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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. Gradings

    Inverness

    Ice dancing phenomenon The Russian Ice Stars are set to transform theatres into magical frozen wonderlands. The story of an enchanted mirror, a beautiful girl, Prince Charming and a shiny red apple is brought to life on a frozen theatre stage.

    Dates

    26 May 2015 to 31 May 2015
  2. Gradings

    Inverness

    Works by Stravinsky, Britten, Prokofiev and Barber.

    Dates

    2 May 2015
  3. Nairn Highland Games

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Nairn

    Traditional Highland Games originating in 1867.

    Dates

    15 Aug 2015
  4. Black Isle Show

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Muir of Ord

    Competitive ploughing match, food and craft hall, flower show and traditional dancing.

    Dates

    6 Aug 2015
  5. Puffin Watch

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Thurso

    Join the local Ranger and walk out to see the largest puffin colony in the area.

    Dates

    24 Jun 2015 to 26 Jun 2015
  6. Fur Coat And Magic Knickers

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Comedy drama with one actress playing three characters, written by multi-award-winning James Plays playwright Rona Munro.

    Dates

    17 Jun 2015
  7. Foster And Allen

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Traditional duo.

    Dates

    19 Apr 2015
  8. Gradings

    Grantown on Spey

    Celebrating the 250th anniversary of one of Scotland's most important eighteenth century planned towns.

    Dates

    21 Jun 2015 to 28 Jun 2015
  9. Bruce Molsky

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    The Highlands

    American folk musician.

    Dates

    25 May 2015
  10. Whisky Galore

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Forres

    Learn about illegal stills and the government trying to destroy them.

    Dates

    2 May 2015 to 3 May 2015
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