Events from 2003 in Scotland
- Monarch â" Elizabeth II
- First Minister and Keeper of the Great Seal - Jack McConnell (since 22 November 2001)
- 29 January - Nat Fraser is found guilty of murdering his wife, Arlene, who went missing almost five years earlier, and is sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation to serve a minimum of 25 years.
- 15 February - Up to 100,000 people march in Glasgow to protest against the looming Iraq War.
- 25 February - The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 receives Royal Assent.
- 3 May - Scottish parliamentary election, 2003: the Labour and Liberal Democrat coalition led by Jack McConnell win a majority of the seats and remain in power. The Scottish Green Party and the Scottish Socialist Party significantly increase their representation.
- 19 July - Scotland's first cardinal for nearly 400 years, Cardinal Gordon Gray, dies aged 82.
- 9 August - Temperatures at Greycrook in the Scottish Borders reach 32.9Â°C, the highest ever recorded in Scotland.
- 25 August - Glasgow Zoo closes.
- 1 September - Cairngorms National Park created, Scotland's second national park.
- 21 October - Cardinal Keith O'Brien is proclaimed a cardinal by John Paul II.
- 24 November - The High Court in Glasgow imposes a minimum sentence of 27 years for Al Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie.
- Ownership of the Barra Estate is passed by the owner, Ian MacNeil, to the Scottish Government.
- 26 January - George Younger, Conservative politician, former Secretary of State for Scotland (born 1931)
- 14 February - Dolly, cloned sheep (born 1996)
- 30 July - Steve Hislop, motorcycle racer, killed in helicopter accident (born 1962)
- 25 September - Alastair Borthwick, broadcaster and mountaineer (born 1913)
- Lin Anderson's first "Tartan Noir" novel Driftnet is published.
- Anne Donovan's first full-length novel Buddha Da is published.
- The folk band Harem Scarem is formed.
- Timeline of Scottish history
- 2003 in the United Kingdom