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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. Aladdin & The Meanie Genie

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Achnasheen

    Act One Panto presents traditional, festive pantomime fun.

    Dates

    31 Dec 2014
  2. Paul Merton's Impro Chums

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Improvised scenarios based on audience suggestions.

    Dates

    17 May 2015
  3. Gradings

    Inverness

    Run a half marathon or take part in the 5K fun run.

    Dates

    8 Mar 2015
  4. Gradings

    The Highlands

    10-mile circular walk.

    Dates

    14 Jan 2015
  5. 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
  6. Christmas Carols

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Strathpeffer

    Dingwall choral society and the Invergordon Singers.

    Dates

    14 Dec 2014
  7. Gradings

    Inverness

    Another large Christmas Arts, Crafts and Food fair by Exclusively Highlands at Eden Court.

    Dates

    5 Dec 2014 to 7 Dec 2014
  8. MIR

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Strathpeffer

    Highland musical talent.

    Dates

    13 Dec 2014
  9. Gradings

    Inverness

    Saxophone quartet perform a variety of pieces.

    Dates

    13 Jan 2015
  10. Gradings

    The Highlands

    James Ross returns to Brodie Castle with The Marvel of Peru and soprano Aileen Birch.

    Dates

    14 Dec 2014
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