Here are some of the Inverness Events that are scheduled to take place in or near Inverness in 2017 & 2018. The schedule includes the 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, home baking) 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:
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
Events in 2018:
27 – 28 January: Aviemore Sled dog rally organised by the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain in Glenmore Forest Park
20 – 21 January: The Strathpuffer – 24-hour endurance mountain bike event at Strathpeffer
10 February: Snowman Rally (Highland Car Club)
February: Inverness Fiddlers’ Rally at Eden Court
24 February – 7 March: The Inverness Music Festival
11 March: Inverness Half Marathon and 5K
tbc April: OutDores – music gigs at Dores Inn/beach
tbc April: Whisky & Gin Festival, Bogbain Farm, Inverness – food, music and drink!
20 – 22 April: Cromarty Crime & Thriller Festival
29 April: Etape Loch Ness cycle race
tbc May: Inverness Science Festival
tbc mid May: Inverness Classic Vehicle Show
2 June: Truckness at Bogbain Farm
tbc June: XPO North Festival
tbc June: Northern Roots Festival – music festival by Bruce MacGregor at Bogbain Farm
30 June: European Pipe Band Championships in Forres – the biggest piping event in the Highlands!
July – August: Caledonian Ceilidh Trail at various venues in the Highlands
20 July: Inverness Gala Night
21 July: Inverness Highland Games at Bught Park
27 – 28 July: Loch Ness Film Festival
28 July: Nairn Show with livestock exhibitions, craft fair, food stalls and amusements is held at Kinnudie Farm, Auldearn.
1 – 2 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.
2 – 4 August: Belladrum – Tartan Heart Festival on the Belladrum Estate, by Beauly. Family-orientated outdoor festival of rock, country, blues and world music.
3 – 4 August: Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy Hall (between Aviemore and Inverness).
11 August: Strathpeffer Highland Gathering
tbc August: Groove Loch Ness
tbc 18 August: Nairn Highland Games
tbc 18 August: Nairn Half Marathon
25 August: Glenurquhart Highland Games at Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness
tbc September: The Scottish Salmon Festival
tbc late August : Northern Meeting Piping Competition at Eden Court
early September: Inverness Jazz Festival at the Glenmoriston Town House Hotel, Inverness
early September: Blas Traditional Music Festival (various venues around the Highlands)
early September: Doors Open Days in Inverness
tbc September: Highland Military Tattoo at Fort George.
9 September: Kirking of the Council – Town House & Old High church
tbc September: Nairn Book & Arts Festival
23 September: Loch Ness Marathon plus 5K and 10K River Ness fun runs.
tbc late September: Agricultural Working Vintage Rally & Display at Daviot Estate near Inverness
6 October: World Porridge Making Championship at Carrbridge
tbc October: Inverness Street Festival for the school holidays
October: Highland Archaeology Festival – events throughout the region.
tbc October: NessBookFest – Inverness book festival
tbc October: Loch Ness Knit Fest
27 – 28 October: Halloween at Ness Islands
5 November: Fireworks Display and Bonfire at Bught Park
14 – 16 December: Winter Wonderland at Whin Park
31 December: free Hogmanay concert – Red Hot Highland Fling