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VisitScotland The Highlands Guide
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  • Fiddlers at the Highland Festival
    Fiddlers at the Highland Festival
  • Crowds watch the Tossing the Caber event at the Inverness Highland Games
    Tossing the Caber event at Inverness Highland Games
  • The main tent at the Isle of Skye Music Festival
    Isle of Skye Music Festival
  • Jazz Musicians at the Highland Festival
    Jazz Musicians at the Highland Festival
  • Crowds gather at the finish line for the downhill course during the Mountain Bike World Cup at Nevis Range
    Finish line at the Mountain Bike World Cup at Nevis Range

Don’t miss the variety of events in the Highlands, from the ancient Burning of the Clavie fire festival in January, to the legendary summer Highland games.

The Highlands’ events also include some of Scotland’s most popular music festivals including Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and RockNess. The legendary Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival always promises to be a memorable weekend, with lots of tastings, demonstrations and live music.

The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup comes to Fort William each summer with the world’s best mountain bikers thrilling the crowds on the downhill tracks of Nevis Range. For those who prefer walking, grab your boots and join one of the many walking festivals that take place throughout the year.

Enjoy the spring celebrations and connect with nature at the Wild Lochaber Festival or the Great Glen Paddle Festival.

There are various Highland games in the region throughout the summer months where you can watch the heavy events like tossing the caber as well as Highland dancing and piping contests. Among the highlights are the Dornoch Highland Gathering and the Forres Highland Games.

During the Year of Homecoming Scotland, the Highlands will host the Year of Ancient Ancestors Festival in Caithness, the 10th Clan Munro International Gathering in Fort George, and the Highland Homecoming, a two month celebration of contemporary culture which includes the Royal National Mód in Inverness.

Enjoy the winter celebrations of Inverness, with craft fairs, pantomimes, and Christmas festivities. Start the year in style at the ancient fire festival of the Burning of the Clavie, held on 11 January to mark the Pictish New Year, in the small community of Burghead on the Moray coast.

Take a look at this year-round Highland events calendar and plan your holiday in Scotland today.

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  1. Natural Art

    Type

    Workshops

    Gradings

    Golspie

    Participants will weave, stick, mould and build great works of art.

    Dates

    14 Oct 2014
  2. Gradings

    Inverness

    Tricks and illusions.

    Dates

    26 Sep 2014
  3. Gradings

    Thurso

    Stories and smart gags.

    Dates

    23 Nov 2014
  4. Mountain Meander, Glenmore

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Aviemore

    Walk the Meall a Bhuachaille - a Corbet of a hill, to be tackled slowly and explore Glenmore's past.

    Dates

    11 Oct 2014
  5. The Hallowed Turf

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Drama telling the story of the first black officer in the British Army.

    Dates

    7 Oct 2014
  6. Paul Merton's Impro Chums

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Improvised scenarios based on audience suggestions.

    Dates

    17 May 2015
  7. Never Land

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    A play in which a teenager lies in a coma after a near fatal car accident and wakes in the shadowy realm between life and death.

    Dates

    27 Oct 2014
  8. 10cc Plus Support

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Among the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music, 10cc are one of the very few acts to have achieved commercial, critical and creative success in equal measure.

    Dates

    5 Oct 2014
  9. Gradings

    Inverness

    Motown and soul show celebrating the music of the likes of The Four Tops and The Temptations.

    Dates

    29 Jan 2015
  10. Blood Brothers

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    The moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, meet again with fateful consequences.

    Dates

    2 Feb 2015 to 7 Feb 2015
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