Events in Inverness & Highlands
Highland Games - Festivals - Music

Pipe band at Nairn Highland Games, Scotland
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Annual 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:
Pubs for traditional Scottish Music include Hootananny / Mad Hatters (Church Street), MacGregor's (bottom of Academy Street), and the Gellions (Bridge Street). There's often live music atJohnny Foxes (Bank Street, overlooking the river), Encore Une Fois (in Young Street just over the bridge), the Market Bar (Church Street), The Tooth & Claw (tucked away in Baron Taylor's Street), as well as The Dog House (opposite the post office in Queensgate). MacNabs at the Columba Hotel on the river has live music on Saturday nights.
Piano music at weekends in the bar at the Glenmoriston Hotel on the riverside.
For ceilidhs, try Hootananny on a Saturday afternoon.

The invernessGiGs web site includes music news, events listings, reviews, etc.
The Ironworks Live Music Venue at 122b Academy Street features concerts in all genres of music. Tel: 07787 535306.

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.

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Events in 2018:

  • 6 October: Proud Ness an LGBTI celebration in Inverness
  • 18 - 20 October: Inverness Street Festival for the school holidays
  • 19 - 21 October: Loch Ness Knit Fest
  • 27 - 28 October: Halloween at Ness Islands
  • 5 November: Fireworks Display and Bonfire at Bught Park
  • 7 - 11 November: Inverness Film Festival
  • 16-18 November: Exclusively Highlands Christmas Craft Fair at Eden Court
  • 18 November: Inverness Christmas Lights Switch On
  • 30 November - 2 December: Cromarty Film Festival
  • 7-9 December: Exclusively Highlands Christmas Craft Fair at Eden Court
  • 14 - 16 December: Winter Wonderland at Whin Park
  • 31 December: free Hogmanay concert - Red Hot Highland Fling

For 2019:

For 2020:
Inverness will be hosting the Royal National Mod from 9 to 17 October 2020 including a Torch Light Procession on the 9th and Massed Choirs Procession and Show at Inverness Castle on the 17th.

Whisky
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Invernesss
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Culloden Battlefield
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Scottish pipers photo
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Inverness bridge
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Invernesss Castle
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