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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

    Inverness

    Sibelius' Finlandia: Tone Poem and Symphony No 7, and Beethoven's Violin Concerto and Leonore Overture No 3.

    Dates

    20 Feb 2015
  2. Gradings

    Golspie

    A mix of opera highlights by four young singers.

    Dates

    26 Feb 2015
  3. We’ll Meet Again

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    A wartime cavalcade of music, song and comedy.

    Dates

    30 Mar 2015
  4. Dylan Moran: Off The Hook

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Dry wit and surreal flights of fancy.

    Dates

    8 Mar 2015
  5. Gradings

    Inverness

    Scotland's biggest Gaelic Cultural Festival.

    Dates

    9 Oct 2015 to 17 Oct 2015
  6. Gradings

    Inverness

    Annual test of endurance including a marathon, 10k, 5k and Wee Nessie races plus a food and drink fayre.

    Dates

    27 Sep 2015
  7. Fort William Mountain Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Fort William

    A celebration of mountain culture.

    Dates

    18 Feb 2015 to 22 Feb 2015
  8. Gradings

    Inverness

    A rare chance to see three of the world’s finest musicians share a stage together.

    Dates

    17 Feb 2015
  9. Gradings

    Inverness

    Saxophone quartet perform a variety of pieces.

    Dates

    13 Jan 2015
  10. Gradings

    The Highlands

    Traditional Highland Games for all the family.

    Dates

    1 Aug 2015
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