2020 and 2021 Events in Inverness & Scottish Highlands
Highland Games - Festivals - Music

Pipe band at Piping Inverness, Scotland
Photo © The Internet Guide to Scotland

Covid-19 FAQs for Scotland

Please note that due to the Covid-19 situation, many events will now be cancelled or rescheduled. Please double check with the organisers.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will not be any music (live or recorded) in pubs/bars for the foreseeable future.

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema is currently closed, but may be able to re-open in stages from October.

Vue (cinema multiplex a couple of miles outside the city centre) will re-open on 26 August 2020.

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.

Events in 2020:

Most the major events this year have already been cancelled. Please double check with individual event operators.

Events for 2021:

  • 16 - 17 January: Strathpuffer 24-hour Mountain Bike Endurance Event in Strathpeffer
  • 14 March: Inverness Half Marathon and 5K
  • tbc April: A Taste of Nairn (food and drink festival)
  • 17 April: Annual Commemoration Service at Culloden Battlefield
  • 21 April: OutDores music festival by Loch Ness
  • 25 April: Etape Loch Ness cycle race
  • 30 April - 2 May: Crime and Thrillers Weekend organised by Cromarty Arts Trust
  • 28 - 29 May: The Gathering is a music festival in Inverness with concerts in Inverness Cathedral and the Northern Meeting Park. Further events to be confirmed.
  • 28 - 30 May: The LochNess360 Challenge - 3 marathons, an ultra marathon or a mountain bike challenge.
  • mid June tbc: Truckness at Dores, by Loch Ness
  • mid June tbc: Woodzstock family friendly music festival on the Black Isle at Woodside of Drumnamerg
  • late June: XPO North Festival for the creative industries of the Highlands
  • end June: European Pipe Band Championships at Bught Park, Inverness.
  • mid July: Inverness Highland Games
  • tbc mid July: Highland Pride LGBT+ parade and stalls at Bught Park.
  • 22 - 24 July: Loch Ness Film Festival
  • 29 - 31 July: Belladrum - Tartan Heart Festival on the Belladrum Estate, near Beauly.
  • early August: Nairn Show with livestock exhibitions, craft fair, food stalls and amusements is held at Kinnudie Farm, Auldearn.
  • 4 - 5 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.
  • 6 - 7 August: Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy Hall (between Aviemore and Inverness).
  • mid August: Nairn Highland Games
  • mid August: Nairn Half Marathon
  • late August : Northern Meeting Piping Competition at Eden Court
  • 28 August: Glenurquhart Highland Games at Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness
  • late August - early September: Doors Open Days in Inverness and area (More info)
  • mid September tbc: Nairn Book & Arts Festival
  • 30 September - early October: NessBookFest - Inverness book festival
  • 3 October: Loch Ness Marathon plus 5K and 10K River Ness fun runs.
  • 8 - 16 October: Gaelic Royal National Mod including a Torch Light Procession and Massed Choirs Procession. Postponed from 2020.
  • tbc 9 October: World Porridge Making Championship at Carrbridge
  • tbc late October 2021: Halloween on Ness Islands
  • tbc 5 November: Civic Bonfire and Fireworks Display, Bught Park, Inverness
  • tbc early December: Winter Wonderland at Whin Park, Inverness
  • tbc 31 December 2021: Red Hot Highland Fling Hogmanay party, Northern Meeting Park, Inverness

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Highland Games photo
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Culloden Battlefield
© Darrensharvey | Dreamstime.com

Scottish pipers photo
© Elnur | Fotolia.com

Inverness bridge
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Invernesss Castle
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