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Events diary

Diary of Major Scottish Events for 2023

You may like to incorporate these events into your visit!

The first section has general events for 2023,
Scroll below that for dates of Highland Games in 2023.

This year is very different, as many events have been postponed or cancelled due to the aftermath of the Covid pandemic. However there is still a lot happening over the country and you may consider including them to enhance your visit to Scotland. For further details on any event and others not included in this list

Events for 2023


  • 26th April-1st May Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
  • 26th May-4th June Islay Whisky Festival
  • 27th April-30th April Shetland Folk Festival


  • 15th-18th Borders Book Festival, Merose
  • 16th-23rd St Magnus Festival, Orkney
  • 9th-12th World Mountain Bike Championships, Glentress, by Peebles
  • 22nd-25th Royal Highland Agricultural Show, Ingliston, by Edinburgh
  • 30th -2nd July Scottish Game Fair, Scone Palace, Perth


  • 12th-15th Hebridean Celtic Festival, Outer Hebrides
  • 13th-16th Scottish Open Golf, Renaissance Course, Archerfield, Direlton, East Lothian


  • 4th-26th Tattoo, Edinburgh
  • 4th-28th Fringe, Edinburgh
  • 12th-28th Book Festival, Edinburgh
  • 24th-27th Blair Castle Horse Trials, Blair Castle, Blair Atholl


  • 23rd-1st October Book Festival, Wigtow


  • 14th-20th Wave Classic, Tiree


  • 31st St Andrew’s Day, Throughout Scotland


  • 31st – 1st January 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 2023

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
  • 27th Blackford


  • 3rd Cornhill
  • 4th Markinch
  • 10th Bearsden& Milngavie
  • 11th Strathmore
  • 17th Old Meldrum
  • 19th Aberdeen
  • 24th Drumtochty


  • 1st Luss
  • 1st Thornton
  • 5th Kenmore
  • 8th Alva
  • 15th Lochcarron
  • 15th Tomintoul
  • 16th Stonehaven
  • 17th Burntisland
  • 18th Inverary
  • 20th Mull
  • 22nd Balquihidder& Lochearnhead
  • 29th Dufftown
  • 29th Halkirk
  • 30th St Andrews


  • 4th Dornoch
  • 5th Inverkeithing
  • 5th Strathpeffer
  • 5th Aboyne
  • 5th Bridge of Allan
  • 9th Isle of Skye
  • 10th Ballater
  • 12th Atholl & Breadalbane
  • 12th Tain
  • 12th North Berwick
  • 13th Perth
  • 19th Helmsdale
  • 19th Stirling
  • 20th Crieff
  • 26th Birnam
  • 26th Lonach
  • 26th Strathardle
  • 26th Glenurquhart


  • 2nd Braemar
  • 9th Pitlochry
  • 10th Bowhill

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