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

Pipe band at Piping Inverness, Scotland
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Covid-19 FAQs for Scotland

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

Cinema and Theatre
Eden Court Theatre and Cinema by the River Ness..
Vue (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.

Music in pubs/bars/hotels:
Covid-19 restrictions apply. Hopefully some of these will be lifted in 2021. These are some of the most popular local venues:

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.
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 on Academy Street features concerts in all genres of music.
What's Happening Inverness Facebook page is another good source of local entertainment and activities.

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. These are hoping to resume from April 2021 onwards.

Events in 2021:

Due to Covid, please check with event organisers before making plans to attend any events as many events may be rescheduled or cancelled.

Events for 2022
Some dates have already been fixed for next year:

  • 13 March 2022: Inverness Half Marathon and 5K
  • 16 April: Annual Commemoration Service at Culloden Battlefield
  • 24 April 2022: Etape Loch Ness cycle race
  • 20 - 22 May 2022: The LochNess360 Challenge - 3 marathons, an ultra marathon or a mountain bike challenge.
  • 11 June 2022: Truckness at Dores, by Loch Ness. 10th anniversary year.
  • 2 July 2022: Skipinnish in concert at Bught Park, Inverness
  • 15 July 2022: Inverness Highland Games (200th anniversary)
  • 28 - 30 July 2022 Belladrum - Tartan Heart Festival on the Belladrum Estate, near Beauly.
  • 4 August 2022: 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.
  • 5 - 6 -August 2022: Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy Hall (between Aviemore and Inverness).

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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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Inverness Area Sightseeing Guide (Loch Ness, castles, etc.)
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