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Issue 61 - A Big Year

Scotland Magazine Issue 61
February 2012

 

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A Big Year

From stone skimming and porridge making to rock festivals and Olympic events, 2012 is shaping up to be an exciting year. Our annual calendar gives you all the information you need for planning your visit to Scotland around one of these varied and exciting events

MAY

Orkney Folk Festival 31 May – 3 June 2012
Stromness, Orkney
Traditional music festival hosting concerts, ceilidhs and dances at various venues on the Orkney Isles.
www.orkneyfolkfestival.com

Blair Atholl Gathering 26-27 May 2012
Blair Atholl, Perthshire
A unique spectacle set against the backdrop of beautiful Blair Castle. Includes the annual inspection of Europe’s last remaining private army, followed by traditional Highland Games.
www.blair-castle.co.uk

Loch Fyne Food Fair 19-20 May 2012
Clachan, Cairndow
A feast of west coast food, wine and entertainment.
www.lochfyne.com/events

Spirit of Speyside Festival 3-7 May 2012
Aberlour, Moray
Enjoy tastings, distillery visits, music and many other themed activities during this celebration of Scotland’s national drink.
www.spiritofspeyside.com

Perth Festival of the Arts 17-27 May 2012
Perth
A 10 day festival of music, dance and drama including opera, classical, blues, rock and more.
www.perthfestival.co.uk

Shetland Folk Festival 3-6 May 2012
Lerwick, Shetland
Local and invited musicians perform at venues throughout the islands.
www.shetlandfolkfestival.com

The Border Bogie Challenge 26 May 2012
Denholm
Slightly bonkers downhill go-cart racing. A great day out for the family.
http://borderbogie.co.uk

Arran Mountain Festival 18-21 May 2012
Arran
An exciting four day event of guided walking and scrambling in the island’s hills and mountains.
www.arranmountainfestival.co.uk

JUNE

Taste of Grampian 2 June 2012
Inverurie, Aberdeenshire
One day food and drinks festival celebrating the richness and diversity of Grampian’s larder.
www.tasteofgrampian.co.uk Ceres

Highland Games 20 June 2012
Ceres, Fife
The oldest free Highland Games in Scotland.
www.ceresgames.co.uk

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival 23-24 June 2012 P
ortsoy, Banffshire
A colourful celebration of Scotland’s maritime heritage.
www.scottishtraditionalboatfestival.org.uk

Royal Highland Show 21-24 June 2012
Ingliston, Edinburgh
Scotland’s premier country and agriculture show. Includes livestock, forestry, show jumping, flowers, food, music, crafts and more.
www.royalhighlandshow.org

Scottish and British Goldpanning Championships 2-3 June 2012
Wanlockhead, Biggar
Goldpanners from around Britain compete in this unusual event.
www.britishgoldpanningassociation.co.uk

St Magnus Festival 22-27 June 2012
Kirkwall, Orkney
Midsummer celebration of the arts, music, theatre and literature.
www.stmagnusfestival.com

Gardening Scotland 2012 1-3 June 2012
Ingliston, Edinburgh
Scotland’s national gardening show, featuring floral displays, expert information, arts, crafts and entertainment.
www.gardeningscotland.com I

slay Show 25 May- 3 June 2012
Bridgend, Islay
Traditional agricultural show with livestock classes, live music, food and stalls selling the wares of local producers.
www.islayinfo.com

Edinburgh International Film Festival 20 June- 1 July 2012
Edinburgh
A two-week celebration of cinema with gala premieres and talks from visiting directors.
www.edfilmfest.org.uk

JULY

T in the Park 6-9 July 2012
Balado, Kinross
Scotland’s largest contemporary music festival.
www.tinthepark.com

Loch Lomond Highland Games 14 July 2012
Balloch, Loch Lomond
Traditional Highland Games featuring pipe bands and country dancing alongside sports events, piping and trade stalls.
www.llhgb.com

The Big Tent 21-22 July 2012
Falkland Palace, Fife
Environmentally-friendly green festival, with emphasis on music and families.
www.bigtentfestival.co.uk

Stonehaven Folk Festival 5-8 July 2012
Stonehaven
Weekend of music, workshops, ceilidhs and events.
www.stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk

Hebridean Celtic Festival 11-14 July 2012
Stornoway, Lewis
The island’s annual flagship event, mixing traditional and contemporary Gaelic music.
www.hebceltfest.com

Inverness Highland Games 21 July 2012
Inverness Annual Highland Games featuring a mix of track and field events, displays and family entertainment.
www.invernesshighlandgames.com

AUGUST

Edinburgh International Festival 11-28 August 2012
Edinburgh
Unforgettable three-week programme of music, opera, theatre, dance and visual art. Sophisticated side of Edinburgh’s summer festival season.
www.eif.co.uk

Edinburgh International Book Festival 11-27 August 2012
Edinburgh
From Nobel prize winners to emerging authors, there is something to delight every bookworm during this summer festival, running alongside the International and Fringe Festivals in the capital.
www.edbookfest.co.uk

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2-27 August 2012
Edinburgh
The largest arts festival in the world, featuring an extensive programme of theatre, music, comedy and the arts. A must-see.
www.edfringe.com

Skye Highland Games 8 August 2012
Portree, Skye
Traditional Highland Games including a three day piping competition.
www.skye-highland-games.co.uk

Blair Castle International Horse Trials 23-26 August 2012
Blair Castle
Annual equestrian event incorporating dressage, show jumping and cross-country competitions, and country fair.
www.blairhorsetrials.co.uk

Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo 3-25 August 2012
Edinburgh
Military extravaganza with breathtaking displays, set against the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh castle.
www.edintattoo.co.uk

Piping Live! 6-12 August 2012
Glasgow
Glasgow’s festival of piping offers workshops, masterclasses, ceilidhs, concerts and street performances.
www.piping-live.co.uk

Speed of Light 8 August – 1 September 2012
Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
As part of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Arthur’s Seat will be transformed for three weeks in August in a fusion of sport and culture. In this mass-participation event, runners and walkers will activate specially designed light suits at night, lighting up the hillside.
www.speedoflight2012.org

World Pipe Band Championships 11 August 2012
Glasgow
Some 40,000 spectators come to watch pipe bands from all over the world compete in this prestigious annual event.
www.theworlds.co.uk

Edinburgh Mela 31 August – 2 September 2012
Edinburgh
Edinburgh’s multicultural celebration of music, food, crafts and the arts from around the world.
www.edinburgh-mela.co.uk

Dundee Flower and Food Festival 31 August – 2 September 2012
Camperdown Country Park, Dundee
The best in food, flowers and live entertainment at the one of the region’s top lifestyle events.
www.dundeeflowerandfoodfestival.com

Largs Viking Festival 25 August – 1 September 2012
Largs, Ayrshire
A week-long celebration of the ancient Viking heritage of Scotland.
www.largsvikingfestival.com

SEPTEMBER

Carve Carrbridge 1 September 2012
Carrbridge, Invernesshire
Participants from the UK, Europe and the USA battle it out to win the Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Competition. Live music, games, food and drink complete festivities.
www.carvecarrbridge.com

Orkney International Science Festival 6-12 September 2012
Orkney
Fresh insights by world-class speakers into Orkney’s rich environment, history and radical new approaches to the challenges of the future.
www.oisf.org

Loopallu 21-22 September 2012
Ullapool
An intimate and eclectic music festival with an impressive line-up that often overshadows more mainstream festivals.
www.loopallu.co.uk

Wigtown Book Festival 23 September – 2 October 2012
A 10 day literary celebration centred in Scotland’s National Book Town.
www.wigtownbookfestival.com

World Stone Skimming Championships 23 September 2012
Easdale Island, Argyll
More than 200 competitors battle it out to win the coveted title of Stone Skimming Championship.
www.stoneskimming.com

Braemar Gathering 1 September 2012
Braemar, Aberdeenshire
Traditional Highland Gathering and sports event, the only one attended by members of the Royal family.
www.braemargathering.org

Linlithgow Folk Festival 5-9 September 2012
West Lothian
Friendly festival featuring live music sessions and conerts, a ceilidh, street entertainers and craft fair.
www.linlithgowfolk.com

OCTOBER

Scottish International Storytelling Festival 26 October – 4 November 2012
Edinburgh
A glorious 10 day celebration of traditional storytelling, folk tales and the arts.
www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk

Cowalfest 5-14 October 2012
Dunoon, Argyll
Scotland’s largest walking and arts festival, with a varied 10 day programme of events and walks for all ages and abilities.
www.cowalfest.org

World Porridge Making Championship 7 October 2012
Carrbridge
Who will take the coveted title in its 19th year?
www.goldenspurtle.com

Glenfiddich Piping and Fiddling Championships TBC 27 – 28 October 2012
Blair Atholl, Perthshire
Annual piping and fiddling competitions taking place in the Ballroom at Blair Castle.
www.glenfiddich.co.uk

Perthshire Amber 26 October – 6 November 2012
Dunkeld, Perthshire
Scotland’s newest festival is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Dougie Maclean, Perthshire Amber has been heralded as the most original acoustic music festival in Scotland today.
www.perthshire.com

The Enchanted Forest TBC October 2012
Pitlochry
A magical sound and light experience taking place at night in a beautiful woodland garden.
www.enchantedforest.org.uk

Tunnock’s Tour of Mull 12-14 October 2012
Isle of Mull
Thrilling car rally in which cars compete against the clock over the island’s single-track roads.
www.mullrally.com

Wild Connections TBC 13-20 October 2012
Perthshire
A unique wildlife festival at the heart of Perthshire’s Big Tree Country. Hosts a variety of indoor and outdoor events such as cider making, fungus forays and fire making.
www.wildconnections.org.uk

The Royal National Mod 12-19 October 2012
Stornoway
Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival, celebrating its language and culture through music, dance drama and the arts.
www.acgmod.org

NOVEMBER

Glasgow on Ice TBC 24 November 2012 - 5 Jan 2013
Festive ice-skating in Glasgow’s George Square.
www.glasgowloveschristmas.com

Fiddle 2012 November 2012
George Street, Edinburgh
A weekend of non-stop fiddle music, talks, concerts, recitals, workshops, masterclasses and ceilidhs.
www.scotsfiddlefestival.com

Edinburgh’s Christmas TBC 24 November 2012 – 5 January 2013
For six weeks over the festive season, Edinburgh hosts one of Europe’s finest Christmas festivals.
www.edinburghschristmas.com

DECEMBER

Carols in Culzean Castle TBC December 2012
The Choir of Paisley Abbey perform an uplifting selection of Christmas carols in a spectacular setting.
www.culzeanexperience.com

Torchlight Procession 24 December 2012
Aviemore
This traditional torchlight procession takes place on Christmas Eve every year
www.visitcairngorms.com

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 29 December 2012 – 1 January 2013
Edinburgh
Famed street party celebrating the New Year.
www.edinburghshogmanay.org

Glasgow’s Hogmanay 31 December 2012
Incredible New Year’s celebration in historic George Square.
www.glasgowloveschristmas.com

Stonehaven Fireball Festival 31 December 2012 – 1 January 2013
Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire
An ancient procession through Stonehaven.
www.stonehavenfireballs.co.uk

The Ba 25 December 2012
Kirkwall, Orkney
Bonkers and wonderfully violent ball game involving nearly the whole town.
www.bagame.com
 
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