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  • The Vatersay Boys, a ceilidh band, performing on the Isle of Berneray
    The Vatersay Boys performing on the Isle of Berneray
  • Dream State Circus at the Hebridean Celtic Festival
    Dream State Circus at the Hebridean Celtic Festival
  • An aerial view of the Hebridean Celtic Festival, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis © Colin Cameron
    Hebridean Celtic Festival, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis © Colin Cameron
  • An informal session of accordion music with local musician Duncan Mackinnon on Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides
    An informal session of accordion music with local musician Duncan Mackinnon on the Isle of Barra
  • A pipe band at the Hebridean Celtic Festival
    The Hebridean Celtic Festival

Reflecting the rich culture of these islands, the Outer Hebrides boasts an impressive programme of events. With traditional music and boat festivals, Highland games and agricultural show, you’re likely to be able to join in some kind of celebration during your stay.

You cannot travel far in these islands without coming upon some dance or music event. Home to unique language, Outer Hebrides is the heartland of the Gaels and the Gaelic culture which is the backdrop to a holiday in the isles with festivals, ceilidhs and summer pipe bands parades always on somewhere.

The big events, like the Ceòlas Music Festival in South Uist, the critically acclaimed Hebridean Celtic Festival with traditional and contemporary music events around Lewis and Harris, and the annual calendar of Fèisean, are all worth experiencing.

For a plethora of local galas, shows and Highland games with arts and crafts throughout the area, make sure to attend the annual Sail Stornoway Maritime Festival held in July.

If you’re a book lover then don’t miss the annual Hebridean book festival, the Faclan, or why not join in with the local in celebration of the traditional and folk music during Harris Arts Festival in summer?

The working of the land is reflected in the various agricultural shows that take place in communities. As far as key sporting events, there are the various island half-marathons, while the Stornoway Golf Club Open Week is a seven-day extravaganza of golf.

While you can enjoy days of absolute peace in the Outer Hebrides, experiencing one of the islands’ vibrant events is a great way if learning about the local history and culture and making new lifelong friends.

Take a look at the below listings to find a great range of events in the Outer Hebrides throughout the year and start planning your holiday today.

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  1. Isle Of Harris Mountain Festival


    Sport & Leisure


    Outer Hebrides

    A week long celebration of the island's people, landscape and wildlife.


    12 Sep 2015 to 19 Sep 2015
  2. Gradings


    Showcasing writing by or about Hebridean written culture.


    28 Oct 2015 to 31 Oct 2015
  3. Bring In The Spirit


    Music Event



    An entertaining & memorable evening of Scots song and verse, full of warmth & humour with Rod Paterson, Kirsten Easdale, Gregor Lowrey & Marc Duff.


    12 Sep 2015

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