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August Events Across Scotland

Edinburgh Fringe - August Events
From Edinburgh Fringe Website

8 months in? Already? It’s unbelievable how quickly time flies when you’re living in the most beautiful country on earth. But here we are, at the start of another Fringe and raring to get out there. We’ll start with Edinburgh (as that’s definitely where most of the country’s events will be), but then give you a taste of some of the other things happening across the Lochs and Isles that make up our bonnie land.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2 – 26 August 

The big one. The festival so famous that it brings in a massive £200m to Edinburgh in just over 3 weeks. Expect street performers, comedians, more flyers than you can carry, theatre and more as the city swells in population all eager to enjoy the best of the arts world. Go out and #MakeYourFringe


Edinburgh International Festival 2 – 26 August

As if Fringe wasn’t enough, August is also the best time to explore the Edinburgh International Festival which brings a selection of the arts more suited to lovers of the classics. Theatre, opera and classical music take over some of Edinburgh’s most famous venues for a few weeks, ensuring there is something for everyone in Edinburgh this August. 


Edinburgh International Festival - August Events
From Edinburgh International Festival Website

Edinburgh Art Festival  25 July – 25 August

Fancy stepping away from the many performances in the Old Town and New Town? Then you’re in luck! The Edinburgh Arts Festival is bringing a selection of established and emerging artists to the capital to the many galleries and art spaces in the city, which you can explore between shows.


The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2- 24 August

You’ve probably noticed the massive stadium that now sits upon Edinburgh Castle esplanade. You’ll probably hear the marching too (especially if you stay at Castle Rock Hostel). But what’s happening you ask? Well the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is coming back to town! This once a year, insanely popular event showcases the best of light, sound and symmetry to create a spectacle like no other! This year the theme of the Tattoo is Kaleidoscope, invented by the Scot Sir David Brewster in 1816, and it promises to wow audiences once again. You can find out more and get tickets on their website


Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo - August Events
From the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Website

Foodies Festival 2 – 4 August

If all of this has built up quite the appetite, then you should do your best to check out the Foodies Festival happening in Edinburgh. Over 30 food stalls take over Inverleith Park for one weekend only, at the UK’s largest food festival. https://foodiesfestival.com/edinburgh-food-festival/

Edinburgh International Book Festival 10 – 26 August

Edinburgh is home to some world class authors and in August they’re joined by a host more. The perfect event for all those of us out there that prefer the feeling of paper back to a Kindle. 


Edinburgh Book Festival - August Events
From Edinburgh Book Fetival Website

The Rest of Scotland

August isn’t solely focused on Edinburgh, so here’s a few things happening outside of the capital.

Fringe By The Sea : North Berwick  2 – 11 August

Take a train one hour east of Edinburgh and watch something different in the quaint town of North Berwick.

North Berwick International Highland Games: 10 August 

If you’ve ever wanted to see Highland Games, but couldn’t get out to the many small towns up north then this is for you! Just a short train from Edinburgh, the event attracts 15 000 people annually and is a great way to get a taste of Scottish culture. 
North Berwick Fringe by the Sea
From North Berwick Fringe by the Sea website

Kiltwalk Dundee: 18 August

Don your tartans and raise money for a cause at the annual Kiltwalk. Or just go watch as the streets are filled with everyone in traditional Scottish attire.

Largs Viking Festival 31 August – 8 September

Head out to the home of the Earl of Glasgow at the end of the month for the annual Largs Viking Festival. This family friendly event celebrates its 40th year and commemorates Largs’ Viking history with food, music and Viking Skirmishes. Vendors from Germany, Sweden and Ireland will transform the town into a Viking Village for the week and tickets are just £5. https://largsvikingfestival.org/whats-on/

Perth Craft Beer Festival 16 – 18 August

Venture to Perth this August and you can enjoy the Perth Craft Beer Festival, their annual Perthshire vs Army of Scotland Rugby match, ceilidh and even a gin garden. Check out their website https://www.perthbeerfestival.co.uk/ for more info.

Edinburgh may be the centre of the August rush, but don’t let it be the only spot you check out in Scotland. We have 6 Highland Hostels spread across Scotland that are eager to see your smiling faces, as well as a tour company called MacBackpackers that will show you the best of our country for when the Fringe just gets too much. 

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