Local Events

May 2023

Atholl Gathering and Highland Games, Castle events and Childrens events

The Atholl Gathering and Highland Games will return to Blair Castle on Sunday 28th May 2023.

The Atholl Highlanders officially open the Highland Games with a ‘March On’, led by the sound of their pipes and drums.

Strongmen from around Scotland take centre stage to battle it out. Events include tossing the caber, putting the shot and throwing the hammer. There are plenty of other attractions, such as highland dancing, tug o’ war, solo piping, trade stands and refreshments to provide a fun day out for all the family.


June 2023

Strathmore Highland Games

Strathmore Highland Games. Sunday 11th June.



July 2023

Portsoy Boat Festival


The ACE Winches Scottish Traditional Boat Festival returns on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July 2023.  This is the 30th anniversary of the event and a flotilla of heritage boats from across the country, will drop anchor in the historic harbour of Portsoy for a weekend of celebrations.

Upholding the north east’s maritime heritage, there will be a packed programme of entertainment including music and dance, the finest Scottish food and drink and demonstrations of age-old crafts, unique handmade items and gifts.

The festival will begin with a Big Gig on the Back Green on Friday 30th June 2023. More information will be announced soon, so keep an eye on the Portsoy website and social media channels.

Coastal connections, fishing memories and seafaring traditions are woven right through the festival – from the heritage boats filling our harbours to the dextrous demonstrations of crafting, seaborne races and hitting the high notes on the music and dance stages.

Be sure to set sail for Portsoy’s boat festival to be part of the magical mix!