What's on in and around Loch Lomond, Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh in the heart of Scotland
Wednesday 1st August
Killin Highland Games
Breadalbane Park, Killin
Friday 3rd to Monday 27th August
Edinburgh International Festival
The Edinburgh International Festival is one of the most exciting Arts Festivals in the world. Three weeks of outstanding performances from the world's greatest artists, orchestras and companies.
Friday 3rd to Monday 27th August
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of the most exciting arts festivals in the world. Three weeks of outstanding performances from the world's greatest artists, orchestras and companies.
Sunday 5th August
Bridge Of Allan Highland Games
Games Park, Bridge of Allan
Highland games with running, cycling, heavy events, light field events, Highland dancing and wrestling. In excess of 50 pipe bands anticipated, with a Massed Pipe Band finale. Bridge of Allan is one of Scotland's premier Highland Games attracting crowds of between 10,000 and 15,000
Wednesday 8th to Sunday 12th August
European Championships - Open Water Swimming
As part of the multi-sport event, the open air swimming events will be held in Loch Lomond. Admission free, no ticket required.
Wednesday 8th 0915-1215 - Men and Women 5 km
Thursday 9th 0915-1215 - Men and Women 10 km
Saturday 11th 1045-1215 - Team Event 5 km race
Sunday 12th 0845-1515 - Men and Women 25 km
Sunday 12th August
The Glorious Twelfth sees the start of the grouse shooting season! Due to shooting laws, it is forbidden to shoot on Sundays, therefore the Glorious Twelfth will be celebrated on Monday 13th.
Monday 13th to Sunday 19th August
Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival
The Piping Live! festival began in 2004. It features some of the biggest names in Scottish and international piping, in outdoor spaces and venues throughout Glasgow.
Friday 17th and Saturday 18th August
World Pipe Band Championships
Glasgow Green, Glasgow
The biggest event in any piping fan's calendar is certainly the annual World Pipe Band Championships, affectionately known as The Worlds. The event has had a long association with Glasgow, and for many years has been bringing top flight international piping competition and a wonderfully entertaining event to the city.
Saturday 18th August
Stirling Highland Games
Stirling Games Field, Stirling 10:30 - 17:00
Games full of thrills, excitement and spectacle. There's pipe bands, solo piping and Highland dancing. There's competitions - heavyweights, tug o' war and backhold wrestling.
Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th August
Cowal Highland Gathering
Dunoon Stadium, Dunoon
Come to the Cowal Highland Gathering and be part of the biggest, most spectacular Highland games in the world. Around 23,000 people visit every year to soak up the unique, friendly atmosphere and stunning Highland location.
Cheer on the competitors as they battle it out for championship titles. Watch Highland dancing, pipe bands, wrestling, heavy athletics, solo piping and drum majors or enjoy ceilidh music, children’s entertainment, a fun run and local food. There’s something for all the family. And don’t miss the salute to the Chieftain. Tel: 01369 703206 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 25th August
Great Scottish Swim
Europe's biggest open-water swimming series with over 2,000 participants expected comes to Loch Lomond!
Choose from mini 250 (250 metres), ½ mile, 1 mile, 2 mile, 5 km or 10km courses
Saturday 25th August
The Inn on Loch Lomond
Family Festival 12pm - 4pm
The Wallace Monument Stirling
From April to September the Wallace Monument by Stirling holds live performances by costumed actors – bringing Sir William Wallace and the characters of his time to life. Listen to the story of The Battle of Stirling Bridge, or even have your photograph taken with a Scottish warrior from the 14th Century! Presentations take place between 11.15am and 3.30pm each day on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays (and at weekends only from October until December, and during February and March).
For events at the Wallace National Monument, click here
Farmers' Markets in and near Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
Why not look out for local produce from our farmers and artisans at Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch and at many other places.
Loch Lomond Car Boot Sales
If you are looking for a bargain and a good day out, why not visit a car boot sale at Loch Lomond and surrounding area. Car boot sales are a popular way of disposing of those unwanted items and a great way of bargain hunting.
Live Music Loch Lomond
Regular live music in the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.
Scottish Castles : Historic Scotland
There are many famous Scottish Castles in central Scotland. Check out what special events they are hosting this season.
Mugdock Castle and Country Park
Local Tourist Information Centres
Open all year unless stated
Aberfoyle Information Centre, Main Street, Aberfoyle FK8 3UQ 01877 382352
Balloch Information Centre, The Old Station Building, Balloch G83 8LQ 01389 753533
Callander Information Centre, 52-54 Main Street, Callander FK17 8BD 01877 330342
Dunoon Information Centre, 7 Alexandra Parade, Dunoon PA23 8AB 01369 703785
Falkirk Information Centre, The Falkirk Wheel, Lime Road, Tamfourhill, Falkirk FK1 4RS 01324 620244
Glasgow Airport Information Centre, Domestic Arrivals, Glasgow International Airport PA23 2ST 0141 848 4440
Glasgow Information Centre, 220 Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 2FF 0845 859 1006
Inveraray Information Centre, Front Street, Inveraray PA32 8UY 01499 302063
Stirling Pirnhall Information Centre, M9 Motorway Services Area, Pirnhall Roundabout, Stirling FK7 8ET 01786 814111
Stirling Information Centre, Old Town Jail, St John Street, Stirling FK8 1EA 01786 475019
Tyndrum Information Centre (open Apr-Oct), Main Street, Tyndrum FK20 8RY 01838 400246