Sports in Braemar

Braemar Gathering

There are Highland games in many towns and villages throughout the summer, but the best known is the Braemar Gathering, which takes place on the first Saturday in September. It’s a major occasion, organised every ye…
Sports in Pitlochry

Étape Caledonia

This 85-mile charity cycling event brings competitors of all standards onto the beautiful Highland roads between Pitlochry and Tummel Bridge. It’s grown into a huge event, with more than 5000 participants; you’ll ha…
Literature in Pitlochry

Winter Words

A 10-day literary festival, with a packed program of talks by authors, poets and broadcasters. Past guests have ranged from novelist Louis de Bernières to mountaineer and author Sir Chris Bonington.
Sports in Fort William

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

In June, Fort William pulls in crowds of more than 18,000 spectators for this World Cup downhill mountain-biking event. The gruelling downhill course is at nearby Nevis Range ski area.
Music in Loch Ness

Groove Loch Ness

A vast lochside field at the village of Dores hosts this successor to the now-defunct Rock Ness Festival, a one-day smorgasbord of the best in Scottish and international DJs.
Light Show in Pitlochry

Enchanted Forest

This spectacular three-week sound-and-light show staged in Faskally Wood near Pitlochry is a major family hit.
Sports in Nairn

Nairn Highland Games

The big event in Nairn’s calendar is the annual Highland Games, held in mid-August.
Literature in Nairn

Nairn Book & Arts Festival

Lively arts festival that showcases authors and musicians from all over Scotland.