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Summer festivals across Scotland 2007

Throughout summer, festivals are underway across Scotland. As well as the massive international festivals held in Edinburgh, there are loads of community, music and arts festivals happening across the nation. See below for highlights this summer.

Throughout the year there have been many fantastic festivals including StAnza, Celtic Connections and the Bank of Scotland Children's International Theatre Festival to mention a few (read about the many festivals that have featured over the past year). As festival fever builds throughout the summer it doesn't end there. You can also look forward to many more across Scotland including the Black Bottle Islay Jazz Festival, the Scottish International Storytelling festival and Glasgay! (not to mention the Edinburgh Winter Festivals at the end of 2007). Check out the festivals sneak peek below.

Check out the festivals diary page for details on festival dates and locations plus links to websites for more.

Highlights - summer festivals across Scotland
Future festivals 2007 - a sneak peek

Summer highlights across Scotland 2007

Aboyne and Deeside festival


The 16th Aboyne & Deeside festival plays host to a number of national and international performers. Highlights include:

  • Dannsa - with a night of traditional music, dance and song at its finest.
  • 'An audience with John Sergeant' - an opportunity to hear from the distinguished political journalist.
  • Aberdeen International Youth Festival present Great Expectations as you've never seen it before!

Education: Violin workshop with Leland Chen – 16 – 19 July; Poetry workshops with Emma Patullo  – 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 July.

This year's festival includes events in Aboyne, Ballater and Braemar

24 June - 12 August 2007
Stonehaven Folk Festival

The line up includes performances from musicians from Scotland, the UK and worldwide. Fringe events include a late night blues concert, a kid's concert and an Aqua Ceilidh with Cabrach.

Performances include:

  • Wolfstone
  • Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham
  • Kate Rusby

Education: Fiddle workshop – 8 July; African Dance & Drumming workshop - 8 July.

Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

5 - 8 July 2007
Dundee Guitar Festival

Scotland's premier guitar event with concerts, courses, guest artists and masterclasses. 2007 sees a Big Guitar Weekend, with classical courses and celtic and flamenco guitar workshops.

Various venues in Dundee

6 - 8 July 2007

The Hairst

The Hairst - an annual celebration of Scottish traditional music, dance and theatre.


7 July - 26 August 2007
Kirkcudbright International Arts Festival This year's festival has a human rights theme with two print portfolios from the South African art charlity 'Art for Humanity', exhibited alongside 'Responses', artworks from the UK, Dumfries and Galloway and overseas.

Highlights include:

  • French dancer Ghyslaine Gau
  • Anino Shadowplay Collective from the Phillipines
  • Lectures from Jan Jordan, Director of Art for Humanity, Richard Demarco, poet Mari Pete and others.

Education: Shadow Theatre workshop; Dance workshop; Design a poster on Human Rights; from 16 to 20 July.


9 - 29 July 2007
Hebridean Celtic Festival

A unique four-day musical celebration held in the stunning Hebrides of Scotland. Performances for 2007 include:

  • The Proclaimers
  • Moving Hearts
  • Blas
  • Seth Lakeman
  • Peatbog Faeris
  • An Lanntair & Community - including Nuala Kennedy, Catriona Watt and the Black Rose Ceilidh Band.

Education: Gaelic language taster sessions - 11, 12, 13 July; Gaelic Song workshop - 12 July; Photography workshop - 12 July; Circus workshops - 13 July; Fiddle workshop - 13 July; workshop - Whistle with Alasdair White - 14 July.

Various venues in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

11 - 14 July 2007
ButeLive Music and Arts Festival

A festival with live performances of music and the arts.  Performances include:

  • Johnny Beattie presents his All Star Hail Caledonia
  • Alex Yellowlees
  • Bute Players present 'Oh Mother' and 'The Tea Dance' 
  • Family Ceilidh with the Bute Ceilidh Band

Education: Craft fun - including kite making, and pirate fun - 15 July.

Isle of Bute

13 - 15 July 2007
Feis an Eilein

The 'biggest small festival in Scotland' with music, song, dance, storytelling, theatre and film events from the best in Gaelic traditions and beyond. Also includes the Aos Dana Book Festival and various workshops.

Highlights include:

  • Kathleen MacInnes
  • Daimh
  • Fred Morrison
  • Box Club
  • Harem Scarem

Education: Various workshops in dance, music, art, writing and the Gaelic language - most days.

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and other venues near Armadale, Isle of Skye.

13 - 27 July 2007
Caledonian Ceilidh Trail

A four week ceilidh trail working in and around a variety of venues in Inverness and the Caledonian Canal from Drumnadrochit down to Invergarry. Offering informal music sessions as well as evening ceilidhs.

16 July - 10 August 2007
Crail Festival

A wide variety of events with art shows, traditional ceilidhs, author talks, classical recitals, young local bands and poetry evenings.  The children's programme has lots for youngsters to do with workshops, sports events as well as performances.

Education: Pottery workshop - 19 July; Drama workshops - 23, 25, 27 July; Puppet making – 24 July; Mask making – 26 July; All day art course - 26 July; Adult writers workshop with Liz Niven – 28 July)

Crail, Fife

18 - 28 July 2007

Wickerman Festival

Contemporary, cult and off-the-wall music festival. The festival features two main stages, a world music and funk tent, eden zone, a classic Jamaican reggae sound system, acoustic village, scooter tent, children’s area, workshops, beer tent, crafts, camping and, of course, not forgetting a 30 foot Wickerman that is sacrificed to the festival gods on the Saturday night.

Highlights include:

  • The Proclaimers
  • Fun Lovin' Criminals
  • Samba Ya Bamba
  • Taiko Drummers

Dumfries and Galloway

20 - 21 July 2007
Music at Paxton

A ten day festival of chamber music, featuring established international artists alongside some of the best home-grown talent.

Performers include:

  • Italian pianist Maurizio Baglini and cellist Silvia Chiesa
  • Hebrides Ensemble
  • The Primrose Piano Quartet and Trio led by Susanne Stanzeleit
  • Canto Vivo - a dazzling duo comprising soprano Clare Debono and local guitarist Simon Thacker
  • The Edinburgh Quartet, joined by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s principal clarinettist, John Cushing.

Young Artists Platform Concerts showcase young musicians from across Northumberland and the Scottish Borders in two unique concerts, and will include a special appearance by the young award-winning Alba Quartet.

Paxton House, Berwick upon Tweed

20 - 29 July 2007
Lomond Folk Festival

Featuring a host of community events and concerts including traditional music performances, ceilidhs and workshops.

Balloch, Loch Lomond

27 - 29 July 2007
Aberdour Festival

10 days of celebreations with arts, crafts, song, dance, puppetry, sports and so much more.

In addition to a packed programme of creative, sporting, cultural and community events, there is a reworked childrens' programme with a whole new line up of indoor and outdoor activities, a raft of events specifically tailored to older kids and teenagers, three artists in residence and a number of week long `creative challenge' projects.

Education: children's workshops

Local venues, Aberdour

27 July - 5 August 2007


An exciting mix of the best in traditional and contemporary celtic music. concerts, ceilidhs, late night stomps as well as the craft fair with a great line-up of some of the biggest names from the world of traditional and folk music.

29 July - 5 August 2007
Aberdeen International Youth Festival

The 35th International Youth Festival - celebrating the best youth talent from all over the world. The festival offers an unmissable change to experience high quality and
diverse performances including top class young musicians, innovative new productions and a wealth of Scottish, local and international talent.

Highlights include:

  • YDance Project Y 2007
  • Julian Lloyd Webber with the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra
  • Jacqui Dankworth and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland
  • talented dance companies from China, Slovenia, USA and Belarus
  • a new production, Hansel and Gretel, and two new theatre commissions.

Education: dance and percussion workshops.

At venues throughout Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

1 - 11 August 2007

The Loch Ness Music Festival - promising to be a gem in the heart of the Highlands.

With entertainment, craft stalls and sessions throught Fort Augustus.

Performers include Darien Project, Wolfstone, Sirens, Lau and Shooglenifty.

Education: children's workshops with Eden Court Outreach.

Fort Augustus, Highlands

3 - 4 August 2007
Common Ground Festival weekend

A festival with a strong Scottish flavour but which doesn't focus exclusively on Scottish Traditional Music. A full programme of concerts, ceilidhs and sessions.

Auchincruive, near Ayr

3 - 5 August 2007
Auchtermuchty Festival

A traditional music festival featuring ceilidhs, dances, open air music and pub gatherings.  there is a strong community involvement in the celebrations.

Auchtermuchty in Fife

3 - 12 August 2007
Traquair Fair

Unique event for all the family with outdoor theatre spectacles, world and celtic music, dance, storytelling and a superb programme of childrens theatre, activities and workshops.

This year, Traquair Fair goes Latin American with highlights including Salsa Celtica.

Traquair House, Innerleithen, Peeblesshire

4 - 5 August 2007
Nairn International Jazz Festival

Eight days, eight venues - the biggest line-up of the world's top international jazz musicians in Nairn!

Featuring an outstanding line-up of some of the world's greatest names in jazz. Performers include Barbara Morrison and the Tom Finlay Trio, Alan Barnes and Brian Kellock, Duke Heitger's Swing Band, Curtis Stigers Quartet and many more…

Education: Daily workshop events at The Little Theatre, King Street, Nairn.

In and around Nairn, Highlands

4 - 11 August 2007
Pittenweem Arts Festival

Each year 80 or so exhibitions are housed in ingenious exhibition spaces created from artists studios, houses, garages, courtyards and gardens.

Invited artists include Elizabeth Blackadder, Jon Housten and Joachim Römer.

Education: activities for children include an open air painting competition and beachcombing to make temporary beach sculptures with Joachim Römer. 

Royal Burgh of Pittenweem, Fife

4 - 12 August 2007
Ardfern and Craobh Haven Arts Festival

Includes exhibitions, workshops, drama, music, poetry and great Sunday markets.

Various locations, Argyll & Bute

4 - 19 August 2007
Greater Easterhouse festival day

This year the theme for the carnival procession is ‘Space and Time’. There are two open workshops for children (aged 8 & upwards), parents also welcome, on Friday 20 or 27 July. Children can create their own space man costume, make a rocket or turn into an alien for the big day on Sunday 5 August.

Easterhouse, Glasgow

5 August 2007
Piping Live! - Glasgow International Piping Festival

Glasgow becomes the centre of the world stage for piping excellence again during Piping Live!

Competition and concert programme strands include: International Quartet Challenge, The After World’s Shindig, Recital Series, Pipe Idol, Piping in the Square, Festival Club, Street Café, Workshop Series…and much more!

Performers include top national and international pipe bands and soloists such as:

  • Angus McColl
  • Finlay MacDonald
  • Bodega
  • Back of the Moon
  • Dáimh
  • Dochas
  • India Alba
  • Lunasa
  • Peatbog Faeries
  • Wolfstone

Education: the workshop series is designed to highlight the many aspects of piping care, musical technique and history.


6 - 12 August 2007

Harris Arts Festival

A festival attracting many musicians, singers, poets and others from all over the United Kingdom and at times from other countries. This year, the theme for the Festival is Harris Tweed. There will be a leaflet of a trail around the art and tweed studios of Harris and four specific Harris Tweed evenings with dyers, spinners, weavers and singers.

Isle of Harris

7 - 11 August 2007
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

A mellow festival of rock, Celtic, country, blues and world music in the newly restored 19th-century Italian Gardens at Belladrum Estate.

Featuring top acts including The Magic Numbers, Sandi Thom, Lloyd Cole, Julien Cope, Amy MacDonald, String Driven Thing, Phil Cunningham & Aly Bain, Fred Morrison, Kris Drever, Blazin’ Fiddles and many more!

Belladrum Estate, near Kiltarlity, Highlands

10 - 11 August 2007

A season of arts and entertainment across Dumfries and Galloway from August to October. Country, celtic, traditional and world music events. Book festivals, poetry and theatre performances, exhibitions and street processions.

A multi-arts extravaganza offering something for everyone and extending throughout the autumn and across the southwest.

Various venues, Dumfries and Galloway

17 August - 28 October 2007

The second annual Hebridean book festival bringing together world-class authors in an inspiring island setting.

Highlights this year include Iain Banks, Muriel Gray, Robert Macfarlane, Lesley Riddoch, UrSgeul Writers, Kenneth White and shortlisted writers from the Royal Mail Children's Books Awards. 

You'll also find an exhibition of the photographs of Robert Adam taken on Barra and Lewis, and a preview screening of the acclaimed Gaelic feature film Seachd, as well as many other events.

An Lanntair, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

29 August - 1 September 2007

Future festival sneak peek 2007

Edinburgh Mela

Edinburgh Mela is Scotland’s biggest intercultural festival and was founded in 1995 by members of Edinburgh's communities from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. It features musicians, dancers, crafts, fashion, food, and children’s activities. The Mela is a great family event.


1 - 2 September 2007

McLellan Centenary Festival

Celebrating 100 years since the birth of Robert McLellan, one of Scotland's greatest dramatists.

Highlights include children's opera, premiere performances of new music by Joel Harding and Creative Scotland Award recipient John Maxwell Geddes and a major performance of McLellan's play 'Jamie the Saxt' in association with Borderline Theatre.

Isle of Arran

7 - 22 September 2007
Caithness Arts Festival

Joining the celebrations for the Highland Year of Culture, Caithness hosts an exiting mix of performers, including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Grey Coast Theatre Company, Scottish Opera and Theatre Modo.


8 - 22 September 2007
Black Bottle Islay Jazz Festival

An extraordinary and totally unique event where you can hear world-class musicians playing a concert in a distillery filling shed, after a bird-watching walk, in the front room of Islay House or whilst sampling the home baking at Portnahaven.


14 - 16 September 2007
Carrbridge Live 2007

An eclectic combination of theatre, music and spectacular street carnival sets the scene for the annual Carrbridge Live Festival.

The main programme is set to get off to a memorable start as Benchtours Theatre Company arrive in the village with their theatre StageTruck to transport the audience into the film-noir world of The Psychic Detective providing  45 minutes of drama, glamour, excitement, media illusions and theatrical tricks. 

The programme also includes The Way of the Drum, a concert of Japanese Taiko drumming, Mike Maran's production of Picasso and Me, and much, much more.


15 - 23 September 2007
Brechin Arts Festival

This year's festival theme is 'Brechin, Festival City of the North'.

The grand opening of the festival in the Mechanic's Institute launches an exciting variety of art exhibitions, classical, folk and jazz music, a piping competition, poetry readings, demonstrations and craft displays.


15 - 30 September 2007
John Lennon Northern Lights Festival

Some of Britain's greatest artists travel to the tiny highland village of Durness in Sutherland to pay homage to John Lennon.

Performers include: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, King Creosote, Donnie Munro, Julie Fowlis and Blazin’ Fiddles.


28 – 30 September 2007
Scottish International Storytelling festival

A three week showcase for young storytelling talent, concluding with National Tell-A-Story Day on 26 October.

6 - 26 October 2007

Scotland's annual celebration of queer culture and the largest multi-artform festival of its kind in the UK. The programme features international, national and local work.


12 October - 11 November 2007

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