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The best Scottish real ale festivals to look forward to in 2017

The unsung hero of the beer world will be getting some decent exposure this year, as teams of dedicated volunteers and organisers look to bring real ale to the masses with festivals all across the country.

Published: February 21, 2017

With the limelight firmly being focused on craft beer over the past few years, we are glad to see an ever expanding calendar of events dedicated to Scotland's real ale scene.

Larbert Real Ale Festival

(Dates: 31st March - 1st April 2017, Venue: Dobbie Hall, Main Street, Larbert, FK5 4BL)

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Opening on the Friday at 3pm (1pm for CAMRA members) until 11pm that and on Saturday from 12 noon until 11pm, the festival offers over 60 real ales, cider and perry.

Costing just £5 to enter (£3 for Camra members), the fee comes with a complimentary glass and programme.

Paisley Beer Festival

(Dates: 19th - 22nd April 2017, Venue: Paisley Town Hall)

The festival returns to Paisley Town Hall Picture: Flickr

The festival returns to Paisley Town Hall Picture: Paisley Scotland\Flickr

The recent growth of Paisley Beer Festival is testament to the excellent work behind the scenes by the team and also the brewers who strive to make every year better than the last.

This year, Scotland's biggest beer festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary and guests will be treated to over 300 ales, beers, ciders and wines from Scotland, the UK and abroad.

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Organised by the Renfrewshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), this year's event will also see a free one-day Food Festival on the 19th, organised by Renfrewshire Council, with street food from across the globe.

Kingdom of Fife Real Ale

(Dates: 20th - 22nd April 2017, Venue: Rothes Halls, Glenrothes)


The real ale & cider festival returns to the Kingdom of Fife and Rothes Hall, with over 40 real ales, cider and perry for guests to enjoy.

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Admission is just £6, or £5 for Camra Members (with card) and includes your very own festival glass and programme.

Aberdeen Real Ale Festival

(Date: TBC, Venue: TBC )

Picture: Aberdeen Real Ale Festival

Picture: Aberdeen Real Ale Festival

With this year's dates and venue yet to be announced, the return of the Aberdeen Real Ale festival is something to keep an eye out for.

Appearing last year at Pittodrie Stadium, there were around 100 cask beers and a selection of traditional cider and perry on offer,

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Glasgow Real Ale Festival

(Dates: 22nd - 24th June 2017, Venue: The Briggait)


After the huge success of last year's festival, the organisers are still in the early stages of planning for this year's event but it's already been announced that the lovely folk at Loch Lomond Brewery are sponsoring this year's festival.

With a huge selection of real ales, global beers, cider and perry, and a fantastic venue it's fast becoming one of our favourite dates on the calendar.

Scottish Real Ale Festival

(Dates: 6 – 8 July 2017, The Corn Exchange, Edinburgh)

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The Campaign for Real Ale’s festival has over 170 brews on offer, making it the world’s best showcase for Scottish ales. There is also a select range of ciders and perries for those who feel a bit more fruity.

The festival has been on the go since 2003, so the organisers have plenty of experience creating the most enjoyable events.

The volunteers at the festival are real ale and cider fanatics, so make sure to ask for their special recommendations.

Ayrshire Real Ale Festival

(Dates: 5th - 7th October 2017, Venue: Troon Concert Hall)

Picture: Ayrshire Real Ale Festival Facebook

Picture: Ayrshire Real Ale Festival Facebook

Another fantastic festival that's easily accessible from Glasgow by train and well worth checking out the Ayrshire festival returns to Troon Concert Hall this autumn.

organised by the Ayrshire & Wigtownshire branch of CAMRA the event will once again feature two bars with over 150 real ales from around the UK.


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