2019 Events in Inverness & Highlands
Highland Games - Festivals - Music

Pipe band at Piping Inverness, Scotland
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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) with some Highland dancers from one of the local dancing schools. 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.

Inverness Townhouse Ceilidh
New for 2019 - this will be held every Tuesday (with one or two exceptions) from 18 June to 17 September from 7pm to 8.30pm. Featuring local musicians, singers, pipers and dancers. Tickets £19.50 for adults and £14.50 for children. Booking recommended - Townhouseceilidh.com

Taste of the Highlands
An evening of traditional entertainment with bagpipes and Highland dancers, with a 3 course meal at 7pm on Thursdays and Sundays in July, August and September 2019 at the Beaufort Hotel (11 Culduthel Road, Inverness). Learn to ceilidh dance with top traditional musicians! Tickets £30 per person.

The Highland Malt Whisky Experience
From April to October, every Monday and Thursday at 7pm MacGregor's (bottom of Academy Street) hosts the 90-minute Highland Malt Whisky Experience. Taste 5 malts, learn a bit of history, enjoy some music and tall tales. Pre-booking essential. Tickets £35 per person (or £15 for non drinkers).

Supper with music
Café Artysans (a charity/social enterprise cafe in Strothers Lane near the bus station in Inverness city centre) offers a relaxed evening of good food and traditional music from Feis Rois from 6pm-8pm on the first Thursday every month. Tickets cost £15 per person. This includes a delicious two-course supper, tea/coffee and live music entertainment. Check their Facebook page for details.

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.

Other venues and events:

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.
What's Happening Inverness Facebook page is another good source of local entertainment and activities.

Concerts, shows and other spectacles take place at Eden Court Theatre (near the cathedral on the river). It also has 2 small cinemas with a daily programme of screenings.

Vue is a cinema multiplex a couple of miles outside the city centre.

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 2019:

For 2020:

  • 9 March: Inverness Half Marathon and 5K
  • 3-5 April: A Taste of Nairn showcasing local food and drink.
  • 26 April: Etape Loch Ness cycle race
  • 29 - 31 May: The LochNess360 Challenge - 3 marathons, an ultra marathon or a mountain bike challenge
  • 30 May: The Gathering one-day music festival in Inverness
  • 27 June: European Pipe Band Championships at Bught Park, Inverness
  • 17 July: Highlands Strongest Man and Woman
  • 18 July: Inverness Highland Games
  • 30 July - 1 August: Belladrum - Tartan Heart Festival on the Belladrum Estate, by
  • 6 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.
  • 13 September: Kirking of the Council
  • 8 - 17 October: Gaelic Royal National Mod including a Torch Light Procession on the 9th and Massed Choirs Procession and Show at Inverness Castle on the 17th
  • 30 - 31 October: Halloween on Ness Islands
  • 5 November: Civic Bonfire and Fireworks Display, Bught Park, Inverness
  • 15 November: Inverness Christmas Lights Switch On and carols
  • 11 - 13 December: Winter Wonderland
  • 31 December: Red Hot Highland Fling Hogmanay party, Northern Meeting Park

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Culloden Battlefield
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Inverness bridge
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Invernesss Castle
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