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GENERATION ››

This epic programme of events celebrates 25 years of contemporary arts in Scotland - from Orkney to the Scottish Borders

  • 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. Gradings

    Outer Hebrides

    Come and see the very best of Barra and Vatersay veg, fruit, crafts, baking and other items.

    Dates

    6 Sep 2014
  2. Gradings

    Outer Hebrides

    A month long celebration of contemporary arts and entertainment.

    Dates

    1 Sep 2014 to 30 Sep 2014
  3. Sgeulachd Hiort: St Kilda Story

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Outer Hebrides

    This exhibition tells the story of St Kilda from the earliest history until the present day.

    Dates

    26 Jun 2014 to 31 Dec 2014
  4. Gradings

    Outer Hebrides

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

    Dates

    13 Sep 2014 to 20 Sep 2014
  5. Gradings

    Outer Hebrides

    Contemporary art project.

    Dates

    1 Aug 2014 to 31 Oct 2014
  6. Gradings

    Outer Hebrides

    Gaelic song experience.

    Dates

    1 May 2014 to 28 Sep 2014
  7. Scottish Opera: Macbeth

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Stornoway

    Scottish Opera’s brooding, atmospheric Macbeth returns in celebration of the 2014 Year of Homecoming

    Dates

    21 Oct 2014
  8. Gradings

    Stornoway

    Four days of literary talks, book clubs and discussions.

    Dates

    29 Oct 2014 to 1 Nov 2014
  9. Scottish Ballet: Up Close

    Type

    Dance Event

    Gradings

    Stornoway

    A rare chance to see your national company up close.

    Dates

    16 Oct 2014 to 17 Oct 2014
  10. Cathie Rae: Cat’s Club

    Type

    Music Event

    Gradings

    Stornoway

    Jazz-soul singer-songwriter.

    Dates

    26 Sep 2014
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