Below are just some of the attractions happening in and around Inverness during 2013. Just click on the event to find out more information.
Farmers’ Markets are held on the first Saturday of every month at the Eastgate Shopping Centre. Local produce on sale at stalls in the city centre between 8:30 am and 3 pm. Ceildih music from 12 noon to 2 pm.
23-26 May, Happyness - Inverness plays host to a host of events to get you laughing
7 - 9 June, Rock Ness Concert - held at Dores, Inverness on the banks of Loch Ness
11 – 14 July, Scottish Open Golf - held at Castle Stuart Golf Course overlooking the Moray Firth. Highly popular so book early.
20 July, Inverness Highland Games - held at the Northern Meeting Ground 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
31 July, Black Isle Horse Show - held At Mannsfield Showground, Muir of Ord, Ross-Shire
1 August, Black Isle Show - also held At Mannsfield Showground, Muir of Ord, Ross-Shire. The biggest agricultural show in the North of Scotland. Book early to avoid dissapointment.
2 August, Dornoch Highland Gathering - another hugely enjoyable event held in the picturesque village of Dornoch just a 40 minute drive north of Inverness
2 – 3 August, Highland Field Sports Fair, Moy, Inverness -Entertainment and activity for both young and old. Mainly featuring field sports activities but also competitions such as fly casting, gun dog handling and clay pigeon shooting.
2 – 3 August, Tartan Heart Belladrum Festival - held on the Belladrum Estate near Beauly. This event is an outdoor music festival for all the family with an eclectic range of music from rock to country, and blues to world music
7 – 10 August, Inverness Book Festival - In 2013 this event celebrates its 10th anniversary. An exciting new collaboration is expected that will deliver the most exciting and ambitious festival to date
10-11 August – Celebration of the Centuries - Fort George will come to life as over two hundred and fifty performers depict centuries of history from Picts and Romans, through Viking, Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation and Jacobite eras to World War I and II.
24 August, Glenurquhart Highland Gathering & Games - another highly popular event held in the small town of Drumnadrochit on the shore of Loch Ness
4 – 8 September, Nairn Book and arts festival - Nairn’s celebration of literature, drama, art, film and music beside the Moray Firth
6 – 14 September, Blas Traditional Music Festival - a celebration of traditional music
29 September, Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running – not only a marathon, but aslo 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.
October, Blazin’ in Beauly - a superb event for anyone who loves fiddle music
25-26 October, Halloween Show, Ness Islands - the biggest Halloween Party in the Highlands and a great event for all the family
5 November, Civic Bonfire and Fireworks Display - the biggest bonfire in the Highlands with a 20 minutes fireworks display. Free Admission.
6 – 10 November, Inverness Film Festival - a celebration of film at the Eden Court Theatre and Cinema
17 November, Christmas Lights Switch On - All you would expect with Christmas Carols and Traditional Scottish music. The event starts at 5.30pm with a spectacular projection show against the Town House. And of course the event also sees the arrival of Santa Claus.
13 – 15 December, Inverness Winter Wonderland - one of the most loved events. Rudolph and his Reindeer friends bring a touch of Christman magic to Inverness in beautiful Whin Park. Free Admission
31 December, The Red Hot Highland Fling - We certainly know how to throw a New Years Party.