Reed Travel Features
NEW YORK -- If whiskey doesn't tempt your clients' taste buds,
they can choose from a number of other festivals taking place in
Scotland this year.
Following is a partial list of events happening throughout
* The 11th annual Glasgow International Jazz Festival kicks of
on June 27 and runs through July 6.
The Old Fruitmarket will serve as the center stage for the
Solo artists and groups also will perform in various restaurants
and pubs throughout the city.
This year's artists include Cleo Laine, John Dankworth and
* Highland Festival. A variety of events will be held from
Strathspey to Lochaber, Skye to Sutherland and all the western
Concerts will include traditional, contemporary and classical
music. Theatrical and children's activities also are scheduled.
The festival will be held from May 23 to June 7.
* The Eyemouth Seafood Festival will take place in Eyemouth,
Berwickshire, on June 14 and 15.
* The Barra Festival, or Feis Bharraigh, on the Isle of Barra in
the western isles, celebrates Gaelic song, dance and drama. The
festival will be held July 6 through 18.
* Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race. From July 12 through 15, almost
100 tall ships from around the world will gather for five days of
celebrations, culminating with a Parade of Sails as the vessels
begin their race across the North Sea to Tronheim, Norway.
* The Edinburgh International Festival. Held from Aug. 10
through 30, the festival celebrates its 50th birthday with a number
of new productions and performances highlighting special events
during past festivals.
Companies that will participate in the festival include the
Royal Opera Covent Garden, the San Francisco Ballet and the
The lineup of concerts and artists includes the Rotterdam
Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bryn
Terfel, Andras Schiff, Michael Gielen, Alfred Brendel and Karita
* The Fringe Festival also takes place in Edinburgh at the same
time as the Jazz Festival.
The Military Tattoo, a gathering of bands, drums and bagpipes,
with groups invited from throughout Great Britain, starts a week
earlier, also in Edinburgh.
* The Edinburgh Book Festival is billed as the largest festival
of its kind in Europe; it is scheduled for Aug. 9 through 25.
* Largs Viking Festival takes place Aug. 30 through Sept. 8.
The event features concerts, a viking village, battles,
fireworks and a craft fair.
* The International Storytelling Festival will wel-
come hundreds of yarn-
spinners from around the world.
The event will take place at the Netherbow Arts Centre from Oct.
28 through Nov. 9.
* The Hogmanay Festival. Clients interested in ringing in the
new year in Edinburgh should book early for this one. The
celebration starts on Dec. 31 and lasts through Jan. 2.
For information and a copy of the Scottish Vacation Planner,
agents can contact the British Tourist Authority at (800) 462-2748,
Ext. 6 or (212) 986-2200, Ext. 6.
Information on Scotland also is available via the Internet at