May 2018

A selection of events around Scotland.

There's always something happening somewhere, so make sure you don't miss a thing and check with your hosts

26 April - 8 May 2018, Edinburgh
The annual showcase of Traditional Arts and Culture in Scotland’s capital.

May 2018, South Ayrshire
Various events around Ayr throughout May, celebrating the life and works of Robert Burns including the Land o’ Burns 10k and the Land o' Burns Weekender.

Spirit of Speyside whisky festival
3 - 7 May 2018

Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival
3 - 7 May 2018, Hawick, Scottish Borders
Annual international film festival.

Girvan Traditional Folk Festival
4 - 6 May 2018, Ayrshire

Boswell Book Festival
4 - 6 May 2018, Dumfries House, Cumnock, East Ayrshire
This Scottish cultural event is the world's only festival of biography and memoir.

4 - 6 May, Kirriemuir, Angus
Three days of live rock in local venues to celebrate the life of Kirriemuir's iconic Bon Scott, including two former members of AC/DC.

Burns Fest
5 May 2018, Ayre
Free family festival featuring live music, poetry, food and drink.

Scottish Six Days Trials
7 - 12 May 2018
A prestigious international event with motorcycle riders from around the world competing in the 'extreme sport' covering on and off road routes around Fort William & Lochaber.

Dundee Fashion Week
7 - 13 May 2018
Venues around the city, with a special finale catwalk to be held at the Caird Hall.

Ullapool Book Festival
11 - 13 May 2018
An intimate and welcoming literary festival now in its eleventh year on the shores of Loch Broom in the Highlands.

Spirit of Stirling Whisky Festival
11 - 12 May 2018
Friday night ceilidh, whisky tastings and masterclasses.

Newton Stewart Walking Festival
11 - 17 May 2018
Walking in Galloway, southern Scotland

The Carnoustie Country Classic
13 - 17 May 2018
One of the friendliest tournaments in the golfing calendar

Gourock Highland Games
13 May 2018 Inverclyde

Stirling and District Classic Car Club Show
13 May 2017, Bridge of Allan

Perth Festival of Arts
17 - 26 May 2018
Annual festival with a line up which includes classical music, opera, drama, rock music, jazz and visual arts.

18-20 May 2018, Dunbar, East Lothian
A long weekend with established and emerging authors, poets and musicians.

Exhibition: Making the Great Tapestry of Scotland
From 18 May - 1 July 2018, New Lanark World Heritage Site

World Whisky Day
19 May 2018
Events across the globe

British Pipe Band Championships
19 May 2018, Paisley

Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair
20 May 2018 near Fochabers in Moray
Events all weekend. Vintage Village, music, local food producers, unique crafts and gifts, gun dogs, terrier racing, falconry displays, rare breeds, Clydesdale horses, and racing pigs.

Marie Curie Etape Caledonia
20 May 2018 Pitlochry, Perthshire
The Marie Curie Etape Caledonia is the UK’s leading closed road cycling sportive. The 81-mile course near Pitlochry takes in the spectacular scenery of Highland Perthshire.

Knockengorroch World Ceilidh
24 - 27 May 2018
World music festival in Dumfries and Galloway

Strathyre Music Festival
25 - 27 May 2018, Trossachs
Known as the largest small community based music festival in Scotland.

Aberdeen's May Festival
25 - 27 May 2018
Free festival of creativity, culture and learning brought to you by the University of Aberdeen.

Islay Festival Of Music And Malt
25 May - 2 June 2018
Enjoy traditional music, ceilidhs, whisky tasting and more.

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival
25 May - 3 June 2018
Established as the region’s premier calendar entertainments event since 1979, the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival is Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival with over 100 artists performing.

Montrose Music Festival
25 - 27 May 2018

Blackford Highland Games
26 May 2018
Near Gleneagles and Auchterarder in Perthshire

Kirkcudbright Half Marathon
26 May 2018, Dumfries & Galloway
Run or walk!

Drymen Agricultural Show
26 May 2018, Drymen, Loch Lomond

West Lothian Highland Games
26 May 2018

Edinburgh Marathon Festival
26 - 27 May 2018

Highland Gathering and Atholl Highlanders' Parade
26 - 27 May 2018 at Blair Castle, Perthshire

Riverside Festival
26 - 27 May 2018
Popular music festival at Riverside Museum Glasgow

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