Scotland events have something for everyone. A busy and varied programme presents a cultural treat for lovers of the arts, music, outdoor activities, or something different.
There’s something for all the family to enjoy, whatever your age, or the time of year.
PLEASE NOTE: If you’re planning to visit any area near the city of Edinburgh in August, then please remember to BOOK EARLY, because our capital city is absolutely buzzing with festivals and events that attract not only residents of Scotland, but overseas visitors in large numbers, coming to experience the true flavour of Scottish culture.
And it’s little wonder when you see what’s on offer!
Our events are booming, especially in the capital. The city of Edinburgh comes alive in both summer and winter, hosting some of the biggest and most popular events on our annual calendar, and attracting visitors from all over the world year after year.
SCOTLAND EVENTS 2017
Here is an introduction to some of our most popular Scotland events that take place each year. Just follow the links for a full page with more detailed information….
THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL
The Festival runs for three weeks, and it is hugely popular, with workshops for writers, traditional music and dance, the 36-hours Festival Film Programme, free art exhibitions, puppet workshops and writing classes for children, and a great deal more besides..
THE EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO
With the Castle providing the background, The Tattoo is considered by many to be the most spectacular of Scotland events. It’s the largest outdoor event in Edinburgh, and it attracts a worldwide television audience of 100 million, and over 200,000 attending the live show.
THE EDINBURGH HOGMANAY PARTY
Another of our popular events not to be missed is the much celebrated Edinburgh Hogmanay Party, which is the world’s biggest New Year bash. It has earned the reputation of being one of the safest and friendliest outdoor events. You have to book this in advance.
HIGHLAND GAMES EVENTS
May to September sees a packed programme of Highland Games events in many areas of the country. One of the last of the year is the Braemar Gathering, on the first Saturday in September each year, and is always attended by a member of the Royal Family.
SCOTLAND MUSIC FESTIVALS
Music events in Scotland cater for lovers of popular, classical, jazz and traditional Scottish music, in venues all across the country, even on the islands. Get your tickets for concerts, theatre, events including T in the Park and the Military Tattoo on the Buy Tickets page.
SCOTLAND WALKING EVENTS
With our fabulous terrain for outdoor activities, and the nation’s obsession for keeping fit, it’s no surprise that walking events are becoming more popular. But you don’t have to wait for scheduled events, The West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way are available anytime.
SCOTLAND CYCLING EVENTS
We also have many great cycling events on the calendar, and a lot of them are to raise funds for good causes. Excellent cycle tracks, not to mention some fantastic scenery, have helped to encourage more and more people to take to the saddle, regardless of age or ability.
Winter in Scotland also sees other fantastic events taking place, like Glasgow on Ice, on from late November to late December. It’s held in Glasgow’s George Square and features non-stop music and ice dancing. Set on one of the biggest outdoor ice rinks in Europe, and with the magical Christmas illuminations in place, it’s a beautiful sight.
Another of the great Scotland events starting late November is Edinburgh’s Christmas, with most of the action taking place around Princes Street Gardens. This is a fabulous event with a host of highlights including Santa’s Reindeer Garden, The Edinburgh Wheel, The Light Night, The Traditional German Christmas Market, The Great Scottish Santa Run and Winter Wonderland to get you going in time for the Hogmanay Party.
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