Here are some of the Inverness Events that are scheduled to take place in or near Inverness in 2017. The schedule includes the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, First Monster Race, Loch Ness Marathon and the Inverness Highland Games. Book your stay at Royston Guest House Inverness to be part of any of the great up and coming events.
To entertain visitors, the Inverness Royal British Legion Pipe Band performs in Inverness High Street every Tuesday from 8pm until 8.30pm (usually from end June until early September). You are likely to see a piper or other musicians busking in the streets of Inverness and sometimes other entertainment around the Eastgate shopping centre.
Music in pubs/bars/hotels:
Most nights there’s traditional Scottish Music at Hootananny (Church Street) and the Gellions (opposite the tourist information centre), as well as live music at Johnny Foxes (Bank Street, overlooking the river) and the Market Bar (Church Street). Also try The Waterfront Pub (Huntly Street) for traditional Scottish music.
Piano music on Friday & Saturday nights in the bar at the Glenmoriston Hotel on the riverside.
For ceilidhs, try Hootananny on a Saturday afternoon and The Phoenix Ale House on Sunday afternoons.
For more venues, see the notice board in the tourist information office or posters around the city centre.
Vue is a cinema multiplex a couple of miles outside the city centre.
Concerts and other spectacles take place at Eden Court Theatre (near the cathedral on the river).
For art events, The Castle Gallery at 43 Castle Street (tel: 01463 729512) has exhibitions of original contemporary fine and applied art.
The Farmers’ Market is held on the first Saturday of each month (except January), with stalls of local produce (meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, cheese, homebaking) in the Eastgate pedestrian area of Inverness city centre.
On Sundays there’s a car boot sale at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium from March – December.
For additional events listings, see:
The Inverness City Advertiser – detailed events listings covering music, nightclubs, cinema, theatre, sports, exhibitions, restaurants, etc.
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Events in 2017:
28 – 29 January: Aviemore Sled dog rally organised by the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain in Glenmore Forest Park
21 – 22 January: The Strathpuffer – 24-hour endurance mountain bike event at Strathpeffer
18 February: Snowman Rally (Highland Car Club)
February: Inverness Fiddlers’ Rally at Eden Court
25 February: North Hop Aviemore – beers, ciders, gin, craft spirits, whisky, cocktails, street food, sweet treats, live music and much more!. Venue Macdonald Aviemore Resort.
25 February – 8 March: The Inverness Music Festival
12 March: Inverness Half Marathon and 5K
1 April: OutDores – The Loch Ness Garden Party Inverness – music gigs at Dores Inn/beach
14 – 15 April: The Great Easter Egg Hunt in Inverness City Centre
18 – 22 April: Whisky & Gin Festival, Bogbain Farm, Inverness – food, music and drink!
23 April: Etape Loch Ness cycle race
28 April – 12 May: Inverness Science Festival
5 – 7 May: Cromarty Crime & Thriller Festival
13 May: Inverness Classic Vehicle Show
19 May: UB40 in concert at the Northern Meeting Park
21 May: annual Race For Life
27 May: The Beach Boys in concert at Inverness Leisure Centre
28 May: The Nairnshire Challenge is a 30-mile sponsored duathlon organised annually to raise money for charity
3 June: Truckness at Bogbain Farm
7 – 8 June: XPO North Festival
10 June: Quest Adventure Series – Loch Ness: running, cycling and kayaking
20 June: Armed Forces Day Flag Raising
20 June: Status Quo in concert at Inverness Leisure
23 – 24 June: Northern Roots Festival – music festival by Bruce MacGregor at Bogbain Farm
24 June: European Pipe Band Championships in Forres – the biggest piping event in the Highlands!
8 – 9 July: NessCon at Eden Court. This brand new comic convention for Scotland will include movies, gaming, comics, anime, TV, gadgets, etc.
July tbc: Caledonian Ceilidh Trail at various venues in and around Inverness
14 July: Inverness City Centre eve of Games entertainment
15 July: Inverness Highland Games at Bught Park
16 July: Bryan Adams concert at Bught Park, Inverness
Sunday 16 July: Inverness Gala featuring the Highlands Strongest Man and Strongest Women’s competition at Northern Meeting Park
Sunday 16 July: Inverness Shinty Sixes at Bught Park
28 – 29 July: Loch Ness Film Festival
29 July: Nairn Show with livestock exhibitions, craft fair, food stalls and amusements is held at Kinnudie Farm, Auldearn.
3 August: Black Isle Show at Mannsfield Showground, Muir of Ord (tel: 01463 870870). This is the largest agricultural show in the North of Scotland. It attracts over 2,000 cattle, horse and sheep entries, more than 300 trade stands and over 25,000 visitors to the show each year. There is plenty to see and do, craft fair, food fair, ‘On the Farm’ exhibition for the kids, agricultural stands, vintage rally and sheep shearing.
3 – 5 August: Belladrum – Tartan Heart Festival on the Belladrum Estate, by Beauly. Family-orientated outdoor festival of rock, country, blues and world music.
13 August: Strathpeffer Highland Gathering
19 August: Groove Loch Ness
19 August: Nairn Highland Games
19 August: Nairn Half Marathon
25 August: Viking Festival
26 August: Viking Festival and Parade, Inverness
26 August: Glenurquhart Highland Games at Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness
29 August – 2 September: The Scottish Salmon Festival
31 August – 1 September: Northern Meeting Piping Competition at Eden Court
1 – 9 September: Blas Traditional Music Festival (various venues around the Highlands)
early September: Doors Open Days in Inverness
8 – 10 September: Highland Military Tattoo at Fort George
10 September: Kirking of the Council – Town House & Old High church
12 – 17 September: Nairn Book & Arts Festival
13 – 14 September: Prestigique Vintage Car Event
16 September: Camanachd Cup Final (Shinty)
24 September: Loch Ness Marathon plus 5K and 10K River Ness fun runs.
30 September: Agricultural Working Vintage Rally & Display at Daviot Estate near Inverness
30 September – 15 October: Highland Archaeology Festival – events throughout the region.
5 – 8 October: NessBookFest – Inverness book festival
7 October: World Porridge Making Championship at Carrbridge
12 – 14 October: Inverness Street Festival
13 – 15 October: Loch Ness Knit Fest
28 – 29 October: Halloween at Ness Islands
4 November: Fireworks Display and Bonfire at Bught Park
8 – 12 November: Inverness Film Festival
12 November: Remembrance Sunday
19 November: Inverness Christmas Lights switch on, and carol service
1 – 2 December: Elf on the Shelf 2017 at the Victorian Market (children’s festive event)
early December: Cromarty Film Festival
15 – 17 December: Winter Wonderland at Whin Park
31 December: free Hogmanay concert – Red Hot Highland Fling