August 2018

A selection of summer-time events in Scotland

Summer is here and Scotland is abuzz with Festivals, Games and Shows.  Check here or with your host to see what you can see during your visit

Edinburgh Art Festival
26 July - 26 August 2018
A celebration of the capital's visual art community involving galleries and museums, smaller independent spaces, and artist-led organisations across the city.

Aberdeen International Youth Festival
27 July - 4 August 2018
This huge annual multi-arts event includes dance, theatre, opera and contemporary, jazz, classical and traditional music.

Glasgow 2018 European Championships - a new multi-sport event
2 - 12 August 2018
The inaugral European Championships with aquatics, cycling, gymnastics, golf, rowing and triathlon to be held in Scotland.

Killin Highland Games
1 August 2018, Perthshire

Wigtown Agricultural Show
1 August 2018, Bladnoch Park, Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

Black Isle Show
1 - 2 August 2018 near Muir of Ord, just north of Inverness.
This is the largest agricultural show in the North of Scotland. It attracts over 2,000 cattle, horse and sheep entries, more than 300 trade stands and over 25,000 visitors to the show each year. There is plenty to see and do, craft fair, food fair, 'On the Farm' exhibition for the kids, agricultural stands, vintage rally and sheep shearing.

Belladrum - Tartan Heart Festival
2 - 4 August 2018
Annual music festival near Inverness

Scottish National Sheepdog Trials and Country Fair
2 - 4 August 2018, Portencross, North Ayrshire
The winners will go forward into the International competition later this year.

Dornoch Highland Gathering
3 August 2018, Sutherland, north Highlands

Kirkcudbright Art and Crafts Trail
3 - 6 August 2018, Dumfries & Galloway
Winner of Epic Awards 2015 and 2015/2016 Scottish Thistle Awards.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo
3 - 25 August 2018

The Edinburgh International Festival
3 - 27 August 2018
One of the most exciting, innovative and accessible festivals of the performing arts in the world.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival
3 - 27 August 2018

Fringe by the Sea
3 - 12 August 2018, North Berwick
A seaside mixture of music, comedy, literature, film, politics, etc.

Pittenweem Arts Festival
3 - 12 August 2018, Pittenweem, Fife
One of Scotland’s oldest art festivals.

Murder on the Brechin Express
4 August 2018
Murder mystery on the Caledonian Railway, Brechin's historic branch line.

Dumfries & Lockerbie Show
4 August 2018
Annual agricultural show.

The Mey Games
4 August 2018
The Royal British Legion Mey Games take place near the Castle of Mey (former home to HM The Queen Mother) every August with the patronage of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay

Inverkeithing Highland Games
4 August 2018, Inverkeithing, Fife

Newtonmore Highland Games
4 August 2018, Newtonmore, Cairngorms, Highlands

Aboyne Highland Games
4 August 2018, Aberdeenshire
Join with clansmen and women who will be heading to the north east from across the globe to the village green in the centre of Aboyne where the games have been held since 1867. The games have been noted worldwide for being a centre of excellence for the traditional disciplines of Highland Games. Not only is Aboyne recognised for this, but also as a gathering venue for a dozen clans indigenous to the North East of Scotland

Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games
4 August 2018

Brodick Highland Games
4 August 2018, Isle of Arran

Bridge of Allan Highland Games
5 August 2018, near Stirling

Mallaig & Morar Highland Games
tbc 5 August 2018, West Highlands

Portree Highland Games
8 August 2018, Isle of Skye

Ballater Highland Games
9 August 2018, Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire

Grantown Show
9 August 2018, Grantown-on-Spey
An agricultural show with livestock (including Highland Cows), food stands, farmers’ market, tractors and much more. A great day out for all the family.

Assynt Highland Games
10 August 2018, Lochinver, north Highlands

Atholl & Breadalbane Agricultural Show and Highland Gathering
11 August 2018 at Aberfeldy
Highland games and agricultural show with cattle, horse, sheep and pet show.

Edinburgh International Book Festival
11 - 27 August 2018

North Berwick Highland Games
11 August 2018, East Lothian

Strathpeffer Highland Gathering
11 August 2018, Strathpeffer, Highlands
Enjoy this traditional Highland Gathering in the sylvan setting of the grounds of Castle Leod on the edge of the village of Strathpeffer.

Isle of Bute Highland Games
11 August 2018

Abernethy Highland Games & Clan Grant Gathering
11 August 2018, Nethy Bridge, Inverness-shire

Morebattle Highland Games
11 August 2018, Kelso, Scottish Borders

Aviemore Triathlon
12 August 2018, Aviemore
There are 2 courses to suit all abilities based around Loch Morlich and Glenmore Forest in the heart of the spectacular Cairngorm National Park.

Perth Highland Games
12 August 2018

Piping Live!
13 - 19 August 2018
Glasgow international piping festival - competitions and events at various venues

Glenisla Highland Games
17 August 2018, Glenisla, Angus

World Pipe Band Championships
17 - 18 August 2018, Glasgow

Innerleithen Music Festival
17 - 19 August 2018, Innerleithen, Scottish Borders
Annual weekend of acoustic music.

Nairn Highland Games
18 August 2018

Stirling Highland Games
18 August 2018

Helmsdale Highland Games
18 August 2018, north Highlands

Glenfinnan Highland Gathering
18 August 2018, Lochaber, west Highlands

Galloway Country Fair
18 - 19 August 2018 at Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

Scottish Open Champs Enduro
18 - 19 August 2018, Scottish Borders
Endurance mountain bike race around the Tweed Valley to crown the King and Queen of the Hill.

Crieff Highland Games
19 August 2018, Perthshire

Argyllshire Gathering (Oban Highland Games)
23 August 2018

Cowal Highland Gathering
23 - 25 August 2018
The world's largest Highland Games at Dunoon

Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair
23 - 26 August 2018, Blair Atholl, Perthshire
Scotland’s premier equestrian event is held annually in one of Scotland’s most scenic locations. Four days of International Eventing takes centre stage while the Bruar Country Fair offers something the non-horsey visitor.

Bell Rock Music Festival
24 - 26 August, Arbroath

Glamis Prom
25 August 2018, Glamis Castle
Pack a picnic for this musical entertainment in a historic setting.

Thunder in the Glens
24 - 26 August 2018, Grantown-on-Spey & Aviemore
The largest Harley Davidson motor bike rally in the UK with around 5000 bikes to see and hear!

Strathaven Balloon Festival
24 - 26 August 2018, Lanarkshire

Glenurquhart Highland Games
25 August 2018 at Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness

Moffat Show
25 August 2018
Annual agricultural show.

Lochaber Agricultural Show & Family Fun Day
25 August 2018, Inverlochy Castle Farm, near Fort William

Lonach Highland Games
25 August 2018, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire

Birnam Highland Games
25 August 2018, Little Dunkeld, Perthshire

Kirkcudbright Floodlit Tattoo and Fireworks
25 August 2018, Dumfries & Galloway

Great Scottish Swim
25 August 2018, Loch Lomond

Beyond Borders International Festival 2018
25 - 26 August 2018, Traquair House, Innerleithen
Cultural festival in the Scottish Borders including literature, performing arts, visual arts, heritage, film, politics and dialogue.

Grantown Highland Games
26 August 2018, Cairngorms

Dundee Flower and Food Festival
31 August - 2 September 2018, Camperdown Country Park, Dundee
Dundee's big floral and foodie event of the year.

Speyside Whisky Distilled
31 August - 1 September 2018, Elgin Town Hall
A celebration of Speyside Whisky

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