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Mireia Marques
Mireia Marques

The Best Places for Live Music in Scotland

From celtic and folk, to classical, rock and electronic, Scotland’s music scene is as vibrant and diverse as ever and is definitely something to be experienced and enjoyed.

While cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh offer the best of local and international music, Scotland’s islands are home to cosy local pubs and bars where musicians treat visitors and locals alike to live performances. You’ll also find there are fantastic festivals that take place throughout the summer.

To give you a flavour of the special spots to enjoy the talents of Scotland’s finest musicians, try out the following on your walking or cycling holiday:

Orkney

Orkney music

 

If you’re keen to experience the more traditional side of Scottish music, we thoroughly recommend a walking holiday in Orkney. The island prides itself on its folk tradition, with music being a way of life for many of the islanders. As well as the wonderful Orkney Folk Festival in May, why not drop by the Ferry Inn for some live music featuring a guitar, a fiddle or even a mandolin!

The Outer Hebrides

Outer-Hebrides

 

As if the unspoiled landscape, secluded beaches and delicious seafood weren’t enough of a reason to visit, the Outer Hebrides is also home to the Hebridean Celtic Festival. If you’re island-hopping adventure takes place in July, you can relax and listen to some of the top Celtic performers in the country in the grounds of Lewis Castle, overlooking Stornoway Harbour.

 

Glasgow

Glasgow

 

Home to some of the best live venues in the UK, Glasgow is an UNESCO City of Music for a reason. With over 130 music events taking place each week, you’ll be spoiled for choice!

If you’re fortunate enough to be in Glasgow at the moment, then the Celtic Connections Festival is a must-see. The annual celebration of Celtic music also features collaborations between folk musicians and other genres such as Ghanian street, Indian sarangi and Spanish flamenco.

All of our West Highland Way tours kick off from this vibrant city, so don’t miss out on your chance to discover the best of Scottish and international music!

 

Edinburgh

edinburgh

Not to be outdone by its rival to the West, Edinburgh has its fair share of musical delights to offer visitors. Whether you prefer folk, rock or classical, the city is full of incredible venues to suit everyone.

As many of our rail and hike tours start in the Scottish capital, you may even be lucky enough to be there in August to catch the famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, hailed as ‘the greatest show on Earth’. With performers from 48 countries and an annual TV audience of 100 million, it’s not hard to see why!

If you have any questions about Scotland or any of our other destinations, don't hesitate to get in touch with the team.