Summer in the Highlands is arguably the best time of the year! With summer comes sunshine, wafting breezes, and all the Highlands Summer events! To keep you in the know, we’ve listed 10 of our favourite events happening around Fort Augustus and Loch Ness. Read through and begin planning your holiday now!
Ness Con 4th July
If you’re an anime fan or if you love cosplaying or simply want to gawp at the spectacle, Ness Con is hitting Inverness on 4th July. Watch all the Highlanders don their favourite character’s costumes and invade Inverness. The event includes speakers, stalls and the perfect chance to meet your favourite cosplayers and actors. Don’t miss out on this fabulous 21st century addition to Highland culture!
Inverness Highlands Games 24th July
Now if you’re in the mood for some traditional Scottish culture, look no further than Inverness’s own Highlands Games on the 24th July! A day full of Highlander traditions and dress, enjoy the games and the stalls and shows with live music to accompany. If you want a true Scottish experience, this day should not be missed!
For more information, please see here.
Moishe’s Bagel Tea Time Concert 30th July
Moishe’s Bagel is a unique music group that returning to the Highlands to share their original klezmer and folk music. If you’ve never listened to a mix of Eastern European dance music and Middle Eastern rhythms, you are truly missing out! This event is a once in a lifetime experience with the chance to dance your socks off. Wash it all down with a cuppa and a cake which are included with the ticket.
Adult – £15
Concession – £13
Child – £5
For more information, check out Visit Scotland
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival
One of the most beloved summer features of Loch Ness is the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. Held on Belladrum estate nearby Bealy, this 3-day festival is a firm favourite for the experience and the musical line-up. Their 16th festival will be none like any other, featuring acts such as Tom Odell, Lewis Capaldi, Jess Gylnne, and Elbow as well as many more. Settle down for 3 days of great music, a roaring atmosphere and a fantastic time no matter the weather. And don’t forget to dress up – the Big Top features a Sci-Fi themed fancy dress competition this year!
To find tickets or more information, visit EFestivals
Groove Loch Ness (date to be announced)
If folk music and X music aren’t for you, Loch Ness will be hosting one more music extravaganza: Groove Loch Ness. The dates are yet to be announced, but be prepared for this one stage festival showcasing the best of electronic, house and techno music.
Check out their website for more details, and to check when tickets are released.
Glenurqhart Highland Gathering and Games 24th August
If you’re not in town for Inverness’s Highland Games, you’re in luck! Glenurquhart have their very own Highland Gathering on the 24th August. Just like in Inverness, it will be chock-a-block with games, competitions, music, food and of course kilts.
For more information, check out the details on Visit Scotland.
Fort Augustus Ceilidhs (Every Wednesday Evening starting 24th July until 28th August)
A little less well known than the Highland Games, Ceilidhs are town dances set to live music. Usually involving learnt routines by dance groups, Fort Augustus’ ceilidh is a chance for you to get involved and break out your own dance moves! Taking place in the town hall, this event is minutes away from your front door at The Highland Club. You’ll find live music and leave with tired feet and a happy heart.
For more information, please click here.
Theatre in the Highlands
Out damn spot! We all know the story of Shakespeare’s favourite Scot, Macbeth. But did you know that after the Thane of Cawdor came Castle Cawdor? Though unfortunately not linked in anything but name, Cawdor Castle will be holding 3 fantastic theatre performances over the summer: Macbeth, The Wind in the Willows and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. If you’re a theatre junkie and you want a Shakespeare experience quite unlike any other, hop on down to Cawdor to watch Birnam Wood march in…
Macbeth – 19th July, 7pm to 9pm
The Wind in the Willows – 20th July, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 1st August, 7pm to 9pm
For more information or to buy your tickets, check out Cawdor Castle’s website.
Jacobite Steam Train
If you are a Harry Potter fan, you’ll have obviously heard of the Hogwarts Express. Though it flies through the Highlands in the books and movies, unfortunately we muggles can’t see it. Instead, we have the Jacobite Steam Train. One of the most beautiful railway trips you can take in the world, it travels from Fort William to Mallaig on a return. Passing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, it is the closest you will come to travelling to Hogwarts! Beware, tickets sell out fast so book ahead of time to enjoy this spectacular journey.
To book your tickets, visit the Jacobite’s website.
There are so many activities in and around The Highland Club and Fort Augustus that you will be pressed for time. One of the best ways to see yourself around is to go on a tour! Whether you’re zipping across Loch Ness or a speedboat, being guided up Ben Nevis or sampling different whisky distilleries, allowing a local to show you the best of the Highlands with all the insider knowledge!
To see all the different tours available to you, check out TripAdvisor to find one that suits you, your family and your time.