In 2014, Scotland welcomes the world to join in the exciting Year of Homecoming. In addition to the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup, there’s a year-long programme of events and activities to showcase all that’s great about Scotland; mouth-watering food & drink events, lots to get you active in our great outdoors plus spectacular arts, cultural and ancestral heritage to explore. Whenever you come and wherever you visit, you’ll be very welcome so join us and be part of Homecoming Scotland 2014!
Below are just some of the events happening in and around Inverness during 2014. 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 accommodation is essential.
Inverness Farmers’ Market is 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.
January to March
April to June
- 13 April - 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
- 1 – 5 May, Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
Various Distilleries, Elgin, Morayshire
- 3 May, Brew at the Bog
Possibly the best new music festival in Scotland
- 18 May, Gordon Castle Highland Games – Gordon Castle, Fochabers
Solo Piping and Highland Dancing Competitions will take place along with a full programme of heavy events.
- 22 – 25 May, Happyness
Inverness plays host to a host of events to get you laughing
- 30 May – 1 June, MacGregor’s Northern Roots Festival
The former Blazin’ Fiddles front man and BBC Radio Scotland presenter brings together a whole host of folk, roots and world music for a weekend of gigs, sessions and good craic.
July to September
- 19 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
- 27 July, 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.
- 1 August, Dornoch Highland Gathering
Another hugely enjoyable event held in the picturesque village of Dornoch just a 40 minute drive north of Inverness
- 1 – 2 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.
- 6 August, Black Isle Horse Show
Held At Mannsfield Showground, Muir of Ord, Ross-Shire
- 7 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.
- 8 – 9 August, Belladrum Tartan Heart 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
- 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.
- 23 August, Glenurquhart Highland Gathering & Games
Another highly popular event held in the small town of Drumnadrochit on the shore of Loch Ness
- 2 – 7 September, Nairn Book and arts festival
Nairn’s celebration of literature, drama, art, film and music beside the Moray Firth
- 3-6 September, World Sheepdog Trials
Handlers from 26 countries will be competing with 244 dogs at the 2014 World Sheepdog Trials, to be held at Fearn Farm near Tain
- 12-14September, Masters World Championships
Everybody is welcome as the Highland clans meet by the River Ness to witness an unforgettable Highland Games. The Masters World Championships will feature over one hundred international heavies.
- September, Blas Traditional Music Festival
A celebration of traditional music
- 20 September, City Of Elgin Food And Drink Festival
This foodie festival spills out into the streets surrounding the city centre with copious market stalls laden with produce from Moray and beyond
- 24 – 28 September, Findhorn Bay Arts Festival
The festival programme will celebrate both the myth and the reality and will feature a world premiere of Macbeth: the Red King, a stunning, 21st century site-specific, promenade performance in which the magic and mayhem of Shakespeare’s Macbeth are brought to life within the grounds of Moray’s magnificent Brodie Castle
October to December