Calendar of events in Scotland

January:​

  • Up Helly Aa: A Viking-inspired fire festival held in Lerwick, Shetland, featuring a torch-lit procession, the burning of a galley ship, and plenty of revelry.

February:

  • Winter Words Festival: Literary festival held in Pitlochry, featuring talks, workshops, and readings by Scottish and international authors.

March:

  • Glasgow International Comedy Festival: A month-long festival featuring comedy acts from around the world, taking place in various venues across Glasgow.
  • Scottish International Storytelling Festival: A ten-day festival celebrating the art of storytelling, featuring performances, workshops, and events for all ages.

April:

  • Tartan Day: Celebrated on April 6th, this is a day to celebrate Scottish heritage and culture, with events and activities taking place throughout the country.

May:

  • Edinburgh Marathon Festival: A weekend-long event featuring a range of running races, including a full marathon, a half marathon, and shorter distances for kids and beginners.
  • Beltane Fire Festival: A pagan-inspired celebration of the changing of the seasons, held on Calton Hill in Edinburgh, featuring fire performances and a dramatic re-enactment of the battle between winter and summer.
  • Isle of Skye Half Marathon: A scenic half marathon taking place on the Isle of Skye, with stunning views of the island’s mountains and coastline.

June:

  • Royal Highland Show: Scotland’s largest agricultural show, featuring livestock competitions, equestrian events, food and drink, and entertainment.
  • Hebridean Celtic Festival: A four-day festival celebrating the music and culture of the Outer Hebrides, featuring traditional music, dance, and Gaelic language events.

July:

  • Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: A ten-day festival featuring jazz and blues musicians from around the world, performing in venues across Edinburgh.
  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: A spectacular display of music, dance, and military pageantry held on the esplanade of Edinburgh.

August:

  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe: The world’s largest arts festival, featuring thousands of performances across all art forms, taking place in venues throughout Edinburgh.

September:

  • Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight: A two-week celebration of Scotland’s culinary heritage, with events and activities taking place across the country.

November:

  • St. Andrew’s Day: Celebrated on November 30th, this is Scotland’s national day, with events and activities taking place across the country.

December:

  • Christmas Markets: Cities and towns across Scotland will have festive markets and events, with a variety of stalls selling food, drink, crafts and gifts.
  • Edinburgh’s Hogmanay: New Year’s Eve celebration in Edinburgh, featuring a torchlight procession, fireworks, and live music.