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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

    The Highlands

    Wood carvings made out of locally sourced material.

    Dates

    26 Apr 2014 to 26 Oct 2014
  2. Made In Minginish Craft Fair

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    The Highlands

    Traditional and contemporary crafts.

    Dates

    30 Apr 2014 to 24 Sep 2014
  3. Gradings

    Wick

    A walk through history in classic Caithness landscape.

    Dates

    4 Oct 2014
  4. The Jeremiahs

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Strathpeffer

    Irish folk group.

    Dates

    19 Aug 2014
  5. Gradings

    Keith

    Taste, explore, sample, hear and experience the very best of Speyside

    Dates

    25 Sep 2014 to 29 Sep 2014
  6. Idlewild

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    The Highlands

    Indie-rock band.

    Dates

    6 Oct 2014
  7. Glasgow Phoenix Choir

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Strathpeffer

    The choir is joined by the Dingwall Gaelic Choir.

    Dates

    26 Sep 2014
  8. Vampires Rock

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Rothes Halls presents a musical comedy featuring a charismatic and supremely evil Baron Von Rockula.

    Dates

    14 Nov 2014
  9. The Wiyos

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Old-time swing and folk ensemble.

    Dates

    13 Nov 2014
  10. Mixed Christmas Exhibition

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Works in various media.

    Dates

    1 Nov 2014 to 31 Dec 2014
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