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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. 52 Shades Of Maggie

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    A one-woman show about love, life and friendship.

    Dates

    10 Apr 2015
  2. Bone Caves

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Lairg

    Walk around the caves where ice age reindeer and polar bear bones have been discovered

    Dates

    19 May 2015 to 8 Sep 2015
  3. Easter Sunday

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Fort William

    Children's event with egg rolling, face painting, badge making and an egg hunt.

    Dates

    5 Apr 2015
  4. Gradings

    Beauly

    Can you help track dragon sightings and find their rare eggs for scientific research?

    Dates

    7 Apr 2015
  5. Gradings

    The Highlands

    Homegrown talent to American bands.

    Dates

    3 Apr 2015 to 5 Apr 2015
  6. Shenachie Stroll

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Inverness

    A beautiful walk above the Findhorn River, up Tom na Slaite Hill and down to the ruins of Shenachie Croft.

    Dates

    14 Jun 2015
  7. Gradings

    Dornoch

    A tour for up to 60 classic cars from Dornoch to Ullapool and back to raise money for RNLI, Macmillan Cancer Support and Rotary charities.

    Dates

    23 May 2015
  8. A Night of Dirty Dancing

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Strathpeffer

    The ultimate tribute show.

    Dates

    12 Apr 2015
  9. SkiScotland Snow Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Fort William

    Take part in the simultaneous Mass Descent.

    Dates

    28 Mar 2015 to 29 Mar 2015
  10. Contin Views And Loch Cran

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Strathpeffer

    Take in the paths of Contin forest.

    Dates

    15 Apr 2015
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