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Events diary

Diary of Major Scottish Events for 2016

You may like to incorporate these events into your visit!

The first section has general events for 2016,
the second section below has dates of Highland Games in 2016.

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 2016


  • 14th-31st Celtic Connections, Glasgow
  • 25th Burns Suppers, throughout Scotland
  • 26th Up Helly Aa, Lerwick, Shetland


  • 2nd-6th Stanza Poetry Festival, Fife
  • 10th-27th International Comedy Festival, Glasgow


  • 26th – 10th April International Science Festival, Edinburgh


  • 2nd-3rd Scottish Food and Drink Festival, Loch Lomond
  • 9th-11th Melrose 7’s Rugby, Melrose
  • 16th Scottish Grand National, Ayr
  • 28th- 1st May Folk Festival, Shetland
  • 28th-2nd May Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Highlands, Moray and Speyside


  • 13th-16th Mountain Festival, Isle of Arran
  • 14th-30th Tweedlove Bike Festival, Tweedvalley, Scottish Borders
  • 19th-29th Festival of the Arts, Perth


  • 4th-5th Mountain Bike World Cup, Fort William
  • 16th-19th Borders Book Festival, Melrose
  • 15th-26th International Film Festival, Edinburgh
  • 23rd-26th Royal Highland Show, Ingliston, Edinburgh
  • 17th-26th St Magnus International Festival, Kirkwall, Orkney


  • 1st-3rd Scottish Game Fair, Scone Palace, Perth
  • 7th-10th Scottish Open Golf, Castle Stuart,Inverness
  • 10th-17th Open Golf Championship, Royal Troon
  • 13th-16th Hebridean Celtic Festival, Outer Hebrides
  • 22nd-23rd Wckerman Festival, Dumfries and Galloway


  • 5th-27th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh
  • 5th-29th Fringe Festival, Edinburgh
  • 5th-29th International Festival, Edinburgh
  • 13th-29th International Book Festival, Edinburgh
  • 14th-15th World Pipe Band Championships, Glasgow


  • 23rd-2nd October Book Festival, Wigtown
  • 25th-28th FEI European Eventing Championships, Blair Castle, Perthshire


  • 10th-17th Tiree Wave Classic, Inner Hebrides
  • 21st-30th Storytelling Festival, Edinburgh


  • 30th St Andrew’s Day, throughout Scotland


  • 31st-1st January 2017 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 2016

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.


  • 15th Gordon Castle
  • 28th Blackford
  • 29th Carmunnock


  • 4th Cornhill
  • 4th Helensburgh and Lomond
  • 5th Markinch
  • 11th Cupar
  • 12th Strathmore
  • 18th Newburgh
  • 18th Oldmeldrum
  • 26th Lorne


  • 2nd Luss
  • 2nd Thornton
  • 6th Kenmore
  • 9th Alva
  • 9th Braemar Junior
  • 16th Inverness
  • 16th Lochcarron
  • 16th Loch Lomond
  • 16th Tomintoul
  • 17th Stonehaven
  • 17th Roseneath
  • 18th Burntisland
  • 19th Inverary
  • 21st Isle of Mull
  • 23rd Airth
  • 23rd Balquhidder
  • 29th Durness
  • 30th Dufftown
  • 30th Halkirk
  • 31st St Andrews


  • 3rd Isle of Skye
  • 3rd Killin
  • 5th Dornoch
  • 6th Aboyne
  • 6th Strathpeffer
  • 6th North Berwick
  • 7th Bridge of Allan
  • 11th Ballater
  • 11th Tain
  • 12th Assynt
  • 13th Atholl and Breadalbane
  • 14th Perth
  • 20th Helmsdale
  • 20th Stirling
  • 21st Crieff
  • 27th Lonach
  • 27th Strathardle
  • 27th Birnam
  • 28th Grantown on Spey


  • 3rd Braemar
  • 4th Blairgowrie and Rattray
  • 10th Pitlochry
  • 17th Invercharron
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