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Events diary

Diary of Major Scottish Events for 2017

You may like to incorporate these events into your visit!

The first section has general events for 2017,
the second section below has dates of Highland Games in 2017.

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 2017


  • 19th-5th February CelticConnections, Glasgow
  • 25th Burns Suppers, throughout Scotland
  • 31st Up Helly Aa, Shetland


  • 9th-26th International Comedy Festival, Glasgow
  • March

  • 1st-5th Stanza Poetry Festival, Fife


  • 4th and 5th Scottish Food and Drink Festival, Loch Lomond
  • 8th Rugby Sevens, Melrose
  • 22nd Scottish Grand National, Ayr
  • 27th-30th Folk Festival, Shetland
  • 27th-1st May Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Highlands, Moray and Speyside


  • 15th-27th Festival of the Arts, Perth
  • 19th-22nd Mountain Festival, Arran
  • 27th Bike Festival, Glentress


  • 3rd-4th Mountain Bike World Cup, Fort William
  • 15th-18th Borders Book Festival, Melrose
  • 15th-26th International Film Festival, Edinburgh
  • 16th-21st St Magnus International Festival, Kirkwall, Orkney
  • 22nd-25th Royal Highland Show, Ingliston, Edinburgh


  • 1st-3rd Scottish Game Fair, Scone Palace, Perth
  • 7th-10th Scottish Open Golf, Dundonald
  • 19th-22nd Hebridean Celtic Festival, Outer Hebrides


  • 4th-26th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh
  • 4th-28th Fringe Festival, Edinburgh
  • 4th-28th International Festival, Edinburgh
  • 12th-28th International Book Festival, Edinburgh
  • 11th-12th World Pipe Band Championships, Glasgow


  • 22nd-1st October Book Festival, Wigtown
  • 24th-27th FEI European Eventing Championship, Blair Castle, Perthshire


  • 10th-17th Tiree Wave Classic, Inner Hebrides
  • 20th-31st Story Telling Festival, Edinburgh


  • 30th St Andrew’s Day,throughout Scotland


  • 31st-1st January 2018 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 2017

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.


  • 21st Gordon Castle
  • 21st Blackford
  • 28th Carmunnock


  • 3rd Cornhill
  • 3rd Helensburgh and Lomond
  • 4th Markinch
  • 10th Cupar
  • 11th Strathmore
  • 17th Newburgh
  • 17th Oldmedrum
  • 18th Aberdeen
  • 24th Drumtochty
  • 24th Ceres
  • 25th Lorne


  • 1st Luss
  • 1st Thornton
  • 5th Kenmore
  • 8th Alva
  • 8th Braemar Junior
  • 15th Inverness
  • 15th Loch Carron
  • 15th Loch Lomond
  • 15th Tomintoul
  • 16th Stonehaven
  • 16th Roseneath
  • 17th Burntisland
  • 18th Inverary
  • 20th Isle of Mull
  • 22nd Airth
  • 22nd Balquhidder
  • 28th Durness
  • 29th Dufftown
  • 29th Halkirk
  • 30th St Andrews


  • 4th Dornoch
  • 5th Newtonmore
  • 5th Aboyne
  • 5th Inverkeithing
  • 5th Aberlour and Strathspey
  • 5th North Berwick
  • 6th Bridge of Allan
  • 9th Isle of Skye
  • 10th Ballater
  • 11th Assynt
  • 12th Atholl and Breadalbane
  • 13th Perth
  • 19th Helmsdale
  • 19th Stirling
  • 20th Crieff
  • 24th Oban/Argylllsire
  • 26th Glenurquhart
  • 26th Lonach
  • 26th Strathardle


  • 2nd Braemar
  • 3rd Blairgowrie and Rattray
  • 9th Pitlochry
  • 16th Invecharron
  • 26th Birnam
  • 27th Grantown on Spey
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