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Ceilidh dancing in Scotland

VisitScotlandJulieVisitScotlandJulie Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
If you fancy having a wee dance with locals and visitors alike, you should come along to a ceilidh.

There's no need to know the dances as the caller will talk you through the steps. The idea is to enjoy and celebrate and not be too formal. Ceilidh means a gathering and would refer to any occasion, special or otherwise, where people would get together and enjoy a dance or celebration.

These days many Scottish people will take part in a ceilidh at weddings, New Year or Burns Night but you don't need an excuse. There are regular informal ceilidh nights to be had around Scotland.

Here are some ceilidhs in Edinburgh:
Ken's Ceilidhs
Counting House

For one-off ceilidh events in Edinburgh, go here

Do you know of any ceilidhs in your local area?

Would you like to know if there are any ceilidhs where you are visiting?


  • The Skipinnish Ceilidh House in Oban holds regular "Ceilidh Shows" showcasing Scottish music, bagpipes and of course a ceilidh for everyone to get involved in.

    This video will give you a flavour of what a Scottish ceilidh is all about:

  • JWGJWG Member ✭✭
    In Orkney, The Orkney Traditional Dance Association run a Ceilidh Weekend which is a mixture of classes and ceilidhs.  Next year will be its 11th year and it is from 14th to 16th April 2017. Its recommended to book in advance for the classes and ceilidhs and also accommodation.   For more info about the classes and ceilidhs visit or email [email protected]
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