Throughout the year there are an amazing range of activities, festivals, and other events taking place around the highlands and islands, - many of them with very little publicity. Here we have listed a range of events that have taken place and are likely to be repeated annually. Why not plan your itinerary around some of these. Please do always make your own enquiries to establish exact details, as dates and arrangements change.

See also here


Celtic Connections Big Top, Skye


Tobermory Music Festival

Colonsay Book Festival


Scottish Islands Peaks Yacht Race

Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Oban Festival

Isle of Skye Accordian and Fiddle Festival, Portree

Islay Music Festival


Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series Yacht Race

Isle of Gigha Music Festival

Clipper Round World Yacht Race 

Maritime Festival Londonderry


Isle of Barra Half Marathon

Mendelssohn on Mull

Gairloch Highland Gathering

Glengarry Highland Games

Hebridean Celtic Festival, Isle of Lewis

Lewis Highland Games

Lochcarron Highland Games

Tiree Music Festival 

Isle of Mull Highland Games, Tobermory

Arisaig Highland Games

August West Highland Sailing Week

Barrafest, Isle Of Barra


Skye Highland Games Portree

Mallaig Highland Games

Assynt Highland Games

Mull of Kintyre Music Festival - Campbeltown

Ardfern and Craobh Arts Festival

Glenelg Music Festival


Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival

Colonsay Music Festival

Orkney Blues Festival

World Stone Skimming Championships - Easdale Island

Jura Music Festival


Ullapool Guitar Festival