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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. Survival Skills

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    Sport & Leisure

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    Achnasheen

    Could you survive in the woods? Come along to find out how!

    Dates

    29 Jul 2015
  2. Gradings

    Inverness

    The award-winning television adventurer talks about his expeditions.

    Dates

    15 Oct 2015
  3. SkyeLarks: The Art Of Survival

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    Sport & Leisure

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    The Highlands

    Find out if you've got what it takes to survive in the wild.

    Dates

    9 Jul 2015
  4. Prime Four Beast Race

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    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Inverness

    A 10K obstacle course.

    Dates

    5 Sep 2015
  5. Gradings

    Inverness

    An array of Christmas gifts for sale.

    Dates

    20 Nov 2015 to 6 Dec 2015
  6. Rockpools

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    Sport & Leisure

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    Lairg

    Join us and meet some of the really weird wildlife living here.

    Dates

    30 Jul 2015
  7. Pond Dipping

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    Sport & Leisure

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    Alness

    Enjoy catching and learning about aquatic creatures at the pond.

    Dates

    3 Aug 2015
  8. Rockpool Rummage

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    Sport & Leisure

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    Wick

    Discover life below the waves.

    Dates

    9 Jul 2015
  9. Exploration Cromarty Foreshore

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    Sport & Leisure

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    Cromarty

    When the tide is out there is a whole world uncovered.

    Dates

    5 Aug 2015
  10. Campfire Challenge

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Fort William

    Bushcraft adventure for families.

    Dates

    13 Jun 2015
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