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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. Clachtoll Seashore Roadshow

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Lairg

    Following the sand sculpture contest, this is a day for the family.

    Dates

    11 Aug 2015
  2. Skye Swing Jazz Festival

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    The Highlands

    Four days of jazz and swing with a 1920s theme.

    Dates

    29 Oct 2015 to 1 Nov 2015
  3. Sand Sculpture Contest

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Gairloch

    The sand-sculpture contest is back! This year's challenge is to sculpt your favourite marine creature.

    Dates

    31 Jul 2015
  4. Kite Making

    Type

    Workshops

    Gradings

    Thurso

    Assemble and fly your very own kite made from everyday household items.

    Dates

    14 Aug 2015
  5. The Netherlands National Circus

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Lossiemouth

    Circus show with a cast of international artistes.

    Dates

    14 Jul 2015 to 19 Jul 2015
  6. Gradings

    The Highlands

    Explore some of the lesser-walked parts of the west coast of Skye - an area of cliffs and caves, sea stacks and spectacular views.

    Dates

    17 Jul 2015
  7. Ramble On The Ridge

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Portree

    A Special Area of Conservation owing to its species rich grasslands and unique geological features.

    Dates

    14 Oct 2015
  8. Fiddler In The Loop

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Italian-born violin wizard Luca Ciarla.

    Dates

    25 Jul 2015
  9. Nursery Rhyme Trail

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Thurso

    The under fives will enjoy the songs and activities.

    Dates

    30 Jul 2015
  10. Portgordon Art Exhibition

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    The Highlands

    Exhibition of members' work carried out over the past year.

    Dates

    17 Oct 2015 to 18 Oct 2015
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