Here are some of the Inverness Events that are scheduled to take place in or near Inverness in 2019. 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 2019:
(CANCELLED) February 2019 – Snowman Rally is Round 1 of the Scottish Rally Championship.
March 2019 – Inverness Half Marathon will once again take place around the city.
April 2019 – Glenlivet 10k Road Race follows a scenic route with beautiful views from the distillery around the secret glen.
June 2019 – Brew at the Bog now rated as the best new Scottish music festival.
July 2019 – Inverness Highland Games in Northern Meeting Park is a popular event for locals and tourists alike and is renowned for being the best of the Highland games.
July 2019 – Nairn Show – offers a variety of entertainment with livestock exhibitions, craft fair, food fair, show jumping, trade stands, cookery demonstrations and much more.
August 2019: Black Isle Show at Mannsfield Showground, Muir of Ord is the biggest agricultural show in the North of Scotland and is hugely popular. Book accommodation early.
August 2019: Belladrum – Tartan Heart Festival on the Belladrum Estate near Beauly. The event is an outdoor music festival for all the family with rock, country, blues and world music.
August 2019: Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy Hall The fair at Moy Village offers entertainment and activity for old and young. Largely field sports activities but also competitions with fly casting, gun dog handling and clay pigeon shooting.
August 2019: Glenurquhart Highland Games at Blairbeg Park, Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness another popular games.
August 2019: Northern Meeting Piping Competitions is a solo piping contest with pipers from all over Northern Scotland taking place from 8am to 5pm each day. Juniors event is on the 5th.
September 2019: Blas Music Festival. Check out the website to see venue and performers.
September 2019: Nairn Book & Arts Festival. Nairn’s celebration of literature, drama, art, film and music beside the Moray Firth.
September 2019: Loch Ness Marathon plus 5K and 10K River Ness fun runs. The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon takes place along the shores of Loch Ness. Book accommodation early as everywhere gets booked up quickly.
October 2019: Halloween Show Ness Islands. The biggest Halloween Party in the Highlands and a great event for all the family.
November 2019: Civic Bonfire And Fireworks Display. The Highland’s biggest bonfire with a 20 minutes fireworks display and free admission.
November 2019: Christmas Lights Switch On. Christmas Carols and Traditional Scottish music from 5.30pm against the backdrop of a spectacular projection show which brings the Town House to life with animations just in time for the arrival of Santa Claus.
31 December 2019: The Red Hot Highland Fling. See in 2020 at The Northern Meeting Park with a spectacular concert featuring various artists and this year the opening band is The Trad Project.