Our What’s On guide to the most vibrant, most unusual and most unmissable events in Scotland this weekend and in the coming week
Frank Turner and Will Varley
At the height of Celtic Connections comes a gig you can’t afford to miss. Frank Turner has shifted genres into classic soul for his seventh album so be one of the first to experience it on January 21 at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket, supported by the ever-brilliant Will Varley.
A grueling 24-hour mountain bike enduro challenge open for solos, pairs, quads and teams. Taking place near Strathpeffer, the Puffer starts at 10am on Saturday, January 20, and ends at 10am on January 21. Not for the faint-hearted! Click here for spectator information.
National Whisky Fest
30 tasting stands are being filled with the best drams in the country for the National Whisky Festival! Head along to the SWG3 Studio Warehouse, Glasgow, on Saturday January 20, for samples and fantastic live music.
Glasgow’s Mitchell Library are hosting a series of #MitchellCurious events showcasing sections of their vast collections. Last month’s theme was Harry Potter-themed History of Magic, and next week it’s… The Scots Magazine! Rediscover your favourite magazine – including our first edition from 1739 – on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (Jan 22, 24, and 25) at 12.30pm.
Inspired by an epigraph in Burns’s first publication – “The simple Bard, unbroke by rules of art…” – Burns Unbroke celebrates the work of over 30 visual artists across eleven galleries, an Alternative Burns night, a Flyting competition, a series of Arran Whisky Masterclasses, live music, and a children’s programme from January 25.