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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. Mountain And Sea Festival 2014

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Achnasheen

    A celebration of the environmental heritage at Torridon.

    Dates

    3 Oct 2014 to 13 Oct 2014
  2. Ruins And Rutting

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Ullapool

    Join the local ranger and take a walk to the ancient fort of Dun Canna.

    Dates

    9 Oct 2013 to 8 Oct 2014
  3. Charlie Landsborough

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Country from the singer-songwriter.

    Dates

    9 Oct 2014
  4. Gradings

    Thurso

    Join in the seashore safari.

    Dates

    7 Sep 2014
  5. Gradings

    Inverness

    Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings.

    Dates

    22 Feb 2015
  6. Gradings

    Inverness

    Scotland's top two shinty teams battle it out for the trophy.

    Dates

    13 Sep 2014
  7. Glasgow Phoenix Choir

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Dornoch

    Choral works.

    Dates

    27 Sep 2014
  8. Gradings

    Invergordon

    Traditional Scottish Highland games but taking place in a brand new location.

    Dates

    23 Aug 2014
  9. 4x4 Safari

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    The Highlands

    Explore the nature reserve.

    Dates

    31 Aug 2014
  10. Batty About Bats

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Wick

    Wander around Thrumster woods in search of the tiny flying mammals.

    Dates

    29 Aug 2014
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