UK Folk Festivals - Scotland

Folk Music Festivals in Scotland

The music at Scotland's festivals is as good as that anywhere in the world. The artists have a real passion for folk music. For some rousing foot-tapping entertainment, Scottish festivals are the place to be. There is often a celidh as well. They vary from marque-sized events to multi-stage extraveganzas. Fiddles and bagpipes are not compulsary, although you can of course find festivals where they are heavily featured.

Remember, we can't check every ticket price, unfortunately, as some are not listed until closer to the event, so we advise you to check the prices yourself.

Click on a festival name and it expands to reveal the full details (like the first one).

Taking place in January

Celtic Connections - 20th Jan 2022 - Glasgow, Strathclyde

Massive event in Glasgow, spanning 18 days! If it has a Celtic connection, it's probably on show here. Multiple venues. There's not enough space to describe everything, just settle for knowing there are 2,100 artists, 300 events, 20 venues. - yes, you read that right!

This is HUGE.

Recently we've noticed the site doesn't always open on our pop-up window. Try this link Celtic Connections

Location: Glasgow
Date: Thursday 20th January 2022 for 18 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Contact for info:
Website: www.celticconnections.com/
County: Strathclyde
Country: Scotland


Taking place in February

Inverness Music Festival - 25th Feb 2022 - Inverness, Invernessshire

Inverness Music Festival is a competitive music festival open to all ages and abilities. Performers are adjudicated on their performance.

It takes place from 25th - 27th February and 4th- 6th March 2022.

Location: Inverness
Date: Friday 25th February 2022 for 10 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: admin@invernessmusicfestival.org
Website: invernessmusicfestival.org
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Taking place in March

Lochwinnoch Arts Festival - 18th Mar 2022 - Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire

A long running Festival of Music, Drama, Literature, Creative & Visual Arts in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire.

Not a folk festival, it's a festival of Music, Drama, Literature, Creative and Visual Arts. But it includes Celtic instrument workshops and Scottish singers. So some of you may be interested.

The date is the only one I could find. Check with the organisers

Location: Lochwinnoch
Date: Friday 18th March 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets
Contact for info: 07868 752814
Website: lochwinnochartsfestival.co.uk/
County: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland


Niel Gow Festival - 18th Mar 2022 - Dunkeld & Birnam, Perthshire

In collaboration with Tunes in the House

Annual Scottish fiddle festival.

A fun-filled weekend of fiddle music and good craic, this very informal festival kicks off on Friday night and celebrates the life of Perthshire's fiddle legend.

Location: Dunkeld & Birnam
Date: Friday 18th March 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: nielgow@thetaybank.com
Website: www.niel-gow.co.uk
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Feis an Eilein - Skye Festival - 22nd Mar 2022 - Skye, Inner Hebrides

The event is spread over many days and different locations.

Taking place in venues mostly in the Sleat peninsula at the southern end of the Island, the Skye Festival or Feis an Eilein is a celebration of island culture and performing arts with a strong focus on Scottish traditional music, all spiced up with Jazz, Theatre, and lots, lots more.

Organised by SEALL, the festival hosts around 30 top quality events in music and innovative theatre, with a community-led fringe programme of house concerts, charity cafes, environmental days, food and drink, art exhibitions and ceilidhs.

Location: Skye
Date: Tuesday 22nd March 2022 for 10 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@seall.co.uk
Website: www.seall.co.uk/skye-fest/
County: Inner Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Hawick Reivers Festival - 25th Mar 2022 - Hawick, Borders

Hawick steps back in time to the 16th century and through drama, song, poetry and re-enactments invites visitors and towns-people alike to experience life in this turbulent, often violent, but very colourful period in our history.

A full programme of activities is planned many of which are free and include demonstrations of falconry, archery and horsemanship, a look at craftsmen of the times and dramatic re-enactments. There are also concerts, guided walks, historical lectures and many other activities.

Location: Hawick
Date: Friday 25th March 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Mainly individual event tickets
Contact for info: Info@hawickreivers.com
Website: www.hawickreivers.com/
County: Borders
Country: Scotland


Taking place in April

Shennaghys Jiu - 3rd Apr 2022 - Ramsey, Isle of Man

The site, on our last visit, was apologising for not being updated, but one link there took us to a pdf with details of the 2022 event.

Aims to give young, up and coming traditional Musicians and Dancers the chance to perform in a non-competitive environment.

The Festival lasts for four days and nights, consisting of Gigs, Concerts, Sessions, Ceildhs, Workshops and much, much more.

(Listed in Ireland as well as Scotland, as it has a Celtic music bias. Besides, we don't have an Isle of Man section.)

Location: Ramsey
Date: Sunday 3rd April 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: 01624819068 or 07624452653
Website: Shennaghysjiu.com
County: Isle of Man
Country: Scotland


Edinburgh International Harp Festival - 8th Apr 2022 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

LIVE and VIRTUAL EVENT

Courses, Concerts, workshops, harp exhibition, sessions, ceilidh.

One for the harp enthusiasts.

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Friday 8th April 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets
Contact for info: office@harpfestival.co.uk
Website: www.harpfestival.co.uk
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


Glenfarg Folk Festival - 10th Apr 2022 - Kinross, KY13 8AS, Perthshire

Scottish (of course), Irish and contemporary music, children's entertainment and the World Puff-A-Box Championship (at which my brother has very consistently failed to win or even get placed.) A warm welcome is ensured.

Location: Kinross, KY13 8AS
Date: Sunday 10th April 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: tickets@glenfargfolkclub.com
Website: glenfargfolkclub.com/folkfeast.html
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Mull Music Festival - 21st Apr 2022 - Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Argyl and Bute

Multiple venues, appears to be free.
Variety of events and music styles to enjoy over four days of fun in the Inner Hebrides.

A weekend of Scottish music featuring folk-rock bands, fiddle, accordion, dance and ceilidh bands.

The events aren't ticketted, and most are very crowded!

Location: Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Date: Thursday 21st April 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: It's FREE, mainly.
Contact for info:
Website: mull.co/mull-music-festival
County: Argyl and Bute
Country: Scotland


Girvan Folk Festival - 28th Apr 2022 - Girvan, Ayrshire

Possibly VIRTUAL EVENT

Music, verse and story telling
Concerts - Sessions - Open Stage - Competitions - Workshops - Children's Events- Secure Campsite.

Popular Scottish event, promises to be even bigger than last year.

Over 40 years of existance and still going strong.

Location: Girvan
Date: Thursday 28th April 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Contact for info: admin@girvantraditionalfolkfestival.org.uk
Website: girvantraditionalfolkfestival.org.uk/
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


Shetland Folk Festival - 28th Apr 2022 - Lerwick, Shetland, Shetlands

40th Anniversary!

The UK's most northerly folk festival. The Festival prides itself in reaching out to even the most far flung areas of Shetland. Concerts are organised throughout the isles, consisting of some of the best International, British and Shetland music that the world has to offer. In fact, visiting artistes are regularly dumbfounded by the quantity and quality of local musicians that our remote isles have to offer.
Nine locations on the island are holding events.

The site has blocked itself from opening in our pop-up window - they obviously don't like the free publicity we give them - so copy and paste the link into your browser.

Location: Lerwick, Shetland
Date: Thursday 28th April 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@shetlandfolkfestival.com
Website: www.shetlandfolkfestival.com
County: Shetlands
Country: Scotland


Tradfest Edinburgh Dun Eideann - 29th Apr 2022 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

TradFest Edinburgh - Dun Eideann is a vibrant celebration of folk arts celebrating TradFest will include music, song, storytelling, dance, folk drama, arts and crafts, literature, architecture, film and multi-media in the capital city.

Edinburgh's only multi-arts festival is dedicated to traditional culture and folk arts. Features the very best traditional music from Scotland and around the world.

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Friday 29th April 2022 for 11 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA - Individual event tickets
Contact for info: reception@scottishstorytellingcentre.com
Website: edinburghtradfest.com
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


Highlands & Islands Music and Dance Festival - 30th Apr 2022 - Oban, Argyll and Bute

The Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival has developed into one of Scotland's major arts festivals, and takes place annually in Oban, Scotland.

It includes new special events and competitions, and now offers over 1100 participants 125 competition classes in twelve disciplines including piping, accordion, fiddle, clarsach, piano, recorder, woodwind & brass, singing, Scottish country dancing, highland dancing and choreography.

Location: Oban
Date: Saturday 30th April 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@obanfestival.org
Website: www.obanfestival.org/
County: Argyll and Bute
Country: Scotland


Taking place in May

Inverness Fiddlers Rally - 4th May 2022 - Inverness, Invernessshire

The clue's in the name - it features fidlers.

As always, the Inverness Fiddlers will be joined by special guests for the event.

Location: Inverness
Date: Wednesday 4th May 2022 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.invernessfiddlers.org
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Moniaive Folk Festival - 6th May 2022 - Moniaive, Dumfries and Gallowa

Described by The Times as One of the coolest villages in Britain.
Moniaive probably has more musical events and festivals (per head of population) than anywhere else in the country. And with a sizeable group of traditional musicians living in the village and surrounding countryside, our pub sessions are amongst the finest.
Sessions, piping competitions, workshops, and more.

Location: Moniaive
Date: Friday 6th May 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Also available: Day, weekend and concert tickets from £15 - £25
Contact for info: info@moniaivefolkfestival.com
Website: www.moniaivefolkfestival.com
County: Dumfries and Gallowa
Country: Scotland


FifeSing - 13th May 2022 - Falkland, Fife

Traditional singing showcased.
CDs of previous events available too.

Location: Falkland
Date: Friday 13th May 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available: TBA Day tickets too
Contact for info: 00 44 (0)1337 830773
Website: www.springthyme.co.uk/fifesing/
County: Fife
Country: Scotland


Skye Live - 13th May 2022 - Portree, Isle Of Skye

A nice Scottish Festival, which can sell out quickly di=ue to its popularity.

Location: Portree
Date: Friday 13th May 2022 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £89
Contact for info:
Website: www.skyelive.co.uk/
County: Isle Of Skye
Country: Scotland


Knockengorroch World Ceilidh - 18th May 2022 - nr Dalmellington, Dumfries and Galloway

The World Ceilidh melds together the most ancient roots music with the latest cutting edge sounds. This first truly backwoods upland music fest in Scotland hosts some of the best musicians and performers from across the world. All are invited to journey over hill and dale by rock and stream to our natural greenfield auditorium and to our upland stage to experience the biggest little festival this side of anywhere!

Location: nr Dalmellington
Date: Wednesday 18th May 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £132
Also available: Other options available
Contact for info: info@knockengorroch.org.uk
Website: www.knockengorroch.org.uk/
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Country: Scotland


Strichen Festival - 20th May 2022 - Strichen, Aberdeenshire

One of the finest places to appreciate our rich tradition of music, song, verse, drama and story, and, at the same time, enjoy listening to, or using, the broad 'Doric' language which is still very much alive here in the North East, and enjoy a friendly family atmosphere where contestants have come from a' the airt's and pairt's o' Scotland and sometimes beyond.

A bit like the Irish festivals that are competitions.

Location: Strichen
Date: Friday 20th May 2022 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@buchanheritagesociety.co.uk
Website: buchanheritagesociety.co.uk/strichen-festival/
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Orkney Folk Festival - 26th May 2022 - Stromness, Orkney

Concerts, ceilidhs, dances, clubs and sessions.

The Orkney Folk Festival is widely regarded as one of the most prolific and special throughout Scotland, the UK and further afield.

The three venues that are used the most are the Stromness Town Hall, the Stromness Academy Lecture Theatre and the Stromness Hotel's function room. Other events take place in local community centres/village halls.

Location: Stromness
Date: Thursday 26th May 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individually priced events
Contact for info: info@orkneyfolkfestival.com
Website: www.orkneyfolkfestival.com/
County: Orkney
Country: Scotland


The Islay Festival of Music and Malt - 27th May 2022 - Isle of Islay, Southern Hebrides

A diverse programme featuring traditional music, ceilidhs, Gaelic lessons, golf, bowling and whisky tasting.

For the last number of years all of the Islay distilleries have held open days throughout the week of the festival, adding to the mix!

I've linked to the island website, so you can see how beautiful this part of Scotland is (the website developer is keen on photography). The festival link is in the menu, under Islay Festival, of course.

Location: Isle of Islay
Date: Friday 27th May 2022 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets.
Contact for info: enquiries@islayfestival.com
Website: www.islayfestival.com/
County: Southern Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Taking place in June

HAAL Festival - 3rd Jun 2022 - Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

A small but popular festival.

Celebrating its 12th year

Folk at the Salmon Bothy will be celebrating our 11th Haal festival. A weekend of Sessions, Concert, Memories etc.. Great guests lined up and, hopefully, many of you, from whom we haven't heard for a while. Details on site not fully updated yet.

Location: Portsoy
Date: Friday 3rd June 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event tickets, around £5 - £7
Contact for info: bobportsoy@gmail.com
Website: bothyfolk.org/
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Blazin' in Biggar - 4th Jun 2022 - Biggar, Lanarkshire

New this year, Blazin' Fiddles are running an event in Biggar.

A sister fiddle school to the well established Blaziní in Beauly. This summer the band will launch 'Blazin' in Biggar' - bringing together fiddlers, guitarists and piano players for a weekend of great workshops and music making.

Location: Biggar
Date: Saturday 4th June 2022 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: tba
Contact for info:
Website: blazininbiggar.com/
County: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland


The Eden Festival - 9th Jun 2022 - Moffat, DG11 1HQ, Dumfries and Galloway

This is very much a mixture of everything you might find at a festival of some sort - circus, jazz, rockabilly, acoustic, dance, folk. brass, swing.

Spread over four days, you might find something you like. Not your standard folk festival, but family friendly fun.

Location: Moffat, DG11 1HQ
Date: Thursday 9th June 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £149
Contact for info: enquiries@edenfestival.co.uk
Website: www.edenfestival.co.uk
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Country: Scotland


Arran Folk Festival - 10th Jun 2022 - Arran, Ayrshire

The folk festival on Scotland's lovely little island.

The festival will feature a weekend of open sessions, concerts and Ceilidhs.

Site not fully updated yet.

www.arranevents.com/ used to be the place to look for this event, but now they seem to have just the Facebook page

Location: Arran
Date: Friday 10th June 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@arranevents.com
Website: www.facebook.com/arranfolkfest/
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


TMSA Keith Festival - 12th Jun 2022 - Keith, Aberdeenshire

There are concerts, a dance, competitions, informal sessions and various other events during the weekend. This page will provide more details as events are finalised.
(Site incomplete just now.

Location: Keith
Date: Sunday 12th June 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: keithfestival@gmail.com
Website: www.keithfestival.com
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Scottish Traditional Boat Festival - 18th Jun 2022 - Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

Portsoy's annual celebration of our rich maritime and cultural heritage. . . beautiful boats . . . exhilarating skiff races on the open seas . . . maritime and rural craft demonstrations . . . non-stop song and dance . . .mouth-watering food and drink and adventure at the Sports Village (not just for kids!). Not stop song and dance, with an acoustic and Scottish flavour.

Location: Portsoy
Date: Saturday 18th June 2022 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Also available: Day tickets too.
Contact for info: contact@stbfportsoy.org
Website: stbfportsoy.org
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Taking place in July

Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival - 1st Jul 2022 - Newcastleton, Borders

Join the many friends who will celebrate our anniversary with us. Always a great atmosphere. Special guests include The Occasionals, The Border Directors, The Spiers Family. Enjoy dances concerts, competitions, hosted singing room, outdoor stage, sessions. Try a workshop with The Border Directors (border songs and tunes), Ailsa Mackenzie (harp/dulcimer), Pete Shepheard (ballads) or Kevin Tilbury (bellows pipes).

As our website is being updated there are some details if you want to check on https://www.visitnewcastleton.com/listing/newcastleton-music-festival/

Location: Newcastleton
Date: Friday 1st July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individually priced concerts, dances, other events. Family weekend £40
Contact for info: elizamood@btinternet.com
Website: www.newcastleton.org.uk/
County: Borders
Country: Scotland


UNI-Versal Hame Festival - 7th Jul 2022 - Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

The HAME festival shines a spotlight on our home, the North-East of Scotland, highlighting and celebrating our people and cultural expressions old and new. Through the creative contributions of festival performers, Hame will offer audiences a fascinating and grounded story of the region that touches on the important themes of identity and belonging. A varied and stimulating programme of music, song, dance, slam poetry, and storytelling performances, audio-visual exhibitions, displays, public talks, local writing events, and guided walks.

Location: Aberdeen
Date: Thursday 7th July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Individual event prices, some free
Contact for info: events@abdn.ac.uk
Website: abdn.ac.uk/events/uni-versal/scottish-culture/index.php
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Hebridean Celtic Festival - 8th Jul 2022 - Stornoway, Outer Hebrides

This is not a single venue event so you cannot buy one ticket that covers all events. Please choose carefully to make sure you make the most of your festival experience.
There will be a weekend ticket covering the events in the main arena
Features Hebridean music galore

Location: Stornoway
Date: Friday 8th July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £99
Contact for info: office@hebceltfest.com
Website: www.hebceltfest.com/
County: Outer Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Stonehaven Folk Festival - 8th Jul 2022 - Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Last year's event was virtual, so if things go wrong, they have the expertise to do it again.

The small NE Coastal Town of Stonehaven comes alive with a Weekend of Music and song - Concerts in the Town Hall plus workshops, Ceilidh, sessions, late-night concerts, free afternoon concerts, Family show, Aqua ceilidh, World Paper and Comb Championships, Tradition Bearers Concert and more all around the Town.

Location: Stonehaven
Date: Friday 8th July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available: TBC Day tickets too.
Contact for info: admin@stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Tiree Music Festival - 8th Jul 2022 - Tiree, Inner Hebrides

Think picture-perfect white sands. World-famous surf. Deserted roads lined with lush greenery and wild flowers. Not forgetting more sunshine than practically anywhere else in the UK. It's little wonder that the tiny Hebridean island of Tiree is nicknamed the Hawaii of the North.

Add to this three separate campsites - the main campsite, family campsite and campervan area - and the now famous Community Village with its many stalls and events, and TMF guarantees you an authentic flavour of Tiree. Which, in a nutshell, is the whole idea behind the festival.

Location: Tiree
Date: Friday 8th July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Contact for info:
Website: tireemusicfestival.co.uk/
County: Inner Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival - 9th Jul 2022 - Newton Stewart & Minnigaff, Dumfries & Galloway

A family-run festival in two towns separated by a river.

After last year's restrictions, we wish them luck for a great event.

Location: Newton Stewart & Minnigaff
Date: Saturday 9th July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Contact for info: 01671 404924
Website: www.tradmusic.com
County: Dumfries & Galloway
Country: Scotland


Eilean Dorcha Festival - 22nd Jul 2022 - Liniclate Machair, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides

Now in its fifth year, EDF is working in conjunction with charitable and educational bodies to identify emerging talent on the island and to give them a platform to perform. There will also be opportunities to learn about digital media, the Gaelic language and to listen to local and visiting musicians.

EDF is about a lot more than just the music. We will also be showcasing "Made in the Hebrides" products.

Location: Liniclate Machair, Isle of Benbecula
Date: Friday 22nd July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £95
Contact for info:
Website: www.edffestival.com
County: Outer Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Speyfest - 22nd Jul 2022 - Fochabers, Morayshire

25th Anniversary!

At the end of July, the playing fields on East Street in the Moray town of Fochabers will be home to the 23rd annual Speyfest, three days of the best in traditional and contemporary Celtic music.

Concerts, Ceilidhs and Stomps. Free to enter Craft Fair and Festival Clubs. Some of the biggest names from the world of traditional and contemporary Celtic music.

Location: Fochabers
Date: Friday 22nd July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £70
Contact for info: info@speyfest.com
Website: www.speyfest.com/
County: Morayshire
Country: Scotland


Traditional Singing Weekend - 22nd Jul 2022 - Cullerlie, Aberdeenshire

The Festival is a unique celebration, bringing together outstanding traditional singers from Scotland, England, and Ireland. The event is especially for those who like to hear, enjoy, and join in unaccompanied traditional singing. Essentially informal, friendly and non-competitive, it will be just the place to encourage the young and less experienced as well as the old hands. The weekend includes ceilidhs featuring the guest singers, singarounds for everyone who can join in, workshops, craft demonstrations and a talk.

Location: Cullerlie
Date: Friday 22nd July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: 01224 645486
Website: www.abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone/public-engagement/cullerlie.php
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Celtic Gathering Isle of Man - 25th Jul 2022 - Peel, Isle of Man

Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering.

45th year!

Based in Peel, Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering is a celebration of Manx
culture and the relationship between the Isle of Man and the other five
Celtic countries (Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany).

Musicians, singers and dancers!! Concerts, ceilis, sessions, free events and workshops.

As in previous years we are posting this under Scotland and Ireland due to its Celtic theme, as we don't have a separate Isle of Man page.

Location: Peel
Date: Monday 25th July 2022 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: Day concert tickets too
Contact for info: info@ynchruinnaght.com
Website: www.celticgathering.im
County: Isle of Man
Country: Scotland


Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival - 28th Jul 2022 - Beauly, IV4 7BA, Invernessshire

Describes itself as quirky. Has quite a variety of styles of music, some of which may appeal to you. Large number of acts, including folk groups.
Vote the UK's most popular summer music festival at TripAdvisor, so it's clearly doing something right.

Location: Beauly, IV4 7BA
Date: Thursday 28th July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £170
Also available: Two day and one day tickets as well
Contact for info: info@tartanheartfestival.co.uk
Website: www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk/
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


ButeFest - 29th Jul 2022 - Rothesay, Isle of Bute

A newish three day festival of music, food and fun that is going from strength to strength. This accessible and hugely friendly family festival all takes places a mere thirty-five miles as the crow flies from Glasgow.
Lots of great bands.
Plus a great variety of foods for you to try.

Location: Rothesay
Date: Friday 29th July 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £96
Contact for info: info@butefest.co.uk
Website: www.butefest.co.uk/
County: Isle of Bute
Country: Scotland


Taking place in August

Mugstock - 5th Aug 2022 - Strathallan Castle, PH3 1JZ, Perthshire

Forget Woodstock, this is Mugstock!

A mixed and varied lineup with music of all sorts, including folk / acoustic music.

Everything I read on their site suggests a great fun event.

Location: Strathallan Castle, PH3 1JZ
Date: Friday 5th August 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £140
Also available: Various discounts too
Contact for info:
Website: mugstock.org
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Glasgow International Piping Festival - 6th Aug 2022 - Glasgow, Lanarkshire

What can I say?

It's in Scotland and it's all about piping!

AKA Piping Live!

Location: Glasgow
Date: Saturday 6th August 2022 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info:
Website: pipinglive.co.uk
County: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland


Mull of Kintyre Music Festival - 17th Aug 2022 - Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute

A mixture of events whick includes a fair bit of acoustic music and ceilidhs, and traditional music.

Satisfying an ambition of the Festival to showcase the very best in traditional and contemporary music worldwide whilst also displaying the region's cultural individuality through the talents of the local musicians of all ages.

Location: Campbeltown
Date: Wednesday 17th August 2022 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: mokfest@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.mokfest.com/
County: Argyll and Bute
Country: Scotland


Innerleithen Music festival - 19th Aug 2022 - Innerleithen, Lothian

Bringing the stars of Celtic Music to the Scottish Borders. 30 miles south of Edinburgh.

Web site not fully updated at the time of our last visit.

Location: Innerleithen
Date: Friday 19th August 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: imfpublicity@aol.com
Website: innerleithenmusicfestival.org
County: Lothian
Country: Scotland


Marymass Folk Festival - 20th Aug 2022 - Irvine, Ayrshire

On the picturesque Clyde Coast opposite Arran lies Irvine. It's a 30 minute train journey from Glasgow. There are concerts, sessions, an open stage competition, events in schools, community concerts and not forgetting two World Championships - the amazing Whammy-Diddling and the even more amazing Chuckie-Chucking.

Location: Irvine
Date: Saturday 20th August 2022 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: joyceifc@aol.com
Website: www.irvinefolkclub.org.uk/marymass2020/
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


Taking place in September

Kelso Folk Festival - 2nd Sep 2022 - Kelso, Scottish Borders

Multiple venues within a small area of the town. With a few free events.
Features evening and daytime concerts, sessions, open mics, singarounds and workshops.
Now in its fifth year. Good value for money.

Location: Kelso
Date: Friday 2nd September 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £45
Also available: Day tickets too
Contact for info: kelsoflmc@gmail.com
Website: www.kelsofolkfest.org
County: Scottish Borders
Country: Scotland


Ceol Cholasa Music Festival - 15th Sep 2022 - Colonsay, Hebrides

A great little festival on a great little island - described as a remote Atlantic rock (with 120 people on it).

Support this special event.

Usually about half the tickets are pre-booked, so don't miss out by leaving things too late.

Location: Colonsay
Date: Thursday 15th September 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £100
Contact for info: 01951 200336
Website: ceolcholasa.co.uk/
County: Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Linlithgow Folk Festival - 15th Sep 2022 - Linlithgow, West Lothian

Website still has a bit of work required for completion on our last visit.

We always seem to check it before they update it, as we start looking in November of the previous year.

Location: Linlithgow
Date: Thursday 15th September 2022 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA - Individual event tickets usually
Contact for info: festival@linlithgowfolk.com
Website: www.linlithgowfolk.com/index.php/folk-festival
County: West Lothian
Country: Scotland


Ardersier Folk Festival - 16th Sep 2022 - Ardersier, Invernessshire

It runs for three days and is priced very reasonably indeed.

Includes workshops, open sessions, craft stalls and Ceilidh.

Location: Ardersier
Date: Friday 16th September 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £25
Also available: Plus individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@ardersierfolkclub.org.uk
Website: ardersierfolkclub.org.uk
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Taking place in October

Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival - 6th Oct 2022 - Lerwich, Shetland

Not a lot on their site when we last checked. But the name gives you a strong clue to what is going on.

Location: Lerwich
Date: Thursday 6th October 2022 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@shetlandaccordionandfiddle.com
Website: www.shetlandaccordionandfiddle.com/
County: Shetland
Country: Scotland


Blazin' in Beauly - 10th Oct 2022 - Beauly, Invernessshire

Expect full immersion into the music, culture and craic of the Highlands of Scotland, things which Blazin' Fiddles have been championing throughout their 15 years in the Scottish music scene.

Sessions and tutors.

A unique opportunity to learn from the band and their special guest tutors as well as take part in sessions, concerts, masterclasses and ceilidhs whilst establishing new connections in a stunning part of the country.
Fab for fiddle fans.

Location: Beauly
Date: Monday 10th October 2022 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: admin@blazininbeauly.com
Website: blazininbeauly.com
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


The Blazin Fiddles Experience - 10th Oct 2022 - Biggar, Lanarkshire

A sister fiddle school to the well established Blaziní in Beauly. This summer the band will launch 'Blazin' in Biggar' - bringing together fiddlers, guitarists and piano players for a weekend of great workshops and music making.

Location: Biggar
Date: Monday 10th October 2022 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: tba
Contact for info:
Website: blazininbiggar.com/
County: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland


Perth Accordion and Fiddle Festival - 28th Oct 2022 - Perth, Perthshire

A major occasion in the Scottish music calendar incorporating the official Scottish Accordion Championships for traditional music alongside fiddle competitions and a range of individual and group sections covering a variety of musical styles.

Location: Perth
Date: Friday 28th October 2022 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: 01738 492949
Website: www.perthaccordionfestival.co.uk/
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Taking place in November

Scots Fiddle Festival - 18th Nov 2022 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

25th Birthday event!

The Scots Fiddle Festival, sustaining and promoting traditional fiddle music.

Concerts, recitals, workshops, talks, festival club, ceilidhs, open stage, sessions, stalls, free events and lots more

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Friday 18th November 2022 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available: TBA
Contact for info: info@scotsfiddlefestival.com
Website: www.scotsfiddlefestival.com
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland



The festivals below are older festivals who haven't yet updated their sites

This helps you check up on festivals we haven't yet confirmed are on in 2020. If you see any that HAVE recently updated to this year, let us know (email is given on the Contact page). And if we've missed a festival completely, do tell us.

Took place in August last year

Falkland Traditional Music Festival - 7th Aug 2020 - Falkland, Fife

Village festival with traditional music festival. We will have some of Scotland's best and well-known acts here to perform, also some of Scotland's best up and coming traditional musicians.
Our guests perform at the concerts as well as taking workshops, and adjudicating competitions so there is plenty of chances to see them over the three days.

Location: Falkland
Date: Friday 7th August 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available tba
Contact for info:
Website: www.falklandfestival.co.uk
County: Fife
Country: Scotland


Shetland Fiddle Frenzy - 12th Aug 2020 - Various locations, Shetlands

Fiddle Frenzy is Shetland Artsí annual celebration of the Shetland fiddle tradition. The week of events runs from Sunday to Sunday, during the first week in August each year, centered on workshops teaching the distinctive tunes and technique of the Shetland fiddle style. An opportunity to learn the secrets of Shetland Fiddle from a range of experienced tutors, explore the thriving musical traditions of our unique and beautiful islands, or simply be part of our Festival Week which is packed with a range of Frenzy Fringe options and Evening Concerts.

Location: Various locations
Date: Wednesday 12th August 2020 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £465
Contact for info: fiddle.frenzy@shetlandarts.org
Website: www.shetlandarts.org/whats-on/festivals/fiddle-frenzy/
County: Shetlands
Country: Scotland


Took place in September last year

Leadhills Music Festival - 6th Sep 2020 - Leadhills, Lanarkshire



Website still under construction.

Location: Leadhills
Date: Sunday 6th September 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £15
Contact for info: 01659 74234
Website: leadhillsmusicinitiative.com
County: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland


Fiddler of Strathspey Festival - 25th Sep 2020 - Grantown-on-Spey, Moray

Now in its sixth year.

Fiddling competition and concerts. Plus Ceilidh.

Several locations in the town.

Location: Grantown-on-Spey
Date: Friday 25th September 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Concert tickets are £15
Contact for info:
Website: www.fiddlerofstrathspey.co.uk/
County: Moray
Country: Scotland


Jura Music Festival - 24th Sep 2021 - The Isle of Jura, Inner Hebrides

6000 deer. 200 people. 1 Jura Music Festival.

A music festival with a leaning towards traditional music, but other genres as well. A well-established favourite for lovers of the traditional music scene.

PS No need to bring your own deer.

Location: The Isle of Jura
Date: Friday 24th September 2021 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info:
Website: www.juramusicfestival.com/
County: Inner Hebrides
Country: Scotland


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