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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. Dufftown Highland Games

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Keith

    Traditional Scottish Highland games with a race for visitors too.

    Dates

    25 Jul 2015
  2. Brand New 14/15

    Type

    Dance Event

    Gradings

    The Highlands

    Workshops, events, parties and live music.

    Dates

    29 Dec 2014 to 3 Jan 2015
  3. Gradings

    Inverness

    Saxophone quartet perform a variety of pieces.

    Dates

    13 Jan 2015
  4. Susan Calman: Lady Like

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Feisty and caustic wit.

    Dates

    27 Mar 2015
  5. Keith Country Show

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Keith

    A programme of agricultural events and entertainment.

    Dates

    9 Aug 2015 to 10 Aug 2015
  6. Glenurquhart Highland Games

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Traditional Highland games with pipe band, piping competitions, heavy events, field and track events.

    Dates

    22 Aug 2015
  7. Aladdin & The Meanie Genie

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Achnasheen

    Act One Panto presents traditional, festive pantomime fun.

    Dates

    31 Dec 2014
  8. Dornoch Highland Gathering

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dornoch

    Traditional Scottish Highland games held since 1887.

    Dates

    7 Aug 2015
  9. Gradings

    Achnasheen

    A mix of opera highlights by four young singers.

    Dates

    12 Feb 2015
  10. 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
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