Bergen Scottish Society

2024 events

The Society organises several fun events throughout the year, follow our Facebook page for information about events as they come up. 

Burns Supper, Saturday 20th January 2024, Skipperforeningen

This will be the first event of the year, marking 265 years since the birth of Robert Burns. 

We have a good programme of speakers and entertainment lined up and look forward to welcoming you back to Bergens Skipperforening, for a good old-fashioned Burns Supper. The doors open at 18:30 and the programme starts at 19:00.
Tickets are now on sale and can be bought via Vipps (search for Bergen Scottish Society - Vipps number 507034). The prices are as follows:
Non-members: kr. 775,-
Special combo ticket with membership for 2024 (new or renewal): kr. 775,-
We are limited to 60 tickets and the event is usually a sell out, so please buy early to avoid disappointment. As the old Scottish proverb goes, he who hingeth aboot, geteth hee-haw!



Martin Compston's Norwegian Fling screeing, Monday 4th March 19:30 at Brian Boru Irish Pub

The first episode of the TV series Martin Compstons Norwegian Fling was broadcast on NRK this evening. The second episode includes the segment from the 17th of May in Bergen with the Bergen Scottish Society and Bergen Pipes & Drums. It is being shown next week, at 20:00 on NRK 1 on Monday 4th March.

You can read a more about it here and can also stream all the episodes on NRK or the BBC.

To celebrate the screening of the episode featuring Bergen, our friends at the Brian Boru Irish pub are putting on a premier, with a screening of the episode on the big screen in the pub.

The evening will start at 19:30 with some pipe music and a few words, and the programme will be shown at 20:00 sharp.  

Come and join us for a fun evening!



Annual General Meeting, Wednesday 13th March 2024, 19:00- 19:30, Dyvekes Vinkjeller 

The Society’s AGM will held on the 13th of March. More details will be sent directly to members.



An introduction to the clàrsach, or Scottish harp, Wednesday 13th March 2024, 20:00, Dyvekes Vinkjeller 

We are fortunate to be joined by musician Rachel Harrower for an introduction to her instrument, the clàrsach. This is Scotland’s oldest national instrument, with depictions dating back to the 8th century.

The event will be held on Wednesday 13th March, 20:00, at Dyvekes Vinkjeller, Hollendergaten 7, 5017 Bergen.

Rachel is a student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in Glasgow and is currently on a study exchange at Greigakademiet at the University of Bergen and Ole Bull-akademiet at Voss. Founded in 1847, the RCS is the national centre for dance, drama, music, production and film in Scotland and was formerly know as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Rachel will take us through a history of the instrument, playing of the instrument and current developments in clàrsach music, as well as playing some tunes.

The event is free for members and 50 kr for non-members.Tickets can be purchased via Vipps – search for Bergen Scottish Society, Vipps number 507034. 



Shuffleboard, Thursday 18th April 2024, Bar 3, 19:00

Following on fun evening in 2022 and 2023, we will be meeting for a shuffleboard evening again in March. It is a bit like tabletop curling, and requires every bit as much skill and precision.

Three lanes have been booked at Bar 3 on Rosenkrantzgate for 1 hour.

Members are free and non-members can join us for kr. 50 each.



17th of May Constitution Day 2024

The society joins the 17th of May parade in Bergen each year and we look forward to doing the same again in 2024.

This is a real high point of the year for both locals and expats in Bergen. The best place to see the parade is from the parade, so bring your friends and family and come and join us!

The Bergen Scottish Society (BSS) will be participating in the Hovedprosesjonen, starting at Koengen. Look for our banner and men in kilts, and listen for the skirl of the pipes!

The parade leaves from Koengen at 10:30am, so if you’re planning on walking behind the BSS banner and the Bergen Pipes and Drums please make sure you’re there by 10:15 at the latest. From Koengen the parade will follow a predetermined route around the city centre and will end up at Festplassen.

We look forward to seeing you on the 17th of May!



Historic guided walk (Byvandring), Thursday 6th June 2024

The topic for this year's guided walk is "Nordnes: fra uhygge til idyll" (Nordnes from horror to idyll). Local historian, Nordnes resident and aothor of Nordnes: beretninger fra en gammel bydel, Mons Kvamme, will take us on a journey through the development of tis part of the city from the Middel Ages to more modern times.  

We will be meeting up at 19:00 by the entrance to Bergen Aquarium. The walk will take baout an hour and a half and we will be finishing close to Skottegaten. The guiding will  be in Norwegian, with the opportunity for translation for those that need it.

Following tradition, we will find a local hostelry to retire to after the walk to discuss our new found knowledge and to catch up. More details on the topic and location to follow. 

The Byvandring costs 50 kr for members and 75 kr for non-members. Payment can be made via the Society's Vipps account (#507034).



Curling evening, Thursday 26th September 2024, 19:00 at Iskanten

As the autumn nights are fair drawing in, we thought that curling would be a fun activity for all the family.

This ancient game was probably first played in Scotland in the 1500's, before spreading to Europe and then North America. The rules of the game as played today were formalised in Scotland in the 19th century and the sport retains close cultural ties with its homeland.

We will book two lanes at Iskanten at 19:00. More details on tickets to follow. 

Come and join us for some ice bound fun; no previous experience is required!



Ceilidh, Saturday 2nd November 2024, 19:30 at Bergens Skipperforening

After the success of last year’s first post-Covd ceilidh, we are are very much looking forward to welcoming you to our traditional Autumn Ceilidh on Saturday 2nd November at Bergens Skipperforening, Vågsallmenningen 7, Bergen. Doors open at 19.00, with music starting at 19.30.

Live music (and dancing instructions) will be provided by a ceilidh band fomr Scotland. Details to follow.

Bergen Pipes & Drums will also be on hand to play a few tunes for us and there will be a raffle with Scottish prizes for the lucky few.

Adults, children, members and non-members are all welcome. The band will talk us through each dance, so no previous experience is required. Whether you're 8 or 88, it's a great night for all the family!

More information to the band and tickets will be provided closer to the event. 



St Andrew's Day whisky tasting, Saturday 30th November 2024

The nights are fair drawing in, as we say in Scotland. To help bring some light into the darkness, we are delighted to be holding a whisky tasting to celebrate St Andrew's Day, the day of Scotland's patron saint.
More details on the topiccc, time, venue and tickets to follow.


Event suggestions

What would you like to see happen in 2024 and 2025? Drop us a mail if there´s anything special you would like us to do. Here are some of the ideas we're looking into: whisky tasting, curling, pub nights and a historical guided walk. All events are open to everyone; members and non-members alike, Scottish or otherwise.  

If you'd like to get a bit more a of a flavour for what we do, check out what Society is getting up to on Facebook and Twitter. Information about events from the pre-Facebook era on the menu to the left.