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Issue 80 - What's On

Scotland Magazine Issue 80
April 2015


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What's On

There's a Highland Nip in the air

Now incorporating gin, NIP is a natural progression from the organisers of the hugely successful Inverness Whisky Festival. With a carefully curated programme of tastings and exhibitions at various locations, it incorporates many of the festival's best-loved events, such as the legendary Inverness Whisky Tour, along with exciting new additions such as bespoke masterclasses from whisky expert Charles MacLean, gin expert Brook Magnanti, and craft brewer David MacDonald.

The five days will culminate at a gala exhibition held at the award-winning Bogbain Farm and with some of Scotland's most forward-thinking distillers and industry leaders in attendance, this promises to be an unforgettable celebration of artisan gin and craft whisky.

A limited number of tickets have been released for the boutique tasting sessions and masterclasses, and will be available at
7 – 11 April Inverness 

Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival
The Highland and Islands Music and Dance Festival began in 1984 with the purpose of encouraging young talent to participate in and develop traditional skills. It has proved an enormous success and now offers 125 competition classes in ten disciplines including piping, accordion, fiddle, clàrsach, piano, recorder, singing, Highland dancing and choreography
1 May Oban, Argyll 

Gardening Scotland
Scotland's inspirational gardening and outdoor living show with over 400 exhibitions of home and gardening accessories, craft marquee, food theatre and fayre.
29 – 31 May Ingliston, Edinburgh

• Paisley Beer AND Food Festival
23 – 26 April, Glasgow
Artisan beer and ale in historic town.

• Loch Fyne Food Fair
16 – 17 May, Cairndow, Argyll
Stands, producers and live music celebrating the culinary best of the west.

• Ayr County Show
9 May, The Racecourse, Ayr
Family entertainment, competitions and exhibitions.

• Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair
17 May, Fochabers
Trade stands, food court and Highland Games.

• Orkney Folk Festival
21 – 24 May, Orkney
Music across the islands.

• Spring Fling
23 – 25 May, Dumfries & Galloway
Arts, Crafts and Studio Events.

• Mhor Festival
23 – 24 May, Balquhidder
Scotch Whisky Festival and a Great Scottish Feast.

• Clan Hannay 2015 Gathering
27 – 31 May, Newton Stewart
Six day clan celebration at Sorbie Tower.