Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Scotland

The Royal Mile is liveliest during the Edinburgh Festival (August).
  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival’s website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, contact the Visit Britain office.
  • This list includes major festivals in Edinburgh, plus national holidays observed throughout Scotland. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn’t a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.
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November 5:  Guy Fawkes Night (fireworks, bonfires, effigy-burning of 1605 traitor Guy Fawkes)

November 30:  St. Andrew’s Day

December 1:  St. Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (closures)

December 24–26:  Christmas holidays (closures)

December 31–January 2:  Hogmanay (Scottish New Year’s, with music, street theater, carnival)


January 1:  New Year’s Day (closures)

January 2:  New Year’s Holiday (closures)

January 25:  Burns’ Night (poetry readings, haggis...whisky)

April 3–5:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Sunday; closures)

May 4:  Early May Bank Holiday

May 25:  Spring Bank Holiday

June 18–21:  Royal Highland Show (Scottish-flavored county fair, Edinburgh)

August 3:  Summer Bank Holiday

August:  Edinburgh Military Tattoo (massing of military bands, Edinburgh)

August:  Edinburgh International Festival (music, dance, shows)

August:  Edinburgh Fringe Festival (offbeat theater and comedy)