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Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Scotland

Street performer, Edinburgh, 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, see the sites for Visit Scotland and Visit Britain.
  • 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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2022

June 2:  Spring Bank Holiday

June 18–19:  Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, Portsoy (east of Inverness)

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

July 22–24:  Rewind Festival, Perth (themed venues and musical performances)

August 1:  Summer Bank Holiday

August 5–27:  Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh (massing of military bands)

August 5–29:  Edinburgh International Festival (music, dance, shows)

August 5–29:  Edinburgh Fringe Festival (offbeat theater and comedy)

August 12–20:  Edinburgh International Film Festival

August 13–29:  Edinburgh International Book Festival

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

August 27–September 4:  Largs Viking Festival (west of Glasgow)

September 3:  Braemar Gathering, north of Pitlochry

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

October 14–31:  Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Edinburgh

November 5:  Bonfire Night (a.k.a. Guy Fawkes Night; fireworks, bonfires, effigy-burning of 1605 traitor Guy Fawkes)

November 11:  Remembrance Sunday (two minutes of silence at 11:00 to remember WWI dead, people wear poppies on lapels)

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

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


2023

January 1–2:  New Year's Day and New Year's Holiday (continued Hogmanay celebrations; closures)

January 25:  Burns' Night (poetry readings, haggis…whisky)

January 31:  Up Helly Aa, Shetland Islands (Viking-inspired festival with torch processions and a burning galley)

April 7–April 9:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Sunday; closures)

April 8–23 (likely): Edinburgh Science Festival

April 30:  Beltane Fire Festival, Edinburgh (dancing, bonfire)

May 1:  Early May Bank Holiday

May 29:  Spring Bank Holiday