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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
  • Julie Fowlis features in the line-up of 'Hebtember 14', a month-long arts festival throughout the Outer Hebrides
    See Julie Fowlis at Hebtember 14, a month-long arts festival taking place throughout the Outer Hebrides
  • 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
  • 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.

New for this year is Hebtember 14, a fantastic month-long festival of music, comedy, ceilidhs, arts & crafts featuring Julie Fowlis, Fred MacAulay and many more; book your tickets here.

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. Rura

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Stornoway

    Rura’s powerful sound comes from pipes, whistle, flute, fiddle, bodhran, guitar and vocals.

    Dates

    17 Apr 2015
  2. The Straw Chair

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Stornoway

    Borderline perform Sue Glover's internationally renowned 18th century drama.

    Dates

    30 Mar 2015
  3. North Uist Agricultural Show

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    North Uist

    Compettions, shows, stalls and entertainment.

    Dates

    30 Jul 2015
  4. Berneray Week

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Outer Hebrides

    Fun for all the family with races, sheepdog trials, treasure hunts and more.

    Dates

    17 Jul 2015 to 25 Jul 2015
  5. Hebtember

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Outer Hebrides

    Celebrating the rich culture on the island.

    Dates

    1 Sep 2015 to 30 Sep 2015
  6. Gradings

    Stornoway

    Showcasing writing by or about Hebridean written culture.

    Dates

    28 Oct 2015 to 31 Oct 2015
  7. Glas Bheinn Hill Walk

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Outer Hebrides

    A walk to the top of one of Assynt's less-visited mountains Glas Bheinn.

    Dates

    25 Jun 2015
  8. Stornoway Golf Club Open Week

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Outer Hebrides

    Various competitions.

    Dates

    4 Jul 2015 to 11 Jul 2015
  9. Gradings

    Stornoway

    A Red Arrows' Display.

    Dates

    29 Jun 2015
  10. Isle Of Harris Mountain Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Outer Hebrides

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

    Dates

    12 Sep 2015 to 19 Sep 2015
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