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Issue 37 - Scotland Events

Scotland Magazine Issue 37
March 2008


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Scotland Events

Word Festival
9th-11th May 2008
Aberdeen’s book festival, Word, is a packed weekend of readings, music, art exhibitions, and film screenings featuring a starstudded line-up of writers and artists. Seamus Heaney, Louis de Bernieres, Ian Rankin, Richard E Grant and Adriana Trigiani have all appeared in previous years. Word 08 will also feature some of the richest talents in Gaelic literature and music.

The festival takes place at the charming campus of the University of Aberdeen and at venues throughout the city.

Scottish Grand National Festival
April (dates tbc)
The premier event in the Scottish National Hunt calendar always attracts a quality field from across Britain and Ireland. The chase is the culmination of the Gala Casinos Scottish Grand National Festival, a glamorous two-day steeplechasing festival at the recently revamped Ayr Racecourse.

Helensburgh and Lomond Real Ale Festival
April (dates tbc)
Bringing together nine of the finest independent Scottish breweries, alongside a plethora of local musical talent, the inaugural Helensburgh and Lomond Real Ale Festival promises to be one of the drinking events of year.

April (dates tbc)
around Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen
One of the UK’s most innovative and eclectic music festivals, featuring arch-electronica, old-school reggae, grizzled blues, deep soul, techno, indie, hip-hop, neo-classical... and more!

Edinburgh International Harp Festival
28th March-2nd April 2008
The Edinburgh International Harp Festival features a dynamic programme, with an international line-up and Celtic nations featuring particularly strongly. Specially commissioned work features alongside more familiar favourites in a series of concerts, courses, workshops and an exhibition, all celebrating this oldest of Scottish instruments.

Newton Stewart Walking Festival
15th May 2008
Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway
Set in beautiful Galloway, the third annual walking festival includes strenuous walks on the highest hills in southwest Scotland, providing both a challenge to the dedicated hill-walker and also gentle lowland explorations. A fun and informative way to learn about the local environment, plants and wildlife.

Loch Fyne Food Fair
10th-11th May 2008
Cairndow, near Inveraray,
Argyll Afeast of west coast food next to the famous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar.

Accompanied by wines, local ales and live music all day, there will be a wide range of foods showcased, sold by the producers, ready to eat or to take home. There will also be a craft tent with more than 20 craft producers and children’s entertainment.

Motorfair & the Scottish Motor Show
10th-11th May 2008
Knockhill Racing Circuit, Fife
Motorfair is Scotland’s live, interactive motoring show. There’s loads to see and do, with something for everyone: cars to see and be seen in; stunt shows; and special zones – kids, 4x4s, road-safety, truck and supercar, as well as free track demos, free 4x4 rambles and skid pan demos. A Formula 1 Ferrari, racing and rally cars will be in the feature marquees.

Aviemore and Cairngorms Walking and Mountain Festival
10th-17th May 2008
The Aviemore Walking Festival expands to become the Aviemore and Cairngorms Walking and Mountain Festival in 2008. Not only will there be 10 guided walks through the magnificent scenery of the Cairngorms, including a mini expedition involving spending two nights in mountain bothies, but also mountain biking, kayaking, white water rafting, climbing, canyoning and more. Plus, a full evening programme of events will include mountain-related talks, films, a Cairngorm mountain rescue team open night and a ceilidh supper.

Arran Wildlife Festival
14th-21st May 2008
Various locations on the Isle of Arran
Arran and its surrounding waters are home to some of Scotland’s most iconic wildlife; from golden eagles and red deer to basking sharks and dolphins, all only two hours from Glasgow. In eight days packed with events, the Arran Wildlife Festival will bring you closer to some of these amazing creatures.

3 Harbours Arts Festival
30th May-8th June 2008
Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton, East Lothian This festival will take place between the three harbours of Prestonpans (Morrisons Haven), Cockenzie and Port Seton in East Lothian and is all about hosting artwork in ingenious spaces – houses, halls, galleries, businesses, etc. There will also be a series of workshops, demonstrations and children’s art activities.

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