The Guide to Scottish Festivals 2014

Scottish Festivals

Festivals are becoming an increasingly important part of our cultural life. New ones are springing up across Scotland year on year and existing ones are expanding rapidly. Together these festivals celebrate creative talent, provide a focal point for the community, stimulate the local economy and attract visitors from far and wide.

We have counted nearly 300 diverse events. There are festivals of comedy, walking, food and drink, alongside the more mainstream categories of music and literature. They take place from Shetland to Wigtown, from the Borders to the Western Isles. This guide will promote the year round nature of the festivals calendar and celebrate the small festival as much as the large. The project has the support of Creative Scotland.

The Guide

The Scottish Festival Guide 2014 was published in January 2014. Festivals are categorised under Music, Books, Art, Theatre, Film & TV, Comedy, Food & Drink and Outdoor (implying active) and will identify family friendly festivals as those that have a substantive programme or appeal for children. Full Festivals listings are also available online.

The A5, 80-page print guide is full colour throughout, lists festivals chronologically and includes a map and indexes. We also created an online map showing festivals by month which is on the Creative Scotland site.

The Guide was distributed free with The List and through other channels. Festival organisers may send updates such as final dates, or programme information.

About The List

The List is the leading arts, entertainments and events publisher in Scotland, both in print and online and our site is the country’s most-used web resource for What's On and Arts & Entertainment information, with over 1.6m, unique users (October 2013) and covering events right across the country. The List magazine is published once a month and is available in newsagents in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

In addition to The List, we are the leading publishers of Food and Drink titles including our annual Eating and Drinking Guide and The Larder, a comprehensive guide to Scotland's food and drink. They can both be bought in our shop. The second edition of The Larder was published on 2nd September 2010 at the start of Scottish Food and Drink fortnight.

The List is currently in partnership with over 30 Festivals each year and publishes the Edinburgh Festival Guide, the leading preview to the Edinburgh Festivals in print, with full listings and nearly 2000 reviews at