9 Exciting Castle Events in 2024

Aldona Reyes Mallet ·December 14, 2023Reading time: 2 minutes

Many of Scotland’s castles host great events – get drawn in as historic stories are brought to life, or enjoy some spectacular music in an incredible setting. Book your tickets early as these castle events will sell out quick!

  1. Castle of Light: Magic and Mystery Edinburgh

    Castle of Light

    15-17, 21-23 & 27-30 December 2023, and 2-3 January 2024

    Get ready for a world of enchantment, wonder, and magic as Edinburgh Castle comes to life in a display of mystery and illumination in Castle of Light this festive season. This light show features marvellous installations, stunning visuals and a magical experience the whole family can enjoy!

  2. Celebrating Burns

    25 January 2024

    Learn more about Scotland’s National Bard and some of his greatest works at this annual event at Edinburgh Castle.

  3. Burns an' a' that Stirling

    Stirling Castle

    27 January 2024

    Celebrate Burns Night in Stirling with a traditional Burns Supper at the castle itself. It’s the perfect way to learn how to address a haggis, and enjoy a dram and a bite of haggis in honour of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns.

  4. Atholl Gathering and Highland Games Pitlochry

    Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Perthshire

    © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins

    26 May 2024

    Watch heavyweight strongmen from across Scotland compete in a series of traditional Highland games from tug o’ war, to tossing the caber, shot putt and more. Look out for the piping and Highland dancing competitions, before enjoying the local food and drink stalls. 

  5. BVAC Classic 2024 Lauder

    Thirlestane Castle

    2 June 2024 

    See over 1,000 classic and vintage cars in all different models and styles! Watch the live rally action and arena stunt shows, including motorcycle and military vehicle displays.

  6. Castle Concerts Edinburgh

    Edinburgh Castle in the sunshine

    July 2024

    See some of the UK’s biggest artists live at Edinburgh Castle. This year JLS, Manic Street Preachers & Suede, Skipinnish and Paul Weller will all be taking centre-stage.

  7. Kelburn Garden Party Largs

    Kelburn Castle Estate

    © Barry Dawson / Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Group

    4 - 8 July 2024

    Set across seven unique stages, get ready to encounter dance music, folk, plenty of funk and disco, jungle, alt-pop experimental excursions, jazz and blues, intriguing global sounds and more. All set against the unusual backdrop of graffiti-covered Kelburn Castle.

  8. Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Edinburgh

    Dancers performing at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    2 – 24 August 2024 

    Part of Edinburgh's world-famous summer festivals, The Edinburgh Tattoo is a unique and memorable celebration of music, dance and military pageantry. See 1,000 musicians, pipers, drummers, singers and dancers and more.

  9. Party at the Palace Linlithgow

    Linlithgow Palace

    10 – 11th August 2024

    Overlooking the magnificent Linlithgow Palace, Party at the Place brings a weekend of live music and entertainment with rock and pop acts, DJs and some of Scotland’s best bands. This family-friendly event will also feature kids’ activities, rides, market and more.

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