Holidays in Glenlivet

Visitor Guide




 in Glenlivet and the Cairngorms, Aberdeenshire, Grampian,

Moray, Nairn and Inverness-shire


Reviewed March 2018


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Weekly Events



"Stramash"  - Mondays in Dufftown

Held in the British Legion every Monday evening throughout the year from 7.30 until 10.00 pm.

These are informal sessions with accordions and fiddles, pipes, singers, etc – everyone welcome to come along to listen or indeed to perform.  There's never any guarantee of how many musicians turn up, but it's always been a great evening's entertainment so far.

No entrance fee apart from buying a raffle ticket and patronizing the bar




Lossie Folk Club - Tuesdays in Lossiemouth

The Folk Club meets at 8.30 pm every Tuesday in the Beach Bar Lossiemouth.

Check their Facebook page for details -


Moray Jazz Club  - Thursdays in Elgin

The Moray Jazz Club meets every Thursday evening from 8.00 until 10.30 pm in the Elgin City Football Club.

Check their website for details for performers  -





Other Regular Events



Music Nights at Glenlivet Hall

Similar to the Stramash, but held on the first Friday of each month from April to November inclusive.

The Hall is next to the B9008 between Bridgend of Glenlivet and Auchbreck.

For further information call Jim Hogg on 01807 590 276 or e-mail



Thursday Night Ceilidhs in Dufftown

Organized Ceilidhs throughout the summer with local musicians, singers and highland dancers plus dancing for the audience – tickets at the door - bar.

The Venue alternates between the British Legion Hall and the Commercial Hotel.

See the Dufftown Website for details.



Dancing in Dufftown   (Dufftown)

Held in the Memorial Hall, there are both Old Time and Scottish Country Dancing sessions.

Check out their Facebook Page for details.



Concerts at St Margaret's Church in Aberlour

Occasional concerts that are worth going to just to see the magnificent church that was built to serve the Aberlour Orphange.  Check the St Margaret's Website for details.




Once-a-year Events


Please check the Spotlight Website

to see what other events, activities, exhibitions are on during your visit.

We have included some Highland Games, but there are many more

that might fit in with your visit to Scotland - check the

Scottish Highland Games Association Website for more information.


April 2018


Elgin Festival of Scots Fiddle Music

The Williamson Hall, Duff Avenue, Elgin

Starts at 8.45

Competitions throughout the day for various ages up to Championship Class.

Entry by donation



May 2018

3 - 7

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Spirit of Speyside Website

A wide range of activities, tours and tastings spread throughout the north east whisky country


Dufftown Extravaganza

Memorial Hall, Dufftown

A concert of Scottish Music by the Elgin Strathspey and Reel Society with accordionist Gordon Patullo and balladeer Hector Riddle.

Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair (Fochabers)  


June 2018


Cornhill Highland Games

(between Keith and Banff)

8 - 10

Keith Music Festival

A series of concerts and ceilidhs as well as competitions for traditional singers and musicians of all ages.

Various venues.

16 - 17

Bon Accord Steam Fair (Castle Fraser south of Kemnay)

Exhibitors, collectors and enthusiasts come from across the UK to this event and, inprevious years there have been a couple of dozen steam engines, scores of tractors, fairground organs, steam lorries, vintage cars, lorries, classic cars, steam saw mills and motorbikes.



European Pipe Band Championshipe  (Forres)

Held in Grant Park,the competitions start at 10.00 am and run throughout the day until the prize giving at around 5.15 pm.

There are lots of stallswith crafts, food and drink.


July 2018

2 - 3

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival  (Portsoy)

Lots of boats and demonstrations of traditional crafts plus music, dance, drama, food fair, etc.  A good day out, and the old town of Portsoy is worth a look anyway.  Quite a lot of walking - so take a good pair of shoes - and a sunhat!



Forres Highland Games  
Braemar Junior Highland Games  
Tomintoul Highland Games  
27 - 29

Speyfest  (Fochabers)

A festival of traditional and contemporary Celtic music

Dufftown Highland Games  

Banchory Show

Agricultural show with dog show, craft fair, Highland Dancing competition and the Scolty Hill race, as well as traditional fairground stalls and games. 



August 2018

1 - 2

Black Isle Show  (Muir of Ord)

Usually a horse show on the Wednesday and the agricultural show on Thursday

Aberlour Highland Games  

    5 - 6

Turriff Show

Agricultural show.

The following websites give information on Turriff

Turriff and District Website

Undiscovered Scotland Webpage for Turriff


Grantown Show

Agricultural Show with lots of animals and machinery, stalls, fun fair, etc



Ballater Highland Games  
Abernethy Highland Games  
12 - 13

Keith Show

Agricultural show with dog show, show jumping, games and demonstrations, food fair, etc


Nairn Highland Games  
Grantown Highland Games  


September 2018


Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Competition


Never been to this, but it looks fascinating on the Website.  Contestants seem to come from all over the world, and there seems to be a whole range of attractions throughout the day - music, activities, games, stalls and food & drink.



Braemar Gathering

Booking in advance essential


27 Sept -

  1st October

Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival





October 2018


World Porridge Making Championship


Lest you think this is just some local gimmick, competitors do come from around the world, and last year's winner was a Swede.

Don't know how exciting it is to watch people making porridge, but there seem to other things keep you interested - local produce and craft stalls, product tasting, cookery demonstrations, live music & street entertainment.






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