Top Scottish Events of 2019

Plan Ahead with Our Guide for Things to Do in Scotland in 2019

If you’re planning ahead and looking for some fun things to do in Scotland in 2019, the country bursting with events. Rich in history, heritage, food and drink, and culture, our Scottish towns, cities and countryside have something for everyone. From exploring ancient castles and to hiking in the Highlands, to dancing at Scottish festivals and sampling our cuisine, you’ll be spoilt for choice. So, here’s our guide to some of the best things to do in Scotland in 2019.

Indulge at Parliament House Hotel

What better way to kick-start your new year than a trip away to Edinburgh in Scotland? After the celebrations of Christmas and New Year, why not continue the festivities a little longer with a stay at Parliament House Hotel? Our January Indulgence Package is perfect if you’re looking to escape the January blues and enjoy some time away. Start the day with our delicious hearty Scottish breakfast, before exploring Edinburgh’s nearby sights and attractions. Then, take a short stroll back into town and watch a theatre show or concert.

Burns Night Festivities 

Haggis, neeps, tatties and whisky

There’s nothing more traditionally Scottish than celebrating Burns Night in Scotland. Across the country, many venues will be commemorating the birth of the Scottish poet Robert Burns on or around 25th January. From Ghillie Dhu in Edinburgh, to Burns Cottage in Ayr, to the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen. So, enjoy a Burns Night dinner, toast the poet’s life with a wee dram of local whisky, or dance the Highland Fling into the small hours. 

Highland Games

Scottish drummers at the Highland Games

The Highland Games is a highlight in the Scottish calendar and must be added to your list of things to do in Scotland. Dating to the 11th Century, the Highland Games originated when King Malcolm III called a race to find the fastest man to be his courier. Now, the games have become a test of strength and endurance, but they are full of entertainment and fun activities. Here, you’ll find traditional Scottish pipe music and dancing, delicious feasts, heritage events and activities for all ages. So, toss the caber at West Lothian Highland Games  in May, or throw the hammer at the Loch Lomond Games in July.

Tartan Heart Festival

Member of audience at a concert making a heart shape with her hands

Taking place at the Belladrum Estate near Inverness in August, this annual music and arts event is the perfect summer Scottish festival. Catering for all ages, the family-friendly event is bursting with concerts, comedy, talks, debates, films, circus skills, dance classes, and arts and crafts. Here, you can put the little ones in the dedicated children’s area, whilst you watch live music. And, with previous artists including Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard and Tom Jones, the calibre of headliners is guaranteed in 2019.

The 2019 Solheim Golf Cup

Female golfer playing a shot

This Biennial women’s golf event takes place in alternating venues in the U.S and Europe, and in September 2019, Scotland will host the tournament. Taking place at Gleneagles in Perth and Kinross, the world’s best female golfers will battle it out for the champion’s title. And, if you fancy a game of golf yourself, Scotland is home to more than 550 fantastic golf courses.

Celebrate NYE at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Fireworks at Edinburgh's Hogmanay

As 2019 ends, where better to celebrate than in the heart of the Scottish capital? Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is one of the city’s leading annual events, as thousands flock to the city to ring in the new year. So, watch live music at Concert in the Gardens or on the three stages along Princes Street, or party in the streets with thousands of revellers. Then, celebrate the arrival of 2020 whilst watching the shimmering fireworks light up Edinburgh Castle.

So, if you’re planning things to do in 2019, make sure a visit to Scotland is at the top of your list. Here, you’ll find culture, history, breath-taking natural scenery, delicious cuisine, and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Start planning your 2019 adventures in Scotland today.