Here is a list of some of the larger annual events in the local area. For more information on all the events on during your stay, please look at the What's On page.
August to May
Inverness Caledonian Football Club
Between August and May there are regular matches at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, and if the football doesn’t enthrall you, the fantastic views of the Moray Firth from the stands will.
2nd April 2017
Man v Horse Scotland 2017
The annual race where men and women runners race horses. Set over 26km of stunning terrain, mostly with superb views of Loch Ness. The race includes several hill climbs and descents to challenge both runner and rider, totalling 300ft of ascent. Won by a runner in 2016, and a horse by only 3 minutes in 2015 its anyone's race.
23rd April 2017
Loch Ness Etape
The Etape Cycle race completes a full 360° route around iconic Loch Ness, starting and finishing in the Highland capital of Inverness offers a fantastic challenge with unrivalled scenery on closed roads so whether you're a seasoned cyclist or a newcomer looking for your first sportive. Bring your family and make a holiday of it plyus give yourself time to explore the area and practice the course.
All cyclists must adhere to the minimum average speed of 13mph. This gives riders 5 hours and 35 minutes to complete the course. Cyclists falling behind this will be given the option of returning to the Event Hub in the sweep bus or completing the course on open roads.
8th-9th July 2017
NessCon Comic Convention
A brand new comic convention is taking place at Eden Court in July 2017. NessCon is the newest Comin Convention in Scotland.
NessCon will bring movies, gaming, Comics, Anime, Television, Gadgets, Clothing and Toys to the City of Inverness.
2nd - 3rd August 2015
Black Isle Show
The Black Isle Show is an annual agricultural show held near Muir of Ord each August. It is the biggest agricultural show in the Highlands. Over the 2 days, 30,000 people come to see livestock judging, horse showing and jumping, sheep racing, vintage tractors and motorcycle stunts, among other things.
3rd - 5th August 2017
Belladrum Tartan Heart Music Festival
Belladrum festival is well known for its wide ranging musical scope, as well as its family friendly atmosphere. As well as the main stages there are a wide range of stalls and fringe acts including one man bands, alternative therapies, barbers, yoga and the worlds smallest nightclub. Previous headliners have included Tom Jones, Travis, The Proclaimers and Embrace.
4-5th August 2017
Moy Game Fair, Moy Estate, Inverness shire
Twelve miles south of Inverness in the beautiful setting of Moy Hall you will find the annual event of the Moy Field Games Fair. The emphasis is on field sports activities with competitions in fly casting, gun dog handling and clay pigeon shooting.
Children can enter their pets into the children's pets parade or, if you have a terrier, try out the terrier races. Please note that only "ground terriers" will be eligible for entry. Activities in the main ring differ from year to year but you may see gun dog or fly-casting demonstrations, pipe bands, falconry displays, and much more.
Each Year a different group of Artisans have the opportunity to exhibit their wares in the Highland Craft Marquees and invite you to come and see them.There could be anything from traditional fare such as Venison to Arbroath Smokies, or you could purchase a Scottish made dog harness or walking stick.
24th September 2017
Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running
In September, Loch Ness is also home to the biggest marathon in Scotland, and it runs right past our front door! The festival of running encourages runners of all levels to have a go, with events including the Baxters River Ness 10k, a 10k Corporate Challenge, the River Ness 5k fun run and the Wee Nessie 400m run for Under-5s.
26th December 2017
Dores Duck Race
The Dores Duck Race is an annual event to raise money for the local Aldourie Primary School. 240 ducks are sent down the stream, starting at Dores Church and finishing in the Dores Inn car park, just before the stream goes out to the Loch. Ducks can be sponsored for £5 each. Spectators are welcomed, but it is not necessary for you to attend in order to sponsor a duck. Its a great family friendly spectacle, and a perfect opportunity to get some fresh air and walk off that Christmas lunch.