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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Homecoming Scotland 2014

Homecoming Scotland 2014

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

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 this August. Discover events in Scotland to mark its centenary.

The 2014 Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup 2014

Learn everything you need to know about the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles

Ryder Cup Gala Opening

Ryder Cup Gala Opening

Discover a great mix of contemporary music and Scottish talent at a concert to celebrate the Ryder Cup in Scotland in September.

Pipes and drums of the Atholl Highlanders as they march at the Atholl Gathering, Perthshire.

Highland games

Taking place around Scotland every summer, the Highland games bring together dancing, competition and Scottish fun.

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.

Perth Festival of the Arts

Arts and culture events

Take part in arts and culture events in Scotland and choose between music, film, dance, art and literature festivals. Throughout the country you can join in with many events.

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 Loch Ness Film Festival logo

Scottish film festivals

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

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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Walking and outdoor events in Scotland

Discover a variety of Scottish walking festivals and other outdoor pursuits.

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 in Scotland

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

Food and drink events

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