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!

‘The Ba’ – a traditional game of mass football between the ‘Uppies’ and the ‘Doonies’ of Kirkwall! – 1st

Up Helly Aa Shetland fire festival celebrating the end of winter – 26th

February 2016

Pancake Day! Try our Scotch Pancakes recipe – 9th

Valentine’s Day – 14th

March 2016

Mother’s Day – 6th

FibreFest – fibre and woolen-based craft masterclass weekend in Dornoch Social Club and West Church Hall, 11-13th

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


April 2016

Shetland Folk Festival – 28th April – 2nd May

May 2016

Shetland Folk Festival – 28th April – 2nd May

Cape Wrath Challenge – 15th – 21st

Orkney Folk Festival – 26th – 29th

June 2016

St Magnus Festival – Kirkwall, Orkney – 17th – 26th

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

Caithness Agricultural Society Annual Show – Thurso, 15th – 16th

Sutherland Show – Dornoch, 23rd

Halkirk Highland Games – 30th

August 2016

Dornoch Highland Gathering – 5th

Orkney County Show – 13th

September 2016

Orkney International Science Festival – 1st – 7th

Autumnal Equinox – first day of Autumn – 22nd


October 2016

Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival – 6th – 10th

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