High profile events on the horizon
Scotland’s reputation as a world-class host and leading events destination is recognised globally. Since its inception in 2003, our EventScotland team has helped bring some of the world’s biggest event properties to the country including The 2014 Ryder Cup, XX Commonwealth Games, 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, and The 2019 Solheim Cup, coupled with hosting new event concepts; 2018 European Championships, along with the forthcoming Festival UK* 2022 and the biggest ever cycling event in history - 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.
Throughout 2020 and 2021, the Covid-19 outbreak has led to a flood of cancellations and postponements from events across the country. Some event organisers responded by adapting their live events into online offerings, including Edinburgh’s Hogmanay which created a series of visually stunning films of a choregraphed drone swarm to celebrate the occasion; The Open Championship with golfing greats from across the decades and a digital programme curated by Glasgow International. For more information on how some events shifted to online go here.
There is still uncertainty on how long it will take to continue to navigate through the pandemic. What is certain, however, is that events will and are planned to return, and Scotland will once again shine as the perfect stage for major sporting and cultural events.
Below are just some of EventScotland’s supported cultural and sporting highlights that have taken place and are planned to take place over this year and beyond.
- Year of Coasts and Waters 2021
- UEFA EURO 2020, Glasgow (11 June - 11 July 2021)
- The abrdn Scottish Open, North Berwick (8 – 11 July 2021)
- Trust Golf Women's Scottish Open, Dumbarnie Links (12 – 15 August 2021)
- Tour of Britain, Stage 7 is Hawick to Edinburgh and Stage 8 is Stonehaven to Aberdeen (5 - 12 September)
- Edinburgh’s Festivals (2021 and beyond)
- The 150th Open, St Andrews (10 - 17 July 2022, and at Royal Troon in 2024)
- AIG Women’s Opens (Carnoustie 19 - 22 August 2021, Muirfield, Gullane in 2022 and St Andrews in 2024)
- Festival UK* 2022
- Scotland's Year of Stories 2022
- 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, Glasgow and Scotland
- Orkney 2025 Island Games (12 - 18 July 2025)