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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

    Works by Stravinsky, Britten, Prokofiev and Barber.

    Dates

    2 May 2015
  2. Durness Highland Gathering

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Lairg

    Traditional Scottish Highland games to take part in or watch.

    Dates

    24 Jul 2015
  3. Survive The Yomp

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    The Highlands

    Gruelling hike raising money for charity.

    Dates

    12 Sep 2015
  4. Ben Ottewell

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Soulful indie-rock.

    Dates

    15 Apr 2015
  5. SkiMo Nevis Range Race

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Fort William

    The competitor with the fastest time for completing the route will be declared the winner.

    Dates

    28 Mar 2015
  6. Gradings

    The Highlands

    Homegrown talent to American bands.

    Dates

    3 Apr 2015 to 5 Apr 2015
  7. 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
  8. Isle Of Skye Highland Games

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Portree

    Don't miss out on this traditional Highland Games on the spectacular Isle of Skye!

    Dates

    8 Aug 2015
  9. Willow Models

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Brora

    Make animal models.

    Dates

    10 Apr 2015
  10. Tomintoul Highland Games

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    The Highlands

    One of the oldest Highland Games in Scotland.

    Dates

    18 Jul 2015
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