The Guide to Scotland's Festivals 2016

Introducing the Guide

Scotland has never been shy about staging cultural events that attract visitors from far and wide. When it comes to festivals the country leads the way, providing an inspiring programme throughout the year, with everything from tiny one-day shindigs to massive month-long bonanzas incorporating music, art, literature, theatre, food & drink and more.

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

2016 is the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. From nationwide festivals to small local events, this year will celebrate Scotland's achievements in the fields of architecture, fashion and textiles, creative industries, science and technology and more.

The Guide to Scotland's Festivals 2016 is delivered both digitally and in print. Festivals are categorised under Music, Books, Art, Theatre, Film & TV, Comedy, Food & Drink and Outdoors. We have listings for over 600 festivals with around 450 in the print guide. Online, these are searchable by location, distance, date and genre.

The guide has been supported by VisitScotland and Creative Scotland as part of The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

Browse the full list of Scottish Festivals.

The Guide to Scotland's Festivals in print

The 96-page A5 print guide was published in January 2016, is full colour throughout, lists festivals chronologically and includes detailed indexes. The guide is distributed free with The List and through other channels.

Festival organisers may send updates by finding the event page on our site and clicking the 'Update this Event' yellow button, this is particularly useful for information such as confirmed dates and images. If you want to send us your full programme information, please email: .


The List are Scotland's leading publisher of guides to the arts and have an extensive interest in food and drink. We publish our content on responsive design sites to serve mobile and desktop users as well as in print. Our titles can be bought in our shop.

The List is 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 over 500 reviews at edinburghfestival.list.co.uk.