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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. Maraike Bruning

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Classical performance.

    Dates

    29 Jan 2015
  2. Top Dogs' Day Out

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Aviemore

    Dog agility courses, displays and quizzes.

    Dates

    27 Jul 2014
  3. Scotland Salmon Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Inverness

    A three-day festival celebrating Atlantic Salmon.

    Dates

    4 Sep 2015 to 6 Sep 2015
  4. Mountain Meander, Glenmore

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Aviemore

    Walk the Meall a Bhuachaille - a Corbet of a hill, to be tackled slowly and explore Glenmore's past.

    Dates

    11 Oct 2014
  5. Gradings

    The Highlands

    Free activity, creative and bringing communities together.

    Dates

    1 Jul 2014 to 22 Sep 2014
  6. Kate Rusby Band

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Award-winning indie-folk singer.

    Dates

    19 Sep 2014
  7. Gradings

    Arisaig

    The Arisaig Highland Games is an annual event which has run for over 70 years.

    Dates

    30 Jul 2014
  8. West Side Story

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    The classic dance musical based on Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet.

    Dates

    20 Aug 2014 to 23 Aug 2014
  9. Highland Chamber Orchestra

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Strathpeffer

    Delius' Prelude to Irmelin, Faure's Masques et Bergamasques, Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, JC Bach's Symphony in D Op 18 No 4 and Mozart's Symphony No 31 in D Paris.

    Dates

    7 Sep 2014
  10. Duke Special

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Alt folk and pop singer-songwriter from Belfast.

    Dates

    3 Aug 2014
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