While you can enjoy days of absolute peace in the Outer Hebrides, experiencing one of the islands’ vibrant events is a great way of learning about the local culture and history and making new friends.
Being the heartland of the Gaelic culture, the region boasts a fantastic range of Celtic celebrations all year round. There’s such a strong musical heritage in the region that in summertime barely a day goes by without an event or festival happening in one of the towns and villages.
Enjoy the traditional Gaelic music of accordion, bagpipes and fiddles in the many bars, shops and churches throughout the isles. Passed down through generations for centuries, it is considered as part of an everyday life. Local galleries like An Lanntair also regularly feature mainstream musicians as well as local music acts.
Visit Ceòlas Music Festival where you can explore the vital connections between Scottish traditional music, Gaelic songs and dance. Set within the Gaelic-speaking community of South Uist, this fantastic summer folk festival is a great opportunity to enjoy all these art forms.
Learn about the region's heritage through the songs at the fantastic Hebridean Celtic Festival. This flagship event held annually in Stornoway attracts visitors from far and wide and has been voted one of the top 10 music global festivals in both 2011 and 2012.
If you’re passionate about dancing then why not join in the many ceilidh nights around the islands? Master the popular ceilidh dances together with the basic steps in the rhythm of a cheerful and lively Gaelic folk music and you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience.
For a chance to experience the authentic heritage of Scottish culture, join in at one of the Highland Games in Outer Hebrides. Seeing the traditional competitions in piping, drumming, dancing and more is a must-see additional to a Scottish holiday.
For theatrical arts, Outer Hebrides won’t disappoint you either. From theatre to musical and opera, catch acclaimed productions and contemporary acts live to best embrace the history, culture and heritage of this stunning region.
Browse the great selection of music, dance and theatre events in the Outer Hebrides and book an event today.