9 events You Can’t Miss If Visiting Scotland in 2018

9 events You Can’t Miss If Visiting Scotland in 2018

9 events You Can't Miss If Visiting Scotland in 2018

9 events You Can’t Miss If Visiting Scotland in 2018

There are so many things to do and see when you visit Scotland. Every year there’s a host of dynamic events and celebrations that bring to life Scotland’s rich heritage and culture. If you’ve never been here, now’s your time to visit Scotland and see what she has to offer. Rugged wildlife, whisky, warmth and hospitality are just a few words you’d associate with the Scots, so it’s no wonder a must visit 2018 destination is Scotland. Visit Scotland in 2018 and immerse yourself into the Scottish way of being from its annual festivals like the Edinburgh Military Tattoo to popular sports events matches such as the 6 Nations. We choose 9 events You Can’t Miss If Visiting Scotland in 2018:

1. The 6 Nations – Scotland vs. England

Given the country’s long history with rugby, it seems only right for the national Scottish rugby team to play at home against one of its number one rivals, England. Saturday 24 February 2018 will see Scottish and English fans gathering in the streets, pubs, and of course at the BT Murrayfield Stadium in hope for a win.

When it comes to the perfect match day atmosphere on the rugby pitch, Edinburgh trumps, so why not gather your fellow rugby supporter friends and head to this historic Scottish city for what can only be described as one of the number one rugby matches of 2018.

The 6 Nations

2. Burns’ Night

Esteemed Scottish poet Robert Burns, who was most famous for penning Auld Lang Syne, is remembered every year in January. If you happen to be travelling about on January 25 2018, check out what’s on in Scotland and you’ll surely find numerous nighttime celebrations commemorating the late Scottish bard and his work with dancing, drinking, poem reciting, singing and eating the Burns’ supper, which of course includes the Scottish delicacy, haggis. The merriment is then aptly finished off with a lively linked arms rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

3. Scotland’s Highland Games

A unique combination of local passionate communities, international athletes, and visitors from far and wide make for a great family-friendly day out at Scotland’s Highland Games.

Tug-o-war, hammer throw, caber toss, track and field events, Highland dance competitions and piping are part and parcel of just a few of the things you can expect to see at the Highland Games.

Located amongst a spectacular Scottish backdrop, the Highland Games take place every weekend throughout the summer months from May to September across the country. The Highland Games is a test of speed, strength and endurance, and in true Scottish fashion, there’s no shortage of kilts, bagpipes and music.

Scotland Highland games

4. The Edinburgh Military Tattoo 

The Edinburgh Tattoo Festival is an annual sellout event that attracts people from all over the world to join in the city’s festivities. Precision displays, music and dancing galore, military bands, singers and cultural troupes to name a few perform against the impressive backdrop of the iconic Edinburgh Castle.

Having attracted more than 14 million people over the years, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo is worth checking out at least once, as not one tattoo is the same. The 2018 Edinburgh Tattoo will take place August 3-25 at numerous venues across the city – what’s it going to be?

The Edinburgh Tattoo Festival

5. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

As the Edinburgh Tattoo comes to an end another festival commences. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is where creative freedom comes to life. From August 3 to August 25 2018, you’ll be able to explore endless creative performances across 300 venues in the Scottish capital. Labeled the largest arts festival of its kind in the world, this is where big names in the entertainment industry and the lesser known emerging artists looking for career breaks meet.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is worth checking out if visiting Scotland in the late summer. Bring the entire family or come with a group of friends – it caters to everyone and showcases an exciting range of comedy, theatre, physical theatre, dance, cabaret, circus, musicals, opera, exhibitions, children’s shows and more.

Man with saxophone outside near the brick wal

6. Runrig – The Final Show

Runrig would have to be one of Scotland’s most famous bands, but after 45 successful years in the music business, the esteemed Scottish rock band has finally decided to perform its very last show much to the disappointment of its fans. With years of success, it’d be a shame to miss out on what can only be described as a stellar and emotional performance, so if you enjoy rock music with a bit of a Gaelic twist, make sure you head to Stirling, Scotland in August 2018 to watch Runrig perform live at their aptly named show – The Last Dance.

Runring

7. The Braemar Gathering

Visit Scotland in September and witness probably the world’s most famous and celebrated Highland Games ever. The Braemar Gathering is a royal affair, and there’s always bound to be a few members of the royal family flitting about.

Fabulous pipe playing, highland dancing, and all the usual traditional Highland games events, this is the perfect way to wind up your summer stay in Scotland.

scotland pipe band

8. The Glasgow Whisky Festival

You can’t visit Scotland without attending one of its many whisky festivals. They’re all great obviously, but if you happen to visit Scotland in November, the Glasgow whisky festival is a must!

At the Glasgow whisky festival you’ll see whisky connoisseurs and novices alike celebrate the country’s most famous export. Learn the whisky basics, sample some of Scotland’s best whiskys, participate in whisky tastings, compete in whisky nose off competitions (yes, there’s such a thing!) and much more while listening to some of Scotland’s best bands play in the background.

The Glasgow Whisky Festival

9. The Edinburgh Hogmanay Party

As soon as midnight strikes during the New Year celebrations in Edinburgh, the city’s seven hills become alight with candles. Strangers hug and kiss, and the friendly revellers burst into song, singing Auld Lang Syne.

Four days of festivities mark the world’s largest and most popular New Year’s party. If you love to bring in the New Year with a truly festive spirit, the Edinburgh Hogmanay Party is a not-to-be-missed Scottish event.

With a distinct carnival feel, people pour into the streets to celebrate the Edinburgh Hogmanay Party in style. Street theatre performances, spectacular fireworks displays, a torchlight procession and a host of other exciting indoor and outdoor events are just a few things you’ll get to experience at the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations in 2018 and beyond.

Edinburgh Castle Fireworks

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