Summer in Scotland: Events To Look Out for! [2024]

a family out in Scotland enjoying some events

Ahhh, summers in Scotland! It's that magical time of year when the days stretch out long, the midges come out to play (lucky us), and the country bursts into life with a calendar full of exciting events. Whether you're a local lad/lassie looking for weekend fun or a visitor hoping to soak up some Scottish culture, there's a little something for everyone. 


So, grab your cagoule (because, let's face it, it's still Scotland) and let's dive into some of the can't-miss events happening this Summer!


Just be prepared for some tough decisions — with so many amazing events happening simultaneously, you might need to master the art of being in two places at once!


Related: Immigrating to Scotland? Read Our Guide

7 Can’t-Miss Events in Scotland This Summer


The Edinburgh Fringe Festival


Edinburgh Festival Fringe (August 2–26, 2024)

Kicking off our list is the granddaddy of all Scottish festivals — the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This mammoth celebration of the arts transforms the capital into a bustling hive of creativity for most of August. The Fringe has everything from side-splitting comedy shows in tiny venues to breathtaking theatre performances in grand halls.


Please note: with thousands of performers descending on the city, accommodation can be trickier to find than a peaceful moment on the Royal Mile during festival season. If you're a local planning to rent out your flat to make a few extra quid (smart move by the way) or a performer needing somewhere to stash your props, don't forget about the magic of self storage. It's the perfect solution for keeping your belongings safe while you embrace the festival madness!


The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (August 2–24, 2024)

If you fancy something a bit more traditional than the Festival Fringe, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a spectacle you simply can't miss. Set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle (talk about a stage!), this annual event showcases military bands, dancers, and performers from around the world.


The sound of bagpipes echoing off the castle walls, the precision of the military drills, and the grand finale fireworks display — it's enough to make all your goosebumps stand at attention. Remember to bring a warm jacket; even in August, those Edinburgh evenings can be chilly!


Scottish people playing bagpipes


Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival (August 10–18 2024)

Speaking of bagpipes, if you can't get enough of Scotland's national instrument, Piping Live! in Glasgow is the event for you. This week-long celebration of piping-hot entertainment brings together the world's best pipers and drummers for a series of concerts, competitions, and workshops.


From traditional Scottish tunes to modern interpretations, you'll hear it all. And if you've ever fancied learning to play yourself, this is your chance!


Maybe warn your neighbours first if you're going to suddenly start practising at home.


Edinburgh International Book Festival (August 10–25, 2024)

For the bookworms among us, the Edinburgh International Book Festival is a literary paradise. This event brings together writers worldwide for readings, discussions, and workshops.


Whether you're into fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or graphic novels, you'll find something to light up your literary fancy. And let's be honest... is there anything more satisfying in this life than getting a book signed by your favourite author/hero?


Ballater Highland Games (August 8, 2024)

For a taste of traditional Scottish culture, you can't beat the Highland Games, and the Ballater Highland Games are among the better of the best. Set in the beautiful Monaltrie Park, this event features all the classic Highland Games events — caber tossing, hammer throwing, and (of course) plenty of piping.


But it's not just about the sports. There's also Highland dancing, craft stalls, and enough food and drink to keep you fueled all day. Whether you're cheering on the sidelines or trying your hand at the events yourself (go on, give that caber a toss!), it's a great day out.


Hebridean Celtic Festival (July 17–20, 2024)

If you fancy combining your love of music with a road trip through Scotland, then the Hebridean Celtic Festival (HebCelt for short) in the scenic grounds of Lews Castle in Stornoway is the perfect excuse. This annual music festival celebrates Celtic music and culture with a lineup of both established and up-and-coming artists.


From foot-stompin’ ceilidh bands to soulful Gaelic singers, the music on offer is as diverse as it is excellent. And with the stunning beaches and ancient standing stones of Lewis as your backdrop, it's a truly unforgettable experience. Just don't blame us if you find yourself seriously considering a move to the islands after your visit!


Young group of friends attending the Hebridean Celtic Festival


The Edinburgh International Festival (August 2–25)

Not to be confused with its Fringe counterpart, the Edinburgh International Festival is the more formal sibling in Edinburgh's festival family. But don't let the word 'formal' put you off — this festival is anything but stuffy.


Featuring world-class performances in theatre, dance, opera, and classical music, the International Festival brings some of the biggest names in the arts to Scotland's capital. From grand orchestral performances to cutting-edge dance shows, there's something here to satisfy even the most hard-to-please culture vulture.


So there you have it — whether you're into music, culture, sports, or just having a good time, there's a little something here for everyone. Just don't forget to pack a raincoat — it is Scotland, after all!


And remember, if all this event-hopping has you running out of space at home, or if you need somewhere to store your festival gear between weekends, don't forget about the convenience of self storage. It's the perfect solution for keeping your belongings safe and sound while you're out making the most of Scotland's summer events.


Len's Self Storage in Scotland


Exterior shot of a Len’s Self Storage facility in Scotland


As you tackle your summer adventure across Scotland, don't let storage concerns put a damper on your plans. Whether you're clearing out space to host festival-goers, stashing away winter gear, or simply need a secure spot for your belongings while you island-hop, self storage is your best mate. And when it comes to reliable storage solutions in Scotland, look no further than Len's Self Storage.


With locations across the country, supreme levels of security, and a range of unit sizes to suit every need and budget, Len's should be your first stop this Summer. Our friendly staff understand the Scottish spirit of adventure and are ready to help you make the most of your festive season without the clutter. 


So go ahead, dance at that ceilidh, cheer at the Highland Games, and immerse yourself in the Fringe — Len's Self Storage will keep your stuff safe while you're making memories!