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Issue 67 - The Great Outdoors

Scotland Magazine Issue 67
February 2013


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The Great Outdoors

Scotland is simmering with annual events and activities for the keen visitor

Scotland is simmering with annual events and activities for the keen visitor, and things have taken on an outdoorsy focus in 2013 as Scotland celebrates its natural beauty and heritage. Here’s our pick of what’s on offer..

Aviemore Walking Festival
12-17 May 2013
Aviemore, Inverness-shire
The 11th year of the festival, which offers a variety of guided walks from gentle strolls to challenging high level mountain walks in the breathtaking Cairngorm Mountains.

The Fife Show
18 May 2013
Cupar, Fife
Agricultural show, with farm livestock, horse classes, vintage machinery and rural crafts

Orkney Folk Festival
23-26 May 2013
Stromness, Orkney
The 31st traditional music festival to be hosted on the islands, includes concerts, ceilidhs and dances at various venues.

Blair Atholl Gathering
25-26 May 2013
Blair Atholl, Perthshire
A unique spectacle set against the very recognisable backdrop of Blair Castle. The traditional Highland Games includes the annual inspection and parade of Europe’s last remaining private army.

Spirit of Speyside Festival
2-6 May 2013
Aberlour, Moray
Enjoy tastings, distillery visits, music and many other themed activities during this celebration of whisky in the heartland of its production.

Perth Festival of the Arts
16-26 May 2013
A 10 day festival of music of dance and drama including opera, classical, blues, rock and more.

Shetland Folk Festival
2-5 May 2013
Lerwick, Shetland
The largest and most eclectic music festival in the Shetland calendar. Concerts, dances, sessions and workshops are the order of the day, with a mixture of visiting and local artists, young and old involved from start to finish.

Traquair Shakespeare festival
25-26 May 2013
Innerleithen, Peeblesshire
A weekend of medieval entertainment and commemoration the battle of Flodden in 1513.

Arran Folk Festival
6-9 June 2013
Machrie, Isle of Arran
A weekend of concerts, ceilidhs and performing arts will bring the island to life.

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival
22-23 June 2013
Portsoy, Banffshire
A colourful celebration of Scotland’s maritime heritage, and associated traditional crafts including knitting, weaving and embroidery as well as music and art.

Royal Highland Show
20-23 June 2013
Ingliston, Edinburgh
Scotland’s premier country and agriculture show. Includes a variety of family-friendly entertainment, agricultural shows, trade stalls, exhibitions and more.

Edinburgh International Magic Festival
June 2013 (TBC)
Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Visually astounding and cutting edge magic from the most celebrated acts in the world.

Islay Festival of Malt and Music
24 May – 1 June 2013
Isle of Islay
Annual festival celebrating music and whisky in the Isle of Islay, with food events, live music, Gaelic lessons, songs, ceilidhs, fishing, whisky tasting and more.

Taste of Grampian
1 June 2013
Thainstone Centre, Inverurie
One-day food and drink festival allowing visitors to discover and sample the wide range of high quality food and drink from Aberdeen’s natural larder.

T in the Park
12-14 July 2013
Balado, Kinross
Scotland’s largest contemporary music festival. The biggest bands in the globe play for three days
across nine stages.

26-28 July 2013
One of the Highland’s foremost Celtic festivals, Speyfest offers a wonderful weekend of high quality traditional and modern music, concerts, late-night ceilidhs and Celtic rock.

Stonehaven Folk Festival
11-14 July 2013
A weekend of music, workshops, ceilidhs and events.

Wickerman Festival
26-27 July 2013
Dundrennan, Dumfries and Galloway
Alternative music festival culminating in the burning of a huge wicker effigy.

Callander Highland Games
27-28 July 2013
Callander, Perthshire
Traditional Highland Games with heavy events, Europe's strongest man contest and women's Highland games.

Edinburgh International Festival
9 August-1 September 2013
An unforgettable three-week programme of music, opera, theatre, dance and visual art. The sophisticated side of Edinburgh’s annual summer festival season.

Edinburgh International Book Festival
10-26 August 2013
From Nobel prize winners to emerging authors, there is something to delight every bookworm during this summer festival.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe
2-26 August 2013
The largest arts festival in the world, featuring an extensive programme of theatre, music, comedy and the arts.

Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo
2-24 August 2013
Military extravaganza with breathtaking displays of skill and precision, set against the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh castle.

Piping Live!
12-18 August 2013
Glasgow’s festival of piping offers workshops, masterclasses, ceilidhs, concerts and some amazing street performances.

20-21 September 2013
An intimate and eclectic music festival with an impressive line-up of artists.

Wigtown Book Festival
27 September – 6 October 2013
Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway
A 10 day literary celebration centred in Scotland’s National Book Town

Braemar Gathering
7 September 2013
Braemar, Aberdeenshire
Traditional Highland Gathering and sports event, the only gathering attended be members of the Royal Family.

New Lanark's Victorian Fair
TBC September 2013
New Lanark Mills, Lanark
Huge historic street fair with music, singing, craft stalls, horse and cart rides, fire eaters, clowns, Can Can dancers and lots more.

Scottish International
Storytelling Festival

25 October – 3 November 2013
A 10 day celebration of traditional storytelling, folk tales and the arts.

Shetland Accordian and
Fiddle Festival

10-14 October 2013
Lerwick, Shetland
Lively festival of concerts and dances taking place throughout the islands.

Glenfiddich Piping and
Fiddling Championships

26 October 2013
Blair Atholl, Perthshire
Annual piping and fiddling competitions taking place in the Ballroom at Blair Castle.

Autumn Fruit & Forest
7-27 October 2013
The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore
Cooking, tastings, fruit pressings and woodcraft demonstrations promise flavourful fun for all ages.

The Royal National Mod
11-19 October 2013
Stornoway, Lewis
Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival, celebrating its language and culture through music, dance drama and the arts.

Glasgow on Ice
TBC November 2012 - Jan 2014
Festive ice-skating in Glasgow’s historic George Square in the city centre.

Fiddle 2013
November 2013
George Street, Edinburgh
Held over three days, this exciting, fiddle-fuelled weekend includes concerts, recitals, workshops, talks, stalls, sessions, festival clubs, and ceilidhs.

Edinburgh’s Christmas
29 November 2013 – 6 January 2014
For six weeks over the festive season, Edinburgh hosts one of Europe’s finest Christmas festivals.

St Andrews Festival
30 November 2013
St Andrews, Fife
Celebrate Scotland’s patron saint at the eponymous town in Fife.

Aberdeen’s Winter Festival
November 2013 - February 2014
A packed programme of winter events including comedy, music, Christmas markets and fireworks.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay
29 December 2013 – 1 January 2014
Scotland’s premier new year’s eve celebrations.

Stonehaven Fireball Festival
31 December 2013 – 1 January 2014
Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire
Procession through the streets of Stonehaven whereby participants swing flaming fireballs above their heads.

The Ba
25 December 2013
Kirkwall, Orkney
Bonkers and wonderfully violent ball game involving nearly the whole town. Broken bones and broken windows abound.

For more information on events in
2013 visit:

For information on the great many Highland Games that take place across Scotland during the summer months, contact the Scotland Highland Games Association: