Aside from our many world-class attractions, thriving cities, magical events and adrenaline pumping activities, Scotland offers a range of new and exciting happenings every year. You may find yourself sampling spirits at one of our new whisky distilleries, teeing off on a brand new links course, cheering on your team at Six Nations, or marvelling at an intricate exhibition – there is so much to look forward to! Bring on 2020!
Now, we know you don’t need any more reasons to visit Scotland, but here are just a few things we think might make your trip all the more worthwhile.
Please note that due to the current COVID-19 advice, any large events are subject to cancellation. If you are planning to visit in 2020, please check the event website for the latest information.
1. Year of Coasts & Waters 2020
In 2020 Scotland will be celebrating its Year of Coasts & Waters with an exciting array of events and festivals happening throughout the year at locations across the country. Aside from a riveting line up of events, there are plenty of outdoor activities, including sailing, kayaking, coasteering, white water rafting and more that you can get involved in. Aside from that, why not get to grips with the whisky making process? After all, it is called the ‘water of life’ for a reason!
2. The Fife 191
Launching in January, get ready to explore the Fife 191 – a scenic journey around the Kingdom of Fife which boasts beautiful landscapes, award-winning food and drink and fantastic attractions. The route takes in Fife’s stunning coastline with award-winning beaches, rolling countryside and quaint seaside towns and villages along the way. Explore the rich history and heritage by visiting the many castles and museums, spot nature and wildlife, discover a vibrant arts and culture scene, visit iconic film and TV locations, or try something completely different like swimming with sharks or creating your own gin!
Keep an eye out for the interactive map and immersive website coming soon!
3. Six Nations
BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh
February – March 2020
One of the most prestigious and well-known events in rugby returns for 2020. Six Nations is renowned for being a six-country festival of rugby with three fixtures in each round, which undoubtedly sees incredible talent and sportsmanship going head-to-head for the cup. The festival graces BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on the 8 February and 8 March when Scotland goes up against England and France respectively. It’s set to be an eventful time!
9 March (and 8 April)
In 2020 there will be not one, but TWO Supermoons that will light up the night skies over Scotland. On the 9 March and 8 April, a stunning sight of the moon looking larger than usual will appear overhead. If you miss out, not to worry! There are plenty of locations across Scotland where you can gaze at the night sky and marvel at the various stars and constellations that appear.
Find out more about our Dark Sky Parks.
5.World Men’s Curling Championships 2020
Emirates Arena, Glasgow
With only a few months left until the 2020 World Men’s Curling Championships arrive in Glasgow, things are heating up. This major event will be hosted at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, which has previously held the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2017 World Badminton Championships, and the European Athletics Indoor Championships 2019, so these 2020 championships are set to be something special. 11 of the 13 teams have now been confirmed with countries including Denmark, Germany, South Korea, and Norway gearing up to battle it out on the ice. Don’t miss out, book your tickets now!
6. V&A Dundee: Mary Quant
4 April 2020
Introducing the first international retrospective on the iconic fashion designer Mary Quant, the V&A Dundee is the place to be in April 2020 . The exhibition explores the years between 1955 and 1975 when Quant captured the spirit of the sixties and created a new look for women, as well as encouraging a new age of feminism and refreshing the high street with her playful designs.
7. The Royal Burgh of Dumfries Tattoo
The Crichton Grounds, Dumfries
The Royal Burgh of Dumfries Tattoo is back again! Over the last eight years, the Dumfries Tattoo has featured a range of high quality bands and performers from far and wide that bring a wealth of entertainment to the town. The line-up gets better year on year, and 2020 is shaping up to be the biggest one yet, with performances from the Police Scotland Pipe Band and the Dumfries Pipe Band, to name a few.
8. Dumbarnie Links
16 May 2020
Get ready for Scotland’s newest golf course to open in 2020. Dumbarnie Links is one of the only world-class courses that boasts an incredible expanse of beach and surrounding water, giving stunning panoramic views as you tee off. Get to grips with golf first at the extensive range of practice facilities on offer at the links, including an all grass range, pitching green, practice bunker and more. Don’t forget to visit the golf shop before you leave where you can browse a fine collection of the latest styles and trends in men and women’s clothing, gifts and accessories.
Book your tee time now so you don’t miss out!
9. UEFA EURO 2020
Hampden Park, Glasgow
COVID-19 Update: This event has been postponed for 2020 and is expected to take place from 11 June 2021 – 11 July 2021
Get ready to kick off when UEFA EURO 2020 lands in Glasgow in June! As one of 12 host cities, the countdown to Glasgow’s biggest ever football event is on – it’s set to be four weeks of football madness with matches, the UEFA Festival, the Fan Zone, the Football Village and more to get involved in. You don’t need a ticket to join the party – all UEFA Festival activities are free! Keep an eye on UEFA.com and download the official UEFA EURO 2020 app to hear all about the latest happenings!
10. The AIG Women’s British Open
Royal Troon, Ayrshire
20 – 23 August 2020
The AIG Women’s British Open returns to Scotland in 2020 where Royal Troon will see golfers tee off and battle it out for the win. 2019 saw Japan’s 20-year-old Hinako Shibuno give a stellar performance in her first experiences of a major championship where she achieved a remarkable victory. Who knows what will happen in 2020? Keep an eye on their website for more announcements!
11. Jack Vettriano: The Early Years
Kirkcaldy Galleries, Fife
4 Sept – 15 November 2020
Promising to be one of the most anticipated exhibitions of the year – Jack Vettriano: The Early Years will grace the creative spaces of Kirkcaldy Galleries in Fife. Browse many of Vettriano’s early paintings from his 20s before he became a full-time artist, which are all signed with his birth name – Jack Hoggan. Kirkcaldy Galleries was the place where Vettriano spent a lot of his early years; studying and deciphering the paintings in what was his local museum and gallery at the time, so it’s the ideal place to host a nostalgic journey through time.
12. The Reopening of the Provost Skene’s House
Due to reopen in 2020, the Provost Skene’s House dates from 1545 and now houses a striking series of period rooms that showcase how people used to live in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. This grand house is named after it’s most famous former resident, Lord Provost George Skene, who was a Scottish merchant in the Baltic trade and it was thought that he commissioned the intricately carved ceiling. The house is currently under redevelopment and set to reopen in 2020, so keep an eye out for more details.
13. Aberdeen Art Gallery
One of the biggest highlights of 2019, the Aberdeen Art Gallery opened it’s doors to the public on 2 November 2019 to showcase an incredible display of exhibitions and galleries, as well as a magnificent transformation of both the Cowdray Hall and the city’s Remembrance Hall. Come along to uncover and admire fascinating artworks from across Scotland and beyond, and make sure you listen out for Relax and Reflect, Art Attack, and Musical Musings that play across the gallery too.
14. 130th anniversary of the opening of the Forth Bridge
4 March 2020
An impressive and iconic sight that often pops into mind when you think of Scotland has to be the magnificent Forth Bridge. 130 years ago on 4 March 1890, the Forth Bridge officially opened after 7 years of construction. The bridges positions together are a beautiful sight to see – marvel at the incredible ingenuity, admire the dramatic sunsets over the Forth or wander across on foot for exceptional views.
This is just a taster of the marvellous things that Scotland has going on next year. Explore more attractions, outdoor activities and holiday inspiration, or why not just come along and see it all for yourself?