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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

    A charming tale of a weather house and its inhabitants.

    Dates

    8 Mar 2015
  2. Gradings

    Inverness

    Hard-rock and metal covers by Meat Loaf.

    Dates

    29 Mar 2015
  3. Ceilidh

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Traditional ceilidh.

    Dates

    8 Nov 2014 to 10 Jan 2015
  4. Gradings

    Inverness

    A 12-day music festival.

    Dates

    12 Feb 2015 to 4 Mar 2015
  5. Gradings

    Arisaig

    A mix of opera highlights by four young singers.

    Dates

    14 Feb 2015
  6. Aladdin & The Meanie Genie

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Achnasheen

    Act One Panto presents traditional, festive pantomime fun.

    Dates

    31 Dec 2014
  7. UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Fort William

    Two of the most gruelling, high-speed events in extreme freesports.

    Dates

    6 Jun 2015 to 7 Jun 2015
  8. Haggis, Beasts And Tatties

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Dancing, music and short performances.

    Dates

    25 Jan 2015
  9. Gradings

    Inverness

    Folk group from Edinburgh.

    Dates

    18 Mar 2015
  10. Snowdrop Festival 2015: Forss

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Thurso

    Stroll through the woods.

    Dates

    31 Jan 2015 to 15 Mar 2015
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