EventScotland’s National Programme Fund is providing a funding boost for 13 events and festivals from across Scotland.

The boost has been given to events taking place between late August and mid-November this year, to enhance event delivery and to further develop Scotland’s diverse events portfolio.

Among them are the National Sheepdog Trials and Country Fair and the International Sheep Dog Trial and Country Fair, taking place on the Isle of Bute and Brechin. Midlothian Fire and Light Adventure and Illuminight with Lidl will also be receiving the boost.

Paul Bush OBE, director of events of VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the 13 events through our National Events Programme.

“Scotland is the perfect stage and our national funded events play a fundamental role, not only in contributing to our diverse portfolio, but in increasing domestic tourism, and delivering real social and economic benefits to local communities across the country.”

Other funded events include: Aberdeen Mela– One World Day, Outwith Festival, Narin Book and Arts Festival, the Stranraer Oyster Festival, Tweed Valley Tunnel Trail Run and Mill Rally.

Louisa Mahon, head of marketing, communications and events at Renfrewshire Council, commented: :“We are delighted to once again be working with EventScotland on the Paisley Halloween Festival and would like to thank them for their support.

“Paisley Halloween Festival is a unique event which attracts visitors from across Scotland and beyond and is now listed as one of the best of its kind in the UK. Last year’s event was worth more than £1.9m to the local economy and saw 34,000 people enjoy spectacular performances and parades against the stunning backdrop of Paisley Abbey.

“This year, with support from EventScotland, we’ll be able to deliver new dramatic and ambitious creative content, programming and production. Paisley’s programme of major events which has made the town one of Scotland’s key cultural destinations in recent years – and we look forward to building on that national platform.”