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The staging of large public events is increasing in importance for Scotland. LinkTours can take you to any of these events and bring you back.

2016 is the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. with events all over the country, from Glasgow International Comedy Festival, to Snowdrop Festival, Loch Fyne Food Fair, and The Open Golf Championship, find out what's on and we will help you make the most of your visit.

There are lots of other events the whole year round in Scotland - from the 31st of December, Hogmanay, celebrating the changing of the year, to the 1st of January - to the Science Festival, music festivals, book festivals, and of course the world's largest arts festival in Edinburgh.

Here are only some of the events and festivals taking place in Scotland throughout the year.

  • Up Helly Aa

    Takes place in the Shetland Isles, harking back to their Viking heritage and the fire festivals in the long dark nights of January.

  • Celtic Connections

    Glasgow's annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe.

  • Glasgow Short Film Festival

    Scotland's leading short film festival bringing together Scottish and international filmmakers.

  • Dumfries & Galloway Wild Spring Festival

    Featuring more than 70 wildlife events.

  • Islay Festival of Malt and Music

    A diverse programme featuring traditional music, ceilidhs, Gaelic lessons, golf, bowling and whisky tasting.

  • Edinburgh International Film Festival

    Renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema.

  • Glasgow International Jazz Festival

    Jazz Festivals - with performers from all over the world as well as many home grown talents in Glasgow, Edinburgh during July; around the country, such as the Isle of Bute in May, Lagavulin on the Isle of Islay and Lockerbie Jazz in September; and Dundee Jazz in November.

  • Mendelssohn on Mull

    Classical and opera festival on the Isle of Mull.

  • T in the Park

    A large music festival that takes place in Strathallan Castle, Perthshire, during the summer for a long weekend with bands and artistes from the world of pop, while those attending sleep in tents and enjoy being friendly.

  • Hebridean Celtic Festival

    Award winning HebCelt celebrating traditional folk and Celtic music on the Scottish Hebridean island of Lewis.

  • The Wickerman Festival

    Music festival in the beautiful setting of Dumfries & Galloway, southwest Scotland.

  • The Royal Military Tattoo

    The Tattoo takes place on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. It has the massed Pipes and Drums of many regiments as well as performers from many countries.

  • The Edinburgh Fringe

    The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place in Scotland's capital city.

  • The World Pipe Band Championship

    Held in Glasgow with bands from all over the world this year there are 150 nations at 200 events.

  • Edinburgh International Book Festival

    Book Festivals - you could wander Scotland from book festival to book festival nearly the whole year, travelling to every corner of Scotland, taking in the Island of Colonsay in April, Ullapool in May, Borders in June, Edinburgh in August, Wigtown in September, and Dundee in October.

  • The Edinburgh Mela

    This is an annual multi-cultural festival, one of the 12 in Edinburgh that forms 'the Festival' and usually ends the season with colour and music.

  • Braemar Gathering

    All around the country where strong men show off strength and skills - as in picking up and throwing trees (known as tossing the caber), to children showing their dance steps in the traditional highland dancing, to bagpipe playing and bands marching in competition before the season culminates in the Braemar Highland Games and has the possibility of the UK Royals attending at the beginning of September.

  • Doors Open Days

    Every September, throughout Scotland, Doors Open Days gives free access to places normally closed to the public.

  • Scottish International Storytelling Festival

    A feast of traditional and contemporary storytelling for adults and young people.

  • Edinburgh Art Fair

    Bringing together 60+ galleries from throughout the UK and abroad to showcase the work of hundreds of artists from around the world.

  • Edinburgh's Hogmany (31st December)

    The home of Hogmanay leads the nation's celebrations.