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July 2016

Lochcarron Highland Games

July 16, 2016
Attadale – Scotland Attadale, Scotland

The Friendly Games held in beautiful Wester Ross in the North West Highlands of Scotland. Info: http://www.lochcarrongames.org.uk.

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Loch Lomond Highland Games

July 16, 2016
Balloch – Scotland Balloch, Scotland

A traditional Scottish Highland Games situated at the southern end of Loch Lomond at Moss o Balloch Park. Info: http://www.llhgb.com.

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The Rosneath Peninsula Highland Gathering

July 17, 2016
Rosneath – Scotland Rosneath, Argyll & Bute Scotland

Piping, track & field events, the Highland dancing competitions and more at Howie Memorial Park. Info: http://www.rosneathgames.co.uk

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Burntisland Highland Games

July 18, 2016
Burntisland – Scotland Burntisland, Fife Scotland

Heavy weights, cycling and more at this traditional Scottish Highland games at Burntisland Links. Info: http://www.burntislandhighlandgames.co.uk.

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Mull Highland Games

July 21, 2016
Isle of Mull – Scotland Isle of Mull, Scotland

A fun and entertaining traditional Scottish Highland games for all the family filled with athletic events, Scottish music, dancing and more. Info: http://www.mullhighlandgames.weebly.com.

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Arisaig Highland Games and Clan Ranald Gathering

July 27, 2016
Arisaig – Scotland Arisaig , Scotland

The Games features a full list of traditional events at Traigh Farm with sweeping views across sandy beaches towards the Cuillins of Skye & the Small Isles of Eigg and Rhum. Info: http://www.arisaighighlandgames.co.uk.

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Merchant City Festival

July 30, 2016 - August 7, 2016
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Experience the unique historical & contemporary character of Glasgow's cultural quarter with a full program of events. Info: http://www.merchantcityfestival.com.

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West Highland Yachting Week

July 30, 2016 - August 5, 2016
Isle of Mull – Scotland Isle of Mull, Scotland

The historic sailing regatta, with a distinctive blend of competitive racing combined with a varied and full programme of events at Tobermory Harbour. Info: http://www.whyw.co.uk.

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August 2016

Worldwide Gathering Of The Clan MacNeil

August 4, 2016 - August 7, 2016
Isle of Barra – Scotland Isle of Barra, Scotland

MacNeil's from across the world gather of Barra for Clan events and kinship. Info: http://www.the-macneils.org.uk.

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Dare ProtoPlay

August 4, 2016 - August 7, 2016
Dundee,

Scotland’s largest video games festival, celebrating innovation, creativity and talent in the design and development of digital games and interactive media. Info: www.visitscotland.com/IAD2016

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Edinburgh International Festival

August 5, 2016 - August 29, 2016
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland

Inaugurated in 1947 as a celebration of peace through the arts, the Edinburgh International Festival showcases the very best and most prestigious international companies. Featuring opera, music, theatre and dance from around the world. Info: http://www.eif.co.uk

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August 5, 2016 - August 29, 2016
Edinburgh,

The world’s largest arts festival. An explosion of theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, music, children’s shows, exhibitions, musicals, and street performers brings over 3,000 shows to over 300 venues in Edinburgh throughout August. Info: www.edfringe.com

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Anniversary of Wallace’s Betrayal and Capture

August 5, 2016
Stirling ,

A special presentation by costumed actors to commemorate the anniversary of William Wallace's capture on the 3rd August 1305 at The National Wallace Monument. Info: www.nationalwallacemonument.com.

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The Piping Live! Festival

August 8, 2016 - August 14, 2016
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

An annual bagpiping event held in Glasgow by the National Piping Centre celebrating bagpipes and pipe bands, with a variety of events across the city. Info: http://www.pipinglive.co.uk

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World Pipe Band Championships

August 12, 2016 - August 13, 2016
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

The international pipe band competition held in Glasgow Green with piping events and competitions, highland dance events, Scottish retailers and much more. Info: +44 141 353 8000 or http://www.theworlds.co.uk

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Rannoch Highland Gathering

August 20, 2016
Kinloch Rannoch – Scotland Kinloch Rannoch, Scotland

Includes tossing the caber, highland dancing, hill race and more at Weller Poley Park. Info: http://www.rannochhighlandgathering.co.uk.

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Stirling Highland Games

August 20, 2016
Stirling ,

One of the City of Stirling’s signature annual events welcoming visitors from around the world to central Scotland to see our traditional Highland games competitions. Info: www.stirlinghighlandgames.com.

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Crieff Highland Gathering

August 21, 2016
Crieff – Scotland Crieff, Perthshire Scotland

Traditional Scottish Highland games with athletic events, music, dancing and more. Info: http://www.crieffhighlandgathering.com.

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Cowal Highland Gathering

August 25, 2016 - August 27, 2016
Dunoon – Scotland Dunoon, Argyll Scotland

Renowned for its unique atmosphere, world-class competitors, beautiful Highland location. Info: http://www.cowalgathering.com

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September 2016

From the Thistles to the Castle

September 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016
Stirling – Scotland Stirling, Scotland

Stirling Castle and the city centre shopping area will be the start and end of a trail of architectural activity that will occupy spaces along the route from the city centre to the Castle creating inventions and opportunities to participate. Info: http://www.foa2016.com

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Doors Open Days 2016

September 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016
Nationwide – Scotland Nationwide, Scotland

Free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland. Every weekend in September members of the public can explore places that are normally closed to the public or charge to enter. Some open up once a year, some just once in a lifetime. Info: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk.

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Scotcon

September 3, 2016 - September 4, 2016
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland

Special attractions will include Outlander and Scottish Cosplay, The Wallace Society and William Wallace's Sword, Clanranald, Clanadonia, 18th century living history re-enactment with battle re-enactments and more. Info: http://www.scotcon.scot.

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The Braemar Gathering

September 3, 2016
Braemar – Scotland Braemar, Scotland

Full traditional highland games, with a visit from the members of the Royal Family in The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park. Info: +44(0)13397 41098 or http://www.braemargathering.org.

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2016 Clan Donnachaidh Gathering & AGM

September 7, 2016 - September 11, 2016
Pitlochry – Scotland Pitlochry, Scotland

This year's Clan Gathering will include a Welcome Reception at the Atholl Palace Hotel, coach tour to Loch Leven Castle, Annual General Meeting & Chief's Reception & Dinner. Info: [email protected] or http://www.donnachaidh.com.

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The Highland Military Tattoo

September 9, 2016 - September 11, 2016
Fort George – Scotland Fort George, Ardersier Scotland

Largest Military Tattoo outside Edinburgh at Fort George in the Scottish Highlands. Info: + 44(0) 1463 404 401 or http://www.highlandmilitarytattoo.com.

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Pitlochry Highland Games

September 10, 2016
Pitlochry – Scotland Pitlochry, Scotland

Traditional Games which has been hosting competitors and enthralling spectators since 1852. Info: Tel:+44 (0)1796 473488 or http://www.pitlochryhighlandgames.co.uk

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Edinburgh Kiltwalk

September 18, 2016
Edinburgh,

A stunning city route that starts at the iconic Murrayfield Stadium and takes in some of Edinburgh’s most picturesque places. Info: www.thekiltwalk.co.uk

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Findhorn Bay Festival

September 21, 2016 - September 26, 2016
Moray – Scotland Moray, Scotland

The biennial Findhorn Bay Festival is a spectacular six-day celebration of arts and culture taking place at the heart of Moray and showcasing artists of national and international renown. Info: http://www.findhornbayarts.com/festival

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Wigtown Book Festival

September 23, 2016 - October 2, 2016
Newton Stewart – Scotland Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire Scotland

A 10-day festival celebrating books, theatre, music and film. Info: http://www.wigtownbookfestival.com.

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Loch Ness Knit Fest

September 29, 2016 - October 2, 2016
Loch Ness – Scotland Loch Ness, Scotland

An exciting and innovative four-day festival for the international crafting community to be held in the heart of the Highlands. Info: http://www.lochnessknitfest.com.

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The Enchanted Forest

September 29, 2016 - October 30, 2016
Pitlochry,

Set amidst the stunning Autumn woodland of Faskally Wood in Highland Perthshire, Scotland’s premier sound and light event. Info: www.enchantedforest.org.uk.

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October 2016

The Mackintosh Festival 2016: Mackintosh The Innovator

October 1, 2016 - October 6, 2016
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

A participatory and creative event including an exhibition and other activities imagining what Mackintosh might have created with the technologies of today. Info: http://www.glasgowmackintosh.com.

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The Enchanted Forest

October 1, 2016 - October 30, 2016
Pitlochry , United Kingdom

Set amidst the stunning Autumn woodland of Faskally Wood in Highland Perthshire, Scotland’s premier sound and light event. Info: www.enchantedforest.org.uk.

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Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival

October 6, 2016 - October 10, 2016
Shetland – Scotland Shetland, Scotland

Various artists perform traditional Shetland music. Info: http://www.shetlandaccordionandfiddle.com.

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Alfred Dunhill Links Championships

October 6, 2016 - October 9, 2016
St Andrews – Scotland St Andrews, Scotland

Adding some celebrity stardust to the golfing scene, the Dunhill Links pits A-list actors, sports stars and musicians alongside top European Tour stars at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. Info: http://www.alfreddunhilllinks.com.

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Cowal Fest

October 7, 2016 - October 16, 2016
Dunoon – Scotland Dunoon, Argyll Scotland

A 10 day annual Walking and Outdoors Festival which is the largest and most varied walking festivals in Scotland, with more than 80 walks. Info: http://www.cowalfest.org.

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Drovers’ Tryst Walking Festival

October 8, 2016 - October 15, 2016
Crieff – Scotland Crieff, Perthshire Scotland

Eight days of guided walks throughout the region to celebrate the life and work of the people who made Crieff the cattle-droving crossroads of Scotland in the 1700s. Info: http://www.droverstryst.com.

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The National Piping Centre CLASP Workshop Weekend

October 14, 2016 - October 15, 2016
Glasgow, United Kingdom

At The National Piping Centre, open to any enthusiastic amateur bagpipers, which will further work on the tunes that you have chosen to play for competition. Info: www.thepipingcentre.co.uk

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Shetland Guitar Festival

October 17, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lerwick, United Kingdom

A celebration of guitar music in Shetland. Bi-annual festival of guitar music, including concerts and workshops. Info: www.shetland.org.

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Dundee Literary Festival

October 19, 2016 - October 23, 2016
Dundee – Scotland Dundee, Scotland

5 days of adventures in books, in Dundee. Comics, bright minds, fantastic fiction, book design, events for the family, debut voices and more. Info: http://www.literarydundee.co.uk/festival

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Scottish International Storytelling Festival

October 21, 2016 - October 30, 2016
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland

A ten-day celebration of traditional and contemporary storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity, bringing together artists and audiences from Scotland and beyond. The theme of the 2016 festival is The Right to Dream, connecting with our ability to dream something different into existence. Info: http://www.tracscotland.org/festivals/scottish-international-storytelling-festival

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November 2016

The Perthshire Amber Festival

November 3, 2016 - November 6, 2016
Dunkeld – Scotland Dunkeld, Perthshire Scotland

Dougie Maclean's annual arts festival with concerts, open mic, workshops, talks and music sessions at various locations in Perthshire. Info: http://www.perthshireamber.com

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Denholm Folk Festival

November 3, 2016 - November 6, 2016
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.scotborders-folk.org.uk.

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Cardenden Community Bonfire & Fireworks Display

November 4, 2016
Cardenden, United Kingdom

Bonfire and fireworks with a torch-lit children's procession. Fantastic annual bonfire and fireworks display in Wallsgreen Park. Info: www.fifedirect.org.uk

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The Colours of Cluny

November 9, 2016 - November 20, 2016
Forres, United Kingdom

A northern light extravaganza amidst the stunning setting of Cluny Hill. Info: www.coloursofcluny.com.

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Styling the Nation

November 12, 2016 - November 13, 2016
Edinburgh – Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland

At the National Museum of Scotland- a series of workshops, demonstrations, fashion shows, talks, performance and music led by a wide range of high profile artists and experts. Info: http://www.eventscotland.org

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Scots Fiddle Festival

November 18, 2016 - November 20, 2016
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Scotland's biggest fiddle event promoting & sustaining traditional fiddle music. Info: www.scotsfiddlefestival.com

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Light Nights

November 18, 2016

A spectacular programme of events marking the finale of the Festival of Architecture 2016, centred around the city of Dundee's Christmas lights switch-on at McManus Museum. Info: www.mcmanus.co.uk

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St Andrew’s Celebrations in St Andrews

November 25, 2016 - November 30, 2016
St Andrews, United Kingdom

Where better to celebrate our Patron Saint than the town that shares his name? A host of activities on offer for young and old alike to pay homage to Scotland's patron saint. Info: www.visitstandrews.com.

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Happy St Andrew’s Day

November 30, 2016
Natonwide,

Celebrate Scotland's patron saint with food, music & friends. The day celebrates the Feast of Saint Andrew and is National Scotland Day on November 30th! v

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illumination: Harbour Festival of Light

November 30, 2016 - December 3, 2016
Irvine, United Kingdom

Irvine’s historic waterfront will shimmer into life this St Andrew’s Day as the Scottish Maritime Museum in North Ayrshire launches the country’s newest art and light winter spectacular. Info: www.illuminationfestival.co.uk.

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December 2016

Stirling’s Winter Festival

December 1, 2016 - January 1, 2017
Stirling, United Kingdom

Stirling greets the winter with a programme of events of festive events including Hogmanay, including a Santa Parade, festive film screenings and a Resolution Run on 1 Jan. Info: www.stirlingwinterfestival.com.

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Edinburgh’s Christmas

December 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The festival is a fantastic Christmas celebration, and great fun for the whole family. Info: www.edinburghschristmas.com.

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Glasgow Loves Christmas

December 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Marvel at the magical festive spectacular of the Style Mile Carnival,  The Christmas Market also returns to St Enoch Square and George Square, with stalls, food and rides. and more. Info: www.glasgowloveschristmas.com.

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The Glamis Castle Christmas Market

December 9, 2016 - December 11, 2016
Glamis, United Kingdom

Crafters and delicatessen shall fill the courtyard at the back of the castle and shall provide lots of festive goodies for all your Christmas shopping needs at Glamis Castle. Info: +44 1307 840393 or www.glamis-castle.co.uk.

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Happy Christmas

December 25, 2016

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

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The Red Hot Chilli Pipers Live

December 29, 2016
Ayr, United Kingdom

A unique brand of 'bag rock' with stirring tunes and energetic performances. Info: www.rhcp.scot.

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Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

December 30, 2016 - January 1, 2017
Edinburgh,

Highlights include the torchlight procession, the world famous Street Party, with live music stages, traditional Ceilidh dancing, famous Midnight Moment fireworks lifting from Edinburgh Castle and much more. Info: www.thisisedinburgh.com

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Happy Hogmanay

December 31, 2016

Wishing all our a readers, advertisers and friends a very Happy Hogmanay and best wishes for 2017!

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Aberdeen’s Hogmanay

December 31, 2016
Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Welcome in the new year with exciting live performances from local bands before a spectacular fireworks display is fired from the rooftop of His Majesty's Theatre in the heart of the city. Info: www.aberdeeninvestlivevisit.co.uk.

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Stonehaven Fireball Festival

December 31, 2016
Stonehaven, United Kingdom

A parade of fireballs swingers that starts on the bells at midnight to welcome in the new year. in Stonehaven. Info: www.stonehavenfireballs.co.uk.

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Hogmanay Hootenanny

December 31, 2016
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Bring in the New Year with family and friends at The National Piping Centre's Hogmanay Hootenanny. Info: www.thepipingcentre.co.uk.

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The Biggar Bonfire

December 31, 2016
Biggar, United Kingdom

South Lanarkshire town's own New Year celebration with ancient fire. Info: www.biggarbonfire.org.uk.

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January 2017

The Loony Dook

January 1, 2017
South Queensferry, United Kingdom

The world Famous Loony Dook raises lots of money for good causes, and you get to watch lots of Loony's jump in the sea on New Years Day. Info: www.theloonydook.co.uk

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Celtic Connections

January 19, 2017 - February 5, 2017
Glasgow – Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

A winter music festival in Glasgow, featuring artists from around the globe alongside the best Scottish talent at various venues around the city. Info: http://www.celticconnections.com.

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Gaelic for Beginners

January 19, 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom

The classes will start from complete beginner level, with the conversational basics, as well as other useful Gaelic expressions. It will also give insights into Gaelic and Highland culture, and why it is so important to piping at The National Piping Centre. Info: James Beaton: [email protected]

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Big Burns Supper Festival

January 20, 2017 - January 28, 2017
Dumfries, United Kingdom

Features a heady mixture of cabaret, comedy, music and entertainment in over 20 different venues as the town goes bonkers for nine days of winter magic. Info: www.bigburnssupper.com.

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Haggis Hooley

January 20, 2017
Alloway, United Kingdom

The Borland Ceilidh Band and a variety of talented local musicians will perform while you enjoy traditional Burns Supper fare at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Info: www.burnsmuseum.org.uk.

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Scotland Trade Fair Spring

January 22, 2017 - January 24, 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Trade only event which includes a wide range of Scottish goods for Scottish retailers at the SECC. Info: www.scotlandstradefairs.co.uk/spring

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Burns Unbound

January 22, 2017
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

A mini-festival in honour of Burns Night and the Bard himself, with performances and workshops for all ages centred around his life and work. Info: www.nms.ac.uk.

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Burns Night

January 25, 2017

Celebrate the bard! January 25th marks the annual celebration of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns.

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Burns Night Ceilidh with Annasach Ceilidh Band

January 25, 2017 - January 28, 2017
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

An informal celebration of Burns the bard, with a ceilidh, buffet supper and a dram of Famous Grouse. Info: www.annasach.co.uk.

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Robert Burns Birthplace Museum Burns Supper

January 25, 2017
Alloway, United Kingdom

Celebrate the Bard's birthday in the place where it all began. This promises to be an exclusive and unforgettable evening with piper, toasts, recitations, music and speeches at Burns Cottage. Info: +44 1292 443700 or [email protected]

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Night at the Museum: Extending Burns Heritage

January 27, 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Celebrating Scotland's national bard, this special Night at the Museum event celebrates Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and highlights new University of Glasgow research into Robert Burns at Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery. Info: www.gla.ac.uk.

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Up Helly Aa 2017

January 31, 2017
Lerwick, Shetland, United Kingdom

Celebrate Viking history with fire and tradition that originated in the 1880s. Info: www.uphellyaa.org.

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February 2017

Scottish Snowdrop Festival

February 1, 2017 - February 28, 2017
Various, United Kingdom

Each year the Scottish Snowdrop Festival gathers together some of the best gardens and woodlands where you can see swathes of snowdrops, so that you won’t miss out on the arrival of these dainty little flowers – one of the most delightful signs that spring is on it’s way. Info: www.nts.org.uk.

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Victorian Seance and Ghost Hunt

February 3, 2017
Pathead, Midlothian, United Kingdom

A paranormal investigation on the grounds of the apparently-haunted coaching inn-The Stair Arms Hotel. Info: www.ukghostnights.co.uk.

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SPECTRA – Aberdeen’s Festival of Light

February 9, 2017 - February 12, 2017
Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Celebrate the Scottish Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology exploring Aberdeen’s past through this year’s theme “A New Light”.  Info: www.spectraaberdeen.com.

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NYPBoS Thunderstruck

February 11, 2017
Perth, United Kingdom

The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland are staging a major concert at Perth Concert Hall. The band will be showcasing new material including an exciting new arrangement of the Gordon Duncan classic "Thunderstruck" that gives this exciting new show its name. Info: www.horsecross.co.uk.

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Crime and Punishment in Medieval Scotland

February 11, 2017 - February 17, 2017
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Executioner Gilbert Savage recounts the nature of crime and punishment during turbulent times in Medieval Scotland at Edinburgh Castle. Info: www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk/events.

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Around the World with The Black Watch

February 15, 2017 - February 19, 2017
Perth, United Kingdom

Discover some of the places The Black Watch have visited in the past 300 years and create a craft from on of the countries where they have served at The Black Watch Castle and Museum. Info: www.theblackwatch.co.uk.

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A Winter Walk in the Garden

February 16, 2017
Dunoon, United Kingdom

A winter walk through the Garden, followed by a soup and sandwich lunch at Benmore Botanic Garden. Info: www.rbge.org.uk.

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Scottish Fiddle Orchestra Live

February 18, 2017
Perth, United Kingdom

The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra is the country's foremost large ensemble for traditional music. Info: www.sfo.org.uk.

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Edinburgh’s Georgian Shadows

February 23, 2017 - March 26, 2017
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Six buildings in Edinburgh's New Town, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, are brought to life using inventive lighting. Info: www.edinburgh.org

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North Hop

February 25, 2017
Aviemore, United Kingdom

A beer and food festival with an impressive selection of craft beer, cider, gin, whisky, cocktails, street food, sweet treats and live music. Info: www.northhop.co.uk.

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Inverness Music Festival

February 25, 2017 - March 8, 2017
Inverness, United Kingdom

Vocal, instrumental, speech, Gaelic and Scottish performances. Info: www.invernessmusicfestival.org.

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Coolest Walk on Earth

February 26, 2017
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

A guided walk through Holyrood Park discovering how the magnificent geological features around Arthur's Seat and the crags were shaped and sculpted by ice, free. Info: www.historicenvironment.scot.

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March 2017

StAnza: Scotland’s Poetry Festival

March 1, 2017 - March 5, 2017
St Andrews, United Kingdom

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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Scottish Snowdrop Festival

March 1, 2017 - March 15, 2017
Various, United Kingdom

Each year the Scottish Snowdrop Festival gathers together some of the best gardens and woodlands where you can see swathes of snowdrops, so that you won’t miss out on the arrival of these dainty little flowers – one of the most delightful signs that spring is on it’s way. Info: www.nts.org.uk.

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The Red Hot Chilli Pipers Live

March 3, 2017
Perth, United Kingdom

A unique brand of 'bag rock' (that's bagpipes plus rock, if you were wondering) with stirring tunes and energetic performances. Info: www.rhcp.scot.

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Blazin’ Fiddles Live

March 4, 2017
Lanark, Canada

On fiery form, these contemporary fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands mix solo and ensemble sets to create a unique blend of energy and sensitivity. Info: [email protected]

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Galloway Music Festival

March 6, 2017 - March 11, 2017
Stranraer & Newton Stewart, United Kingdom

Competitive music festival for amateur musicians of all ages and a festival concert on the final day. Info: www.gallowaymusicfestival.org.uk.

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Glasgow International Comedy Festival

March 9, 2017 - March 26, 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow's comedy festival birls back into your life, getting ever more impressive with each outing. Info: www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com.

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Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival

March 9, 2017 - March 19, 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Located in the iconic Mitchell Library Aye Write! remains committed to celebrating Scottish and international writers and writing. Info: www.ayewrite.com.

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Aviemore Adventure Festival

March 9, 2017 - March 12, 2017
Aviemore, United Kingdom

A celebration of adventure and sport with outdoor activities, filmmaker workshops, guest talks and film screenings. Info: www.aviemoreadventure.org.

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International Bagpipe Day

March 10, 2017
Nationwide, United Kingdom

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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Celtic Ceilidh Dinner and Dance

March 10, 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom

A three-course dinner, followed by a ceilidh with music from Haud Yer Lugs to raise money for the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice at Òran Mór, 731-735 Great Western Rd. Info: www.oran-mor.co.uk.

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National Piping Centre Adult Spring Gathering

March 28, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Includes practice time, social events, lessons, workshops and much more at The National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater St. Info: +44 (0) 141 353 0220 or www.thepipingcentre.co.uk.

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April 2017

Highland Haggis Festival

April 1, 2017 - April 2, 2017
Spean Bridge, United Kingdom

Celebrate Scotland's national dish and eat, drink, and dance. Info: www.highlandhaggisfest.co.uk.

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Springfest: The Scottish Food and Drink Festival

April 1, 2017 - April 2, 2017
Balloch, United Kingdom

One of the largest food and drink festivals in the country. Around 80 food and drink producers and suppliers set up their stands on the stunning banks of Loch Lomond Shores. Info: www.lochlomondspringfest.co.uk.

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Geological Walk

April 2, 2017
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The geology of the Water of Leith forms the foundation for its character, shaping it into an important source of both water power and building stone. This walk in the Dells provides an opportunity to see many of its geological features including Carboniferous sedimentary rocks, glacial features and fossils, as well as the site of ... Read more

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Young Stars Spring Piping School

April 10, 2017 - April 13, 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Specially tailored for 16 and Unders, this 4 day school will enhance their piping with practice, lessons, games, workshops and more at The National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater St. Info: +44 (0) 141 353 0220 or www.thepipingcentre.co.uk.

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Eddi Reader Live

April 15, 2017
Strathpeffer, United Kingdom

From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi Reader brings life to all forms of song at Strathpeffer Pavilion. Info: www.eddireader.co.uk

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Scotland in Six-World Heritage Day 2017

April 18, 2017
Falkirk, United Kingdom

On World Heritage Day 2017, Scotland celebrates our six iconic World Heritage Sites with six toe-tapping, mouth-watering, jaw-dropping, heart-pumping events from dawn to dusk.Info: www.digit2017.com.

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Great Edinburgh Run

April 23, 2017
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

A ten mile race in Scotland's capital taking in landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriar’s Bobby and the Royal Mile. Info: www.greatrun.org/great-edinburgh-run

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TradFest

April 26, 2017 - May 7, 2017
Edinburghu, United Kingdom

Tradition goes live in Edinburgh, with an annual showcase of traditional arts and culture in Scotland’s capital. Info: www.tracscotland.org/festivals/tradfest

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Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

April 27, 2017 - May 1, 2017
Speyside, United Kingdom

Thousands of visitors from around the globe celebrate Scotland’s national drink at one of the world’s biggest whisky events. Info: www.spiritofspeyside.com.

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Ceilidh at The Counting House

April 28, 2017
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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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Kintyre Songwriters Festival

April 28, 2017 - April 30, 2017
Campbeltown, United Kingdom

A music festival aimed at showcasing and promoting Kintyre's home grown musical talent, along with appearances by a selection of higher profile guests. Info: www.kintyresongwritersfestival.co.uk.

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May 2017

The 2017 European Rugby Challenge Cup Final

May 12, 2017
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Featuring the cream of European professional club rugby as well as stars of the world game is staged at Murrayfield. Info: www.epcrugby.com.

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Gourock Highland Games

May 14, 2017
Gourock, United Kingdom

The first games of the Scottish season at Gourock Park. Info: www.gourockhighlandgames.org.uk.

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Perth Festival of the Arts

May 15, 2017 - July 27, 2017
Perth, United Kingdom

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

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Isle of Arran Mountain Festival

May 19, 2017 - May 22, 2017
Arran, United Kingdom

A huge variety of guided walks and scrambles throughout Arran’s stunning hills and mountains: from wildlife-watching walks along the island’s coastline to airy scrambles on towering granite ridges. Info: www.arranmountainfestival.co.uk.

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British Pipe Band Championships

May 20, 2017
Paisley, United Kingdom

St James Playing Fields will be turned into a spectacle of sight and sound, with anywhere between 3,500 and 4,000 pipers and drummers from across the UK and abroad set to compete on the day, across 200 live performances. Info: www.rspba.org.

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World Whisky Day

May 20, 2017
Nationwide, United Kingdom

Raise a glass and try a dram and celebrate the water of life! Info: www.worldwhiskyday.com

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Knockengorroch World Ceilidh

May 25, 2017 - May 28, 2017
Castle Douglas, Dumfries, United Kingdom

An outdoor festival with the emphasis on roots music, the line-up is a melting pot of world, folk, fusion and dub reggae music. Info: www.knockengorroch.org.uk.

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Blackford Highland Games

May 27, 2017
Blackford, United Kingdom

Events include running, cycling, heavy weights and highland dance at Games Field. Info: www.blackfordhighlandgames.co.uk.

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Hooley In The Highlands

May 27, 2017
Strathpeffer, United Kingdom

The popular annual country music festival returns to the Pavilion in 2017. Info: www.wegottickets.com/event/364783.

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Mauchline Holy Fair 2017

May 27, 2017
Mauchline , United Kingdom

A day dedicated to celebrating Mauchline's History & Heritage with entertainment and more at Mauchline Burns House Museum. Info: www.burnsfestival.com/burnsfringe/mauchline-holy-fair

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Atholl Gathering

May 28, 2017
Pitlochry, United Kingdom

Traditional Highland games at Blair Castle & Gardens. Info: www.atholl-estates.co.uk/events/atholl-gathering

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June 2017

Shotts Highland Games

June 3, 2017
Shotts, North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Traditional Highland games featuring Highland dancing, a pipe band competition and heavy events. Info: www.shottshighlandgames.org.uk

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Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games

June 3, 2017
Helensburgh, United Kingdom

Events include British and Scottish Championships in both the heavyweight and athletic events and tossing the caber. Info: www.helensburghandlomondgames.co.uk

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Cornhill Highland Games

June 3, 2017
Banff, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

Traditional Highland games at Cornhill Playing Fields. Info: www.cornhillhighlandgames.org

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Carrick Lowland Gathering

June 4, 2017
Girvan, United Kingdom

Pipe band and Highland dancing competitions, heavyweight events and more at Victory Park. Info: www.girvanattractions.co.uk/lowland-gathering.php

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Markinch Highland Games

June 4, 2017
Markinch, Fife, United Kingdom

Experience an action packed day with Highland Dancing, Solo Piping and Drum Majors at the oldest Pipe Band Contest in Scotland. Info: www.shga.co.uk/events/markinch-highland-games

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Cupar Highland Games

June 10, 2017
Cupar, Fife, United Kingdom

Traditional Highland games featuring heavy, light and field events, cycling, Highland dancing and piping. Info: www.cuparhighlandgames.org

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Bearsden & Milngavie Highland Games

June 10, 2017
Milngavie, Glasgow, United Kingdom

A day of fun with all the traditional favourites but with a modern twist at West of Scotland Football Club. Info: www.bearsdenmilngaviehighlandgames.com

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Selkirk Common Riding

June 12, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Selkirk, United Kingdom

A tradition which can be traced back over 400 years, the Riding involves exchanging of flags, mass horse rides, and much ceremonial pomp and circumstance. Info: www.returntotheridings.co.uk/selkirk-common-riding

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East Lothian Garden Trail 2017

June 18, 2017 - July 2, 2017
East Lothian, United Kingdom

An opportunity to see twelve magnificent spacious gardens and well tended allotments in close proximity over a day or days. Info: www.scotlandsgardens.org/elgt2017

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International Gathering of the Clan Maclean

June 20, 2017 - June 25, 2017
Isle of Mull, United Kingdom

125th Anniversary of the Founding of the Clan Maclean Association. Info: www.maclean.org.

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Royal Highland Show

June 22, 2017 - June 25, 2017
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Scotland's annual farming and countryside showcase at Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston. Info: www.royalhighlandshow.org.

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Piping At Forres-The European Pipe Band Championships 2017

June 24, 2017
Forres, United Kingdom

Thousands of pipers and drummers from far and wide, in over a hundred bands, will compete to be European Champions in their grade at Grant Park. Info: www.pipingatforres.com.

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July 2017

Paisley’s International Festival of Weaving

July 1, 2017 - July 2, 2017
Paisley, United Kingdom

A festival reconnecting Paisley's weaving heritage with its historic textile connections all over the world. The programme features the Sma’ Shot Parade, a historic and colourful pageant, as well as cultural activities and performances. Info: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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Luss (Loch Lomond) Highland Gathering

July 1, 2017
Luss, United Kingdom

A traditional Highland Gathering for all the family at Games Park. Info: www.lusshighlandgames.co.uk

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Ceòlas Summer School

July 2, 2017 - July 7, 2017
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: + 44 (0) 1878700154 or www.ceolas.co.uk.

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The National Piping Centre Adult Seasonal Piping Gathering

July 4, 2017 - July 7, 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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Stewart Highland Games

July 8, 2017
Tain, United Kingdom

Presented by The Stewart Society of Edinburgh at Ballone Castle.  Info: +44 (0)131-220-4512 or www.StewartSociety.org.

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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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