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  • The Burns an a' that! Festival gala concert at Ayr Racecourse
    The Burns an a' that! Festival gala concert at Ayr Racecourse
  • Burns storytelling festival at the Brig o' Doon, Alloway
    Burns storytelling festival at the Brig o' Doon, Alloway
  • The fireworks display following the Festival of Light Procession, part of the Marymass Festival
    The fireworks display following the Festival of Light Procession, part of the Marymass Festival
  • The Singing Kettle perform a show at the Festival Club in the Bon Vivant Spiegeltent, Ayr
    The Singing Kettle perform a show at the Festival Club in the Bon Vivant Spiegeltent, Ayr

From Robert Burns to Vikings, Ayrshire & Arran is a vibrant part of Scotland all year round and is alive with events and festivals.

Fans of the arts should navigate their way to the annual Burns an’ a that! Festival where many top venues pay tribute to Scotland’s National Bard. Fans of folk music simply cannot afford to miss out on the very best of local talent at the Arran Folk Festival. For even more variety, including soul, indie-pop, country rocks and blues as well as performances by international artists, check out the friendly ambience at the Darvel Music Festival.

The Boswell Book Festival in May is a charming cultural event with performances, live talks and discussions from a sparkling line-up of writers and artists.

Watch or participate in top sporting events such as Troon Golf Week, and the Scottish Sailing Institute (SSI) regularly hosts competitive events at Largs. Have a punt at the Scottish Grand National or the Ayr Gold Cup at Ayr Racecourse or simply take in the relaxed atmosphere of the Ayr Country Show.

Explore magnificent landscapes and stunning views during the Arran Mountain Festival in May. With a varied programme including glens, ridges, mountains, wildlife and geology, this is your perfect opportunity to discover Arran.

Uncover the delightful spectacle of traditional Highland games across the region during the summer, including the Brodick Highland Games on Arran.

Back in Ayrshire, the Ayr Flower Show is also well worth a visit in August or enjoy top live music from talented Scottish musicians at Live@Troon.

For a fantastic family event, the Largs Viking Festival has battle re-enactments and living history displays which mark the end of Viking rule on Scotland’s west coast. The festival commemorates the Battle of Largs in 1263, the last skirmish between the Scots and the Norse, culminating in a grand Viking galley burning and firework display.

Use the detailed listings which provide details such as locations, contact details, dates and more on events and festivals in Ayrshire & Arran.

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  1. Gradings

    Ayr

    The second day of the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival.

    Dates

    18 Sep 2015
  2. Faces And Places

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Irvine

    An exhibition of Icon portraits and Scottish landscapes.

    Dates

    7 Aug 2015 to 28 Sep 2015
  3. Gradings

    Ayr

    The Chapterhouse Theatre Company perform their adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel.

    Dates

    2 Sep 2015
  4. Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    Works by graphic designer Abram Games.

    Dates

    16 May 2015 to 5 Sep 2015
  5. William Hill Ayr Gold Cup

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Ayr

    Flat racing, including feature event the Gold Cup.

    Dates

    19 Sep 2015
  6. Fur Coat And Magic Knickers

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Ayr

    Comedy drama with one actress playing three characters, written by multi-award-winning James Plays playwright Rona Munro.

    Dates

    22 Sep 2015
  7. Gradings

    Ayr

    The Pop Idol winner performs songs from the shows.

    Dates

    14 Oct 2015
  8. Gradings

    Largs

    High performance boats compete to be crowned the Scottish champions.

    Dates

    26 Sep 2015 to 27 Sep 2015
  9. Culzean Apple Day

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Maybole

    Join us in the Walled Garden for an afternoon of apple fun.

    Dates

    11 Oct 2015
  10. Gradings

    Ayrshire & Arran

    A celebration of emerging Scottish writing talent.

    Dates

    15 Aug 2015 to 10 Sep 2015
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