Are you interested in experiencing true Scottish culture through attending historical events in a modern capacity? Why not look to travel to Scotland in August and visit a Highland Games Gathering or watch the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo.
The Fringe Festival: 5 – 29 August 2022
The Fringe Festival takes part in Edinburgh and is known to be the world’s largest arts festival. It was established in 1947 and is surpassed only by the Olympics and the World Cup in relation to global ticketed events. This event is open to any and all performers with any type of performance from children’s shows to musicals to circus to opera performances however the largest category displayed in comedy with over a third of the performers being comedians.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: 5 – 27 August 2022
The Edinburgh Tattoo is a series of shows which normally last around 100 minutes and takes place starting at 9.00pm each night. The venue for this spectacular show is the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade with some shows including a lone piper at the top of the Castle. Another special feature of some of the shows may include a fly over. 2022’s show has been said to be inspired by creative voices from across the globe and is certainly one to not miss with many performers making their Tattoo debut.
Highland Games: Various Dates
Arguably one of the highlights for this time of year in Scotland is the Highland Games. These are used to celebrate Celtic culture, particularly that of the Scottish Highlands. The Games aren’t just about the heavy events such as the caber toss but is also centred around pipers, Highland dancing, competitions around pipes and drums as well as other activities like tug-of-war and mini races which the public can take part in. Some Highland Games even offer those attending the chance to try their hand at more traditional activities like archery and of course there are plenty of food stalls to choose from.
Isle of Skye Highland Games: 3 August
Ballater Highland Games: 11 August
Perth Highland Games: 14 August
Stirling Highland Games: 20 August
St Andrews Highland Games: 28 August