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A year of fantastic events in the Scottish Highlands

There is so much happening in Inverness and the Highlands that it can be difficult to decide just what to do and where to go. To help you with this we have developed an Events Calendar to highlight some of the best events happening in and around Inverness during the year. Just click on the event to find out more information. Certain events, especially The Loch Ness Marathon and The Inverness Highland Games do attract many visitors and early booking of your Inverness accommodation is essential.

Pipe Band
Pipe Band at Highland Games
The Loch Ness Etape
The Loch Ness Etape
Highland Cows on Show
Country Shows
Shinty
Sporting Events

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Regular Events & Entertainment in Inverness

All of the locations below are within an easy walk of our Inverness B&B.

  • Inverness Farmers Market – held on the first Saturday of every month at the Eastgate Shopping Centre. This is just a five-minute walk from Inverglen Guest House.
  • Eden Court Theatre & Cinema Complex  – for a wide range of entertainment including plays, music, lectures, dance
  • Hootananny & Mad Hatters – Music Venues including traditional Scottish Folk Sessions. Music every evening (and Ceilidh on Saturday afternoons)
  • MacGregors Bar – All the best in Scottish food, drink, and music. Regular live sessions
  • The Ironworks – Music and Entertainment Venue
  • Gellions Bar – Pub with live music most nights
  • The Waterfront – Bar, and Restaurant with live folk music on Thursday nights
  • British Legion Pipe Band – Perform in Inverness High Street every Tuesday from 8 pm until 8.30 pm (usually from end June until early September)

Highland Games & Gatherings

During the summer months from May to September, the Scottish Highlands plays host to many Highland Games & Gatherings. Some of these are listed below, but more information can be found on our Highland Games Page. Once again the Inverness Games and Gathering in July is an easy walk from our Inverness accommodation.

January to March

April Events

  • 7 April 2019 – Glenlivet 10k Road Race – This beautiful 10km road race follows a scenic route from the distillery around the secret glen with stunning views all around
  • 13 April 2019 – Inverness Whisky & Gin Festival Big Day Out – Discover the true SPIRIT of Scotland in the heart of the Highlands. A celebration of Scotland’s finest malt whisky and craft gin producers mixed with liberal dashes of master classes, tastings, food, music, and Highland ‘craic’.
  • 13 April 2019 – Battle of Culloden Memorial – 10:30 am on Culloden Battlefield. A moving remembrance of a terrible and tragic event. 
  • 28 April 2019 – Etape Loch Ness – A cycle sportive taking place around iconic Loch Ness offering the chance to cycle 66 miles / 106 km around the loch on traffic free roads.

May Events

June Events

  • 1 June 2019 – The Gatheringis set to take over the historic Northern Meeting Park for a family-friendly, city centre festival. It will feature a host of the most exciting traditional and folk-based bands from The Highlands and Scotland alongside a line-up of the finest craft food and drink suppliers from the region.
  • 1 – 2 June 2019 – Mountain Bike World Cup, Fort William – Two great days of competition on the Saturday and Sunday, plus lots of other activities in and around the World Cup Village. The Nevis Range ski area is taken over by the World Cup
  • 14 – 23 June 2019 – Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival –  This festival is one of the UK’s premier outdoor activity and walking festivals. With 58 organised events to choose from.
  • 29 June 2019 – Piping Inverness – 4,000 Pipers Drummers 150 Pipe Bands, 100 Exhibitors. Bught Park Inverness will be alive with pipers and drummers competing in the European Pipe Band Championship

July Events

  • 6 July 2019 – Forres Highland Games – Traditional Highland Games starts at 12:30 with the opening ceremony with massed Pipe Bands. Followed by all the traditional events and entertainment throughout the day, Including Tug o’ War, Heavy events, Solo Piping, Athletics, Highland dancing Grass Cycling, a road Race and Pipe band competition.
  • 6 & 7 July 2019 – Summer at Eden – Exclusively Highlands bring the finest Arts, Crafts and Food from across Scotland to Eden Court, Inverness and takes place within the beautifully restored Bishop’s Palace.
  • 20 July 2019 – Inverness Highland Games – Held in the centre of Inverness. a must see event that is hugely popular with locals and visitors. Book early if you want to see this magnificent spectacle
  • 20 July 2019 – Lochcarron Highland Games – Lochcarron Highland Games feature the traditional mixture of heavy events, track and field plus highland dancing and piping displays
  • 20 July 2019 – Tomintoul Highland Games – One of Scotland’s longest running Highland Games, showcasing traditional heavy and light events, highland dancing and piping competitions.
  • TBA – Nairn Show – A whole host of entertainment with livestock exhibitions, craft fair, food fair, show jumping, trade stands, cookery demonstrations and much more. A great family day out.
  • 27 July 2019 – Dufftown Highland Games – A taste of something Scottish for everybody. A full programme of Light and Heavy Events

August Events

September Events

October to December

  • 6 October 2019 – Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running – Not only a marathon but also 5K and 10K River Ness fun runs. The Marathon takes place along the shores of Loch Ness. Book accommodation early as everywhere gets booked up very quickly.
  • 16 – 20 October 2019 – Loch Ness Knitfest 2018  Join us in the heart of the Highlands this Autumn for a festival packed full of knitting wonder
  •  27 October 2019 – The Culloden Run – The legendary Culloden Battlefield provides the stunning background for a superb running event with historic landmarks at every turn. Runners chose between two race routes; a 10K race or the infamous 17.46k race which pays homage to the Battle of Culloden in 1746
  • 26 – 27 October 2019 – Halloween Show, Ness Islands The biggest Halloween Party in the Highlands and a great event for all the family
  • 5 November 2019 – Civic Bonfire and Firework Display
  • 15, 16 & 17 November 2019 – Eden 1 Christmas Fair – The first of two Christmas Fairs at Eden Court for the wonderful artisans organised by Exclusively Highlands.
  • 22, 23 & 24 November 2019 – Brodie Castle Christmas Fair – Brodie Castle is the perfect setting for your Christmas shopping.  Exclusively Highlands is organising this fair that includes a range of beautiful crafts, wonderful foods and stunning art.
  • 6, 7 & 8 December 2019 – Eden 2 Christmas Fair – Once again, Exclusively Highlands will be bringing an exquisite range of stunning Art, original Crafts and totally sumptuous Foods all together under one roof in the lovely setting of Eden Court, Inverness.
  • 31 December – The Red Hot Highland Fling – We certainly know how to throw a New Years Party.

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More ideas for things to see and do in and around Inverness:

Loch Ness
Castle Stuart Golf Course
Castles & Attractions
Glenfiddich Distillery
Boat Trips & Tours
Live Music
Highland Games
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