Scotland in May 2023: A Month of Festivities and Fun!

If you’re planning to visit Scotland in May 2023, get ready for a month filled with excitement and festivities! From music festivals to cultural celebrations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some of the top events happening across Scotland:

  1. The Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art From 20th April to 7th May, the city of Glasgow will host the International Festival of Contemporary Art. This is a fantastic opportunity to see a wide range of contemporary art installations and exhibitions, with works from both local and international artists.
  2. The Highland Games The Highland Games are an iconic Scottish event, featuring traditional sports such as caber tossing, hammer throwing, and tug of war. Throughout May, various towns across Scotland will host their own Highland Games, each with its unique local flavor.
  3. The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Whisky lovers, rejoice! From 3rd to 7th May, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival takes place, where you can taste some of Scotland’s finest whiskies and learn about the whisky-making process. The festival includes distillery tours, tastings, and live music events.
  4. Edinburgh’s Beltane Fire Festival On the evening of 30th April, Edinburgh celebrates the Beltane Fire Festival. This ancient Celtic festival marks the beginning of summer and features fire dancing, drumming, and a procession of colorful performers through the city.
  5. The Shetland Folk Festival The Shetland Folk Festival, taking place from 4th to 7th May, is a celebration of traditional Scottish music. With concerts and workshops featuring a range of folk and traditional musicians, this festival is a must-visit for music lovers.
  6. The Orkney Folk Festival From 19th to 22nd May, the Orkney Folk Festival offers four days of traditional music and dance from Scotland and beyond. With concerts, ceilidhs, and workshops, this festival is a highlight of Orkney’s cultural calendar.
  7. The Royal Highland Show From 22nd to 25th May, the Royal Highland Show takes place in Edinburgh. This agricultural show features livestock competitions, show jumping, and a range of food and drink stalls. It’s a great day out for families and anyone interested in rural life in Scotland.

With so many exciting events happening across Scotland in May 2023, it’s the perfect time to visit this beautiful country. Whether you’re interested in art, music, or whisky, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So pack your bags, get ready to explore Scotland, and experience the joy and excitement of these fantastic events!