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Book Festivals

Scotland hosts a wide variety of literary festivals up and down the country from the Borders to the Scottish Highlands. We hope you will be tempted to book a stay at one of Scotland's Best B&Bs to enjoy a cultural break while sampling local food and hospitality. 2022 is designated as the Year of Scotland's Stories so there will be lots of special events around the country.

Due to Covid-19, please check with individual event organisers before making your travel plans for 2022.

Perhaps you have been inspired to visit Scotland by reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books. We're sure you won't be disappointed! Here's our recommendations for some of the great book festivals around Scotland and where you can stay at members of Scotland's Best B&Bs.

Granite Noir 
24 - 27 February 2022, Aberdeen 
Aberdeen’s book festival dedicated to crime fiction and thrillers including many special events such as writing workshops, film nights, music, etc.

StAnza: Scotland's International Poetry Festival 
7 - 13 March 2022 in St Andrews, Fife 
Nearby B&Bs - Tarskavaig Bed and Breakfast by St Andrews, Newton Farm by Inverarity.

Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival 
tbc March 2022 
A wide-ranging programme of events at Glasgow's iconic Mitchell Library.

John O'Groats Book Festival 
22 - 24 April 2022, Caithness 
Various venues in John O'Groats. The third book festival in this village in the far north of Scotland. 
Nearby B&Bs - Auld Post Office B&B, Sharvedda

Crime & Thriller Festival 
6 - 8 May 2022, Cromarty, Highlands 
A thrilling & suspenseful weekend book festival with many guests and novellists in this historic town on the Black Isle by the Moray Firth. 
Nearby B&Bs - Home Farm

Ullapool Book Festival 
5 - 8 May 2022 

This is an intimate and welcoming literary festival in this former fishing village on the shores of Loch Broom in the Scottish Highlands.

tbc May 2022, Dunbar, East Lothian 
A long weekend with established and emerging authors, poets and musicians.

Boswell Book Festival 
12 - 15 May 2022, Dumfries House, Cumnock, East Ayrshire 
This Scottish cultural event is the world's only festival of biography and memoir. Named after the Ayrshire writer James Boswell, this festival mixes Scottish history and tradition with contemporary culture. 
Nearby B&B - Ayrs and Graces Guest House near Ayr

Borders Book Festival 
16 - 19 June 2022, Scottish Borders 
Usually held in June in Melrose, but the festival has been moved to Abbotsford House in November 2021 as part of the 250th anniversary celebrations for Sir Walter Scott. A wonderful few days of talks, discussions, food & drink, and more for all the family. 
Nearby B&Bs - Mill House near Kelso.

Dundee Summer (Bash) Street Festival 
14 – 24 July 2022 
Did you know that Dundee is the home of comics? This festival will celebrate our characters from The Beano, The Dandy, as well as Oor Wullie and The Broons with a pop-up comic museum, workshops, talks, film screenings, street fun, and more. 
Nearby B&Bs - Tarskavaig Bed and Breakfast by St Andrews and Newton Farm by Inverarity.

tbc end July 2022 
Isle of Bute's crime writing festival.

Edinburgh International Book Festival 
13 - 29 August 2022 
From politics to comics and graphic novels, from feminism to the environment, from health to storytelling, this is the festival with something for everyone! 
Nearby B&Bs: The Town House in Edinburgh, Parkhead House in Hopetoun, Arden Country House near Linlithgow

Beyond Borders International Festival 
27 - 28 August 2022, Traquair House, Innerleithen near Peebles 
Cultural festival in the Scottish Borders including literature, performing arts, visual arts, heritage, film, politics and dialogue. 
Nearby B&Bs - Mill House near Kelso

Three Lochs Book & Arts Festival 
Strontian, West Highlands 
This biennial book and arts festival in Ardnamurchan will be back in August 2023.

Nairn Book and Arts Festival 
27 August - 3 September 2022 
A varied programme including authors, workshops, music, theatre, photography, art exhibitions and more. Now in its 16th year. An exciting arts programme to suit every taste.  
Nearby B&Bs - Inverness House,


Bloody Scotland 
15 - 18 September 2022, Stirling 
Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival which aims to be entertaining as well as informative, covering a range of criminal subjects from fictional forensics, psychological thrillers, tartan noir, cosy crime and many more. It all kicks off with a gala night and torchlight procession. 
Nearby B&B - Garvally House in Alloa

Wigtown Book Festival 
23 September - 2 October 2022, Dumfries & Galloway 
The Lowlands have their own romance, giving birth to many of the writers, thinkers, warriors, explorers and inventors who have helped to shape the modern world. Hear their stories and explore the link between Galloway's stunning Lowland landscape and its people; drop in for a dram at Scotland's most southerly distillery and discover the lands where Robert the Bruce earned his spurs. Celebrating Scotland's National Book Town. 
Nearby B&Bs - Nithbank Country Estate

Findhorn Bay Festival 
28 September – 2 October 2022, Findhorn 
This biennial arts event takes place on the Moray coast. 
Nearby B&B: Brandon Lodge near Portsoy

6 - 8 October 2022, Inverness 
Lots of authors will be contributing through this long weekend in Inverness at this free annual festival. 
Nearby B&Bs - Inverness House, Ardmeanach House, Inverness

Northern Stories Festival
7 - 16 October, Caithness
This unique festival for Scotland's Year of Stories will bring to life tales from the north of Scotland and its connection to the Nordic countries as well as Canada. An exciting programme of online and in-person events will include an international line-up of performers and story-tellers from the Highlands, Scandinavia and Canada. With talks, workshops, films and exhibitions, there will be something for all the family to get involved in. 
Nearby B&Bs - Auld Post Office B&B, Sharvedda

8 - 9 October 2022, Perthshire 
Book festival in Blairgowrie, Rattray and The Glens of East Perthshire with authors, commentators and speakers. 
Nearby B&Bs - Craigellie House, near Blairgowrie, Northlands Bed and Breakfast in Pitlochry

Scottish International Storytelling Festival 
14 - 30 October 2022, Edinburgh 
Nearby B&Bs: The Town House in Edinburgh, Parkhead House in Hopetoun, Arden Country House near Linlithgow

Tarbert Book Festival 
tbc late October 2022, Tarbert, Kintyre 
Events for all ages at this local book festival on the Kintyre peninsula 
Nearby B&B: Gowanlea Heights B&B near Campbeltown

West Over Sea 
tbc late October 2022 
The Tobermory Book Festival on the Isle of Mull.

A Write Highland Hoolie 
mid November 2022, Mallaig, West Highlands 
This will be the fifth year of the Mallaig book festival and will feature some well-known local and national names.

Book Week Scotland 
tbc last half of November 2022 
Events across Scotland

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