Our What’s On guide to the most vibrant, most unusual and most unmissable events in Scotland this weekend and in the coming week
Garnock Valley Carves
Beth, September 8
An international line-up of carvers will compete in this, the first event of its kind in Beith. Locally-sourced produce and food stalls and family activities also available.
Nairn Book And Arts Festival
Nairn, Sept 11 – 16
Headlining this year’s festival, which celebrates its 15gth anniversary, is TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham
Orkney International Science Festival
Various, Sept 6 – 12
Music from Ireland, astronomy from Uzbekistan, and newly created art and design,mingles together in this year’s science festival.
Art Walk Porty: Pleasure Ground
Portobello, near Edinburgh, until September 9
Events including performance art, live music and film screenings. Look out for Greig Burgoyne’s Pier to Pier project, and public participatory walks over the weekend.
Best of the West
Inverary Castle, Sept 7 – 9
Experience the best of the west coast’s music food and drink in one of Scotland’s finest boutique festivals.
Make sure to double-check event websites and weather warnings before travelling.