Heritage and outdoor events in Argyll & The Isles

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  • Looking across the stage to competitors participating in the Highland Dancing at the Cowal Games in Dunoon, Argyll & Isles
    Competitors participating in the Highland dancing Competition at the Cowal Games in Dunoon
  • A lone piper photographed in the evening sunshine framed against blue skye
    A lone piper photographed in the evening sunshine

Celebrate Scotland’s unique culture by attending one of the many heritage and outdoor events held in Argyll & The Isles.

From an exhilarating time spent at guided natural history walks to the vibrant Highland games with traditional music and dance, soak up the exciting atmosphere and attend a heritage and outdoor event in Argyll & The Isles.

What better way to experience the outdoors of Argyll & The Isles than by exploring the region’s gorgeous islands by foot? Take part in Walk Islay, a week-long walking festival in April which takes in scenic locations throughout Islay, Jura and Colonsay.

Highland games abound here with unusual settings, including the games at Inveraray in July, held with the backdrop of the magnificent castle. This is a fantastic opportunity to watch traditional dancing, heavy athletics contests, pipe band displays and much more. One of the world’s largest Highland games can be experienced at the Cowal Highland Gathering in August.

A sporting event with a difference - the World Stone Skimming Championships - takes place annually near Oban in September. Attracting more than 300 participants and many spectators, anybody of any age can enter, making for an intriguing contest. September also hosts the Best of the West Festival in the grounds of Inveraray Castle. This lively food, drink and music festival is not to be missed.

In October you can experience the thrill of the Mull Rally, which sees cars race over the island’s mainly single track roads, whilst the prestigious Tiree Wave Classic invites the best windsurfers from all over Britain to compete on the challenging Atlantic waves. Cowalfest offers a more peaceful way to experience the region’s scenery, offering a variety of tranquil walking routes for all abilities with many arts activities and exhibitions to uncover along the way.

Use these listings to plan a day out to a heritage or outdoor event in Argyll and The Isles.