September 2019

A selection of autumn events in Scotland

The Edinburgh Mela
31 August - 1 September 2019
International cultural extravaganza in Edinburgh

Largs Viking Festival
31 August - 8 September 2019, Ayrshire
Annual event which marks the Battle of Largs in 1263 (the last mainland battle between the Scots and Norse). Now in its 40th year!

Motormania
1 September 2019, 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!

Doors Open Days
1-30 September 2019
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 2019
Variety of events across Scotland.

Borders Heritage Festival
1-30 September 2019

Speyside Whisky Distilled
6 - 7 September 2019, Elgin Town Hall
A celebration of Speyside Whisky

Kirriemuir Festival of Music and Song
6 - 8 September 2019, Angus
Music, dances, ceilidhs in various venues around Kirriemuir.

Dundee Flower and Food Festival
6 - 8 September 2019, Camperdown Country Park, Dundee
Dundee's big floral and foodie event of the year.

Dalmally Show
7 September 2019
Annual agricultural show in Argyll.

The Royal Burgh of Peebles Highland Games
7 September 2019, Peebles
Pipe band contest, Highland dancing, traditional heavy events, trade stands, craft tent and beer tent.

Braemar Gathering
7 September 2019, 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.

Ben Nevis Race
7 September 2019
Hill race up and down Britain's highest mountain (near Fort William).

Scottish Borders Walking Festival
7 - 14 September 2019 - various venues, Selkirk & District
A week long celebration of walking and the Borders countryside.

Perthshire Open Studios
7 - 15 September 2019
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

Blairgowrie and Rattray Highland Games
8 September 2019, Blairgowrie, Perthshire
Traditional Highland game events including heavyweights, running, Highland dancing, piping and cycling.

Canines at the Castle
8 September 2019, Glamis Castle, Angus
Huge doggy event in the grounds of Glamis Castle.

Glencoe Marathon
8 September 2019
Marathons don't get any more dramatic than in Glen Coe.

Nairn Book and Arts Festival
10 - 15 September 2019
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.

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

Linlithgow Folk Festival
11 - 15 September 2019

Islay Jazz Festival
13 - 15 September 2019, Isle of Islay

Stranraer Oyster Festival
13 - 15 September 2019
Celebrating this area's coastal heritage, its people and its local produce.

Pitlochry Highland Games
14 September 2019, 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.

North East Open Studios
14 - 23 September 2019, Aberdeenshire
North East Open Studios (NEOS) across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire is one of the UK’s largest open studios events.

Doune Hill Climb Car Competition
14 - 15 September 2019, Perthshire

Spirit of Moray Book Festival
17 - 21 September 2019, Elgin
This 5-day festival includes sessions with authors such as Sue Lawrence and Rosemary Goring, as well as Christopher Brookmyre and his wife who write together under the name Ambrose Parry. Cyclist Mark Beaumont will be talking about his book 'Around the World in 80 Days'.

Ayr Gold Cup
19 - 21 September 2019, Ayr Racecourse
One of the big events on the Scottish horse racing calendar.

True North
20 - 23 September 2019, Aberdeen
True North is Aberdeen’s annual music festival and Fringe.

Bloody Scotland
20 - 22 September 2019, Stirling
Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival

Three Lochs Book & Arts Festival
tbc 20 - 21 September 2019, Strontian, West Highlands
Book and arts festival

Skyrunning
20 - 22 September 2019
Elite mountain running and alpinism race in the magnificent settings of the Mamores, Ring of Steall, Ben Nevis and Glencoe.

Invercharron Highland Games
21 September 2019 - CANCELLED

Blair Atholl Music and Scottish Craft Beer Festival
21 September 2019, Perthshire

Wigtown Book Festival
27 September - 6 October 2019, 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
29 September 2019, Isle of Easdale, Argyll
Unique annual event on a very small island near Oban

Torridon Mountain and Sea Festival
tbc late September 2019, Wester Ross, north west Highlands
Variety of events including guided walks, kayaking, mountain scrambling and also an Ale Festival

Tidelines Book Festival
26 - 29 September 2019, Irvine, Ayrshire

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
26 - 29 September 2019
168 professionals and 168 amateurs playing in teams of two. The teams play at 3 different courses for the first 3 days (the Old Course at St Andrews, the Championship Course at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns Golf Links) with the final round played at the Old Course at St Andrews.

Loopallu
27 - 28 September 2019
Music festival in Ullapool.

Islay Book Festival
29 September - 1 October 2019

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