Events from 1986 in Scotland
- Monarch - Elizabeth II
- 26 March - Kenny Dalglish becomes the first Scotland national football team player to be capped 100 times at senior level.
- April - Scottish Unionist Party established.
- 8 May - Scottish local Regional elections, 1986, result in the Conservatives losing control of the two Regional Councils where they previously held a majority: Grampian and Tayside.
- 24 Julyâ"2 August - Commonwealth Games held in Edinburgh.
- c. August - The millionth council house in the United Kingdom is sold to its tenants in Scotland, seven years after the right to buy scheme was launched.
- 9 September - MSÂ Norsea launched at Govan, the largest passenger ship built on the Clyde (31785 GT) and last large passenger ship built in the U.K.
- 26 October - Bus deregulation in Great Britain: First Magic Bus (Stagecoach) operation, in Glasgow.
- 6 November - 1986 British International Helicopters Chinook crash: 45 oil workers killed when a Chinook helicopter carrying them from the Brent oilfield crashes in Shetland.
- December - The St Kilda islands become the first World Heritage Site in Scotland.
- 18 June - Richard Madden, actor
- 13 November - Kevin Bridges, stand-up comedian
- 21 September - Bill Simpson, actor (born 1931)
- Robert Alan Jamieson's novel Thin Wealth and Shetland Scots poetry collection Shoormal are published.
- 1986 in the United Kingdom