2023 Events in Inverness & Scottish Highlands
Highland Games - Festivals - Music

Pipe band at Piping Inverness, Scotland
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Live music:
These are some of the most popular local venues:

Pubs for traditional Scottish Music include Hootananny / Mad Hatters (Church Street), and the 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 main bridge), the Market Bar (Church Street) and The Tooth & Claw (tucked away in Baron Taylor's Street).
There's also Whisky Gigs at The Malt Room on Thursday nights. The Highland Malt Whisky Experience at Macgregors (end of Academy Street) combines whisky tasting, history, story, legend and music of the Scottish Highlands (weekday evenings from April to October).
The Victorian Market in the city centre often has live music at weekends in the newly refurbished Food and Drink Hall.

Cinema and Theatre
Eden Court Theatre and Cinema in Inverness 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.

Other regular events:

The Inverness 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.
The Highland Food & Drink Trail has a variety of street food vendors on the riverside near the Cathedral (usually Wednesday - Sunday during the summer, weekends in winter).
Inverness Cathedral hosts a programme of varied musical events throughout the year and free lunchtime organ concerts on Fridays in the summer.
The Inverness Royal British Legion Pipe Band usually perform in Inverness city centre every Tuesday night at 7pm from end June to end August. There's also a performance of local Highlander dancers.

Events in 2023:

  • 2 - 25 November: from Wednesday to Saturday, Brodie Illuminated is when The National Trust for Scotland illuminates the grounds around Brodie Castle near Forres
  • 17 - 19 November: Exclusively Highlands Christmas craft & food fair at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness (10am 5pm)
  • 25 November: Christmas Extravaganza in Nairn
  • 26 November: Christmas Lights switch-on at 4.30pm at Falcon Square in Inverness. Also - entertainment in the Victorian Market from 1pm to 3pm, and Reindeer in Falcon Square (12 noon to 3pm). Service at Inverness Cathedral at 5.30pm.
  • 1 - 3 December: Exclusively Highlands Christmas craft & food fair at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness (10am 5pm)
  • 6 December - 7 January: Sleeping Beauty pantomime at Eden Court Theatre
  • 9 & 10 December: Cawdor Castle Christmas Market
  • 31 December: Red Hot Highland Fling - Hogmanay outdoor ceilidh & fireworks at the Northern Meeting Park in Inverness. For 2023 there will be a charge of 12.50 per ticket.
    This will be preceded by a parade led by Pyro Celtica and Harbinger Drumming Group starting at 7.30pm from Falcon Square to the Northern Meeting Park.

Events in 2024:

Invernesss
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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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