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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. Fred Schley

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Portree

    Paintings of the Scottish Highlands, Skye, the Outer Hebrides, Hoy, the Cotswolds and Kent.

    Dates

    1 Apr 2014 to 31 Aug 2014
  2. Gradings

    Lairg

    illustrated talk about whales and dolphins.

    Dates

    30 Jul 2014
  3. Bushcraft Pioneer

    Type

    Workshops

    Gradings

    Golspie

    Learn the art of knots and lashings.

    Dates

    11 Jul 2014
  4. What The Ladybird Heard

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    The Ladybird has a plan to defeat cattle thieves.

    Dates

    8 Jun 2014 to 10 Jun 2014
  5. John Doyle

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    The Highlands

    Classic Irish music performer.

    Dates

    1 Jun 2014
  6. Sea Kayaking Taster Day

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    The Highlands

    Introduction Kayaking day to gain basic skills.

    Dates

    1 Apr 2014 to 31 Oct 2014
  7. Seashore Shenanigans

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Wick

    Explore the seashore of Keiss.

    Dates

    18 May 2014
  8. Stroll The Strath: Guided Walk

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Dunbeath

    A three-mile circular route around an ancient beauty spot.

    Dates

    22 Aug 2014
  9. Ian Anderson

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Prog and folk-rock singer-songwriter.

    Dates

    21 May 2014
  10. Gradings

    The Highlands

    Following the success of the first festival in 2013, it's back, this time with a 1920's theme.

    Dates

    30 Oct 2014 to 2 Nov 2014
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