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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. Faraid Head Dunes

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Lairg

    A mystery walk amongst a myriad of sand dunes.

    Dates

    16 Sep 2014
  2. Gradings

    Inverness

    A fun-filled and unique evening featuring Scottish food and drink, traditional music, singing, activities, ceilidh dancing, theatre and comedy.

    Dates

    2 Apr 2014 to 29 Oct 2014
  3. Gradings

    The Highlands

    Explore Slochd Altramain.

    Dates

    28 Aug 2014
  4. Cavaleri Quartet

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Quartet string music.

    Dates

    24 Sep 2014
  5. Gradings

    The Highlands

    A combined 37 mile duathlon with a ceilidh afterwards.

    Dates

    20 Sep 2014
  6. Blas Festival: Daimh

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Strathpeffer

    Celtic folk quintet. With support from James Mackenzie, Neil Ewart, John Somerville and Feis Rois.

    Dates

    10 Sep 2014
  7. 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
  8. The Mahler Players

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Dornoch

    Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn.

    Dates

    17 Sep 2014
  9. Beginners Birdwatch

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Golspie

    A walk through Balblair Woods to the bird hide overlooking Loch Fleet.

    Dates

    15 Oct 2014
  10. Shakespeare Schools Festival

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Performances by local schoolchildren.

    Dates

    10 Nov 2014
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