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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. Earthsings Conference

    Type

    Literary

    Gradings

    The Highlands

    A conference devoted to transformation through song

    Dates

    28 Mar 2015
  2. Strathpeffer Highland Gathering

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Strathpeffer

    Traditional Scottish Highland games in the grand settings of Castle Leod.

    Dates

    8 Aug 2015
  3. Dufftown Highland Games

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Keith

    Traditional Scottish Highland games with a race for visitors too.

    Dates

    25 Jul 2015
  4. Gradings

    The Highlands

    Homegrown talent to American bands.

    Dates

    3 Apr 2015 to 5 Apr 2015
  5. Gradings

    Thurso

    A variety of one-act plays.

    Dates

    20 Feb 2015 to 21 Feb 2015
  6. Gradings

    Inverness

    Captivating dance theatre with full live flamenco band, narrated by Alexei Sayle, with dancers Kerieva McCormick & Raul Prieto, choreography by 'Gran Maestro' Javier Latorre, video design by Tim Reid (1984) & lighting by Colin Grenfell (Black Watch).

    Dates

    16 Feb 2015
  7. Gradings

    Inverness

    A children's adventure story set in the deep ocean.

    Dates

    1 Apr 2015 to 2 Apr 2015
  8. 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
  9. The Dublin Legends

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Irish folk quintet.

    Dates

    28 Jan 2015
  10. Scottish Opera: Kido (Ages 3-4)

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Scottish Opera's new show for youngsters and their carers is fast paced and full of fun.

    Dates

    1 Apr 2015 to 2 Apr 2015
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