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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


    Folk performer. With support from Lauren MacColl, Ewan MacPherson.


    30 Jul 2014
  2. Gradings

    The Highlands

    Photographs of young people living in rural Findhorn today.


    24 Sep 2014 to 5 Oct 2014
  3. Red Point Coastal Walk


    Sport & Leisure



    A walk linking the two beaches with lots to discover along the way including archaeological finds, marine life and the dunes.


    28 Aug 2014
  4. Gradings


    An introduction into Highland family research.


    30 Jul 2014
  5. Gradings


    A guided walk to Achanlochy.


    2 Aug 2014
  6. Pacific Curls


    Music Event



    Music that is both worldly and enthralling.


    28 Jul 2014
  7. Judith Nicholson: Acquiesce


    Arts & Cultural


    The Highlands

    Paintings and oil mono prints by Judith Nicholson.


    9 Aug 2014 to 23 Aug 2014
  8. Gradings


    A singing and dancing rock'n'roll show of classic hits.


    11 Dec 2014 to 13 Dec 2014
  9. Gradings


    Traditional Scottish Highland games with a dance in the evening.


    16 Aug 2014
  10. Gradings


    Follow in the footsteps of the Welsh naturalist and traveller.


    25 Sep 2014

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