September 2018

A selection of autumn events in Scotland

Electric Fields Festival
30 August - 1 September 2018, Drumlanrig Castle
Music festival in Dumfries & Galloway

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

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

Doors Open Days
1-30 September 2018
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...

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight
1 - 16 September 2018
Variety of events across Scotland.

Borders Heritage Festival
1-30 September 2018

The Edinburgh Mela
1 - 2 September 2018
International cultural extravaganza in Edinburgh

Largs Viking Festival
1 - 9 September 2018, Ayrshire

The Royal Burgh of Peebles Highland Games
1 September 2018, Peebles
Pipe band contest, Highland dancing, traditional heavy events, trade stands, craft tent and beer tent.

Braemar Gathering
1 September 2018, 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.

Carve Carrbridge
1 September 2018, 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
1 September 2018
Hill race up and down Britain's highest mountain (near Fort William).

Perthshire Open Studios
1 - 9 September 2018
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

2 September 2018, 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
2 September 2018, Blairgowrie, Perthshire
Traditional Highland game events including heavyweights, running, Highland dancing, piping and cycling.

Scottish Borders Walking Festival
2 - 8 September 2018 - various venues, Coldstream & District
A week long celebration of walking and the Borders countryside.

Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival
tbc September 2018, Lomond Shores
Food, drink and entertainment!

Linlithgow Folk Festival
5 - 9 September 2018

Best of the West
7 - 9 September 2018, Argyll
A weekend of family-friendly entertainment highlighting the best in food, drink, music, arts & craft in the grounds of Inveraray Castle, Argyll

Blas Traditional Music Festival
7 - 15 September 2018, Various venues around the Highlands
9 great days across the Highlands and Argyll.

Castle Douglas Harvest Food Festival
8 September 2018
A weekend of food, drink and music events to promote the use of local seasonal produce.

Pitlochry Highland Games
8 September 2018, 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.

It's Nae The Tudors
8 - 9 September 2018, Grantown-on-Spey
Scotland's first Scottish Historical Fiction Festival is being organised by independent bookstore The Bookmark in the Scottish Highlands. The event will feature writers Susan Fletcher, Andrew Grieg, SG Maclean, Rosemary Goring and Maggie Craig.

North East Open Studios
8 - 16 September 2018, Aberdeenshire
North East Open Studios (NEOS) across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire is one of the UK’s largest open studios events.

Autumn Season
8 - 9 September 2018, Hospitalfield House, Arbroath
A varied programme at this historic arts venue in Angus.

Nairn Book and Arts Festival
11 - 16 September 2018
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.

13 - 16 September 2018
Elite mountain running and alpinism race in the magnificent settings of the Mamores, Ring of Steall, Ben Nevis and Glencoe.

Islay Jazz Festival
14 - 16 September 2018, Isle of Islay

Stranraer Oyster Festival
14 - 16 September 2018
Celebrating this area's coastal heritage, its people and its local produce.

Blairgowrie & East Perthshire Walking Festival
14 - 16 September 2018

V&A Dundee opening
Saturday 15 September 2018
Opening of this new cultural centre in Dundee.

Invercharron Highland Games
NOW CANCELLED (15 September 2018) 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.

Battle of Prestonpans anniversary re-enactement (1745)
15 and 16 September 2018, Prestonpans, East Lothian
Witness the dramatic events of the Bonnie Prince Charlie’s first battle, as the Jacobite Highlanders claim victory over the redcoats of Sir John Cope. Featuring living history camps, cameo scenes, fun crafts and spectacular battles scenes. Part of East Lothian Battle Weekends.

Doune Hill Climb Car Competition
15 - 16 September 2018, Perthshire

Ayr Gold Cup
20 - 22 September 2018, Ayr Racecourse
One of the big events on the Scottish horse racing calendar.

True North
20 - 23 September 2018, Aberdeen
True North is Aberdeen’s annual music festival and Fringe.

Three Lochs Book & Arts Festival
21 - 22 September, Strontian, West Highlands
Book and arts festival

Bloody Scotland
21 - 23 September 2018, Stirling
Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival

Wigtown Book Festival
21 - 30 September 2018, 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
23 September 2018, Isle of Easdale, Argyll
Unique annual event on a very small island near Oban

Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running
23 September 2018
Runners complete a full marathon around Loch Ness. From Inverness there are 5K and 10K River Ness fun runs.

Findhorn Bay Festival
26 - 30 September 2018
A biennial in Moray including Culture Day in Forres (Saturday 29 September).

Islay Book Festival
27 - 30 September 2018, Isle of Islay

Torridon Mountain and Sea Festival
27 - 30 September 2018, Wester Ross, north west Highlands
Variety of events including guided walks, kayaking, mountain scrambling and also an Ale Festival

28 - 29 September 2018
Music festival in Ullapool.

Callander Jazz and Blues Festival
28 - 30 September 2018
The largest rural Jazz & Blues festival in Scotland.

Glencoe Marathon
30 September 2018
Marathons don't get any more dramatic than in Glen Coe.

Looking ahead to 2019....

Solheim Cup
11 - 15 September 2019, Gleneagles
The biennial golf tournament for professional women golfers where Europe faces the USA.

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