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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. Fortress For The King

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    Sport & Leisure

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    Inverness

    Meet one of the soldiers stationed at the building of Fort George.

    Dates

    30 Jun 2015 to 14 Jul 2015
  2. Drumbeg Peat Road Walk

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

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    Lairg

    An exploration of the remote Assynt 'cnoc and loch' landscape.

    Dates

    12 May 2015 to 7 Jul 2015
  3. Meditate To The Autumn Colours

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

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    Aviemore

    De-stress on Stress Awareness Day in a mindful fashion!

    Dates

    4 Nov 2015
  4. Prime Four Beast Race

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Inverness

    A 10K obstacle course.

    Dates

    5 Sep 2015
  5. Secret Cameras

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

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    Achnasheen

    Watch footage of the birds and mammals on the estate.

    Dates

    14 Jul 2015
  6. Carve Carrbridge 2015

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

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    Carrbridge

    UK and international entrants compete for the Claymore trophy.

    Dates

    5 Sep 2015
  7. Scourie Seacliffs

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

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    Lairg

    Join us on this undulating coastal walk.

    Dates

    16 Jul 2015
  8. Highland Harvest (4) Winter

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

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    Portree

    Join the Rangers on a series of foraging forays to discover the variety of fare nature has to offer.

    Dates

    27 Nov 2015
  9. Gradings

    The Highlands

    Explore some of the lesser-walked parts of the west coast of Skye - an area of cliffs and caves, sea stacks and spectacular views.

    Dates

    17 Jul 2015
  10. Wildlife Watch

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

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    Achnasheen

    Loch Ewe provides home to many resident and migratory birds and mammals.

    Dates

    11 Aug 2015
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