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Events

LGBTQ+ & Pride Events in Scotland

Scotland is internationally recognised as a welcoming and inclusive nation. Whether you're thinking about a weekend city break, a longer countryside escape, or the perfect romantic backdrop for your wedding, you're guaranteed to fall in love with Scotland's LGBTQ+ scene!

Scotland has fantastic events happening throughout the year, as much history and culture as you could possibly want, iconic sights, beautiful scenery, and a diverse nightlife scene that has something for everyone!

LGBTQ+ Pride Events in Scotland

Scotland knows how to put on a show! Our towns and cities come alive throughout the year with an array of magical events, toe-tapping festivals and stunning cultural gatherings - our LGBTQ+ events are no different!

  • LGBTQ+ History Month (February): Scotland celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month every year with an excellent selection of programmes and activities right across the country - enjoy everything from film screenings and debates to parties and ceilidhs!
  • Pride Edinburgh (June): Edinburgh's gay pride event sees a colourful parade of thousands of people of all ages and walks of life march through the city, finishing with a festival which includes a BBQ, health and community fair, live music and entertainment.
  • Pride Glasgow (August): The Pride Glasgow celebrations are famed for their fun and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy an amazing programme of events including parties, club nights and art exhibitions.
  • Scottish Queer International Film Festival (October): An annual festival in Glasgow, that also provides year-round events across various locations, with the goal of getting people watching, talking about, and making LGBTQ+ films!
  • Outspoken Arts Scotland: This organisation commission, produce and present a range of work across theatre, live art, dance, visual art, club and community events.

LGBTQ + City Breaks and Bars

Scotland's two largest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh, have particularly active LGBTQ+ communities.
While Glasgow is best known for its cool, modern vibe and incredibly friendly locals, Edinburgh oozes sophistication and historic charm.

Here are some of our top picks in Glasgow and Edinburgh! (Although don't feel you have to stop there! Discover all of Scotland's cities.)

LGBTQ+ Glasgow

Glasgow's lively LGBTQ+ scene is made up of a host of stylish bars and clubs, mostly located around the Merchant City area; including Delmonica's, Speakeasy, Underground and The Waterloo, to name a few.

Find more about food and drink in Glasgow and discover more great bars and restaurants around the city.

LGBTQ+ Edinburgh

Scotland's fabulous capital city, Edinburgh, offers a year-round calendar of activities and events, including the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Head to bars such as CC Blooms, Café Habana, The Street, The Regent and plenty more for a colourful evening on the town.

Find more stylish bars and restaurants around the capital in our guide to food and drink in Edinburgh.

Aberdeen

Established in 1996, Cheerz has been at the heart of Aberdeen's small but welcoming gay scene for the best part of two decades.

Dundee

Winner of Scotland's Best Independent Bar 2014, Kandy Bar is Dundee's largest gay bar and is ideal for anyone looking to have a great time in a fun, casual atmosphere. Dundee also has The Salty Dog pub on Crichton Street, and Pout Nightclub on St Andrews Street.

Accommodation

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All businesses in Scotland comply with equality legislation. However, if you are looking for accommodation specifically stating that they are LGBTQ+ friendly, check out the following websites.

Try Mister B&B, or GayWelcome for accommodation listings.

Or browse all our accommodation listings.

LGBTQ+ Resources

Scotland is a leading country for LGBTQ+ equality legislation, and there are a variety of resources for those looking to visit and stay in Scotland too:

  • Pink Saltire: LGBTQ+ news in Scotland.
  • LGBT Scotland: Directory listings including venues, groups, organisations, associations and resources for anyone living in or visiting Scotland.
  • Meetup events: See Edinburgh and Glasgow LGBTQ+ Meetup groups, where you can meet liked-minded others.
  • LGBTQ+ Health & Wellbeing: With branches in Edinburgh and Glasgow, this organisation provides social events, as well as general support - see their helpful guide to what's on.

See all Pride events in Scotland.