Events & festivals in Scotland

From folk festivals to orchestral concerts, local art exhibitions to major international showcases, classical ballet to local ceilidhs and everything in between, find out what's on across Scotland with our comprehensive events listings. During the Year of Homecoming 2014 there is a packed programme which celebrates the very best of Scotland, along with two major international sporting events, the XX Commonwealth Games and The 2014 Ryder Cup.

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Pipes and drums of the Atholl Highlanders as they march at the Atholl Gathering, Perthshire.
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Taking place around Scotland every summer, the Highland games bring together dancing, competition and Scottish fun.

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Homecoming Scotland 2014

Homecoming Scotland 2014

Join us for a year-long programme of events and festivals as Scotland welcomes the world.

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Wild poppies growing in a field by North Berwick, East Lothian

WW1 Centenary

It's been 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. Discover events in Scotland to mark its centenary.

A group of children inspect the creatures they caught from the pond at Cream o' Galloway

Family events

Enjoy family events across Scotland including theatre, music, wildlife, festivals, comedy and much much more.

The Vatersay Boys, a ceilidh band, performing on the Isle of Berneray


Ceilidhs, a traditional Scottish dance, have played an important role in Scotland’s social and cultural life for many years.

Sue Lawrence giving a cookery demonstration at the Taste of Edinburgh Festival

Food and drink events

Find fantastic food and drink events across Scotland including festivals, tasting sessions and demonstations.

Enthusiastic Scotland rugby fans with saltire-painted faces and tartan bunnets

Rugby events

Soak up the atmosphere, banter and the friendly rivalry with a packed calendar of Scottish rugby events throughout the year, ranging from full internationals to club cup finals.

A Roman re-enactment group march with banners © The Friends of Kinneil/The PR Store

Heritage and outdoor events

Enjoy a range of great heritage and outdoor events in Scotland, from walking festivals to historical days out.

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Scottish film festivals

A guide to movie festivals around Scotland, including the world famous Edinburgh International Film Festival

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Arts and culture events

Take part in arts and culture events in Scotland and choose between music, film, dance, art and literature festivals.

Music, dance and theatre

Enjoy a great selection of events, whether you want to attend major modern music festivals or watch a musical.

Return to the Ridings

The Scottish Borders boasts an ancient equestrian heritage that is celebrated every year during the Return to the Ridings.

Jazz festivals

Find out about the variety of vibrant jazz festivals taking place around Scotland.

Traditional festivals

Celebrate the culture and heritage of Scotland throughout the year at its many traditional festivals.

Spectator sports

Find information on some of the many exciting spectator sports which take place in Scotland.