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Scotland in summer: a country rich in events and festivals


Whether you are an aesthete, cinema lover, music fan or just looking for a good time to spend in Scotland, many festivals and events will be waiting for you in the summer.

There are fantastic folk festivals across the country, celebrating Scotland’s rich heritage accompanied with traditional folk music.

Edinburgh hosts an annual Jazz Festival, as well as the Edinburgh Book Festival and the famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

To discover Scotland’s festivals, book a ferry crossing from Amsterdam to Newcastle. Our Newcastle port is the closest European ferry port to Scotland.

July Events in Edinburgh

Do you like music and discovering new talents? Then come to the Jazz and Blues Festival which takes place across 9 days in July in Edinburgh.

If you appreciate art, we advise you to go to the Edinburgh Art Festival which will be held from the end of July to the end of August. It is a gathering of the most fashionable artists whose contemporary works will be exhibited in a number of galleries and museums.

August Events in Edinburgh

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes over the Scottish capital across 3 weeks in August, bringing together military tradition and global cultures featuring dancers, singers and musicians.

The Edinburgh International Festival which takes place throughout August offers dance, opera and classical music performances.

Visit the Edinburgh International Book Festival which runs from the middle to the end of August and brings readers and writers together for inspiration.

The last week of August is devoted to Edinburgh Mela, a festival celebrating Scotland’s diverse culture.