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While Edinburgh is rightly known as the leading city in the world for festivals, its summer bursting with great events like the Fringe Festival and Edinburgh International Festival, when live acts of all persuasions take to the streets and stages; there are plenty of alternative events to keep Scottish locals and visitors alike entertained and enthralled.

Think of iconic Scottish emblems and you’ll probably come up with kilts, whisky, the thistle and bagpipes. For a week of all things piping related, look no further than Glasgow’s PipingLive! Running from 10th to 18th August, it is traditional yet contemporary, with master classes, workshops and concerts full of energetic new bagpipe talent.

The Edinburgh Book Festival runs from 10th – 26th August, with an A-Z of fabulous authors appearing – think Kate Atkinson, author of A God in Ruins to the radical poet, Benjamin Zephaniah – but there’s another yarn to spin at the Perth Festival of Yarn.

Scotland’s contemporary yarn and fibre festival is an eye-opener for those who love to create with fibre and textiles. There are classes in lace making, knitting – from brioche to cable, shawl making, and many more, plus Exploring Maori Traditions through Stranded Colourwork.

The Solheim Cup, the biggest event in women’s golf, will be taking place at Gleneagles from 9th – 15th September. Just a stone’s throw (or very bad hook off the 17th) from the revered course is CLC Duchally Country Estate, great for relaxing with our very own Gatehouse Gin after watching a fiercely competitive round, or for laying your head if you’re in it for the long haul!

For traditional feats of mastery and strength, you could head to Scone Palace on 11th August for the Perth Highland Games – making CLC Duchally Country Estate once again a great base for your Scottish break. Cable tossing, highland dancing, tug o’ war and more await you in Perth; a stylish hotel room or luxurious lodge await you at Duchally!

All those kilts at the Highland Games may bring Braveheart racing to the front of your mind, in which case why not celebrate 150 years of the National Wallace Monument on 14th September.

It’s a family friendly festival with lots to keep everyone entertained. From storytelling, arts and crafts to live performances of dance and music, with The Red Hot Chilli Pipers (read that carefully!), light display and fireworks creating a spectacular finale!

These are just a few ideas for Scotland in summer. From the grand festivals in Edinburgh to international sports events and local traditions, there’s fun for all at Scotland’s festivals.