For those with a Scottish background, there could be no better vacation than an extended trip to Scotland. Even if you’re not Scottish, you may want to consider Scotland as a vacation destination. It is an exciting country full of history and charm. The places to go and things to see are nearly limitless. One of the best ways to experience the ambiance of Scotland is to attend one of the many festivals that take place there on a regular basis. Here are several Scottish festivals to consider.
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Scottish International Storytelling Festival
One of the largest gatherings of its kind, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival takes place in Edinburgh. For 10 days in late October, the Royal Mile in Edinburgh opens its Scottish Storytelling Centre to visitors and storytellers from throughout the world. This festival not only allows you to listen to some of the best stories about local Scottish history, but will let you experience the character of artful storytellers from around the world as they expound on nearly anything you can think of. Scotland has a long history of oral narrative as a form of communication, and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival embodies that historic process.
Loch Shiel Spring Festival
The first weekend in May of each year offers you the opportunity to experience some of the best classical music in the world at the Loch Shiel Spring Festival. Dedicated to sharing classical music on a local level and beyond, the spring festival attracts leading classical artists from all over Britain to the West Highlands for this festival. The area surrounding Loch Shiel offers spectacularly beautiful settings for listening to music, and the variety of concerts will astound you.
Dundee Flower and Food Festival
If you’re looking for something a little different while you’re in Scotland, you may want to reserve some time for the Dundee Flower and Food Festival. This delightful festival takes place in early September. It is a weekend packed with free cooking and gardening demonstrations as well as a craft fair. You also have the opportunity to experience food before you buy it at the festival. You will see stunning floral displays and learn gardening techniques that are sure to inspire you to try and duplicate them when you get back home.
Arran Folk Festival
The Arran Folk Festival takes place in mid-June on the Isle of Arran, off the coast of Scotland. This festival will allow you to listen to some of the best folk music in Scotland. There are free concerts throughout the event, which let you to experience the traditional music of the area. The festival was begun in 1990 and has grown to become one of the most anticipated events in the area.
Aberdeen International Youth Festival
This festival of music and performing arts attracts some of the finest artists and musicians from throughout the world. You can see blossoming newcomers perform with established professional musicians and actors in this extravagant showcase of talent. More than 70 countries have been involved in bringing the very best in live performances to the stage. With numerous events taking place each year, the Aberdeen International Youth Festival attracts more than 30,000 visitors.
Tarbert Seafood Festival
Early in July, the Tarbert Seafood Festival opens to throngs of visitors. There are arts and crafts, food stalls, and gardening exhibitions. You can take in a cooking demonstration from renowned seafood chefs, or watch the Seafood Queen crowned on the Tarbert Hotel Balcony. You can watch the Children’s Parade, or marvel at highland dancers of all ages. There is also a cook-off and a sheep-shearing demonstration. Of course, there will be live music throughout the event.
The Hebridean Celtic Festival
This festival takes place in mid-July in Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides. You can listen to a variety of musical performers from all over the world as you experience the Gaelic culture and Hebridean heritage. You can attend a workshop given by some of the performers or simply enjoy the typical festival attractions, such as trying local dishes while you listen to music at a pub or watching children’s events.
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