Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Scotland

The Royal Mile is liveliest during the Edinburgh Festival.
  • 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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2016

May 2:  Early May Bank Holiday

May 30:  Spring Bank Holiday

June 15–26:  Edinburgh International Film Festival

June 23–26:  Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh (Scottish-flavored county fair)

August 1:  Summer Bank Holiday

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

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

August:  Edinburgh Fringe Festival (offbeat theater and comedy)

August 25–27:  Cowal Highland Gathering, west of Glasgow in Dunoon

September 3:  Braemar Gathering, north of Pitlochry

October 14–22: Royal National Mòd, Western Isles (Gaelic cultural festival)

November 5:  Guy Fawkes Night (fireworks, bonfires, effigy-burning of 1605 traitor Guy Fawkes)

November 30:  St. Andrew's Day (national day; ceilidh dancing and other cultural events; bank-holiday closures)

December 24–26:  Christmas holidays (closures)

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

2017

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 14–16:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Sunday; closures)

May 1:  Early May Bank Holiday

May 29:  Spring Bank Holiday