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8th June 2018 | Regional News

Scotland’s 4 Best Summer Events

Scotland is a fantastic country to visit all year round. Come rain or shine, there is so much to discover. However, summer is undoubtedly one of the best times to visit this wonderful country, as there is a range of fantastic events taking place that provide the perfect day out for the whole family.

From the Highland Games to food and drink festivals, here are four of our favourite events for you to enjoy on your next summer holiday in Scotland.

Inverness Highland Games

Dating back to the 11th century, the Highland Games take place every weekend throughout summer all around Scotland. Combining sport, culture and plenty of fun in a traditional Scottish way, whichever games you visit, you’re guaranteed plenty of family fun. One of the best events to attend is the Inverness Highland Games, just over 30 minutes from Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park.

On Saturday the 21st of July, hundreds of people will visit Bught Park to spectate and take part in the Highland Games. From heavy athletic events such as the tug-o-war and the caber toss, to bagpiping and Highland dancing competitions, there’s something for everyone. Many events also hold a ‘have-a-go’ session at the end, so you can try your hand at a variety of different activities, including shot put and long jump. A programme of all of the different events taking place on the day can be found here.

And, of course, no Scottish sporting event would be complete without sampling some of the country’s finest foods. There will be plenty of food and drink stalls around the games offering up a range of delicious local delicacies, including haggis, neeps and tatties.

Video sourced from InvernessFestivals

Merchant City Festival

About an hour from Wemyss Bay Holiday Park is Glasgow; one of Scotland’s most popular cities. Filled with fascinating museums, local landmarks and an array of fantastic shopping facilities, Glasgow is perfect for a fun, family day out.

If you’re heading to the city between the 2nd and 12th of August, then it will be hard to miss the Merchant City Festival, set in the heart of Glasgow’s vibrant city centre. The festival presents the best of Scottish arts and entertainment, as well as international performers and entertainment too. There will be spectacular street art performers, theatre, music, film, comedy, dance, fashion, and so much more on offer! The festival is also great for kids, with a range of activities to keep them entertained, such as arts, crafts and dancing.

The festival will be lined with an array of incredible street food too, from local Scottish haggis to international cuisines, so you won’t leave feeling hungry. However, if you’d prefer to take a break from the festival for lunch, there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops nearby that will have lots of different deals on over this nine-day event, so keep your eyes peeled!

Video sourced from Glasgow Life


Under an hour from Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park is the Moray town of Fochabers, hosting the 23rd annual Speyfest this year. From the 27th to the 29th July, people from all over Scotland will come together to celebrate the best in traditional and contemporary Celtic music.

A popular summer event, you’ll find a variety of acts and entertainment to keep all ages occupied. From concerts to stomps, it will be a three-day music marathon, where visitors will be encouraged to get up on their feet for a dance and sing-a-long. As well as offering up a variety of well-known bands such as Skippinish, Skerryvore and Rura, the event also provides a stage for up-and-coming artists, where they can show off their talent and share the stage with some of the biggest names in Celtic music.

Every year there is a range of food and drink stalls too, meaning there’ll be plenty of places to refuel after an afternoon of dancing. This year, there’s even a new ‘Whisky Stage’, so you can enjoy a tipple or two!

If you decide to venture away from the festival for a couple of hours, Speyside Falconry is definitely worth visiting. Get up close and personal with owls and hawks, and learn about how they live and their daily routines. You can even go behind the scenes and see where they sleep when they’re not impressing visitors with their flying skills.

Video sourced from Speyfest

Kirkcudbright Country Fair

If you’re staying at Southerness Holiday Park on the 14th and 15th of July, then be sure to check out Kirkcudbright Country Fair, which is fast becoming one of Dumfries and Galloway’s most popular annual events!

Costing no more than £6.00 per ticket, it’s a great value day out for the whole family, as, once you’re inside, all activities are free! This includes parking, fairground rides and even cooking demonstrations. This year’s attractions and entertainment haven’t yet been announced, but in previous years we’ve seen climbing walls, giant trampolines, falcon and owl displays, mini steam train rides, sheepdog and duck shows, and so much more!

Kids will love the face painting stalls and treasure hunts, and if you’re holidaying with teenagers, they can enjoy a graffiti workshop too. And of course, no country fair is complete without a selection of local produce to sample. From cheese stalls to arts and crafts, help support the local community at the wide variety of stalls.

After a day of action-packed fun, take a trip to the remains of MacLellan’s Castle, built in the late 16th century, and learn about how the castle has defended Scotland over the years. Head underground and see how servants once lived, and keep your eyes peeled for the ‘laird’s lug’, a secret spyhole behind the fireplace that the owner once used to listen in on his guests!

Video sourced from Sam Kelly

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