What's on in and around Loch Lomond, Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh in the heart of Scotland
Every Saturday throughout summer
Loch Lomond Flea Market at Lomond Galleries
• Every Saturday - 10 am until 3 pm
• Up to 200 Stalls
• FREE to public
• Toilets on site
• Café on site
Traders, Antique & Vintage Sellers, and Car Booters are most welcome!
Sunday 7th 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 3rd August
Killin Highland Games
Breadalbane Park, Killin
Friday 5th to Monday 29th 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 worlds greatest artists, orchestras and companies.
Friday 5th to Monday 29th 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.
Monday 8th to Sunday 14th 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 12th August
The Glorious Twelfth sees the start of the grouse shooting season!
Friday 12th and Saturday 13th 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 20th August
Celtic Rainforest Workshop - Rhododendron Carving
Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Visitor Centre, Balmaha 1000-1600
Learn about Scotland’s unique Celtic rainforest by helping us to pull up the enemy, the rhododendron! Then get creative and make your own carved objects from Rhododendron to take away at the end of the day. Limited spaces available, booking essential. More details on 01786 478509 or email email@example.com
Saturday 20th August
Stirling Highland Games
Stirling Games Field, Stirling 1030 - 1730
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.
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August
Kippen Heritage Trail - 1400 - 1700
Come along to Kippen Reading Room on the Main Street to browse through a century of photographs. Learn about the curling club's successes and about the game of summer ice.
Enjoy a quick visit to centuries-old smiddy at Kippen Cross.
Be surprised that Kippen had a busy boat yard - the equipment can still be seen at Shirgarton.
These destinations can all be viewed over the weekend of 20th and 21st August for no charge.
Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th 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
Friday 26th August to Sunday 11th September
The Trossachs Beer Festival, Lade Inn, Kilmahog, Callander
Come along and enjoy a selection of locally produced Scottish real ales at our 2016 Trossachs Ale Festival. We will have an excellent selection to choose from plus fabulous food in our restaurant and live Scottish Folk Music on Friday and Saturday nights.
Friday 26th to Saturday 27th August
Great Scottish Swim
Europe's biggest open-water swimming series with over 2,000 participants expected comes to Loch Lomond!
Choose from ½ mile, 1 mile, 2 mile, 5 km or 10km courses
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
Loch Lomond Farmers Markets
Popular farmers' markets at Loch Lomond Scotland - Farmers' markets and farm shops are becoming increasingly popular places to buy and try local produce. Farmers' markets are helping locals and visitors to the National Park to meet local farmers and producers. For better fresher Scottish produce, support local farmers and producers and visit Loch Lomond Farmers' Markets..
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 at the Drovers Inn, Ardlui
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