A selection of events in Scotland
Doors Open Days
1-30 September 2017
Doors Open Days give you free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland. Every weekend in September you can explore places that are normally closed to the public. Some open up once a year, some just once in a lifetime...
Largs Viking Festival
2 - 10 September 2017, Ayrshire
Blas Traditional Music Festival
tbc September 2017, Various venues around the Highlands
9 great days across the Highlands and Argyll.
Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival
2 - 3 September 2017, Lomond Shores
Food, drink and entertainment!
Perthshire Open Studios
2 - 10 September 2017
artists and makers throughout Perthshire and Kinross-Shire opening their studios and workshops to the public, many of them giving demonstrations and all of them welcoming visitors
The Royal Burgh of Peebles Highland Games
2 September 2017, Peebles
Pipe band contest, Highland dancing, traditional heavy events, trade stands, craft tent and beer tent.
2 September 2017, Braemar
International athletes will be among those taking part in the "heavy" and "track" events. Pipers and dancers will be of the usual high standard while teams from H.M. Forces will compete in the InterServices Unit Tug of War Championship and in the Services Medley Relay Race.
2 September 2017, 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.
Ben Nevis Race
2 September 2017
Hill race up and down Britain's highest mountain (near Fort William).
Mary Queen of Scots Festival
2 - 3 September 2017, Kinross and Loch Leven
3 September 2017, Grantown-on-Spey Around 400 Classic Cars on display, with their owners only too delighted to talk about them. Stands, pipers, Highland dancing, great fun!
Blairgowrie and Rattray Highland Games
3 September 2017, Blairgowrie, Perthshire
Traditional Highland game events including heavyweights, running, Highland dancing, piping and cycling.
Scottish Borders Walking Festival
2 - 9 September 2017 - various venues, Coldstream & District
A week long celebration of walking and the Borders countryside.
Castle Douglas Harvest Food Festival
9 - 10 September 2017
A weekend of food, drink and music events to promote the use of local seasonal produce.
9 September 2017, The Helix, Falkirk
The home of the Kelpies plays host to one of the top signature events for Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.
Pitlochry Highland Games
9 September 2017, Recreation Ground, Pitlochry, Perthshire
Traditional Highland games with piping, Highland dancing, heavy events, track and field, grand pipe band contest for grades 1 to 4 and novice juvenile. There will also be a grand finale of massed bands.
Best of the West
9 - 10 September 2017, Argyll
A weekend of family-friendly entertainment highlighting the best in food, drink, music, arts & craft in the grounds of Inveraray Castle, Argyll
Islay Jazz Festival
15 - 17 September 2017, Isle of Islay
Nairn Book and Arts Festival
12 - 17 September 2017
Some of the best- known faces in the country are here - from top authors to ex-politicians and experts on military history, forensic medicine and antiques - alongside poets, comedians, children’s entertainers, a superb line-up of musicians from across Scotland and an exciting visual arts programme to suit every taste.
Glen Coe Skyline
15 - 17 September 2017
Elite mountain running and alpinism race in the magnificent setting of Glen Coe.
Blairgowrie & East Perthshire Walking Festival
15 - 17 September 2017
Invercharron Highland Games
16 September 2017 at Balblair Farm, Bonar Bridge, Scottish Highlands
Traditional Highland games including piping, Highland dancing, heavyweight events, light field events, cycling, hill race and tug o’ war.
Doune Hill Climb Car Competition
16 - 17 September 2017, Perthshire
Ayr Gold Cup
21 - 23 September 2017, Ayr Racecourse
One of the big events on the Scottish horse racing calendar.
Wigtown Book Festival
22 September - 1 October 2017, Dumfries & Galloway
The Lowlands have their own romance, giving birth to many of the writers, thinkers, warriors, explorers and inventors who have helped to shape the modern world. Hear their stories and explore the link between Galloway's stunning Lowland landscape and its people; drop in for a dram at Scotland's most southerly distillery and discover the lands where Robert the Bruce earned his spurs.
World Stone Skimming Championship
24 September 2017, Isle of Easdale, Argyll
Unique annual event on a very small island near Oban
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running
24 September 2017
Runners complete a full marathon around Loch Ness. From Inverness there are 5K and 10K River Ness fun runs.
The Enchanted Forest
28 September - 29 October 2017, Pitlochry, Perthshire
Scotland’s premier light and sound event uses the autumnal splendour of Faskally Wood as a natural backdrop to a glittering and original experience that is simply spectacular.
Loopallu Music Festival
29 - 30 September 2017, Ullapool, Ross-shire
An intimate weekend music festival in a remote village on the west coast 60 miles from the nearest city and now in its 13th year.
29 September - 1 October
Special events in and around Stirling organised by Historic Environment Scotland.
Callander Jazz and Blues Festival
29 September - 1 October 2017
The largest rural Jazz & Blues festival in Scotland.