Major Festivals

January

Celtic Connections
Mid Jan through early Feb
Events in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and other venues in the city center attract people from all over. Presentations also include community workshops, concerts and events.
Glasgow
Tel: 0141-353-4137
Tel: 0141-287-5511

May

Spirit of Speyside Whiskey Festival
May 4-7
Tastings and outdoor activities
Tel: 0134-382-1760
Website: http://www.spiritofspeyside.com

Highland Festival
May 25-June 9
Speyside
Music, Theater and Entertainment
Tel: 0146-371-9000

June

Isle of Arran Folk Festival
2nd week in June
This festival starts on a Thursday with a commencement ceremony, and goes throughout the weekend. The whole island is involved in concerts, workshops, and other events.
Isle of Arran
Tel: 0177-030-2623
Website: http://www.arranfolkfestival.org

Keith Festival
2nd week in June
The charming little town of Keith celebrates a weekend of traditional music and dance.
Tel: 0134-354-0325
Email: lewishugh@talk21.com
Website: http://www.keithfestival.btinternet.co.uk

Highland Traditional Music and Dance Festival
Mid-June
Killin
This is a popular festival in Scotland, which features dances, concerts and workshops. Events such as storytelling, craft fair, and art exhibits also fill the streets of Killin.
Tel: 0156-782-0424

July

Feis an Eilein (Skye & Lochalsh Festival)
Mid-July
Celtic concerts, ceilidh dances and workshops, theatre, and more.
Isle of Skye
Tel: 0147-184-4207
Email: dm@cali.co.uk

Summer Festival of Music
July and August
The Balnain House in the magical town of Inverness throws a festival presenting ceilidh dances, concerts, traditional music.
Balnain House
40 Huntly Street
Inverness
Tel: 0146-371-5757

Lomond Folk Festival
Late July Music festival featuring some of Scotland’s best folk performers in concerts and also an open stage.
Balloch, Dunbartonshire
Tel: 0138-975-7561
Tel: 0138-975-3838

August

Speyfest
Early August
Celtic festival of music, dance, workshops and visual arts.
Fochabers
Tel: 0134-382-1974
Website: http://www.speyfest.com

Border Gathering
Historic re-enactments, traditional music and piper competition, and traditional games of Northumbria and Border.
Border
Tel: 0138-781-0439

Edinburgh International Festival
Mid-late August
This festival brings performers and audiences from all over the world from all types of backgrounds. It celebrates the fine arts with classical concerts, ballets and other performances.
Edinburgh
Tel: 0131-473-2001

Culzean Castle and Country Park Scottish Music & Dance Festival
Traditional Scottish song and dance with pipers, highland dancing, and a wonderful festival atmosphere.
Maybole, Ayrshire
Tel: 0165-588-4455

September

Highland Harp Festival
Early or Mid September
Festival of harps including concerts, classes and workshops by top rate harpists.
Inverness
Tel: 0146-371-5757

Braemer Night
Mid-September
Located in the charming town of Blairgowrie, this street fair offers traditional entertainment with music, song and dance.
Blairgowrie
Tel: 0125-087-2960

October

Penicuik Folk Festival
Early – Mid October
This tiny village offers a friendly, enjoyable festival including concerts, ceilidhs and dance competitions.
Penicuik
Tel: 0196-867-8153
Email: brian@horniegollach.com

Scottish International Storytelling Festival
Late October to early November
This festival offers a traditional and contemporary storytelling and interspersed music.
Edinburgh
Tel: 0131-557-5724

Link to other festival sites in Scotland:
http://www.albafolk.freeserve.co.uk/