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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

    Songs and stories from his time in the public eye.

    Dates

    16 Mar 2015
  2. Gradings

    Inverness

    A performance of premieres of plays by ten writers.

    Dates

    13 Apr 2015 to 16 Apr 2015
  3. Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Kyle of Lochalsh

    A themed trail with clues to solve.

    Dates

    3 Apr 2015
  4. There Were Two Brothers

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    A personal exploration of fraternal relationships.

    Dates

    5 Mar 2015
  5. Gradings

    Inverness

    Talk with the elephant conservationist and wildlife TV presenter.

    Dates

    5 Mar 2015
  6. Gradings

    Inverness

    Witty observations and social commentary.

    Dates

    25 Aug 2015 to 28 Aug 2015
  7. Alan Carr: Yap, Yap, Yap!

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Alan Carr will be yapping his way around the UK & Ireland with his brand new stand up show Yap, Yap, Yap The BAFTA and British Comedy Award-winning comedian, author and chat show supremo returns to his stand up roots with his hilarious take on life.

    Dates

    26 Feb 2015 to 27 Feb 2015
  8. Kinguissie Food on Film

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Kingussie

    Celebrating and exploring the world of food.

    Dates

    5 Feb 2015 to 8 Feb 2015
  9. Highland Field Sports Fair

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Diverse entertainment and activities.

    Dates

    7 Aug 2015 to 8 Aug 2015
  10. FebruaryFest

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Ballachulish

    Good beer, hearty food and great craic.

    Dates

    30 Jan 2015 to 28 Feb 2015
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