When on holiday, it is great to get involved with local events and a brilliant way of experiencing the Highlands and Islands way of life. We have tried to list a range of local events within this area from small village hall affairs to slightly larger scale.  Some are to entertain you and others are to get involved with. To find out more, simply click on the event name.


January 2016

Burns’ Night – 25th. See our Haggis recipe here!

February 2016

Pancake Day! Try our Scotch Pancakes recipe – 9th

Valentine’s Day – 14th

March 2016

Mother’s Day – 6th

Beginning of daylight savings – 27th – put your clocks forward an enjoy an hour more of lovely Highland evenings!


April 2016

Dunoon Ride and Run – 2nd

Walk Islay – 20th – 15th

Isle of Bute Jazz Festival -29th April – 2nd May

May 2016

Arran Mountain Festival – 13th – 16th

Campbeltown Malts Festival – 18th – 20th

Kintyre Songwriters Festival – Campbeltown, 27th – 29th

The Scottish Series yacht racing – Tarbert, Loch Fyne – 27th – 30th

Islay Festival of Music and Malt – 20th – 28th

Isle of Jura Fell Race – 28th

Mull of Kintyre 10k and half-marathon – 29th

June 2016

The Kyles Festival of music, food and drink – the Secret Coast, Argyll – 2nd – 5th

Arran Folk Festival – 3rd – 5th

Father’s Day – 19th

Summer Solstice – 20th. Read about the standing stones and cairns around Scotland and why they are so special at this time of year!


July 2016

Cantilena Festival of chamber music, Islay – 3rd – 8th

Inveraray Highland Games – 19th

Taynuilt Highland Games – 21st

August 2016

Bute Agricultural Society Annual Summer Show – Rothesay, 10th

Islay Show – 11th

Mid-Argyll Show – Kilmory, Lochgilphead, 13th

Cowal Highland Gathering – Dunoon, 25th – 27th

September 2016

CowalFest walking and arts festival – 7th – 16th

Kyles 10 miles race – 10th

Autumnal Equinox – first day of Autumn – 22nd


October 2016

End of Daylight Savings – 30th – put your clocks back and wake up to lighter mornings!

November 2016

St Andrew’s Day – 30th

December 2016

Winter Solstice (Yule) – shortest day of the year – 21st