Events in Inverness & Highlands
Highland Games - Festivals - Music

Pipe band at Nairn Highland Games, Scotland
Photo © Franco Ricci |

Annual Events:
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). 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.

Music in pubs/bars/hotels:
Pubs for traditional Scottish Music include Hootananny (Church Street), MacGregor's (bottom of Academy Street), The Waterfront Pub (Huntly Street) and the Gellions (Bridge Street). There's often live music at Johnny Foxes (Bank Street, overlooking the river) and the Market Bar (Church Street).
Piano music on Friday & Saturday nights in the bar at the Glenmoriston Hotel on the riverside.
For ceilidhs, try Hootananny on a Saturday afternoon and The Phoenix Ale House on Sunday afternoons.

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.

For more venues, see the notice board in the tourist information office or posters around the city centre.

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

Concerts and other spectacles take place at Eden Court Theatre (near the cathedral on the river).
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.

For additional events listings, see:

Events in 2017:

  • 31 December: free Hogmanay concert - Red Hot Highland Fling

Events in 2018:


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Highland Games photo
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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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