masterclasses, workshops and events led by professionals from the textile and design industry, along with a makers market and exhibitions. Info: www.shetlandwoolweek.com

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October 2018

Ness Book Fest

October 4, 2018 - October 7, 2018
Inverness – Scotland Inverness, Scotland

Inverness based book festival that features emerging voices as well as big names in a free programme of events. Info: www.nessbookfest.wordpress.com

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Crieff & Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst Walking Festival

October 6, 2018 - October 14, 2018
Strathearn United Kingdom

Celebrates the life, work and play of the people who made Crieff the cattle-droving crossroads of Scotland in the 1700s. Info: www.droverstryst.com

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Clan MacNicol World Gathering

October 11, 2018 - October 14, 2018
Portree, Isle of Skye United Kingdom

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

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Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival

October 11, 2018 - October 15, 2018
Shetland – Scotland Shetland , Scotland

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

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The Royal National Mòd 2018

October 12, 2018 - October 20, 2018
Dunoon – Scotland Dunoon, Argyll Scotland

Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival provides opportunities for people of all ages to perform across a range of competitive disciplines including Gaelic music and song, highland dancing, instrumental, drama, sport and literature. Info: www.ancomunn.co.uk/nationalmod

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The National Piping Centre Young Stars

October 16, 2018 - October 19, 2018
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

The Young Stars schools are for pipers aged 17 & under, at The National Piping Centre features workshops, recitals, games, sessions, practice and more. Info: www.thepipingcentre.co.uk

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Scottish International Storytelling Festival

October 19, 2018 - October 31, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

A celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity, with Scottish and international storytellers and musicians at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Info: www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre

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Tweed Valley Forest Festival

October 20, 2018 - October 28, 2018
Glentress, Scottish Borders United Kingdom

A celebration of the rich woodland culture of the Borders in a variety of locations around the beautiful Tweed Valley. Info: www.forest-festival.com

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Orkney Storytelling Festival

October 25, 2018 - October 28, 2018
Orkney – Scotland Orkney , Scotland

A four-day programme of walks, talks, story sessions and workshops with renowned storytellers from Scotland and beyond. Info: www.orkneystorytellingfestival.co.uk

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Perth All Scotland Accordion and Fiddle Festival

October 27, 2018
Perth – Scotland Perth , Scotland

The 69th annual festival of its kind. Kicking off with a ceilidh, the event takes in competitions and championships during the day before finishing with the Senior Scottish Championship and performances by some of Scotland's top musicians. Info: www.perthaccordionfestival.co.uk

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The Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championship

October 27, 2018
Blair Atholl Perthshire United Kingdom

Established in 1974 to inspire the world's finest individual pipers and to seek the best overall exponents of ceol mor or piobaireachd (the great music) and ceol beag or light music (the little music) at Blair Castle. Each year, 10 competitors qualify to play at this prestigious event through placing in one of a series ... Read more

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National Piping Centre Adult Gatherings

October 29, 2018 - November 1, 2018
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Specially tailored for learners aged 18+ with themed workshops, practice time and small group lessons and more. Info: www.thepipingcentre.co.uk

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November 2018

Spotlight on Mary

November 1, 2018 - November 4, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Learn about the fate of Mary Queen of Scots' husband Lord Darnley. Experience Craigmillar Castle in a new light as the story of the infamous Craigmillar Bond is brought to life through illumination and projection. Listen in on the dark plot of 1566 and encounter key characters as you tour the castle and hear of ... Read more

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Scottish Tree Festival: Autumn Colours/Ardtornish Estate

November 1, 2018 - November 30, 2018
Oban – Scotland Oban, Scotland

This is a lovely time to visit the garden, burning bright in the autumnal sun. A procession of red, yellows and oranges heralds the approach of Autumn in the garden, with species of Enkianthus, Cotoneaster, Aronia, Cercidiphyllum and Oxydendrum providing spectacular autumn foliage and fruit colour; whilst Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis' and Eucryphia provide floral ... Read more

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The Perthshire Amber Festival

November 2, 2018 - November 4, 2018
Perthshire United Kingdom

A variety of music events 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

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Aberfeldy Festival

November 2, 2018 - November 3, 2018
Aberfeldy – Scotland Aberfeldy, Perthshire Scotland

Community festival with film screenings, street entertainment, storytelling, workshops and fireworks alongside a bumper line-up of bands. Info: www.aberfeldyfestival.com

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Concert of Remembrance

November 9, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Organised by the Royal British Legion Scotland in partnership with City of Edinburgh, to say thank you through music and song, to those who served, sacrificed and changed our world during the First World War. Narrated by Rose McBain and featuring Isla St Clair, The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, The Band of ... Read more

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Glasgow’s Whisky Festival

November 10, 2018
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow's festival of the national tipple returns for a 10th year, with more than 60 stands featuring whisky, gin, rum, other spirits and whisky at Hampden Park. Info: www.glasgowswhiskyfestival.com

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Scots Fiddle Festival

November 16, 2018 - November 18, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

One of the most prestigious and nourishing events on the fiddle music calendar. Info: www.scotsfiddlefestival.com

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Neil Oliver: The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places

November 20, 2018
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Neil Oliver talks about the incredible places he's seen across the UK and his unique view of British history at Theatre Royal, 282 Hope St. Info: www.atgtickets.com/venues/theatre-royal-glasgow/

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St Andrew’s Dinner Dance

November 24, 2018
Pitlochry – Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

Celebrating our Patron Saint at Atholl Palace. A superb night of traditional dance, featuring the famous Michael Philip Scottish dance band. Info: www.athollpalace.com

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Café Ceilidh: St. Andrew’s Day Celebration

November 27, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Afternoon of music with the Scots Music Group at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High St. Info: www.scottishstorytellingcentre.com

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Happy St Andrew’s Day

November 30, 2018
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!

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Karen Matheson Live

November 30, 2018
Findhorn United Kingdom

Widely recognised as the haunting vocals of Celtic supergroup Capercaillie, Karen has been called the finest Gaelic singer alive today and honoured with many awards at Universal Hall Arts Centre. Info: www.karenmatheson.com

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December 2018

Glasgow Phoenix Choir: Celebrate Christmas

December 9, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The Glasgow Phoenix Choir is delighted to be performing a concert in the Freemasons' Hall in Edinburgh for one of their most enjoyable concerts of the year. Info: www.phoenixchoir.org

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Glasgow Phoenix Choir: Celebrate Christmas

December 14, 2018
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

The Glasgow Phoenix Choir is delighted to be performing a concert in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for one of their most enjoyable concerts of the year. Info: www.phoenixchoir.org

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Happy Christmas

December 25, 2018
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

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

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The Red Hot Chilli Pipers

December 29, 2018
Ayr – Scotland Ayr, 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 Ayr Town Hall. Info: www.redhotchillipipers.co.uk

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Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2019

December 30, 2018 - January 1, 2019
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Edinburgh's Hogmanay is one of the world's greatest New Year celebrations. Three days of spectacular events, as Scotland shows the world how to celebrate. Info: www.edinburghshogmanay.com

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Happy Hogmanay

December 31, 2018
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 2019!

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Hogmanay Hoolie

December 31, 2018
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Celebrate the beginning of 2019 with a seven-course banquet, dancing until 5am and a champagne reception with a view of the Edinburgh Castle fireworks for the bells at Ghillie Dhu, 2 Rutland Place. Info: www.ghillie-dhu.co.uk

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Stonehaven Fireballs Ceremony

December 31, 2018
Stonehaven – Scotland Stonehaven, Kincardineshire Scotland

Welcome in the new year with friends and family watching as a troupe of revellers parade up the High Street swinging balls of fire around their heads which create patterns in the air and light up the dark skies: and for which the finale is looping the fireballs into the Harbour. This is followed by ... Read more

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Hogmanay at Atholl Palace

December 31, 2018
Pitlochry – Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

Celebrate Hogmanay at Atholl Palace enjoying the Highland setting, the blazing log fires, the delightfully relaxing surroundings, the many years of experience on hand and that special atmosphere for the big night. With Hjaltibohoga, Ceilidh dancing and from Buck’s Fizz Brunch and Mulled Wine, you will create memories to last a lifetime this Hogmanay at ... Read more

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Stirling’s Hogmanay

December 31, 2018
Stirling – Scotland Stirling , Scotland

Bring in the New Year on Stirling Castle Esplanade with live music, food and a spectacular fireworks display. Two celebrations will take place at the castle; an early family-friendly fireworks event, which will be followed by a later Midnight Hogmanay celebration featuring live music performances and fireworks at midnight. Info: www.stirlingwinterfestival.com

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January 2019

Fire and Light

January 1 - January 2
Falkirk – Scotland Falkirk, Scotland

Start your New Year with a magical 3km walk around the Helix, Home of the Kelpies. The park will be transformed into an extraordinary spectacle of fire performances, interactive light installations, breath-taking puppetry, enchanting sculptures, and animated projections depicting the zodiac signs. Info: www.thehelix.co.uk/fireandlight

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National Shortbread Day

January 6
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

Celebrate the classic Scottish treat today! Shortbread is so named because of its crumbly texture which is caused by its high-fat content, provided by the butter.   “Shortening” is its related word that refers to any fat that may be added to produce a “short” (crumbly) texture.

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The Burning of the Clavie

January 11
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. Info: www.burghead.com/clavie

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Celtic Connections

January 17 - February 3
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Celtic Connections is the largest winter music festival of its kind and the UK’s premier celebration of Celtic music, featuring artists from around the globe alongside the best Scottish talent. Info: www.celticconnections.com

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Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring

January 20 - January 22
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Scotland's biggest trade show for the gift, homewares, jewellery, fashion accessories, craft and textiles market at the SEC. Trade only event. Info: www.scotlandstradefairs.co.uk

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Burns and Beyond

January 22 - January 27
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Celebrating the life and legacy of Robert Burns and bringing together the best and brightest of Scotland’s cultural landscape. This innovative new event will invite audiences to experience free and ticketed events in venues throughout Edinburgh city centre, including the spectacular Museum of the Moon @ St Giles’ Cathedral, The Burns Supper and a brand ... Read more

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Burns An’ A’ That! 2019

January 23 - January 27
Ayr – Scotland Ayr, Scotland

Celebrate the bard in his ‘hame toun’ with a celebration street party, the world’s first Burns Supper drive thru, Burns live music nights, Alloway birthday celebrations, the only Burns Supper in the world to take place in Burns Cottage, the winner of the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award and more! Info: www.burnsfestival.com

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Big Burns Supper

January 24 - February 3
Dumfries – Scotland Dumfries, Scotland

The world’s biggest contemporary Burns celebrations with 111 events across 11 days of world class music, comedy, theatre and cabaret. Info: www.bigburnssupper.com or 01381 271 820.

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Happy Burns Night

January 25
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.

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Perth Riverside Light Nights – Burns Night

January 26 - January 27
Perth – Scotland Perth , Scotland

Perth will celebrate the contribution Robert Burns has made to Scottish culture, with live entertainment and fun with a Scottish twist as part of the Riverside Light Nights event. Info: www.perthcity.co.uk/event/perth-riverside-light-nights-2/

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Burns’ Birthday in Mauchline

January 27
Mauchline, East Ayrshire United Kingdom

Join in the celebrations of our national bard with an afternoon of art workshops, kirkyard tours, storytelling, performances and much more at the Burns House Museum. Info: www.eastayrshireleisure.com

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Up Helly Aa 2019

January 29
Lerwick – Scotland Lerwick, Shetland Scotland

Europe’s largest fire festival. Every year the historic event includes a thousand-strong torchlight procession takes place in the village and ends with the iconic burning of a replica Viking Longship. Info: www.uphellyaa.org

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February 2019

Rura

February 2
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Energetic contemporary folk from up and coming Scottish musicians on whistles, Highland pipes, fiddle, flute, guitar and bodhran at Saint Luke's & The Winged Ox, 17 Bain Square. Info: [email protected]

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Hebridean Dark Skies Festival

February 8 - February 21
Isle of Lewis United Kingdom

Ambitious programme of events featuring stargazing events, workshops and talks led by leading scientists, film, music, theatre and more - 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: www.lanntair.com/darkskies

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Six Nations: Scotland Vs Ireland

February 9
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Scotland take on Ireland in the Six Nations at Murrayfield Stadium. Info: www.scottishrugby.org

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Dougie MacLean

February 16
Dunfermline United Kingdom

Scotland's foremost folk/roots troubadour, renowned for his meaningful, haunting music. Info: www.dougiemaclean.com

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RSCDS Winter School

February 17 - February 22
Pitlochry – Scotland Pitlochry , Scotland

Held in the picturesque town of Pitlochry, the RSCDS Winter School, has Scottish country dance classes held at different venues around Pitlochry. Classes are held every morning and there are optional classes in the afternoon — a full day of dancing if your feet are up for it! Info: www.rscds.org

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Glasgow Film Festival

February 20 - March 3
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

One of the largest film festivals in the UK, with new local and international film from all genres; mainstream crowd-pleasers to groundbreaking art-house experimentation; the return of well-loved classics alongside rare cult gems; with filmmaker guest appearances, interactive workshops and discussion panels to complete the mix. Info: www.glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-film-festival

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Fort William Mountain Festival

February 20 - February 24
Fort William – Scotland Fort William, Scotland

A series of films and lectures celebrating the great outdoors and mountain culture, held in Scotland's outdoor capital, and spread over five nights. Info: www.mountainfestival.co.uk

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Braemar Mountain Festival

February 28 - March 3
Braemar – Scotland Braemar, Scotland

The second Braemar Mountain Festival celebrates the mountains in winter with a programme of workshops covering ski touring, winter skills, avalanche awareness, low level walking, navigation and fell running. Info: www.braemarmountainfestival.com

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Inverness Music Festival

February 28 - March 6
Inverness – Scotland Inverness, Scotland

This music festival is a competitive event that allows people of all ages and abilities to show off their skills. The main discipline groups are vocal, instrumental, speech, Gaelic and Scottish with over 75 awards to be won. Competitions are open to the public. Info: www.invernessmusicfestival.org

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March 2019

StAnza

March 6 - March 10
St Andrews – Scotland St Andrews, Scotland

StAnza, Scotland's Poetry Festival, is held every March in St Andrews, Scotland's oldest university town. With readings, exhibitions, performances, music, and film. Info: www.stanzapoetry.org

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Fife Whisky Festival

March 9
Cupar – Scotland Cupar, Scotland

The Fife Whisky Festival brings over 30 distilleries and independent bottlers from all over Scotland to showcase their whisky wares at Cupar Corn Exchange, St Catherine St. Info: www.fifewhiskyfestival.com

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International Bagpipe Day

March 10
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

This is a day initiated by The Bagpipe Society to celebrate the world’s many bagpipes and piping traditions. Every March 10th you are invited to go out and play your pipes – anywhere, anyhow to anyone!

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Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival

March 14 - March 31
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Aye Write! remains committed to celebrating Scottish and international writers and writing. Info: www.ayewrite.com

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Glasgow International Comedy Festival

March 14 - March 31
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow's comedy festival birls back into your life, getting ever more impressive with each outing. For 2019, you're looking at a lineup of Craig Hill, Janey Godley, Julian Clary and more. Info: www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com

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Niel Gow Annual Scottish Fiddle Festival

March 15 - March 17
Dunkeld & Birnam United Kingdom

Now a breeding ground for traditional music talent, the festival runs a selection of workshops, performances and events each year. Established in 2004 to celebrate the life of Perthshire fiddle legend Niel Gow, this festival is held in his home village of Dunkeld & Birnam each year. Info: www.niel-gow.co.uk

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Rat Race Mighty Deerstalker

March 16
Innerleithen, Scottish Borders United Kingdom

An evening obstacle course where tweed is actively encouraged followed by the Mighty Beerstalker Party with food, ales and live bands. Legend tells of a cult running event deep in the Scottish Borders. This is probably the hardest off-road-Tweed-clad-pipe-lit-plus-four-and-headtorch-wearing run that exists at Traquair House. Info: www.mightydeerstalker.co.uk

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Sounds from Stirling Castle: A Military Concert

March 16
Stirling – Scotland Stirling , Scotland

Performances in aid of the service charity Erskine and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum Trust,. At Stirling Castle a magical evening of military performances featuring: The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, The Military Wives Choir and The Pipes, Drums and Dancers of Queen Victoria School. Info: www.historicenvironment.scot

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An Evening of Traditional Music

March 22
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

An exuberant evening of  traditional music featuring  students from  Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Info: www.rcs.ac.uk

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April 2019

Glenfarg Folk Feast

April 5 - April 7
Kinross United Kingdom

A small and friendly stalwart of the folk festival calendar, this festival is an initiative of Glenfarg Village Folk Club and is open to many musics of an acoustic variety as well as storytelling and poetry. Info: www.glenfargfolkclub.com

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Edinburgh International Harp Festival

April 5 - April 10
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

A wonderful selection of concerts, courses and workshops at  Merchiston Castle School for a celebration of all things harp. Info: www.harpfestival.co.uk

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Scotland’s Daffodil Festival

April 13 - April 14
Collessie, Fife United Kingdom

Make the most of spring daffodils with a woodland walk, an egg hunt, artisan stalls, talks, nine hole putting and more. Home to the National Collection for Narcissus Backhouse cultivars. See some of the first daffodil cultivars ever created in the UK from the Wordsworth style daffodils and hundreds of different historic, modern, scented and ... Read more

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True OriGINs: The Scottish Gin Festival

April 19
Inverurie – Scotland Inverurie , Scotland

Festival celebrating Scottish gins, with masterclasses, live music, Scottish-inspired street food and plenty of botanicals to enjoy, the first gin festival from Scotland to promote purely Scottish gins. Info: www.trueorigins-ginfestival.com

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Edinburgh Tradfest

April 26 - May 6
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The past, present and future of traditional music. Info: www.edinburghtradfest.com

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Music Show Scotland

April 27
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

A big celebration of Scottish music and dance featuring over 200 pipers, drummers, dancers, musicians and vocalists at SSE Hydro. Info: www.musicshowscotland.com

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Etape Loch Ness

April 28
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

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Colonsay Festival of Spring

April 29 - May 19
Isle of Colonsay – Scotland Isle of Colonsay, Scotland

This tiny island comes alive with a series of events that showcase its natural beauty: workshops and tours, whisky tasting and cake baking, music, exhibitions and film screenings. Info: www.colonsayspringfest.com

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Beltane Fire Festival

April 30
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Join hundreds of performers and thousands of revellers as they come together on Calton Hill to celebrate the death of winter and the birth of summer by casting off the darkness and celebrating the light on one of the most magical nights of the year at Calton Hill. Info: www.beltane.org

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May 2019

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

May 1 - May 6
Speyside – Scotland Speyside, Scotland

Event providers from all corners of Speyside – the spiritual home of Scotland’s malt whisky production – have lined up a host of exciting and unusual events for both whisky connoisseurs and first-time visitors. Info: www.spiritofspeyside.com

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Burnsfest! 2019

May 4
Ayr – Scotland Ayr, Scotland

Burnsfest! is a free family festival featuring live music, Burns Wine Bar and Beer Garden, A-Coo-Stick Tipi, The Mercat, Performance Pokey, Bairns Bunnet, Haverin' Hoolie, Burns Fair- celebrate the man, the music, the legacy. Info: www.burnsfestival.com/burnsfest

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Traditional Music: Masters Performance

May 10
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Masters students from the Traditional Music department perform their end of year recitals as part of this impressive showcase at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Info: www.rcs.ac.uk

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Coll Bird Festival

May 10 - May 12
Isle of Coll United Kingdom

A chance to find out about the bird life on Coll, including the elusive corncrake. Did you know that one of the best places to see the corncrake, along with a host of other fantastic and often rare wildlife, is the Isle of Coll? Info: www.collbunkhouse.com

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Orkney Nature Festival

May 13 - May 19
Orkney – Scotland Orkney , Scotland

Get familiar with Orkney's wildlife through walks, talks, activities, demonstrations, concerts and more. Info: www.orkneynaturefestival.org

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Highland Whisky Festival

May 16
Muir of Ord United Kingdom

Brand new festival celebrating the Highland Whisky Trail and taking place at eight distilleries along the North Coast 500 route. Info: www.highlandwhiskyfestival.com

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British Pipe Band Championships

May 18
Paisley – Scotland Paisley, Scotland

Paisley comes alive with the skirl of the pipes and the beat of the drums. Over 125 bands will travel from around the world to the St James' Playing Fields, Paisley, to compete for a whole series of titles. Info: https://paisley.is/featured_event/british-pipe-band-championships/

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World Whisky Day

May 18
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

A day of global whisky celebration. World Whisky Day invites everyone to try a dram and celebrate the water of life. Info: www.worldwhiskyday.com

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