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Events diary

Diary of Major Scottish Events for 2019

You may like to incorporate these events into your visit!

The first section has general events for 2019,
the second section below has dates of Highland Games in 2019.

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 2019


  • 17th-3rd February Celtic Connections, Glasgow
  • 25th Burns Suppers, throughout Scotland
  • 31st Up Helly Aa, Shetland


  • 6th-10th Stanza Poetry Festival, St Andrews
  • 14th-31st International Comedy Festival, Glasgow


  • 13th Rugby Sevens, Melrose
  • 13th Scottish Grand National, Ayr


  • 1st-6th Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
  • 2nd-5th Folk Festival, Shetland
  • 16th-25th Festival of the Arts, Perth
  • 17th-20th Mountain Festival, Arran


  • 1st-2nd Mountain Bike World Cup, Fort William
  • 13th-16th Borders Book Festival, Melrose
  • 19th-30th International Film Festival, Edinburgh
  • 20th-23rd Royal Highland Show, Ingliston, Edinburgh
  • 21st-26th St Magnus International Festival, Kirkwall, Orkney


  • 5th-7th Scottish Game Fair, Scone Palace, Perth
  • 8th-14th Scottish Open Golf, Gullane
  • 17th-20th Hebridean Celtic Festival, Outer Hebrides


  • 2nd-24th Military Tattoo, Edinburgh
  • 2nd-26th Fringe Festival, Edinburgh
  • 10th-26th International Book Festival, Edinburgh
  • 16th-17th World Pipe Band Championships, Glasgow
  • 22nd-25th Landrover Horse Trials, Blair Castle


  • 27th-6th October, Book Festival, Wigtown


  • 12th-18th Three Wave Classic, Inner Hebrides


  • 30th St Andrew's Day, throughout Scotland


  • 31st-1st January 2020 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 2019

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.


  • 19th Gordon Castle
  • 25th Blackford
  • 25th Atholl Gathering and Highland Games


  • 1st Shotts
  • 1st Cornhill
  • 2nd Markinch
  • 9th Ardrossan
  • 9th Strathmore
  • 15th Oldmeldrum
  • 22nd Drumtochty
  • 29th Ceres


  • 6th Luss
  • 13th Alva
  • 13th Loch Lomond
  • 15th Burntisland
  • 16th Inverary
  • 18th Isle of Mull
  • 20th Inverness
  • 21st Stonehaven
  • 20th Tomintoul
  • 20th Inverness
  • 20th Loch Carron
  • 26th Durness
  • 27th Airth
  • 27th Dufftown
  • 27th Halkirk
  • 28th St Andrews


  • 2nd Dornoch
  • 3rd Newtonmore
  • 3rd Aboyne
  • 3rd Aberlour and Strathspey
  • 4th Bridge of Allan
  • 7th Killin
  • 7the Isle of Skye
  • 8th Ballater
  • 9th Assynt
  • 10th Abernethy
  • 11th Perth
  • 17th Helmsdale
  • 17th Stirling
  • 22nd Oban.Argyllshire
  • 29th-31st Cowal
  • 24th Lonach


  • 7th Peebles
  • 7th Braemar
  • 8th Blairgowrie and Rattray
  • 14th Pitlochry
  • 25th Grantown-on-Spey
  • 31st Birnam and Dunkeld
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