What's on in and around Loch Lomond, Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh in the heart of Scotland
Friday 3rd - Sunday 26th June
West End Festival, Glasgow
Having started off as a small local festival centred around Byres Road, this has now grown to become one of the biggest cultural events in Glasgow's calendar.
Saturday 4th June
Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games
The Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games are one of the first games of the year and this year they will be held at Helensburgh Rugby Club, Rhu Road Higher, Helensburgh G84 8JZ
Saturday 4th June
Bobath Scotland Dragon Boat Challenge, Balloch Country Park
Dragon boating is a fun filled, adrenaline pumping, water sports event where teams race their dragons in a series of timed races. Ideal for experienced crews and complete beginners alike – from age 12 upwards – boats and full training are provided. All you need is fifteen colleagues, friends or relatives, a desire to help a great cause with fancy dress optional!
The day is all about team building and competition, with each team getting a guaranteed three timed races in the qualifying rounds. Music, running commentary and leader board updates throughout the day add to the excitement and amazing atmosphere, which culminates in a grand final and awards ceremony.
Saturday 4th June
Popular athletics event with multi-terrain surfaces - tarmac, forest path, farm track and open grassland. Begins at 11am from the Buchanan Monument
Sunday 5th June
Killearn Country Market, Killearn Village Hall
Local Produce and Crafts. 1pm - 4pm.
Saturday 11th June
Bearsden & Milngavie Highland Games
Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th June
Route follows the Great Glen Way and the West Highland Way from Gairlochy to Strathfillan - 54 miles in 24 hours. The walk of your life!
Wednesday 15th to Sunday 26th June
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Established in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema, and for heralding and debating changes in global film making. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history.
Saturday, June 18th
The second 'Weirfest' will be held at the Tom Weir statue site, Balmaha
Thursday 23rd - Sunday 26th June
Royal Highland Show
Royal Highland Centre, Islington, Edinburgh
We’ve been trying to capture what people love most about the Show and haven’t managed it! That's because no one single thing makes it special. What does is that it offers an eclectic mix of the expected and unexpected that keeps the thousands who flock here each year coming back year after year. For those who think it’s just cows and combine harvesters, then what can we say? Be prepared for an experience like no other. We guarantee that if you come you'll be back year after year.
Saturday 18th June
Luss Open Water Swim Festival
Milarrochy Bay, Loch Lomond
Set in the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond is the largest body of freshwater in mainland Britain. The scenery is unrivalled and an excellent location to enjoy open water swimming. This event will include 1, 2 and 3 km swims.
Saturday 18th June
The Martin Currie Rob Roy Challenge
Test your limits and battle the elements along the spectacular Rob Roy Way: this thrilling challenge runs through some of Scotland’s most historic and stunning countryside, covering 16 miles on foot from Drymen, then a further 39 miles on bike. Cross the finish line at Kenmore and join an unforgettable night of food, dancing and celebration.
Launched in 2006, the Rob Roy Challenge has raised a staggering £2.7 million and is one of Scotland’s most successful fundraising events. To find out more and register go to the Rob Roy Challenge website.
From Wednesday 22nd June
Glasgow International Jazz Festival
Sunday 26th June
Walk for Whales
A 5 mile, family friendly walk from Sea Life Centre, Loch Lomond
Scottish Farmers' Markets at Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch
1st and 3rd Sundays of each month
Perhaps the most panoramic situation of any market in Scotland. Featuring around 30 regular stallholders ranging from cheese and chocolate makers through to producers of organic eggs, beef, lamb, pork, home made soup, smoked foods, seafood, jams, confectionery and home baking. Entry to the Farmers’ Market is free. Open 10 am till 3.30 pm.
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