What's hot in Scotland this summer

Tuesday 13 February 2018

There are so many amazing events taking place in Scotland this summer, we thought they deserved their own blog post. From the world-famous Edinburgh Festivals to a real ale festival, Scotland has your summer fun sorted...

The colourfully painted Dazzle Ship, part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2016
Ciara Phillips' Dazzle Ship Scotland Every Woman, co-commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and 14-18 NOW, as part of EAF's 2016 Commissions Programme. Photo Ross McLean

The Scottish Real Ale Festival (7-9 July 2016)

Raise a glass to some of Scotland’s finest brews at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange. You’ll have your pick of more than 170 real ales from the best breweries in the country, from Black Wolf’s Nevis - ‘A mountain of a beer’ - to Nessie’s Monster Mash by Cairngorm Brewery, a classic bitter with a strong malt flavour. To top it all off, there’ll be entertainment from traditional folk singers and pipe bands.

Scottish Open Inverness (7-10 July 2016)

View from Castle Stuart Golf Club onto the Moray Firth
View from Castle Stuart Golf Links onto the Moray Firth 

This historic golf tournament in Inverness is the last chance for PGA European Tour players to qualify for even more historic championship, The Open. It takes place in the Highlands at Castle Stuart Golf Links, overlooking the Moray Firth. Spectators: it’s the perfect excuse to don some of that lovely Scottish tartan!

10 new galleries at National Museum of Scotland (8 July 2016)

New fashion exhibition at National Museum of Scotland, featuring a mannequin in the foreground in tartan
National Museum of Scotland. Photo Stewart Attwood

This innovative design, science and technology museum in Edinburgh is celebrating the opening of an amazing 10 new galleries with a day of live music and events going on inside and out. Have a pedal on the Science Busking Bike, power a lightbulb on a giant hamster wheel or design your own catwalk fashion. The 10 new galleries being unveiled will feature a 3D print of a human brain and a metal dress by Paco Rabanne.

Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival (15-24 July 2016)

This huge live music festival in the Scottish capital is a must for jazz and blues fans. Whether you’ve got the Mississippi blues or can’t get enough of classic 1920s jazz, you’ll be enthralled by this programme of free and ticketed live shows. This year’s line-up includes singer-saxophonist Curtis Stigers, soulful bass player Lisa Mann and many, many more.

Edinburgh Art Festival ( 28 July-28 August 2016)

The UK’s largest festival of visual art features around 40 exhibitions at more than 20 venues - most of them free. There are also late-night openings, artist talks, themed walks, film clubs and creative workshops. And be sure to check out the colourfully printed Dazzle Ship, best viewed from Ocean Drive and Prince of Wales Dock. The ship’s Every Woman design is by Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (5-7 August 2016)

Scottish military regiment with bagpipes in front of Edinburgh Castle
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Greatest Show on Earth’ is legendary in its magnificence and scale, staging performances by military bands from across the globe. Edinburgh Castle offers the perfect dramatic backdrop to the military dance, music and precision displays. This year, there’ll be a special tribute celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday. And pick up our Royal Edinburgh Ticket to explore attractions including Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyrood House and Royal Yacht Britannia.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe (5-29 August 2016)

Street performer on a bike on the Royal Mile, for Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 

The largest arts festival in the world is unlike anything you’ll ever have experienced. Every August the whole city of Edinburgh is taken over by thousands of colourful performers staging theatre, comedy, musicals, spoken word, street circus and everything in between. The joy comes not just in watching your favourite big name acts but also in seeing up-and-coming stars braving their very first shows.


Exploring Edinburgh: To get yourself orientated in the Scottish capital, book a tour. The City Sightseeing Edinburgh Bus Tour offers you the flexibility of a hop-on-hop-off service, whilst the Harry Potter Tour of Edinburgh gives fans of the boy wizard a magical introduction to the city.

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