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Scotland's Highland Games & Gatherings in 2023 

Plan your participation at this year's Higland Games. From North Uist on the Westen Isles to Aberdeen on the North Sea, from Ayr to John O'Groats there are over 70 events across Scotland throughout the Summer, starting in May and ending in September. All the Games and Gatherings vary in size and importance but they all offer a unique experience of what Scotland has best to offer.

There is in interactive map to help you identify each event's location. Each event is listed by date and contains location address, ticket pricing and a link to the event's website so you can keep updated on those of interest to you.

Please be aware that there is still missing informtion for some events and this will be updated as it becomes available. 

Let the Games begin...

August 12, 2023

Piping Live

A week long event (12th - 20th August)

July 21, 2023


A Festival specializing in the best traditional and contemporary Celtic music in Fochabers in Moray - includes fringe events, workshops and Ceilidhs. First edition 1995

July 12, 2023

Hebridean Celtic Festival (HebCelt) - Fèis Cheilteach Innse Gall

The pre-eminent Celtic and Gaelic culture Summer festival held at Lews Castle in Stornoway on the Ilse of Lewis. First edition 1996 is held over 4 days

July 7, 2023

Tiree Music Festival

One of Scotland's most iconic festivals on the small West Coast Isle of Tiree ( known as the "Hawaii of the North")

July 7, 2023

Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music and Dance Festival

A folk and dance festival created in 2014 by Nathon & Rhona Jones set in beautiful Dumfries & Galloway.

July 7, 2023

Stonehaven Folk Festival

In its 33rd year this Festival runs over 3 days with main headline acts in the Town Hall but with many fringe events and ceilidhs

June 9, 2023

Arran Folk Festival

A 3 day festival focusing on essentially Scottish and Gaelic folk music. It takes place in several location in and around Brodick.

May 11, 2023

Skye Live Festival

The Festival takes place over 3 days on Am Meall (known locally as The Lump) in Portree, Isle of Skye. Am Meall is a unique peninsula overlooking Portree Harbour

April 28, 2023

Edinburgh Tradfest

An International traditional music festival spread over a 10 day period and across multiple venues in Edinburgh. It emerged in 2013 with its roots in the Edinburgh Folk Festival.

April 28, 2023

Girvan Traditional Folk Festival

One of Scotland's oldest Folk Festivals with first edition in 1975. Usually spread over 4 days

April 20, 2023

Mull Music Festival

The Mull Music Festival occurs over 4 days and takes place largely in Mull’s public houses spread around the island. It calls itself the "best free music festival in the World"

January 19, 2023

Celtic Connections

First Edition 1993 - Scotland's premier Folk and Celtic Music Festival spread over 2-3 weeks with daily events spread over Glasgow's music venues

June Highland Games
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