Music in Islay

Fèis Ìle

A weeklong celebration of traditional Scottish music and whisky. Events include ceilidhs (evenings of traditional Scottish entertainment), pipe-band performances, distillery tours, barbecues and whisky tastings. The…
Sports in Arran

Arran Mountain Festival

This four-day event offers a wide range of walking and climbing activities led by experienced mountain guides, with events for all abilities. Most cost between £15 and £25 and can be booked online.
Sports in Seil

World Stone-Skimming Championships

Anyone who fancies their hand at ducks and drakes should try to attend a flooded slate quarry in Easdale on a Sunday in late September. There's no use boasting about the number of skips: once it's hit the water a mi…
Music in Tiree

Tiree Music Festival

Held over a weekend in mid-July, this is a very likeable festival with a range of folksy, bluesy and rootsy music. They like to keep it small so limit the capacity; book ahead. Campsites are set up around the festiv…
Sports in Tiree

Tiree Wave Classic

Reliable wind and big waves have made Tiree one of Scotland’s top windsurfing venues. The annual Tiree Wave Classic competition has been held here since 1986, making it one of the world's longest-standing windsurfin…
Music in Bute


Held at Ettrick Bay and Rothesay over a weekend, this recently inaugurated music festival brings an eclectic lineup of styles to the island of Bute. Numerous bands and a family-friendly atmosphere make it a winner.
Beer in Inveraray


Held over three days by the Fyne Ales brewery, this family-friendly festival has craft beer from around the world, quality food stalls and bands. What's not to like?
Cultural in Dunoon

Cowal Highland Gathering

One of the closest Highland Games to the southern cities, this Dunoon extravaganza is held in late August. The spectacular finale features more than 1000 bagpipers saluting the chieftain.
Music in Brodick

Arran Folk Festival

A three-day festival with concerts and great atmosphere in Brodick. Free daytime sessions are usually in the Douglas hotel, with evening concerts (tickets around £20) in Brodick Hall.
Music in Mull

Mull Music Festival

Four days of foot-stomping traditional Scottish and Irish folk music at Tobermory’s pubs.