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21 July Stonehaven Highland Games Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire The 2019 Games will be held on Sunday 21st July 11am to 5pm at Mackie Academy and will feature,  Highland Dancing, Running and Heavy events like Tossing the Caber, Hammer Throwing etc and Pipe Band Competition. http://stonehavenhighlandgames.com 21-26 July The Royal Deeside Golf Classic Aberdeenshire The Royal Deeside Golf Classic is played over four majestic courses: Aboyne, Ballater, Banchory and Braemar. Prizes are awarded for each round and for the full week across various playing categories.  As well as fantastic and challenging golf courses, there is also an optional social programme in the evening where you can meet your new friends and fellow competitors in a relaxed environment. It is a fabulous week of golf, friendship and people return year after year to enjoy the event.  https://www.visitabdn.com/whats-on/the-royal-deesidegolf-classic-2019/ 25 July-25 August Edinburgh Art Festival Edinburgh Edinburgh Art Festival is the platform for the visual arts at the heart of Edinburgh’s August festivals, bringing together the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces in a city-wide celebration of the very best in visual art. https://edinburghartfestival.com 26-27 July Border Union Show Kelso, Scottish Borders The show is a traditional farming show with over 500 open competitions for horses, livestock and industrial arts. There are over 200 trade stands for everything you could imagine from tractors and farm supplies to clothing and food outlets. https://borderunion.co.uk/border-union-show/ 26 July Durness Highland Gathering Durness, Sutherland There can be little doubt that traditional Games of agility and strength have been practised in the Highlands from very early times. Durness Highland Gathering is a small event with all the trimmings of traditional Scottish Highland Games. https://secretary134.wixsite.com/highlandgathering 26-28 July ButeFest Rothesay, Argyll & Bute A non stop weekend of fun ,family and cracking music

the last weekend in July on the mystical and magnificent Isle of Bute… Join us this year on our wonderful 5th year as a festival ( and on the breathtaking beach no less!) for a a mythical carnival of Scottish spirit with bands, Grub and some cracking shows to entertain and delight every age group. http://www.butefest.co.uk 26-28 July Eilean Dorcha Festival Isle of Benbecula Uist’s only annual Summer Music festival. https://www.edf.scot/festival 26-28 July Speyfest East Street, Fochabers, Moray, IV32 7DY Three days of the best in traditional and contemporary Celtic music. The tented village hosts a variety of seated and standing events including the Friday and Saturday concerts and stomps, the music marathon that is Speyfest Sunday, a craft and food fair with taster sessions and an ecumenical Celtic Kirk service. http://www.speyfest.com 27 July Braco Show Braco, Auchterarder, Perth & Kinross Agricultural show. A fun day out for all the family. http://www.bracoshow.co.uk 27 July Banchory Show Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31 5HT Agricultural show with livestock, dog show, Highland dancing, pipe band, produce displays and refreshments. A fun day for all the family set in the heart of Aberdeenshire. http://www.banchoryshow.co.uk 27 July Airth Highland Games Wilderness, Airth, Falkirk Airth Highland Games founded in 1871 are always held on the fourth Saturday in July, the games are held in an area called the Wilderness with loads to see and do its a great family fun day out. Coach tours, Tourists and members of the public always welcome at our Highland Games. https://www.facebook.com/airthgames/ 27 July Dufftown Highland Games Dufftown, Moray The Dufftown highland games have been held the last Saturday in July since 1892. Today they are a taste of something Scottish for everybody.  A full programme of light and heavy events, massed pipe bands, highland dancing and hill races.  Visitors can take part in the

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