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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This unique event that draws crowds (and performers) from all over the world with massed pipes and drums, massed military bands, display teams, dancers and the haunting lament of the Lone Piper set against the magnificent backcloth of Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Castle

Fri 1 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

Sat 2 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

Sun 3 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

…and 20 more dates until 23 Aug

Fringe by the Sea

With a spot of sea air and an entertaining line-up of music, comedy, theatre, film, author and children’s events, North Berwick's multi-arts festival offers a respite from the madness of Edinburgh in festival season.

Various Venues, North Berwick

Mon 4 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01620 890787

Tue 5 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01620 890787

Wed 6 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01620 890787

…and 4 more dates until 10 Aug

Haddington Festival

A local festival with a range of activities and musical concerts, exhibitions, craft fairs and a daily café and sporting competitions.

Various venues: Haddington

Fri 30 May

Times & prices vary / 01620 824816

Sat 31 May

Times & prices vary / 01620 824816

Sun 1 Jun

Times & prices vary / 01620 824816

…and 7 more dates until 8 Jun

TMSA Keith Festival

Traditional music, song, poetry and dance across a platform of competitions and spectator events, ending with a Farewell Concert/Ceilidh to leave revellers with fond memories and the desire to return next year.

Various Venues, Keith

Fri 6 Jun

Times & prices vary

Sat 7 Jun

Times & prices vary

Sun 8 Jun

Times & prices vary

Millport Country & Western Festival

A rootin' tootin' weekend of free country and western gigs across several venues on the Isle of Cumbrae. Past acts on the billing have included Lazy Dog and Carson City.

Various Venues, Millport

Fri 5 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sat 6 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sun 7 Sep

Times & prices vary

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Northern Streams

A celebration of Nordic and British traditional music, song and dance bringing together top and emerging artists from Scandinavia, Scotland and beyond to Edinburgh on an annual basis. This year's programme includes Storm Weather Shanty Choir, Maggie Adamson & Brian Nicholson and Kristin Borgehed & Nathan Bissette.

Grassmarket Community Project, Edinburgh

Fri 25 Apr

Times & prices vary / 07866 611954

Sat 26 Apr

Times & prices vary / 07866 611954

Auchtermuchty Festival

Traditional music and folk are the focusses of this festival, which offers ceilidhs, concerts, dances, competitions and workshops with a line-up of prestigious guests and local, up-and-coming talent. Informal sessions allow visitors and musicians of all abilities to join in, so bring along your instrument of choice.

Auchtermuchty

Fri 1 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01337 860482

Sat 2 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01337 860482

Sun 3 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01337 860482

…and 7 more dates until 10 Aug

Best of the West Festival

Set in the stunning venue of the grounds of Inveraray Castle, this family-friendly festival highlights the best in food, drink, craft, music and entertainments from the West of Scotland. From fine crafts to fine food and from local pipe bands to world-famous headline music acts, the programme offers something for…

Inveraray Castle, Argyll

Sat 13 Sep

Prices vary / 01499 302203

  • 11:00 – 19:30

Sun 14 Sep

Prices vary / 01499 302203

  • 11:00 – 18:30

Blas Festival

A massive celebration of the culture of traditional music and Gaelic in the Highlands of Scotland.

Various Venues (Highlands)

Thu 4 Sep

Times & prices vary

Fri 5 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sat 6 Sep

Times & prices vary

…and 9 more dates until 15 Sep

Crail Festival

As well as musical entertainment, the Crail Festival features art, drama, theatre and outdoor activities including a sandcastle competition and rock pool guddle, for adults and children. This year's line-up includes Donnie Munro, Them Beatles, Richard Digance, Fake Thakray, Crail Festival Orchestra, Les Barker and more.

Various Venues, Crail

Wed 23 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01333 450108

Thu 24 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01333 450108

Fri 25 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01333 450108

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Culross Festival

The Culross Festival has been bringing top UK and Scottish acts to the picturesque setting of Culross for over 20 years. The open-air lawn of Abbey House and the presence of catering facilities lend themselves to a late summer picnic, and previous festivals have included Eddi Reader, Ruby Turner and Capercaillie.

Abbey House, Culross

Fri 15 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01592 111101

Sat 16 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01592 111101

Sun 17 Aug

Times & prices vary / 01592 111101

Doune the Rabbit Hole

A boutique music festival that manages a lovely line-up of music, theatre, comedy and spoken word performances. Acts for 2014 include the Peatbog Faeries, Acid Mother’s Temple, Wave Pictures, Jeffrey Lewis, The One Ensemble, Ela Orleans, The Shiverin' Sheiks, Woodenbox, Adam Stafford, Balkanarama Klub, Laura J Martin…

Cardross Estate, by Port of Menteith

Fri 22 Aug

Times vary / £52–£82

Sat 23 Aug

Times vary / £52–£82

Sun 24 Aug

Times vary / £52–£82

Falkland Traditional Music Festival

A weekend of traditional music, folk, ceilidhs, workshops and sessions.

Various venues: Falkland

Fri 27 Jun

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Sat 28 Jun

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Sun 29 Jun

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

FyneFest

Beer is the star at Fyne Ales brewery with over 100 different beers from the UK’s best breweries available over the weekend, accompanied by an equally tempting music programme and food from a range of local producers (local as in venison burgers from the estate and fresh oysters collected from the loch).

Fyne Ales, Cairndow

Fri 13 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £15–£25 until April 30; after £20–£30 (under 16s free) / 01499 600120

Sat 14 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £15–£25 until April 30; after £20–£30 (under 16s free) / 01499 600120

Sun 15 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £15–£25 until April 30; after £20–£30 (under 16s free) / 01499 600120

Girvan Traditional Folk Festival

A weekend community folk festival run by Girvan Folk Club featuring a range of open sessions, concerts, workshops and children's events.

Various venues, Girvan

Fri 2 May

Times & prices vary / 01465 712128

Sat 3 May

Times & prices vary / 01465 712128

Sun 4 May

Times & prices vary / 01465 712128

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Isle of Jura Music Festival

Island festival of Scottish traditional music which encourages local talent with concerts, workshops and sessions, and completes the bill with established acts to give them something to aspire to.

Craighouse, Isle of Jura

Fri 26 Sep

Times vary / 01496 820362

Sat 27 Sep

Times vary / 01496 820362

Sun 28 Sep

Times vary / 01496 820362

Isle of Skye Accordion and Fiddle Festival

A weekend of traditional music celebrating the twin tenets of Scottish folk music, the accordion and fiddle, with a series of gigs and ceilidhs on Skye.

Various Venues, Isle of Skye

Thu 22 May

Times & prices vary / 01471 844207

Fri 23 May

Times & prices vary / 01471 844207

Sat 24 May

Times & prices vary / 01471 844207

Portpatrick Folk Festival

A weekend festival in a picturesque seaside village, with concerts at the village hall and sessions at harbourside pubs on the Friday and Saturday.

Various Venues, Portpatrick

Fri 5 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sat 6 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sun 7 Sep

Times & prices vary

Portsoy Music Festival: The Fifth Haal

A three day festival which captures the varied music traditions of the north of Scotland, so there's everything from bothy ballads to Burns as well as Celtic, folk, Americana and Irish influenced music. There is also a range of sessions, workshops and storytelling from local performers and musicians.

Various Venues, Portsoy

Fri 30 May

Times vary / 01261 842571

Sat 31 May

Times vary / 01261 842571

Sun 1 Jun

Times vary / 01261 842571

Southern Fried Festival

Scotland’s festival of American roots music covers all the American Roots music bases, including blues, country, cajun, gospel, swing and soul. Fill up on workshops, free gigs, local bands and their legendary soul food. Headliners in 2014 include Buffy Sainte-Marie, Steve Earle and Rosanne Cash.

Perth Concert Hall

Fri 25 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01738 621031

Sat 26 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01738 621031

Sun 27 Jul

Times & prices vary / 01738 621031

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St Andrews Voices

It's all about the voice, in this eclectic festival of music drawn from opera, Lieder, folk, jazz, early music and contemporary genres. The 2014 festival celebrates Scotland's cultural history as well as the vibrancy of Scotland's current music scene.

Various venues: St Andrews

Fri 24 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01382 909900

Sat 25 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01382 909900

Sun 26 Oct

Times & prices vary / 01382 909900

Underneath the Stars Festival

New festival curated by Kate Rusby with an emphasis on good food, music and entertainment.

Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley

Fri 25 Jul

£50–£110 / 01226 767872

  • 12:00 – 23:00

Aboyne and Deeside Festival

A small yet diverse festival, now in its 23rd year, that offers an eclectic selection of classical, folk and contemporary music, politics, thought, art, drama, literature and film. The 2013 festival featured such diverse performers as Tory grandee Michael Portillo and maverick pianist Huw Warren.

Various Venues, Aboyne & Deeside

Fri 25 Jul

Times & prices vary / 07799 772316

Sat 26 Jul

Times & prices vary / 07799 772316

Sun 27 Jul

Times & prices vary / 07799 772316

…and 14 more dates until 10 Aug

Arran Folk Festival

The island known for being Scotland in miniature presents a weekend of folk, with sessions, concerts and ceilidhs centred in Brodick.

Various Venues, Arran

Fri 6 Jun

Times & prices vary

Sat 7 Jun

Times & prices vary

Sun 8 Jun

Times & prices vary

BAMfest

Family friendly festival featuring three days of acoustic music from Paul Jones & The Blues Band, Martin Carthy, Jez Lowe, The Young'uns, Baba Jack and more to be announced.

The Big Sheep & Little Cow Farm, Bedale

Fri 30 May

£50–£55 weekend pass; Sat ticket £30; Sun ticket £25 / 07925 817116

  • 14:00 – 00:00

Sat 31 May

£50–£55 weekend pass; Sat ticket £30; Sun ticket £25 / 07925 817116

  • 14:00 – 00:00

Sun 1 Jun

£50–£55 weekend pass; Sat ticket £30; Sun ticket £25 / 07925 817116

  • 14:00 – 00:00
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