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Spring is in the air and the tourist season is well and truly underway. April is usually the month that signals the true beginning of the holiday season in the Scottish Highlands. Whilst we have been ticking over steadily through the winter months, now the trickle of visitors to Inverness starts to become a steady flow. As the visitor numbers increase, so the events diary begins to swell as well so here is our quick guide to the Inverness Highlights during April.

Inverness & River Ness at Night
Inverness & River Ness at Night

Culloden Battle Memorial

Culloden Clan Stones

On 16 April 1746, the Jacobite army faced government troops on Culloden Moor, just a few miles from Inverness. This was to prove one of the most harrowing battles in British history.

The Jacobites were seeking to restore the Stuart monarchy to the British thrones. However, a combination of bad luck and poor tactical decisions resulted in a resounding defeat for the Jacobites. In less than an hour around 1,600 men were killed, of which 1,500 were Jacobites.

This battle effectively defeated the uprising and was the last pitched battle on British soil.

Every year, on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the battle, the clans gather on the moor to remember the events of 1746.

Find out more about the Battle of Culloden.

The Glenlivet 10K Road Race

Glenlivet Distillery
  • The most beautiful 10 kilometre road race in Scotland. This run is set in the stunning landscape of the Glenlivet Estate in the Cairngorms National Park
  • The route follows quiet country roads a provides incredibly scenic running on a route that takes a meandering path around the River Livet. You will pass ancient castles and enjoy amazing views of this magical glen
  • The event Start and Finish and all facilities are based at the legendary Glenlivet Distillery
  • The run is suitable for runners and joggers of all standards
  • Every runner will receive a special event medal and a goody bag
  • All proceeds from the event go to charity

Find out more about the Glenlivet 10K Road Race

Inverness Whisky & Gin Festival

Find out more about the Inverness Whisky & Gin Festival

Etape Loch Ness

Etape Loch Ness

A mass participation cycle sportive with over 5,000 participants.

The 66-mile course (106km) takes participants on a full 360° closed-road route around the loch.

The race starts and finishes in the Highland capital of Inverness. It includes 900 m of ascent and there is a timed King of the Mountain stage, with a 4.8 mile (9 km) climb gaining 380 m in height with a gradient reaching 12% at times.

This race has become a major event in the Inverness calendar.

Find out more about Etape Loch Ness

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac @ Eden Court Theatre

“Rumours of Fleetwood Mac” was formed in 1999 and has performed over 700 major concert events.

Over 750,000 MAC fans across the world have attended performances making ‘Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac’ the ”Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Concert Experience”.

The band has been paid the ultimate tribute in being endorsed by founder ‘Fleetwood Mac’ member Mick Fleetwood.

Catch “Rumours of Fleetwood Mac” at Eden Court this April.

Check out all events at Eden Court

Toploader @ The Ironworks

Toploader have been going for 20 years! Wow, that makes me feel old. Anyway, these guys are stalwarts of the British alternative rock scene with over 2 million album sales and a string of hits to their name.

Cach them at The Ironworks this April.

Check out all events at The Ironworks

Want to check out other events throughout the year?

Fireworks at Fort Gorge

Inverness Highlights – April