Arts, culture and heritage

There is still time to book your spot on one of four exciting free project visits taking place as part of the Scottish Rural Parliament 2018 in Stranraer.​

On 14 November you can join groups on the following project visits:

Part-funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and produced in collaboration with social enterprise Earth For Life, this bespoke learning resource will help to connect young people with nature through sustainable foraging. The resource will equip Gaelic-medium teachers with the necessary skills, knowledge and vocabulary for wild plant identification and use.

The project was launched last week at the Royal National Mòd in Dunoon by Angus Campbell, SNH Deputy Chairman. 

The new Natural & Cultural Heritage Fund, led by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) will support projects that encourage visitors to experience more of the unique nature and culture of the Highlands & Islands. The fund is part of the next phase of the Scottish Government’s European Regional Development Fund programme, which runs through to 2023.  SNH is also managing another element of the programme – the Green Infrastructure Fund.

The Workshop Aberfeldy
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Total funding package: £71,031; Rural Perth and Kinross LEADER funding: £31,531

Business Events & Festivals Seminar 2018

The European Championships came to Balloch this summer. Over one billion people across the world watched the sports and saw iconic Loch Lomond as a magnificent backdrop to the Open Water Swimming competitions. To complement the loch-side activity, Balloch held its first local cultural festival for over 30 years and its first ever carnival parade.

Festival of the Sea


​Magnificent 'Behold Malin' Exhibition by Fine Artist Bonita Ellmore, Clyde Fisherman's Trust Artist in Residence



Live music featuring Emma Whyte and other artists, fresh seafood, live cooking demos by real fishermen, story telling, craft stalls, facepainting, whisky stalls, heritage exhibitions, Seafood Scotland tasters and licenced bar.

Thunder in the Glens

The weekend sees over 60 trade stands supporting local charities and groups, H-D demo bike rides, Jeep demo drives, a custom bike show, Scottish Knights battle scenes and off road motorbike riding. It is now the largest Harley Davidson rally in the UK.

Birnam Highland Games

he Birnam Highland Games are a traditional Scottish Highland Games held amidst stunning Perthshire scenery. The games have been held annually since 1864, and are now held on the last Saturday in August. The games warmly invite you to our next family friendly gathering on Saturday the 25th August 2018. Experience for yourself the fun and culture that has kept the Games so popular for over 150 years.

The 2018 Scottish Rural Parliament will take place in Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway on 14th– 16th November. If you live in or are passionate about rural areas in Scotland, you can attend to learn and make your voice heard. This year's theme is "Taking Action".

The event brings together people from rural communities with decision-makers, for three days of celebration and exploration. Participants examine a wide-range of issues affecting rural communities and make recommendations for change.