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
25 July - 25 August 2019
A celebration of the capital's visual art community involving galleries and museums, smaller independent spaces, and artist-led organisations across the city.
Black Isle Show
31 July - 1 August 2019 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
1 - 3 August 2019
Annual music festival near Inverness
Dornoch Highland Gathering
2 August 2019, Sutherland, north Highlands
Glamis Country Fair & Horse Trials
2 - 4 August 2019
Brand new event at Glamis Castle for 2019.
Kirkcudbright Art and Crafts Trail
tbc 2 - 5 August 2019, Dumfries & Galloway
Winner of Epic Awards 2015 and 2015/2016 Scottish Thistle Awards.
Edinburgh Military Tattoo
2 - 24 August 2019
The Edinburgh International Festival
2 - 26 August 2019
One of the most exciting, innovative and accessible festivals of the performing arts in the world.
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2 - 26 August 2019
Fringe by the Sea
2 - 11 August 2019, North Berwick
A seaside mixture of music, comedy, literature, film, politics, etc.
Pittenweem Arts Festival
3 - 11 August 2019, Pittenweem, Fife
One of Scotland’s oldest art festivals.
Skye Agricultural Show
3 August 2019, Portree
Dumfries & Lockerbie Show
3 August 2019
Annual agricultural show.
The Mey Games
3 August 2019
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
3 August 2019, Inverkeithing, Fife
Newtonmore Highland Games
3 August 2019, Newtonmore, Cairngorms, Highlands
Aboyne Highland Games
3 August 2019, 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
3 August 2019
The Scottish Alternative Games
4 August 2019, New Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway
The Lowland alternative to the more traditional Highland Games is a fun day out for all the famil
Bridge of Allan Highland Games
4 August 2019, near Stirling
Mallaig & Morar Highland Games
tbc 4 August 2019, West Highlands
Scottish Ladies Open Golf
5 - 11 August 2019, East Lothian
The Renaissance Club in North Berwick hosts the 2019 ladies’ Scottish Open golf tournament.
Killin Highland Games
7 August 2019, Perthshire
Wigtown Agricultural Show
tbc 7 August 2019, Bladnoch Park, Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway
Isle of Skye Highland Games
7 August 2019, Portree, Isle of Skye
Ballater Highland Games
8 August 2019, Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire
tbc 8 August 2019, 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
9 August 2019, Lochinver, north Highlands
Women's Tour of Scotland
9 - 11 August 2019
A brand new annual female cycling event to be hosted across Scotland.
Banchory Beer Festival
tbc 9 - 11 August 2019, Aberdeenshire
Live music, street food and more on the Deeside Rugby Club Pitches.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
10 - 26 August 2019
10 - 18 August 2019
Glasgow international piping festival - competitions and events at various venues
Bright Beauly Fair
10 August 2019, Beauly, Scottish Highlands
Showcasing local arts, crafts, food and drink from the Highlands.
Atholl & Breadalbane Agricultural Show and Highland Gathering
10 August 2019, Aberfeldy
Highland games and agricultural show with cattle, horse, sheep and pet show.
Brodick Highland Games
10 August 2019, Isle of Arran
North Berwick Highland Games
10 August 2019, East Lothian
Strathpeffer Highland Gathering
10 August 2019, 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.
Abernethy Highland Games & Clan Grant Gathering
10 August 2019, Nethy Bridge, Inverness-shire
Morebattle Highland Games
10 August 2019, Kelso, Scottish Borders
Perth Highland Games
11 August 2019
Glenisla Highland Games
16 August 2019, Glenisla, Angus
World Pipe Band Championships
16 - 17 August 2019, Glasgow
Perth Craft Beer Festival
16 - 18 August 2019, Perth
Innerleithen Music Festival
16 - 18 August 2019, Innerleithen, Scottish Borders
Annual weekend of acoustic music.
Nairn Highland Games
tbc 17 August 2019
Stirling Highland Games
17 August 2019
Helmsdale Highland Games
17 August 2019, north Highlands
Glenfinnan Highland Gathering
17 August 2019, Lochaber, west Highlands
Galloway Country Fair
tbc 17 - 18 August 2019 at Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway
Scottish National Champs Enduro
17 - 18 August 2019, Scottish Borders
Endurance mountain bike race around the Tweed Valley to crown the King and Queen of the Hill.
Crieff Highland Games
18 August 2019, Perthshire
Argyllshire Gathering (Oban Highland Games)
22 August 2019
Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair
22 - 25 August 2019, 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
tbc late August, Arbroath
Thunder in the Glens
23 - 26 August 2019, 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
23 - 25 August 2019, Lanarkshire
Now in its 20th year.
Glenurquhart Highland Games
24 August 2019 at Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness
Isle of Bute Highland Games
24 August 2019
tbc 24 August 2019
Annual agricultural show.
Lochaber Agricultural Show & Family Fun Day
24 August 2019, Inverlochy Castle Farm, near Fort William
Lonach Highland Games
24 August 2019, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire
Beyond Borders International Festival
24 August 2019, Traquair House, Innerleithen
Cultural festival in the Scottish Borders including literature, performing arts, visual arts, heritage, film, politics and dialogue.
Great Scottish Swim
tbc late August 2019, Loch Lomond
Alba Real Ale Festival
23 - 25 August 2019, Tayside
Family event in Tayside with beers, bands and BBQ food!
25 August 2019, 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.
Grantown Highland Games
25 August 2019, Cairngorms
Kirkcudbright Floodlit Tattoo and Fireworks
tbc late August 2019, Dumfries & Galloway
Cowal Highland Gathering
29 - 31 August 2019
The world's largest Highland Games at Dunoon
31 August 2019, Carrbridge
Competition for the Claymore Trophy of the best chainsaw carvers from the UK and the World. A full day of events, with stalls, music, food and entertainment for the whole family.
Birnam Highland Games
31 August 2019, Little Dunkeld, Perthshire