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June 2018

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, 2019 - January 2, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019 - February 3, 2019
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, 2019 - January 22, 2019
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, 2019 - January 27, 2019
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, 2019 - January 27, 2019
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, 2019 - February 3, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019 - January 27, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019 - February 21, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019 - February 22, 2019
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, 2019 - March 3, 2019
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, 2019 - February 24, 2019
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, 2019 - March 3, 2019
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, 2019 - March 6, 2019
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, 2019 - March 10, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019 - March 31, 2019
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, 2019 - March 31, 2019
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, 2019 - March 17, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019 - April 7, 2019
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, 2019 - April 10, 2019
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, 2019 - April 14, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019 - May 6, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019 - May 19, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019 - May 6, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019 - May 12, 2019
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, 2019 - May 19, 2019
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, 2019
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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Perth Festival of the Arts

May 16, 2019 - May 25, 2019
Perth – Scotland Perth , Scotland

Music, comedy, theatre, dance and visual arts are all up for grabs at this festival. Info: www.perthfestival.co.uk

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British Pipe Band Championships

May 18, 2019
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, 2019
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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Hebridean Whisky Festival

May 21, 2019 - May 25, 2019
Isle of Skye United Kingdom

Whisky festival with tastings and local food and drink, showcasing the four Hebridean distilleries. Info: www.hebrideanwhisky.com

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The Atholl Gathering

May 26, 2019
Blair Atholl Perthshire United Kingdom

Traditional Highland Games at Blair Castle. Info: www.blair-castle.co.uk

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June 2019

Kirkwall City Pipe Band Parade

June 1, 2019
Kirkwall, Orkney United Kingdom

A street parade by Kirkwall City Pipe Band. The band - which will be celebrating their 100th birthday in 2019 - parade along Broad Street for the entertainment of locals and visitors, performing a selection of marches and sets. Info: www.kirkwallcity.com

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Markinch Highland Games

June 2, 2019
Markinch, Fife United Kingdom

Events include Grand Pipe Band contest, solo piping, Highland dancing contest, running, cycling, heavy events, children's races, fun fair and trade stalls. Info: www.shga.co.uk

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Hawick Common Riding

June 6, 2019 - June 8, 2019
Hawick-Scotland

Festival commemorating the capture in 1514 of an English flag by a Hawick youth, and the ancient practice of riding the borders of the common land. The first of the Border festivals and celebrates both the capture of an English Flag in 1514 by the youth of Hawick. Info: www.hawickcommonriding.co.uk

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Highland Garden Fest 2019

June 9, 2019
Inverness – Scotland Inverness, Scotland

The very first Highland Garden Fest - the only gardening festival in the Highlands! Whether you are a novice gardener or a gardening enthusiast this is a must visit and a fun day for all of the family at Inverness Botanic Gardens. Info: www.highlandgardenfest.co.uk

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Lesmahagow Highland Games

June 15, 2019
Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire United Kingdom

Pipe band contests, heavy events, road race, haggis hurling competition, children's football tournament final, athletics and more at Glebe Park. Info: www.lesmahagowhighlandgames.com

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Aberdeen’s Highland Games

June 16, 2019
Aberdeen – Scotland Aberdeen, Scotland

Traditional Highland Games events with pipe band, dance and heavy events at Hazlehead Park. Info: [email protected]

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The Royal Highland Show

June 20, 2019 - June 23, 2019
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

Part agricultural show, part food festival, part family fun day out, with everything from motor, equine and craft programmes to food and drink and children's activities. Celebrating its 179th year, The Royal Highland Show is one of Scotland's most iconic events, showcasing the very best of farming food and rural life. Info: www.royalhighlandshow.org

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Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

June 22, 2019 - June 23, 2019
Portsoy, Aberdeenshire United Kingdom

Engages the local region, bringing together boats, music, crafts, food and drink to celebrate the region’s rich cultural heritage. Info: www.stbfportsoy.org

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Piping Inverness

June 29, 2019
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]

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July 2019

Kenmore Highland Games

July 3, 2019
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

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John Paul Jones Birthday Celebration

July 6, 2019
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

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The Ceòlas Summer School

July 7, 2019 - July 12, 2019
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

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Loch Lomond Highland Games

July 13, 2019
Balloch – Scotland Balloch, Scotland

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

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HebCelt

July 17, 2019 - July 20, 2019
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

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The Battle Of Falkirk 1298 Commemoration 2019

July 20, 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

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Stonehaven Highland Games

July 21, 2019
Stonehaven – Scotland Stonehaven, Kincardineshire Scotland

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

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Langholm Common Riding

July 26, 2019
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

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Alasdair Fraser’s Mammoth Fiddle Night

July 26, 2019
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/

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Scottish Pipe Band Championships

July 27, 2019
Dumbarton United Kingdom

Pipe band contest, all grades. Info: www.rspba.org

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Dufftown Highland Games

July 27, 2019
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

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Bagpipe Appreciation Day

July 27, 2019
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!

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St. Andrews Highland Games

July 28, 2019
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

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August 2019

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August 2, 2019 - August 24, 2019
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

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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August 2, 2019 - August 26, 2019
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

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The Edinburgh International Festival

August 2, 2019 - August 26, 2019
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

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International Scottish Gin Day

August 3, 2019
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.

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Clan Farquharson Gathering 2019

August 3, 2019 - August 10, 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

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Clan Baird Society General Meeting

August 5, 2019
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

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Isle Of Skye Highland Games

August 7, 2019
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

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Clan Munro Gathering

August 9, 2019 - August 11, 2019
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

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Piping Live!

August 10, 2019 - August 16, 2019
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

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[email protected]! at Piping Live! 2019

August 14, 2019 - August 15, 2019
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

[email protected]! is a brand new workshop series from the Piping Live! festival team at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. [email protected]! 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

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The World Pipe Band Championships

August 16, 2019 - August 17, 2019
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

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Stirling Highland Games

August 17, 2019
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

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Cowal Highland Gathering

August 29, 2019 - August 31, 2019
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.

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September 2019

2019 Clan MacAulay Gathering

September 5, 2019 - September 8, 2019
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

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The Stewart Gathering 2019

September 6, 2019 - September 8, 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

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Perth Festival of Yarn

September 7, 2019 - September 8, 2019
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

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Scottish Borders Walking Festival

September 7, 2019 - September 14, 2019
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

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Braemar Gathering

September 7, 2019
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

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Blairgowrie & Rattray Highland Games

September 8, 2019
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

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Pitlochry Highland Games

September 14, 2019
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

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Jura Music Festival

September 27, 2019 - September 29, 2019
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

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Paranormal Investigation in Mains Castle

September 28, 2019
Dundee – Scotland Dundee, Scotland

Join in Dundee for a night of paranormal activity. Sleepover is optional. Info: www.mainscastle.co.uk

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Highland Archaeology Festival

September 28, 2019 - October 18, 2019
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

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Highland Golf Links Pro Am

September 30, 2019 - October 2, 2019
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

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October 2019

The Enchanted Forest

October 3, 2019 - November 3, 2019
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

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Royal National Mòd

October 11, 2019 - October 19, 2019
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

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The 31st Scottish International Storytelling Festival

October 18, 2019 - October 31, 2019
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

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Illuminight with Lidl

October 23, 2019 - November 17, 2019
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

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Orkney Storytelling Festival

October 24, 2019 - October 27, 2019
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

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Paisley Halloween Festival

October 25, 2019 - October 26, 2019
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

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Scottish and European Vintage Ploughing Championships

October 26, 2019 - October 27, 2019
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

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The Glenfiddich Piping Championship

October 26, 2019
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

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City of Perth Halloween Parade and Fun Night

October 26, 2019
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

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Celtic Samhain

October 31, 2019
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

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November 2019

The Perthshire Amber Festival

November 2, 2019 - November 4, 2019
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

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Festival of Remembrance

November 3, 2019
Hamilton 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

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Glasgow Loves Christmas

November 9, 2019 - December 31, 2019
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

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

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The Lost Medieval Towers of Edinburgh Castle

November 14, 2019
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

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Scots Fiddle Festival

November 15, 2019 - November 17, 2019
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

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Edinburgh’s Christmas

November 16, 2019 - January 4, 2020
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

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The Saltire Festival

November 25, 2019 - December 1, 2019
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

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The Making of a 21st century Edinburgh Castle – Fortress, Barracks, Monument and Commodity

November 26, 2019
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

The lecture traces the multiple fascinating episodes in history that made Edinburgh Castle the tourist attraction it is today, at Lauriston Castle. Info: www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk

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Happy St Andrew’s Day

November 30, 2019
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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Drambusters Whisky Festival

November 30, 2019
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

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December 2019

Christmas Ghost Stories

December 7, 2019
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

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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Ceilidh

December 11, 2019
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

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The Red Chilli Pipers Live

December 13, 2019
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

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Glamis Castle Christmas Markets

December 13, 2019 - December 15, 2019
Glamis United Kingdom

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

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Lanark Christmas Ceilidh

December 13, 2019
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]

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Happy Christmas

December 25, 2019
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

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

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Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

December 30, 2019 - January 1, 2020
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

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Happy Hogmany

December 31, 2019
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!

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Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony

December 31, 2019
Stonehaven – Scotland Stonehaven, Kincardineshire Scotland

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

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January 2020

The Loony Dook

January 1
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

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Celtic Connections

January 16 - February 2
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

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Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring

January 19 - January 21
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

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Scots Music Group-Celebrating Robert Burns

January 21
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

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Big Burns Supper 2020

January 23 - February 2
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

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Glasgow Burns Night

January 23
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]

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A Celebration of Burns Night Aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia

January 24
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh , Scotland

You will enjoy a red carpet welcome as you are piped aboard Britannia. The unforgettable Scottish evening begins with a drinks and canape reception before touring the yacht. Info: + 44(0) 1442 768 110 or [email protected]

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Happy Burns Night

January 25

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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Glamis Castle Burns Supper

January 25
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]

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A Blazing Burns Night Spectacular

January 25
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

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Up Helly Aa

January 28
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

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February 2020

Oor Wullie

February 3 - February 8
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

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The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival

February 7 - February 22
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

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Decade from The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland

February 8
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

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SPECTRA 2020

February 13 - February 16
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

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The Fort William Mountain Festival

February 19 - February 23
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

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Winkie’s Return

February 20
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

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March 2020

StAnza

March 4 - March 8
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

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Seabirds on the Isle of May Talk

March 5
Duns United Kingdom

David Steel, Reserve Manager on the Isle of May, gives an illustrated talk at Duns Parish Church,Castle St. Info: [email protected]

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International Bagpipe Day

March 10
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!

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Glasgow International Comedy Festival

March 12 - March 29
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

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

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Hawick Reivers Festival

March 27 - March 29
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

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International Whisky Day

March 27
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

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April 2020

The Clan Gunn Society’s 60th Diamond Celebrations

April 2 - April 5
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

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Arbroath 2020 Festival

April 3 - April 5
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

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SpringFest: The Scottish Food and Drink Festival

April 4 - April 5
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

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A Celtic Spring

April 12 - April 13
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

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Beltane Fire Festival

April 30
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

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May 2020

Gourock Highland Games

May 10
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

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World Whisky Day

May 16
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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Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair

May 17
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

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Islay Festival – Feis Ile – The Islay Festival of Music and Malt

May 22 - May 30
Isle of Islay – Scotland Isle of Islay, Scotland

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED- Every year there is a diverse programme featuring traditional music, ceilidhs, Gaelic lessons, golf, bowling and whisky tasting. Info: www.islayfestival.com

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The British Pipe Band Championships

May 23
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

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Atholl Highlanders Parade and Gathering

May 23 - May 24
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

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Blackford Highland Games

May 30
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

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June 2020

The Outlander Conference

June 2 - June 6
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

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Dumbarton 2020

June 4 - June 7
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

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Helenburgh & Lomond Highland Games

June 6
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

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Cornhill Highland Games

June 6
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

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The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

June 20 - June 21
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

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Aberdeen’s Highland Games

June 21
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

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Piping Inverness

June 27
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

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Drumtochty Highland Games

June 27
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

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July 2020

Ceòlas Summer School

July 5 - July 10
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

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