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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. Kyle Of Durness

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Lairg

    Guided walk around the coastal area.

    Dates

    18 Jun 2015 to 28 Jul 2015
  2. Highland herbal 2

    Type

    Workshops

    Gradings

    Portree

    Exploring plants used as remedies by early medical practitioners in the Highlands.

    Dates

    11 Jul 2015
  3. Strathpeffer Highland Gathering

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Strathpeffer

    Traditional Scottish Highland games in the grand settings of Castle Leod.

    Dates

    8 Aug 2015
  4. Lossiemouth Raft Race

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Lossiemouth

    A race of race of home made rafts.

    Dates

    2 Aug 2015
  5. Gradings

    Elgin

    Hundred of events to celebrate whisky.

    Dates

    28 Apr 2016 to 2 May 2016
  6. Skye Swing Jazz Festival

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    The Highlands

    Four days of jazz and swing with a 1920s theme.

    Dates

    29 Oct 2015 to 1 Nov 2015
  7. Gradings

    Thurso

    A 180 mile challenge.

    Dates

    28 Apr 2015 to 30 Sep 2015
  8. The Nairn Seashore Roadshow

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Nairn

    Crafts, kite making, guided walks, activities, displays and entertainment.

    Dates

    17 Jul 2015
  9. Halloween In The Glen

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Fort William

    Bring the whole family to Glen Nevis for a spooky evening of Halloween fun.

    Dates

    28 Oct 2015
  10. Gradings

    Thurso

    Learn to identify our local bumblebees on a guided bumblebee safari at the wonderful Farr Glebe Bumblebee Reserve.

    Dates

    28 Jul 2015
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