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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

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    Sport & Leisure

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    Keith

    Traditional Scottish Highland games with a race for visitors too.

    Dates

    25 Jul 2015
  2. Gradings

    Forres

    James Ross conducts a baroque ensemble.

    Dates

    14 Jun 2015
  3. Open Farm Sunday: Kylerona Farm

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Meet the people who grow our food and care for our countryside.

    Dates

    7 Jun 2015
  4. Gradings

    The Highlands

    Set sail right round the charming Isle of Raasay.

    Dates

    29 May 2015
  5. Macdonald Lord Of The Isles

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Learn about the life of a foot soldier.

    Dates

    16 May 2015 to 31 Jul 2015
  6. North Shore, Scourie

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

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    Lairg

    Guided coastal walk.

    Dates

    6 Aug 2015
  7. Gradings

    Forres

    An array of Christmas gifts for sale.

    Dates

    28 Nov 2015 to 29 Nov 2015
  8. Puffin Watch

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

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    Thurso

    Join the local Ranger and walk out to see the largest puffin colony in the area.

    Dates

    24 Jun 2015 to 26 Jun 2015
  9. Roundhouse Ramble

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Achnasheen

    Join the Ranger for thousands of years of history in just a few hours!

    Dates

    6 Aug 2015
  10. Gradings

    The Highlands

    A strenuous hill walk.

    Dates

    10 Jul 2015
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