Brace yourself for an unforgettable spectacle! Watch and listen as traditional troops of bagpipes and drums perform against the dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Ths a unique and memorable celebration of music, dance and military pageantry. It will probably blow your socks off.
The World Pipe Band Championships are back at Glasgow Green in August. Two days of competition showcases the extraordinary ability of 8000 pipers and drummers taking part. Defending champions Inveraray and District will face bands from around the World as they compete to hang on to their crown.
A Viking themed festival that commemorates the Battle of Largs in 1263, between the Scottish King Alexander III and Norwegian King Håkon IV. Explore the living history Viking Village, see owl demonstrations and watch the famous battle re-enactment, burning of the long ship and fireworks display.
Celebrating is what we do really well in Scotland, and if there is one day of the year where you’ll hear a lot of noise from us, it’s St Andrew’s Day (30 November) when Scots and Scots-at-heart celebrate the patron saint of Scotland and our national day with a holiday and fantastic events, which showcase the very best of Scottish culture.
Up Helly Aa is many things to many people - throughout the day there are experiences a plenty to be had by all from the celebration of our history, the sight of the Guizer Jarl, his Jarl Squad marching through the town, followed by his galley to the evening party atmosphere in the halls.