Cultural in Lerwick

Up Helly Aa

Shetland's long Viking history has rubbed off in more ways than just street names and square-shouldered locals. Most villages have a fire festival, a continuation of Viking midwinter celebrations of the rebirth of t…
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.
Music in Shetland

Shetland Folk Festival

This four-day festival sees local and international folk musicians playing in various venues across Lerwick and beyond.
Sports in Braemar

Braemar Gathering

There are Highland games in many towns and villages throughout the summer, but the best known is the Braemar Gathering, which takes place on the first Saturday in September. It’s a major occasion, organised every ye…
Sports in Pitlochry

Étape Caledonia

This 85-mile charity cycling event brings competitors of all standards onto the beautiful Highland roads between Pitlochry and Tummel Bridge. It’s grown into a huge event, with more than 5000 participants; you’ll ha…
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 Stromness

Orkney Folk Festival

A four-day event in late May, with folk concerts, ceilidhs (evenings of traditional Scottish entertainment) and casual pub sessions. Stromness packs out, and late-night buses from Kirkwall are laid on. Book tickets …
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…