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

Coll & The Cosmos Dark Skies Stargazing Weekend – 19th-20th

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


April 2016

Walk Islay – 20th – 15th

Colonsay Book Festival – 23rd – 24th

Coll and the Cosmos Dark Skies Stargazing Weekend – 23rd – 24th

Colonsay Spring Festival – 25th April – 15th May

Shetland Folk Festival – 28th April – 2nd May

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

Tiree 10k and half-marathon – 30th

May 2016

Colonsay Spring Festival – 25th April – 15th May

Shetland Folk Festival – 28th April – 2nd May

Arran Mountain Festival – 13th – 16th

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

Orkney Folk Festival – 26th – 29th

Isle of Jura Fell Race – 28th

June 2016

Arran Folk Festival – 3rd – 5th

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

August 2016

Orkney County Show – 13th

Isle of Coll Half Marathon – 20th

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