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Festivals and Events Including Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo2020-01-02T11:26:12+10:00

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

One fact is indesputible, that the Scottish people know how to have a good time!

From the world renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to the obscure (to some) but very entertaining Highland Games, through to the alternate Edinburgh Fringe Festival, there is something for everyone.

No matter what time of year you maybe travelling to Scotland, you are sure to find an event or festival in full swing.

THE ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO

Without a doubt, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an international extravaganza that is on many bucket lists.

2020 will mark the Tattoo’s 70th anniversary and will run from the 7th to the 29th of August. With humble beginnings, the Tattoo was inspired by a simple show called ‘Something About a Soldier’ performed in 1949 at the Ross Bandstand. The bandstand is still there, in Princes Street Gardens just below the Castle.

Today it has grown into an unforgettable spectacle, staged as part of Edinburgh’s world-famous summer festivals. It is a unique celebration of Scottish music, dance and military pageantry. Almost 1,000 musicians, pipers, drummers, singers and dancers perform at the Edinburgh Tattoo on the Esplanade. Each year you can expect stirring performances of the Massed Pipes and Drums and the Massed Military Bands that emerge from the huge castle gates, playing the inspiring battle tunes of Scotland’s famed regiments.

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HIGHLAND GAMES

Part of Scotland’s culture for hundred’s of years, the Highland games celebrate heritage, culture and sense of community.

Each event has a unique character and traditions and events are spread through the country starting in May through September.

Nearly all the games feature a range of piping and drumming competitions, caber tossing, highland dancing, athletic events, and individual pipers and drummers. With great fun and the great food (and drink) that’s usually on offer, combined with the grandeur of the Scottish scenery, the Games are a ‘must-see’ visitor attraction.

MAY 2020

Gourock Highland Games
10th May 2020, Battery Park

Gordon Castle Highland Games
17th May, 2020

Atholl Gathering and Highland Games
23rd – 24th May 2020, Blair Castle

West Lothian Highland Games
TBC, Bathgate

JUNE 2020

Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games
6th June, 2020

Cornhill Highland Games
6th June 2020, Aberdeenshire

Strathmore Highland Games
13th June 2020, Glamis Castle

Ardrossan Highland Games
14th June 2020, Memorial Playing Fields

Aberdeen Highland Games
TBC, Hazlehead Park

Cupar Highland Games
21st June 2020

Drumtochty Highland Games
TBC, Drumtochty Castle

Ceres Highland Games
27th June, 2020

JULY 2020

Kenmore Highland Games
TBC

Luss Highland Games
4th July 2020, Luss Games Field

Forres Highland Games
4th July 2020, Grant Park

Alva Games
11th July 2020, Clackmannanshire

Loch Lomond Highland Games
18th July 2020, Balloch

City of Inverness Highland Games
18th July 2020, Bught Park

Lochcarron Highland Games
18th July 2020, Attadale Estate

Tomintoul Highland Games
18th July 2020

Rosneath Peninsula Highland Games
19th July, 2020

Stonehaven Peninsula Highland Games
19th July 2020, Mackie Academy

Inveraray Highland Games
21st July 2020, Inveraray Castle

Durness Highland Gathering
24th July 2020, Shore Park

Balquhidder, Lochearnhead & Strathyre Highland Games
25th July, 2020

Airth Highland Games
25th July, 2020

Dufftown Highland Games
TBC

Halkirk Highland Games
25th July 2020, Caithness

St Andrews Highland Games
26th July 2020, Station Park

Arisaig Highland Games
29th July 2020, Traigh Farm

AUGUST 2020

Aboyne Highland Games
1st August, 2020

Bridge of Allan Highland Games
2nd August 2020, Strathallan Games Park

Dundonald Highland Games
TBC

Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games
TBC

Killin Highland Gathering
5th August 2020, Breadalbane Park

Isle of Skye Highland Games
5th August 2020, Portree

Dornoch Highland Gathering
7th August, 2020

Abernethy Highland Games
8th August 2020, Nethy Bridge

North Berwick International Highland Games
8th August 2020

Perth Highland Games
9th August 2020, Scone Palace

Ballater Highland Games
13th August 2020, Monaltrie Park

Assynt Highland Games
14th August 2020, Lochinver

Helmsdale Highland Games
15th August 2020, Couper Park

Stirling Highland Games
15th August 2020, Stirling Sports Village

Atholl & Breadalbane Highland Games
TBC, Aberfeldy

Crieff Highland Gathering
16th August 2020, Market Park

Glenisla Highland Games
TBC

Bute Highland Games
22nd August 2020, The Stadium, High Street, Rothesay

Glenurquhart Highland Games
22nd August 2020, Blairbeg Park, Drumnadrochit

Strathardle Highland Gathering
22nd August 2020

Lonach Highland Games
22nd August 2020, Bellabeg, Strathdon

Oban, Argyllshire Gathering
27th August, 2020

Cowal Highland Gathering
27th – 29th August 2020, Dunoon

SEPT 2020

The Braemar Gathering
5th September 2020, Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park

Blairgowrie Highland Games
6th September 2020, Bogles Field, Essendy Road, Blairgowrie.

Pitlochry Highland Games
12th September 2020, Recreation Ground, Ferry Road

EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL

Part of Scotland’s culture for hundred’s of years, the Highland games celebrate heritage, culture and sense of community.

Each event has a unique character and traditions and events are spread through the country starting in May through September.

Nearly all the games feature a range of piping and drumming competitions, caber tossing, highland dancing, athletic events, and individual pipers and drummers. With great fun and the great food (and drink) that’s usually on offer, combined with the grandeur of the Scottish scenery, the Games are a ‘must-see’ visitor attraction.

THE EDINBURGH HOGMANAY PARTY

If you like parties, you’ll love this. The Edinburgh Hogmanay party is the world’s biggest New Year bash, and one of the safest, with 4 days of festive celebrations and activities.

Year after year the Hogmanay street party brings something new to the crowds: with the Torchlight Procession, the Carnival, the Street Theatre, the Seven Hills fireworks, and a host of indoor & outdoor events. The showcase of the Hogmanay celebrations is the concert in Princes Street Gardens, underneath Edinburgh Castle Rock, with the party culminating in the spectacular Street Party with live bands and fireworks. The number of Street Party passes available will usually be 100,000, and all these people will throng the streets to welcome in the New Year. Safety is the priority and it’s worth mentioning that Edinburgh Hogmanay revellers have always had a good reputation for being a well behaved, friendly crowd, with very few incidents.

The stroke of midnight sees complete strangers hugging and kissing, hand shaking and back slapping. You may also hear an old Scottish New Year toast….“Here’s tae us, wha’s like us?” This may be followed with someone saying “Damn few, and they’re a’deid” (all dead)

The crowd then bursts into singing Auld Lang Syne, the traditional New Year song. Edinburgh has a total of seven hills, and at midnight on Hogmanay, they are all lit up, with the centrepiece being the firework display from the Castle.

There will be plenty of music, and gigs also take place in Princes Street and the Mound Precinct. Those seeking a more sedate celebration can enjoy a tranquil, candlelight concert in St Giles Cathedral. The festival atmosphere continues on New Year’s Day with Parklife in Holyrood Park, hosting a good range of free family fun events.

Hogmanay has traditionally always been more popular than Christmas in Scotland, and this bash has evolved into one of the most popular celebrations in the world.