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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. Ben Alligin Hill Walk

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Achnasheen

    An aim to reach the summit, climbing 920 metres up the mountain of beauty.

    Dates

    2 Sep 2014
  2. Mick Flavin

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Irish country singer.

    Dates

    29 Aug 2014
  3. Gradings

    Inverness

    The pianist joins the ensemble for pieces by Mozart and Hadyn.

    Dates

    24 Oct 2014
  4. Jenna Reid

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Drumnadrochit

    The Blazin' Fiddles star performs with support from Kevin Mackenzie.

    Dates

    2 Nov 2014
  5. Gradings

    Thurso

    An exhibit on fishermen's ganseys.

    Dates

    9 Sep 2014
  6. Gradings

    Lairg

    A four kilometre walk to the caves.

    Dates

    11 Sep 2014
  7. Cara McKinnon Crawford

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Acharacle

    A solo exhibition by the Scottish landscape painter.

    Dates

    9 Aug 2014 to 7 Sep 2014
  8. Gradings

    Helmsdale

    Following the coast from Helmsdale to Golspie, looking at exploration, adventure and journeys.

    Dates

    12 Sep 2014 to 14 Sep 2014
  9. Craft Club

    Type

    Workshops

    Gradings

    Drumnadrochit

    Craft enthusiasts share their skills.

    Dates

    1 Oct 2013 to 26 Aug 2014
  10. The Mahler Players

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Dornoch

    Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn.

    Dates

    17 Sep 2014
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