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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. Coral Scottish Grand National

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Ayr

    Top horses, jockeys and trainers compete for glory.

    Dates

    17 Apr 2015 to 18 Apr 2015
  2. Easter Steam Weekend

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Patna

    Travel in a brakevan behind one of the steam locomotives along a short section of main line.

    Dates

    5 Apr 2015 to 6 Apr 2015
  3. Ballet Cymru: Cinderella

    Type

    Dance Event

    Gradings

    Ayr

    Fairy-tale ballet featuring aerial performances.

    Dates

    21 May 2015
  4. Gradings

    Ayr

    The opening day of the flat racing festival, featuring seven races.

    Dates

    17 Sep 2015
  5. Gradings

    Ayrshire & Arran

    A celebration of emerging Scottish writing talent.

    Dates

    15 Aug 2015 to 10 Sep 2015
  6. Gradings

    Largs

    High performance boats compete to be crowned the Scottish champions.

    Dates

    26 Sep 2015 to 27 Sep 2015
  7. Champions Of Magic

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Ayr

    A night of magic and sleight of hand.

    Dates

    2 Apr 2015
  8. Gradings

    Irvine

    The Ladies Scottish Open presented by EventScotland will be staged at Dundonald Links in Ayrshire.

    Dates

    24 Jul 2015 to 26 Jul 2015
  9. The King's Tournament

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    Experience the excitement as King David I of Scotland arrives at Dundonald Castle with his entourage.

    Dates

    7 Jun 2015
  10. Gradings

    Ayr

    Andrew Green talks about the Northern Lights.

    Dates

    10 Apr 2015
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