Scotland's Best B&Bs
Scotland hosts a wide variety of literary festivals up and down the country from the Borders to the Scottish Highlands. We hope you will be tempted to book a stay at one of Scotland's Best B&Bs to enjoy a cultural break while sampling local food and hospitality. 2022 is designated as the Year of Scotland's Stories so there will be lots of special events around the country.
Due to Covid-19, please check with individual event organisers before making your travel plans for 2022.
Perhaps you have been inspired to visit Scotland by reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books. We're sure you won't be disappointed! Here's our recommendations for some of the great book festivals around Scotland and where you can stay at members of Scotland's Best B&Bs.
24 - 27 February 2022, Aberdeen
Aberdeen’s book festival dedicated to crime fiction and thrillers including many special events such as writing workshops, film nights, music, etc.
Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival
tbc March 2022
A wide-ranging programme of events at Glasgow's iconic Mitchell Library.
John O'Groats Book Festival
22 - 24 April 2022, Caithness
Various venues in John O'Groats. The third book festival in this village in the far north of Scotland.
Nearby B&Bs - Auld Post Office B&B, Sharvedda
Crime & Thriller Festival
6 - 8 May 2022, Cromarty, Highlands
A thrilling & suspenseful weekend book festival with many guests and novellists in this historic town on the Black Isle by the Moray Firth.
Nearby B&Bs - Home Farm
Ullapool Book Festival
5 - 8 May 2022
This is an intimate and welcoming literary festival in this former fishing village on the shores of Loch Broom in the Scottish Highlands.
tbc May 2022, Dunbar, East Lothian
A long weekend with established and emerging authors, poets and musicians.
Boswell Book Festival
12 - 15 May 2022, Dumfries House, Cumnock, East Ayrshire
This Scottish cultural event is the world's only festival of biography and memoir. Named after the Ayrshire writer James Boswell, this festival mixes Scottish history and tradition with contemporary culture.
Nearby B&B - Ayrs and Graces Guest House near Ayr
Borders Book Festival
16 - 19 June 2022, Scottish Borders
Usually held in June in Melrose, but the festival has been moved to Abbotsford House in November 2021 as part of the 250th anniversary celebrations for Sir Walter Scott. A wonderful few days of talks, discussions, food & drink, and more for all the family.
Nearby B&Bs - Mill House near Kelso.
Dundee Summer (Bash) Street Festival
14 – 24 July 2022
Did you know that Dundee is the home of comics? This festival will celebrate our characters from The Beano, The Dandy, as well as Oor Wullie and The Broons with a pop-up comic museum, workshops, talks, film screenings, street fun, and more.
Nearby B&Bs - Tarskavaig Bed and Breakfast by St Andrews and Newton Farm by Inverarity.
tbc end July 2022
Isle of Bute's crime writing festival.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
13 - 29 August 2022
From politics to comics and graphic novels, from feminism to the environment, from health to storytelling, this is the festival with something for everyone!
Nearby B&Bs: The Town House in Edinburgh, Parkhead House in Hopetoun, Arden Country House near Linlithgow
Beyond Borders International Festival
tbc late August 2022, Traquair House, Innerleithen near Peebles
Cultural festival in the Scottish Borders including literature, performing arts, visual arts, heritage, film, politics and dialogue.
Nearby B&Bs - Mill House near Kelso
Islay Book Festival
tbc late August 2022
A community-led festival with an array of events happening across the island. Another great reason to visit the Isle of Islay as well as the whisky, golf, scenery, history, etc!
Three Lochs Book & Arts Festival
Strontian, West Highlands
This biennial book and arts festival in Ardnamurchan will be back in August 2023.
Nairn Book and Arts Festival
27 August - 3 September 2022
A varied programme including authors, workshops, music, theatre, photography, art exhibitions and more. Now in its 16th year. An exciting arts programme to suit every taste.
Nearby B&Bs - Inverness House,
15 - 18 September 2022, Stirling
Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival which aims to be entertaining as well as informative, covering a range of criminal subjects from fictional forensics, psychological thrillers, tartan noir, cosy crime and many more. It all kicks off with a gala night and torchlight procession.
Nearby B&B - Garvally House in Alloa
Wigtown Book Festival
23 September - 2 October 2022, Dumfries & Galloway
The Lowlands have their own romance, giving birth to many of the writers, thinkers, warriors, explorers and inventors who have helped to shape the modern world. Hear their stories and explore the link between Galloway's stunning Lowland landscape and its people; drop in for a dram at Scotland's most southerly distillery and discover the lands where Robert the Bruce earned his spurs. Celebrating Scotland's National Book Town.
Nearby B&Bs - Nithbank Country Estate
Northern Stories Festival
dates and venues tbc
A spectacular celebration of the stories of Far North Scotland from the Orkneyinga Saga to Neil Gunn. This unique festival for Scotland's Year of Stories will bring to life tales from the north of Scotland and its connection to the Nordic countries as well as Canada.
Nearby B&Bs - Auld Post Office B&B, Sharvedda
8 - 9 October 2022, Perthshire
Book festival in Blairgowrie, Rattray and The Glens of East Perthshire with authors, commentators and speakers.
Nearby B&Bs - Craigellie House, near Blairgowrie, Northlands Bed and Breakfast in Pitlochry
West Over Sea
tbc late October 2022
The Tobermory Book Festival on the Isle of Mull.
A Write Highland Hoolie
mid November 2022, Mallaig, West Highlands
This will be the fifth year of the Mallaig book festival and will feature some well-known local and national names.
Book Week Scotland
tbc last half of November 2022
Events across Scotland