Scottish heritage and culture come to life through events all year long. Scotland events for 2019 vary in type, theme and hobby. There’s something for everyone from sports enthusiasts and charity fundraisers, to arts, music and comedy fans. Some just get you out of bed of a weekend morning, others provide fabulous justification for a night out, or a weekend away.
But without further ado, let us introduce you to 17 Scotland events for 2019 that’ll provide the perfect excuse for a trip over the border.
Ages of Wonder on Tour
Head to the Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture at any time of year and you’ll likely have conceptions quashed. Running all year long, this exhibition combines both static and ‘live’ works of art with some artists actively creating new artworks as part of the exhibition.
When: 20 January – 31 December 2019
Glasgow International Comedy Festival
Spring starts with a barrel of laughs at Europe’s largest comedy festival. Hosted at Trump Turnberry, these eloquent surroundings associated with etiquette will have to be ready for raucous laughter and the occasional blue word.
When: 14-31 March 2019
Glasgow’s Book Festival
Aye Write! is Glasgow’s annual literary festival. Welcoming local and international authors to the Mitchell Library there will be more than a smattering of well known and loved authors talking storytelling at ticketed events.
When: 14-31 March 2019
Man v Horse Scotland
Yes, you read that right. Enter this one at your own risk and have a ball. There are prizes for the fastest man, woman and horse over the 26 km course around Dores near Loch Ness. Giddy up!
When: 17 March 2019
Annual Scottish Tattoo Convention
Celebrating its eighth year in Edinburgh, the International Scottish Tattoo Convention attracts some of the world’s most acclaimed tattoo artists alongside an impressive entertainment line-up. Come see what it’s all about.
When: 30-31 March 2019
Springfest Food & Drink Festival
You rarely need an excuse to visit Balloch on the shores of Loch Lomond. But the lure of the finest Scottish food and drink certainly works for us! From whisky tastings to culinary masterclasses, discover the best of Scotland’s food and drink producers on the banks of one of its best known lochs.
When: 6-7 April 2019
Get your runners on and scoot around Edinburgh’s cycle paths on one of three routes all ending at Murrayfield. A great way to see another side to this stunning city and raise funds for Poppy Scotland, part of The Royal British Legion.
When: 7 April 2019
Silent Music | Seeing Sound
Head back to the RSA of Art & Architecture in Edinburgh in the summer to be blown away by an exhibition of musical scores. Consider some of the scores as works of visual art adorning the walls. Others will be performed by various musicians and instruments dotted through the Finlay Room.
When: 18 May – 16 June 2019
Gardening Scotland 2019
Look, listen, learn and do at the 20th Gardening Scotland event. Held in the surroundings of the Royal Highland Centre this is a gathering of expert and novice gardeners sharing and learning gardening know-how. Whether you have acreage or just a window box, you’re bound to find your green fingers.
When: 31 May – 2 June 2019
Scottish Traditional Boat Festival
Head to Portsoy near Banff for an enlightening and welcoming experience. The weekend is brimful with competitive boating and freshly caught and cooked fish, music, weaving and sculpture. A celebration of the region’s rich heritage, it’s a fascinating day out.
When: 22-23 June 2019
Let’s get the party started retro style. Attracting bands from across the genres of pop, rock and indie, this is a throwback music festival to rock out a weekend to. Pull on your retro fashions or nip to the fancy dress shop for the ultimate experience.
When 19-21 July 2019
Edinburgh Festival 2019
Globally renowned, Edinburgh Festival and Edinburgh Fringe dominate the city every August. An oasis for performance artists and entertainers alike, many a career has been started here. One of the world’s most iconic arts festivals, the streets are alive with performances for the entirety of the month and then there are the festival venue events too!
When: 2-26 August 2019
The best in women’s golf will descend on Gleneagles for the 2019 Solheim Cup. Amidst the on-course rivalry between Europe and the USA’s best players you’ll find a very family friendly event. Tickets start from £10 and under 16s enter free of charge with a paying adult.
When: 9-15 September 2019
Samhuin Fire Festival
Putting a whole new spin on Halloween, the Beltane Fire Society brings Edinburgh alight with its contemporary interpretation of Celtic changing of the seasons festival. There will be fire, and lots of it, along with acrobatics and drumming.
When: 31 October 2019
This superb fitness fundraiser attracts thousands to participate over different distances in four different Scottish cities across the year. Choose from three distances at the Glasgow event in April, Aberdeen in June, Dundee in August and Edinburgh in September. Which Kiltwalk will you do?
Scottish Highland Games
Pick a town across the Scottish Highlands and they’ll likely be partaking in a Highland Games event this summer. Amidst many athletic events for the strong and sturdy there are plentiful stalls, dancing competitions and musical entertainers. Quite the spectacle if you haven’t been to one before!
Oban Winter Festival
‘Tis almost the season to be jolly and the Oban Winter Festival does a grand job of getting everyone in the festive spirit. A 10-day event it celebrates the best of Scottish traditions, heritage, music, dance and food. Whether you’re entering the clootie dumpling competition, joining in the St Andrew’s Day celebrations or rocking up for the Christmas light switch on, you’ll be diarising this one for next year too.
Only 17 Scotland events in 2019?
Far from it! There are myriad festivals across the country throughout the year; you’ll never be short of things to do in Scotland.
Whenever and wherever you visit, there’s bound to be a memorable Scotland event to enjoy and partake in. Now let us help you find a Scottish holiday home for your stay.
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