April sees the start of the Arbroath 2020 Festival to mark the 700th Anniversary of The Declaration of Arbroath in 1320. This document sowed the seeds for the first ideas of democracy. Events will be taking place from April to September in this historic town in Angus on the north east coast of Scotland.
Please be advised that due to the current Covid-19 situation, many events for 2020 will now be cancelled or rescheduled. Please check with individual event organisers.
King of The Sevens
April - May, Borders
The game of rugby sevens was conceived in the Scottish Borders town of Melrose in 1883. The Kings of The Sevens series features matches at Kelso, Selkirk, Melrose, Hawick, Berwick, Langholm, Peebles, Gala, Earlston and Jedforest.
4 - 5 April 2020
A springtime version of the Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival.
Edinburgh Science Festival
4 - 19 April 2020
Annual International Science Festival, founded in 1989. For 2019 the theme is Frontiers.
Arbroath 2020 Festival 4 April 2020
Marking the 700th Anniversary of The Declaration of Arbroath in 1320. The festival open with a concert at Arbroath Abbey for the world premiere of ‘Of Light Breaking’.
Arbroath 2020 Festival 5 April 2020
Arbroath 2020 Procession from Arbroath Abbey along the Golden Mile to the Harbour for a ceremonial reading of the 1320 Declaration as well as a rendition of the new 2020 declaration made by local school children. Followed by The Big Eco Lunch at Beacon Green.
Loch Shiel Festival
13 - 17 April 2020, various venues around Lochaber & Ardnamurchan
Annual festival of chamber music featuring some of Scotland's most exciting string players.
Clan MacKinnon Clan Gathering
16 - 22 April 2020, Inverness
Scottish Grand National
17 - 18 April 2020
The Ladies Day on Friday is followed by the main event at Ayr Racecourse on the Saturday.
Doune Hill Climb Car Competition
18 - 19 April 2020, Perthshire
19 - 24 April 2020
Annual walking festival on the Isle of Islay
Galashiels Walking Weekend
24 - 26 April 2020
Annual walking festival in the Scottish Borders.
Highland Food and Drink Fayre
25 April 2020
New event at the Ben Nevis Distillery, Fort William.
Etape Loch Ness
26 April 2020 - now rescheduled for 13 September 2020
Cycle race of 67 miles/107 km around Loch Ness
The Carnoustie Country Classic
26 - 30 April 2020
One of the friendliest tournaments in the golfing calendar
Aberdeen Links Pro-Am
29 April - 1 May 2020
This 3-day tournament tests golfers on 3 prestigious golf courses: Royal Aberdeen, Trump International Links and Cruden Bay Golf Club.
Beltane Fire Festival
30 April 2020, Calton Hill, Edinburgh
Kingdom Of Fife Real Ale, Cider & Perry Festival
30 April - 2 May 2020, Glenrothes
This annual festival run by volunteers has been going for over 20 years!