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September Events in Scotland

August came and went in the blink of an eye. The Fringe overtook most of Edinburgh and across the country the great weather had everyone in a good mood. But now onto September, the last official month of good weather and probably our favorite month of the year. So what is happening this month? 

Pitlochry Highland Games
From https://www.pitlochryhighlandgames.co.uk

Pitlochry Highland Games (14 September – Pitlochry)

Venture to the Gate to the Highlands, the lovely town of Pitlochry, on the 14th of September for one of our favorite Highland Games events of the year. While you’re there pop into our Pitlochry Backpackers Hotel on the main street or if you’re lucky snag a bed within their walls. You can grab tickets for the event on the day and find out more information about the event on https://www.pitlochryhighlandgames.co.uk/

Take One Action Film Festival (18 – 29 September – Edinburgh and Glasgow)

Celebrating social and environmental justice, the Take One Action Film Festival showcases the best in social justice film making over 12 days across venues in Edinburgh and Glasgow. With hard hitting documentaries aplenty, this festival is the perfect way to learn about the many issues facing our world whilst also supporting a charity who aims to educate and improve the world we live in. You can grab tickets and learn more on https://www.takeoneaction.org.uk/

Largs Viking Festival
From https://largsvikingfestival.org/

Largs Viking Festival (31 August to 8 September – Largs)

Largs is a town steeped in history and culture. The home of the Earl of Glasgow, the town also has deep Viking heritage and every year transforms into a Viking Festival complete with Viking food, activities and skirmishes for the crowds who visit the town every year. Get more information on https://largsvikingfestival.org

Braemar Gathering (7 September 2019 – Braemar)

If you haven’t been to a Highland Games yet, then this may be the event for you! One of Scotland’s most famous, the Braemar Gathering even guarantees as member of the Royal Family in attendance. Grab yourself a ticket on https://www.braemargathering.org/

Glen Coe

The Kiltwalk (15 September – Edinburgh)

Dust off yer tartan and take to the streets for Edinburgh’s annual Kiltwalk! Choose your charity, raise some money and 140% of what you raise will be donated to the cause. That’s right, Kiltwalk will give you an extra 40% just for getting out and having a stroll. Choose your difficulty (between 24 miles and 5 miles) and start fundraising for a great cause. You can find out more info on the walk here: https://www.thekiltwalk.co.uk/events/edinburgh/

Glen Coe Marathon (8 September – Glen Coe)

Lace up your trainers for one of the world’s most stunning races. Leaving Glen Coe Village before winding down the Glen and eventually ending up on the foothills of Ben Nevis; the Glen Coe Marathon is 26.2 miles of unimaginable beauty. Get your race number and more info on https://www.glencoemarathon.co.uk/.

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
From https://speysidedistillery.co.uk/spirit-speyside-whisky-festival-2018/

Spirit of Speyside (6 & 7 September – Elgin)

The Spey River Valley is world famous for producing some of the best whisky in the country (and therefore the world) and is home to 50 distilleries. So it should come as no surprise that the Spirit of Speyside will be a very busy event as those in the know flood into the area to try some of the area’s tastiest malt whiskies, gins, brewers and locally grown food all under one roof. You can get tickets for this gastronomic extravaganza on https://distilled.scot/

Loopallu Lineup
From Loopallu Facebook

Loopallu (27 & 28 September – Ullapool)

There’s never been a better reason to visit Ullapool! With the Loopallu music festival taking place in the small North Coast 500 town, the town’s 1500 person population is due to double and the entire town will be out to celebrate! So get yourself a ticket and go explore the NC500, before ending your trip with one of Scotland’s most friendly festivals. You can find out more about the festival on http://www.loopallu.co.uk/

If you’re looking to explore Scotland this September, remember to check out our 9 hostels across the country. Many of them will be closed for the winter, so this may be your last chance to see them before 2020! Check out our website for more info.

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