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The music room at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
Creative itinerary ››

Follow this creative itinerary to explore Scotland’s proud creative heritage and flourishing arts and cultural scene.

  • Colourful fireworks explode over Calton Hill during Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations © Grant Ritchie
    Edinburgh's Hogmanay © Grant Ritchie
  • Overlooking the harbour of Findhorn Bay at sunset. The Findhorn Bay Arts Festival takes place in September 2014. © Ian Cameron
    Sunset at Findhorn Bay, Moray Firth - home to the Findhorn Bay Arts Festival © Ian Cameron
  • The intricate stitching of an embroidered panel which makes up the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry which tours Scotland in 2014
    The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry
  • A cheering crowd show their appreciation at the Wickerman Festival, Dumfries & Galloway
    A cheering crowd show their appreciation at the Wickerman Festival, Dumfries & Galloway

Scotland's creative scene is bursting at the seams with some of the best art, music, dance, theatre and heritage anywhere in the world. Our capital city is home to the world's greatest arts festival and our national identity is expressed and celebrated throughout our traditional arts and culture. 

Discover this thriving hub with a programme of events, festivals, exhibitions and workshops throughout 2014 which promise to both inspire and reward. As we finalise our exciting programme of events, here are a few ideas to whet your appetite.

Edinburgh and beyond

As Europe's festival city par excellence, Edinburgh's population more than doubles each summer, as hundreds of thousands of visitors and performers from across the globe come together for a month of brilliant live arts events. Homecoming 2014 formed an important part of the festivities, with comedy, theatre, dance and almost every genre of music under the sun - download our Edinburgh Festivals Survival Guide for taste of what to expect next year.

Discover local culture at MidFest in September, Midlothian's festival of the arts, or connect with Scotland’s past, present and future through the medium of the spoken word at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, which kicks off in late October.

Wigtown Book Festival

Head to Wigtown in late September for a 10-day festival celebrating the written word. Now in its 16th year, the Wigtown Book Festival is held in Scotland’s National Book Town in Dumfries & Galloway and will be packed with over 150 author events as well as music, theatre, visual arts and food. Many events at the festival will explore the connection between the landscapes of Lowlands Scotland and the people that live there.

Findhorn Bay Arts Festival

Findhorn Bay Arts Festival is Scotland’s newest arts festival. This spectacular celebration of arts and culture takes place at the heart of Moray between 24 - 28 September and showcases award-winning artists renown nationally and internationalle. The 1st Findhorn Bay Arts Festival is bringing Shakespeare's Macbeth home to Moray through an exclusive remix performance, plus a series of talks and tours exploring the real king. To top it all off, expect free events for all the family, including Culture Day, Street Carnival, Late Night Art and more.

Findhorn Bay Arts Festival - One Big Picture from Findhorn Bay Arts on Vimeo.

Scottish Diaspora Tapestry

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry has been two years in the making and has brought together volunteers from over 25 countries to celebrate the experiences of migrant Scots over the centuries. Enjoy a nationwide programme of events focusing round this fascinating tapestry which features over 200 embroidered panels.


Celebrate 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland at GENERATION, a ground breaking project which features works of over a hundred artists in dozens of venues across the country. All the exhibitions are free to see.

Doors Open Days

Between 6 – 28 September, take advantage of Doors Open Days and see some fascinating places and buildings normally closed to public, such as private castles, idyllic cottages and ultra-modern eco-houses. This festival celebrates Scotland’s heritage and architecture, and is a great way to get insight into local history and Scottish culture.

Ryder Cup Gala Concert

Glasgow’s SSE Hydro will host an evening of awe-inspiring music and spectacle to launch the Ryder Cup 2014, one of the world’s biggest sporting competitions. During the Ryder Cup Gala Concert on 24 September, you can watch contemporary artists, including Jake Bugg, Nile Rodgers, Texas, Amy Macdonald, Eddi Reader and Midge Ure, and see mesmerizing performances from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera and the National Theatre of Scotland.

Creative Mackintosh Festival 2014

Visit Glasgow in October for Creative Mackintosh and discover more about the life and legacy of internationally-acclaimed designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh through exhibitions, talks, tours, films, music, dance and drama performances, and see new artistic commissions inspired by his work.

Shetland Wool Week

Head to Shetland in October for nine days of events to celebrate the island’s famous textile. This festival’s busy programme includes knitting masterclasses in Fair Isle and Shetland Fine Lace, and workshops in hand-spinning, weaving and felting, and is attended by hand-knit designers and textile artists from all over the world.

Perthshire Amber: The Dougie MacLean Festival

Explore beautiful Perthshire autumnal scenery and enjoy music from world-class performers in a remarkable range of venues, from atmospheric castles to an Iron Age crannog, at Perthshire Amber. This gem of a festival runs for 10 days and starts 24 October.

Dundee Science Festival

Learn something new at Dundee Science Festival, a fantastic educational festival in a city renowned for innovation. Running from 1 - 16 November, it offers a great range of experiences, performances, special events, lectures and debates sure to ignite young imaginations and excite science fans of all ages.

Get creative

Our creative side is not just about events and festivals. Why not uncover the very best in Scottish arts and crafts? Our fantastic museums, galleries and venues are open year-round, or you can take inspiration from our three-day creative itinerary.

Don't forget to bookmark this page to keep up to date with the full programme of creative activities as they're announced.