Sports in Melrose

Melrose Rugby Sevens

Rugby followers fill the town to see this famous one-day sevens competition.
Cultural in Jedburgh

Jethart Callant's Festival

This two-week cavalcade recalls the perilous time when people rode out on horseback checking for English incursions. It's perhaps the most notable of the Common Riding festivals of the Borders. There are various rid…
Art in Kirkcudbright

Art & Crafts Trail

Each year the town revels in a four-day community artistic extravaganza with a theme that changes annually. There's something quirky – sculpture, music, handcraft workshops – going on all over the place in numerous …
Cultural in Ayr

Burns an' a' That

This festival encompasses several events that take place throughout the year. There's a bit of everything, from wine tasting and horse racing to concerts, some of it Burns related. Burnsfest is the major live-music …
Cultural in Largs

Largs Viking Festival

This festival celebrates the Battle of Largs and the end of Viking political domination in Scotland. The highlights are the authentic Viking village peopled by costumed locals and the re-enactment of the battle, com…
Literature in Wigtown

Wigtown Book Festival

This major 10-day book festival is held in Wigtown. As well as events with writers, there's a poetry competition and programs for children and young adults.
Literature in Melrose

Borders Book Festival

This book festival is run in Melrose over four days at Harmony House, a 19th-century mansion in a pretty garden.
Cultural in Borders Region

Scottish Borders Walking Festival

Look out for the Scottish Borders Walking Festival, with seven days of walks for all abilities and an instant social scene. You can book the walks online.
Music in Kirkcudbright

Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival

Four days of swing, trad and dixie across several venues.