Scotland events highlights for the month of May include the Newton Stewart Walking Festival, the popular Edinburgh Marathon, and the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival.
Possible cancellations or postponements. Please check with the venue/event organiser for updates.
Scotland Events May 2021….
Spirit of Speyside
Fun for all whisky lovers, with 5 days of Whisky, Food, Music & Fun throughout the Speyside region.
CANCELLED, Kirriemuir, Angus
International Bon Scott Rock Festival.
Ullapool Book Festival
Returns 2022, Market Street, Ullapool
The book festival is not just a showcase for Highland writers but also for writers from other parts of Scotland, and indeed the world.
Newton Stewart Walk Fest
RETURNS 2022, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway
Tackle the highest hills in the south of Scotland, exploring Galloway and learning about the local environment.
Arran Mountain Festival
14th – 17th May 2021, Isle of Arran
Hillwalking and mountaineering festival.
It’s a Knockout
17th – 19th May 2021, Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell
Teams of 10 work together to complete highly-amusing games which involve a variety of weird and wonderful tasks.
Perth Festival of the Arts
20th – 29th May 2021, Perth
Ten day extravaganza of music, drama, opera and the arts.
Scottish Kennel Club Dog Show
21st – 23rd May 2021, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh
Compete for the ultimate ‘Best in Show’ prize and for the chance to qualify for the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts.
Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival
21st – 30th May 2021, Dumfries & Galloway
A host of events, including music, dance, literary and theatre, with local and international performers.
The Fife Show
22nd May 2021, near Cupar
A traditional agricultural event, the Show has extended its activities into the realms of wider environment and related countryside issues.
Edinburgh International Children’s Festival
25th May – 6th June 2021, Edinburgh
With an emphasis on striking visual productions, the international programme continuously goes beyond expectations of children’s work, inspiring and delighting both the young and young-at-heart.
Orkney Folk Festival
27th – 30th May 2021, Orkney
Four days of great folk music, fiddlers, and more.
Laithwaite’s LIVE Scotland
TBC, Glasgow & Edinburgh
Wine tasting events. We’ve invited our favourite winemakers to come and meet you for one big wine party.
British Pipe Band Championships
TBC, St James Playing Fields, Paisley
This is a FREE event, with over 120 of the world’s best pipe bands competing.
28th – 30th May 2021, Glasgow
Bank holiday weekend of music, Glasgow.
Eat And Drink Festival
28th – 31st May 2021, SEC Glasgow
Celebrating the exciting trends in modern cuisine, mixology & street food, you won’t want to miss Eat & Drink Festival Scotland.
Ideal Home Show
CANCELLED, SEC Glasgow
TBC, Balquhidder, Perthsire
Lovers of food, music, theatre and dance will enjoy this.
Islay Festival of Music and Malt
Traditional music, ceilidhs, Gaelic lessons, golf, bowling and whisky tasting.
West End Festival
Community cultural event, with music, local history events, exhibitions, theatre and dance performances, talks, guided walks, workshops and film screenings.
The Edinburgh Marathon
29th – 30th May 2021 (Virtual event)
A busy two days in the capital, with multiple events taking place, from junior (3-18 years old) races, to relay team events, and half or full marathon.
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MAJOR EVENTS IN SCOTLAND ….
Edinburgh Military Tattoo: You’ll have to book your Edinburgh Military Tattoo tickets early if you want to see this magnificent spectacle, and internationally acclaimed event, set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival: One of the world’s largest arts events, the Festival stages more than 2,000 shows in hundreds of theatres, and a lot more.
Edinburgh Hogmanay: Year after year the Hogmanay street party brings something new: Torchlight Procession, Carnival, Street Theatre and more.
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