August 2019

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
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.

Mey Highland Games
3 August 2019
The Mey Games takes place near the Castle of Mey (former home to HM The Queen Mother) every August with the patronage of His Royal Highness The Duke 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
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

Grantown Show
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 women's cycling event covering 350 km over 3 days and 5 cities in Scotland. Stage 1 goes from Glasgow to Perth. Stage is from Dundee to Dunfermline. Stage 3 is a loop from Edinburgh including Peebles.

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

Piping Live!
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
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
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.

Alba Real Ale Festival
23 - 25 August 2019, Tayside
Family event in Tayside with beers, bands and BBQ food!

Glenurquhart Highland Games
24 August 2019 at Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness

Isle of Bute Highland Games
24 August 2019

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.

Kirkcudbright Floodlit Tattoo and Fireworks
24 August 2019, Dumfries & Galloway

Aviemore Triathlon
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

Cowal Highland Gathering
29 - 31 August 2019
The world's largest Highland Games at Dunoon

Carve Carrbridge
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.

Moffat Show
31 August 2019
Annual agricultural show.

Birnam Highland Games
31 August 2019, Little Dunkeld, Perthshire

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