Scottish Culture

Speyside is an excellent part of Scotland to immerse yourself in Scottish culture and traditions. Pipe Bands, Highland Games, Ceilidhs and Hogmanay celebrations can all be enjoyed locally.

Highland Games

One of the highlights of the year is the Highland Games. Local atheletes compete in traditional tests of strength that include tossing the caber, throwing the hammer and tugs of war. See them on the third Saturday in July at Tomintoul, or the last Saturday in July at Dufftown.


Everyone is welcome at these traditional evenings of Scottish music, singing and dancing held every Thursday evening throughout the summer months in nearby Dufftown. Come along and join in the fun.

Scottish Pipe Bands

There are few more stirring sights and sounds in Scotland than the pipes, drums and dress tartans of a pipe band. Come and hear them play in the Square or at The Royal British Legion in Dufftown during summer evenings.


See in the New Year at Dufftown. The celebrations start in the early evening with a ceilidh in the Commercial Hotel and a Party in the Royal British Legion. At midnight the evening reaches a climax in the Clocktower Square with a firework display and free drams and shortbread (courtesy of Glenfiddich and Walkers).

Scottish Country Dancing

Scottish country dancing is a traditional dance form jigs, reels and strathspeys played on the fiddle, accordion, drums, etc. Everyone is welcome.