The Glasgow Tattoo
A showcase of musicians and dancers from Scotland, Ulster and across Europe will perform at Glasgow as it hosts its first Tattoo. The venue for the tattoo is the Glasgow SSE Hydro. For more information and ticket sales visit the website at www.theglasgowtattoo.com
Across Scotland, January
A celebration of the Scottish bard, with poetry recitals, haggis and whisky. Many places will be offering the traditional Burn’s Night Supper on this day, and it is an occasion not to be missed.
Winter Words Festival
Pitlochry Festival Theatre, February
Annual festival featuring talks by authors, events, workshops and film celebrating the history, landscape, nature and people of Scotland.
Fort William Mountain Festival
A celebration of mountain culture in Scotland with films, talks, art exhibitions and live music.
Glencoe, February/ March
Good food and great craic at this annual festival of music and quiz nights.
This year’s theme of Building Better Worlds promises a great day of family friendly events focussed on science and technology. What better way to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design?
Loch Earn Boat Race
Great event in the beautiful setting taking place on the loch from Lochearnhead to St. Fillans. Teams of four compete in this fantastic annual competition with money raised going to charity.
Join in this family weekend of fun. This annual event has something for everyone. On the banks of Loch Voil, at the Monachyle Mhor, the Lewis family host this weekend of music, crafts, food and drink.
Balvaig Music Festival
The Balvaig music festival has a great line-up of live music.
This event, which takes place over the weekend, features a variety of music from a Jazz night, to a Ceilidh. A great event with some fantastic performers.
Killin Music Festival
A weekend of fantastic music in this beautiful village of Perthshire.
Royal Highland Show
Ingliston, Near Edinburgh, June
This annual agricultural fair features a variety of animal showings, cattle and livestock, as well as horse-jumping, musical events and other entertainment.
10k, half marathon and fun run. Enjoy great runs in the stunning surrounds of Balquhidder and the Trossachs. Great events for all ages.
Rob Roy Challenge
A fantastic charity fundraising event consisting of four grades of challenge, from a gentle ramble to a gruelling 16 mile walk and 56 mile cycle. The challenge is followed by the fantastic Rob Roy Festival which serves as a great after party for those completing the challenge.
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Edinburgh, June – July
A celebration of cinema, enjoy films from around the world.
Join Perth on the 23rd June for a celebration of young people’s creativity with events across the city.
This year’s Summerfest, in association with McLaren Leisure Centre, promises a whole selection of events. Arts & crafts, photography, music, poetry, theatre and activities for children and adults. See website for more details.
Callander Highland Games
Returning this year, traditional Highland Games in Callander, the Gateway to the Trossachs.
Lochearnhead Highland Games
The annual gathering for Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre. Hammer-throwing, shot-putting, sheep-tossing fun, with craft-stalls, family friendly games and activities as well as the chance to participate in the annual hill-race.
Comrie, July – August
Comrie Fortnight is a popular annual event, with competitions, dances and a float-parade through the town culminating in a day of events at Laggan Park. Taking place in the last week of July and the first week of August, the festival is well attended and there is a great atmosphere.
Annual event that attracts performers and visitors from around to the world to witness incredible displays of military precision marching and music.
Killin Agricultural Show
This annual event involves shows of farm machinery, livestock, and pipe-bands a-piping through the main street. A great day out for all the family.
Killin Highland Games
A fun family day out with traditional games, stalls and activities.
Doune the Rabbit Hole
Port of Mentieth, Stirling, August
An independent music and arts festival taking place on the Cardross Estate.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The Fringe festival sees a host of events, music, comedy and theatre shows take over the city. There is something for everyone at the fringe, and many free shows for those visiting. With a great atmosphere, it is highly recommended.
Stirling Highland Games
Large highland games gathering in Stirling.
Crieff Highland Gathering
Highland games event held in Crieff.
Iron Age Artisan Village
Crannog Centre, Loch Tay, August
The theme of Celts, Crannogs and Crafts promises a fun and educational day out for all the family with demonstrations and explanations of life in an ancient village.
Balquhidder Bike Festival
Fun family day out with three main events, and a host of activities.
Trossachs Beer Festival
Kilmahog, August/ September
A celebration of real locally produced ale. Can be bought in store, or enjoyed with a meal.
The Shindig (Stirling Fringe)
The Stirling Fringe is re-imagining itself this year, introducing a new three day arts festival taking place at the Old Town Jail in Stirling. With art, music, comedy, cinema and cabaret, it promises to be a great event for all.
Callander Jazz and Blues Festival
Callander, September/ October
Jazz and Blues musicians strike up the bands at this annual event.
Pitlochry, September – October
Scotland’s award-winning light and music extravaganza returns this year. A fantastic night out with children, the forest comes alive with coloured lights, fountains and fire-shows. Not to be missed.
St. Andrews Day
Across Scotland, November
Celebrate the patron saint of Scotland, with events across the country. Click here to discover ten interesting facts about St. Andrew.
Perthshire Amber, Dunkeld
This popular folk festival begun by Dougie MacLean returns to Perthshire with various spots hosting music events. Web: perthshireamber.com/
Christmas Tree Festival
A selection of different designed Christmas trees entered into the competition. Refreshments are served.
Killin New Year Firework Display
Falls of Dochart Killin, December
Annual Firework display from the Falls of Dochart.
Balquhidder Christmas Market
An annual event with a variety of stalls, crafts and Christmas gifts.
Annual Fire Festival with a procession through the town. Beginning at midnight the torches are paraded through the town before being ceremoniously thrown into the River Earn.
See in the new year in Scotland with event across the country to celebrate.