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Events diary

Diary of Major Scottish Events for 2018

You may like to incorporate these events into your visit!

The first section has general events for 2018,
the second section below has dates of Highland Games in 2018.

There are a huge number of events this year in Scotland. Listed below are just a selection of some you may enjoy. For further details on any event and others not included in this list

Events for 2018


  • 18th-4th February Celtic Connections, Glasgow
  • 25th Burns Suppers, throughout Scotland
  • 31st Up Helly Aa, Shetland


  • 7th-11th Stanza Poetry Festival, St Andrews
  • 8th-25th International Comedy Festival, Glasgow


  • 1st and 2nd Scottish Food and Drink Festival, Loch Lomond
  • 14th Rugby Sevens, Melrose
  • 30th Scottish Grand National, Ayr


  • 3rd-6th Folk Festival, Shetland
  • 3rd-7th Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Highlands, Moray and Speyside
  • 17th-26th Festival of the Arts, Perth
  • 18th-21st Mountain Festival,Arran
  • 25th Bike Festival, Glentress, Peebles


  • 2nd-3rd Mountain Bike World Cup, Fort William
  • 14th-17th Borders Book Festival, Melrose
  • 20th –17th July International Film Festival, Edinburgh
  • 21st-24th Royal Highland Show, Ingliston, Edinburgh
  • 22nd-27th St Magnus International Festival, Kirkwall, Orkney
  • 29th-1st July Scottish Game Fair, Scone Palace, Perth


  • 12th-15th Scottish Open Golf, Gullane
  • 18th-21st Hebridean Celtic Festival, Outer Hebrides


  • 3rd-25th Military Tattoo, Edinburgh
  • 3rd-27th Fringe Festival, Edinburgh
  • 3rd-27th International Festival, Edinburgh
  • 11th-27th International Book Festival, Edinburgh
  • 17th-18th World Pipe Band Championships, Glasgow
  • 23rd-26th FEI European Eventing Championship, Blair Castle


  • 21st-30th Book Festival, Wigtown


  • 14th-21st Three Wave Classic, Inner Hebrides
  • 19th-31st Story Telling Festival, Edinburgh


  • 30th St Andrew's Day,throughout Scotland


  • 31st-1st January 2019 Hogmanay, New Year Celebrations, throughout Scotland

Braemar Royal Highland Gathering.

Braemar; Tossing the caber

Tossing the Caber at Braemar Royal Highland Gathering.

Highland Games in 2018

You may like to include a visit to a traditional Highland Games into your tour itinerary.The Games feature the heavy events eg tossing the caber, putting the shot, throwing the hammer, tug of war and also highland dancing, athletics and piping amongst many other events.The Games often also have stalls selling Scottish crafts, knitwear, kilts and local produce.


  • 20th Gordon Castle
  • 26th Blackford
  • 27th Atholl Gathering and Highland Games
  • June

  • 2nd Shotts
  • 2nd Cornhill
  • 2nd Helensburgh and Loch Lomond
  • 3rd Markinch
  • 10th Strathmore
  • 16th Oldmeldrum
  • 17th Cupar
  • 17th Aberdeen
  • 23rd Drumtochty
  • 24th Lorne
  • 30th Ceres


  • 4th Kenmore
  • 7th Luss
  • 7th Thornton
  • 14th Alva
  • 14th Braemar Junior
  • 14th Loch Lomond
  • 15th Stonehaven
  • 15th Roseneath
  • 16th Burntisland
  • 17th Inverary
  • 19th Isle of Mull
  • 21st Balquhidder
  • 21st Taynuilt
  • 21st Inverness
  • 21st Loch Carron
  • 21st Tomintoul
  • 27th Durness
  • 28th Airth
  • 28th Dufftown
  • 28th Halkirk
  • 29th St. Andrews


  • 3rd Dornoch
  • 4th Newtonmore
  • 4th Aboyne
  • 4th Inverkeithing
  • 4th Aberlour and Strathspey
  • 5th Bridge of Allan
  • 8th Isle of Skye
  • 9th Ballater
  • 10th Assynt
  • 11th Atholl and Breadalbane
  • 11th North Berwick
  • 12th Perth
  • 18th Helmsdale
  • 18th Stirling
  • 19th Crieff
  • 23rd Oban/Argyllshire
  • 23rd-25th Cowal
  • 25th Glenurquhart
  • 25th Lonach
  • 25th Strathardle


  • 1st Peebles
  • 1st Braemar
  • 2nd Blairgowrie and Rattray
  • 8th Pitlochry
  • 15th Invercharron
  • 25th Birnam/Dunkeld
  • 26th Grantown on Spey
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