Events in Inverness & Highlands
Highland Games - Festivals - Music

Pipe band at Nairn Highland Games, Scotland
Photo © Franco Ricci |

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:
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.

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 2017:

Highland Military Tattoo, Fort George, Inverness Scotland
Photo copyright Highland Military Tattoo

  • 8 - 10 September: Highland Military Tattoo at Fort George.
    This is a spectacular Scottish show which runs for approx 100 minutes. This year will celebrate the 75th birthday of the RAF Regiment, as well as Scotlandís Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. The programme will include an aerial display from an SE5A World War 1 biplane, a flypast of Typhoon jets, marching and drill display by The Queen's Colour Squadron of the RAF Regiment, Armed Forces' Competitions, the Massed Pipes and Drums, plus historical vignettes, Highland Dancing, Gaelic singing, clarsach and fiddle music, all rounded off by a spectacular fireworks display and the Lone Piper. Click here for full programme. There are also local craft and food stalls. Tickets are available for 4 shows (evening performances on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, plus a matinee on Saturday). Tickets can be bought online from, at the Fort George Highlander's Museum shop, from local tourist information centres and from Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.
  • 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)
  • 17 September: Highland Wedding Fair at Eden Court
  • 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
  • 21 October: Marine Harvest Shinty/Hurling International - Scotlandís top shinty players versus their Irish hurling counterparts in a unique international match at Bught Park in Inverness.
  • 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


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Highland Games photo
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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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