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VisitScotland The Highlands Guide
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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. Graves & Garnets

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    The Highlands

    An investigative wander in this corner of the Moidart Peninsula.

    Dates

    3 Jul 2014
  2. Castle Bharraich: Walk

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Lairg

    Walk with guides towards the historical ruins.

    Dates

    29 Apr 2014
  3. Gradings

    Fortrose

    Investigate the rock pools for crabs, anemones and more.

    Dates

    17 Jul 2014
  4. Magical Bird Migrants, Kincraig

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Kingussie

    Fun activities to celebrate the return of the swallow and other favourite feathered friends.

    Dates

    3 May 2014
  5. Gradings

    Lairg

    A hillwalk linking two cave systems.

    Dates

    10 Jun 2014
  6. Gradings

    Cromarty

    Crime writing talks and workshops with top writers.

    Dates

    25 Apr 2014 to 27 Apr 2014
  7. Skip Gorman

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    The Highlands

    Skip Gorman brings back to life the workaday world of the cowboys of the American West.

    Dates

    20 Jul 2014
  8. Gradings

    The Highlands

    Free activity, creative and bringing communities together.

    Dates

    1 Jul 2014 to 22 Sep 2014
  9. Gradings

    Ballachulish

    Explore the fantastic ridge linking the two mountains standing alone above the neighbouring village.

    Dates

    24 Jun 2014 to 14 Oct 2014
  10. Gradings

    The Highlands

    The wonderful Inner Sound return to delight audiences with another Gilbert and Sullivan classic.

    Dates

    18 Jul 2014 to 19 Jul 2014
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