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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

    Thurso

    Commemorating the clearances of Strathnaver in 1814.

    Dates

    25 Jul 2014 to 10 Aug 2014
  2. Gradings

    The Highlands

    See the fruit, vegetables and flower beds in this two-acre walled garden.

    Dates

    3 May 2014 to 13 Aug 2014
  3. Gradings

    Nethy Bridge

    A traditional highland games spectacle.

    Dates

    9 Aug 2014
  4. Lossiemouth Raft Race

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Lossiemouth

    In aid of the Make A Wish Foundation and MFR Cash For Kids.

    Dates

    3 Aug 2014
  5. Gradings

    Portree

    Traditional Scottish Highland games attended by locals and visitors alike.

    Dates

    6 Aug 2014
  6. Gradings

    Inverness

    The pianist joins the ensemble for pieces by Mozart and Hadyn.

    Dates

    24 Oct 2014
  7. Inverness Craft Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Beautiful arts and crafts from across the Highlands of Scotland displayed in the stunning Inverness Town House

    Dates

    20 Sep 2014 to 21 Sep 2014
  8. Seashore Safari

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Gairloch

    Discover, catch and learn about the creatures that live along the shoreline.

    Dates

    8 Aug 2014
  9. Gradings

    Inverness

    Outrageous wit and banter.

    Dates

    25 Jul 2014
  10. Craft Club

    Type

    Workshops

    Gradings

    Drumnadrochit

    Craft enthusiasts share their skills.

    Dates

    1 Oct 2013 to 26 Aug 2014
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