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.


July 2017

St Magnus Marathon – Kirkwall to Birsay, Orkney – 2nd

Tain Highland Gathering – 8th

Tiree Music Festival – 14th – 16th

Lochcarron Highland Games – 15th

Tomintoul Highland Games – 15th

HebCelt music festival, Outer Hebrides – 19th – 22nd

Mull Highland Games – 20th

Inveraray Highland Games – 18th

Cairngorms Ceilidh Trail – 23rd July – 6th August

Durness Highland Gathering – 28th

Dufftown Highland Games – 29th

September 2017

Braemar Highland Gathering – 2nd

Best of the West Festival – 8th, 9th and 10th – whisky and beer, music, celebrity chefs and more at Inveraray Castle on the banks of Loch Fyne!

Autumnal Equinox – first day of Autumn – 23rd

Loch Ness Marathon – 24th


October 2017

Tiree Wave Classic Windsurfing Championship – 13th – 19th

Mull Rally – 13th – 15th

End of Daylight Savings – 28th – put your clocks back and wake up to lighter mornings!

November 2017

Inverness bonfire and fireworks display – 4th

Guy Fawkes Night (Bonfire Night) – 5th November. Celebrated throughout the UK with bonfires and fireworks, find out what this night is about here!

NorthHop Aviemore – food, drink and music – 10th and 11th

St Andrew’s Day – 30th – find out who St Andrew was here!

December 2017

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

Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) – 31st. Traditionally, New Year was more important than Christmas in Scotland and it is still celebrated more in Scotland than elsewhere in the UK.


January 2018

Strathpuffer – 20th-21st – the hardiest of mountain bikers riding through the night, in the depths of winter, in a 24 hour race!

Burns Night – 25th – see our Haggis recipe here!

Up Helly Aa – a revived Norse festival in Shetland – 30th

February 2018

Pancake day – 9th February – try our Scotch Pancakes recipe!

Valentines day – 14th

March 2018

Mother’s Day – 11th

Beginning of daylight savings – 25th – put your clocks forward an enjoy an hour more of lovely Highland evenings!


April 2018

Colonsay Festival of Spring – 30th April – 20th May

May 2018

Colonsay Festival of Spring – 30th April – 20th May

June 2018

Father’s day – 17th

Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year – 21st. Many of the standing stones and cairns around Scotland were built in relation to the midsummer sun and so are particularly special at this time of year!