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By Features Reporter


August

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival is held from August 1-3. Picture: Gary Anthony/SPP
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival is held from August 1-3. Picture: Gary Anthony/SPP

1-3 Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival – family-friendly music festival. This year’s line-up includes Jess Glynne, Chvrches, Elbow, Tom Odell and man of the moment Lewis Capaldi. Tickets www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk

2 Seashore Safari, Rosemarkie Beach, Rosemarkie, 10am-noon – search for spiny urchins, nippy crabs and slippery blennies in the rockpools with the local Ranger and maybe see some dolphins. Free event but donations welcome. Email Marcia.rae2@highlifehighland.com or ring 07788387634.

2 Keep It Country, Eden Court, Inverness – join four of Ireland's top country stars for a show filled with toe tapping country and Irish classics, music and laughter. www.eden-court.co.uk

2 Dornoch Highland Gathering, Meadows Park, Dornoch. www.dornochhighlandgathering.com

Highland Field Sports Fair in Moy takes place on August 2-3. Picture: Callum MacKay / SPP
Highland Field Sports Fair in Moy takes place on August 2-3. Picture: Callum MacKay / SPP

2-3 Highland Field Sports Fair, Moy – annual celebration of country and field sports.www.moyfieldsportsfair.co.uk

2-5 Clan Macpherson Gathering, Newtonmore. www.clan-macpherson.org

3 Fortrose Community Market, Fortrose Town Hall, 10am-12.30pm.

Mey Games. Picture: Alan Hendry
Mey Games. Picture: Alan Hendry

3 Mey Highland & Cultural Games, John O’Groats. www.castleofmey.org.uk

3 Inverness Farmers’ Market, Eastgate end of High Street, Inverness.

3 Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games, Alice Littler Park, Aberlour. www.aberlourhighlandgames.co.uk

3 Newtonmore Highland Games, The Eilan, Newtonmore. www.newtonmorehighlandgames.co.uk

4 Cairngorm Farmers Market, The Square, Grantown.

4 Garden Open: Langwell, Berriedale – A beautiful and spectacular old walled garden with outstanding borders situated in the secluded Langwell Strath. www.scotlandsgardens.org

4-10 Dornoch Festival Week, various locations, Dornoch – a packed programme of family activities. www.visitdornoch.com

5-10 Club Tropicana, Eden Court, Inverness – the whole family is invited to join the ultimate holiday musical, celebrating all that we love about the 80s. www.eden-court.co.uk

7 Routes Quartet, Ceilidh Place, Ullapool. www.ceilidhplace.com

7 Isle of Skye Highland Games, The Lump, Portree. www.skye-highland-games.co.uk

8 Grantown Show, Heathfield Park, Grantown-on-Spey. Find on Facebook.

9 Assynt Highland Games, Lochinver. www.assynthighlandgames.com

9 Teuchter's Comedy Club, The Muir Hub, Muir of Ord – join The Teuchter's Comedy Club for a hilarious night of comedy. Limited tickets £7 available on Eventbrite and at The Muir Hub. https://themuirhub.org

Garden Open at the Castle of Mey on August 10. Picture: Paul Tomkins/VisitScotland
Garden Open at the Castle of Mey on August 10. Picture: Paul Tomkins/VisitScotland

10 Garden Open: The Castle & Gardens of Mey, Caithness. www.scotlandsgardens.org

10 Cromarty Community Market, Victoria Hall, Cromarty 11am-2pm.

10 Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Wildwoodz, Munlochy, 6.30pm – open air theatre at its best. www.wildwoodz.co.uk

10 (tbc) Shieldaig Fete and Rowing Regatta, Sheildaig – skiff racing, golf range, hill race, pet show, local seafood stall and barbecue, live music, street ceilidh and raft race. Find on Facebook.

10 Strathpeffer Highland Gathering, Castle Leod, Strathpeffer. Find on Facebook.

10 Abernethy Highland Games and Clan Grant Gathering, Games Field, Nethy Bridge. Find on Facebook.

10-11 Festival at the Fort, Fort George, Ardersier – discover why and how this mighty fortress was constructed, explore the history it has seen and celebrate Highland culture through music, dance and song. www.historicenvironment.scot

Keith Show. Picture: Eric Cormack/SPP
Keith Show. Picture: Eric Cormack/SPP

11-12 Keith Country Show, Seafield Park, Keith. www.keithshow.org.uk

12 West Coast Arts (Music, dance, and song from around the world), Gairloch Community Hall, Gairloch – Westward the Light (contemporary Scottish folk band featuring Joseph Peach, Charlie Grey, Sally Simpson and Owen Sinclair). Find on Facebook.

13 School's Out Survivor, Maryburgh (meeting place confirmed on booking), 10am-3pm – join the rangers marooned in the wild, learn how to track animals, build a shelter, and build a fire. Learn how to be a survivor! This event is for children only. Free event but donations welcome. Email Marcia.rae2@highlifehighland.com or ring 07788387634.

13 Westward The Light, Ceilidh Place, Ullapool. www.ceilidhplace.com

13 Rhythm of the Dance – 20th Anniversary Tour, Eden Court, Inverness. www.eden-court.co.uk

14 Jive Talkin', Eden Court, Inverness – renowned as the original and very best Bee Gees tribute show. www.eden-court.co.uk

Dornoch community market. Picture: SPP
Dornoch community market. Picture: SPP

14 Dornoch Community Markets, Cathedral Green, Dornoch, 9.30am-1pm. www.visitdornoch.com

14 Seashore Safari, Rosemarkie Beach, Rosemarkie, 2pm-4pm – search for spiny urchins, nippy crabs and slippery blennies in the rockpools with the local Ranger and maybe see some dolphins. Free event but donations welcome. Email Marcia.rae2@highlifehighland.com or ring 07788387634.

15 Blazin' Fiddles with Emily Smith, Eden Court, Inverness – Scotland’s most celebrated fiddle band join the twice voted ‘Scots Singer of the Year’ for a special one-off Scottish tour. www.eden-court.co.uk

16 Big Girls Don't Cry, Eden Court, Inverness – the iconic sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons authentically recreated by a phenomenal cast and live band. www.eden-court.co.uk

16 Moth Morning, The Highland Museum of Childhood, Strathpeffer, 10am-noon – get mothy with a coffee! Join the ranger for a morning of moth identification, hot drinks and biscuits. Free event but donations welcome. Email Marcia.rae2@highlifehighland.com or ring 07788387634.

17 Garden Open: Haugh Garden, College of Roseisle. www.scotlandsgardens.org

17 Ryan Young & Jenn Butterworth, Ceilidh Place, Ullapool. www.ceilidhplace.com

Take the Great Wilderness Challenge on August 17. Picture: John Davidson
Take the Great Wilderness Challenge on August 17. Picture: John Davidson

17 Great Wilderness Challenge – walk or run a choice of 25, 13 or seven miles around Dundonnell, Poolewe and Aultbea. www.greatwildernesschallenge.info

17 Culbokie Community Market, Findon Hall, Culbokie, 10am-12.30pm.

17 Nairn Royal Brackla Highland Games, Central Links, Nairn. www.nairnhighlandgames.co.uk

17 Helmsdale Highland Games. www.helmsdalegames.co.uk

17 Glenfinnan Highland Games, Glenfinnan, Lochaber. www.glenfinnan.org.uk

The Kaiser Chiefs play the Northern Meeting Park, Inverness on August 17.
The Kaiser Chiefs play the Northern Meeting Park, Inverness on August 17.

17 The Kaiser Chiefs, Northern Meeting Park, Inverness – indie rock band fronted by lead singer and former The Voice judge Ricky Wilson. Tickets from www.ticketline.co.uk

Brora scarecrow festival is August 17-24. Picture: Louise Mackay
Brora scarecrow festival is August 17-24. Picture: Louise Mackay

17-24 Brora Scarecrow Festival. Find on Facebook.

18 Garden Open: Kilcoy Castle, by Muir of Ord – features a walled garden and a restyled area based on the poem Solitude by Thomas Merton.www.scotlandsgardens.org

18 Garden Open: The Garden at the Auld Post Office B&B, Spittal-by-Mybster – Surrounded by eight acres of Alaskan Lodgepole pine trees, this secluded garden has a variety of beds and borders containing evergreen plants, shrubs, grasses and perennials. www.scotlandsgardens.org

21 Moth Morning, Evanton Woods, Evanton, 10am-noon – get mothy with a coffee! Join the ranger for a morning of moth identification, hot drinks and biscuits. Free event but donations welcome. Email Marcia.rae2@highlifehighland.com or ring 07788387634.

SHREK – the Musical is at Eden Court, Inverness from August 21-24.
SHREK – the Musical is at Eden Court, Inverness from August 21-24.

21-24 'SHREK – the Musical' (Amateur Production), Eden Court, Inverness – a fun-packed story as Shrek and his side-kick, Donkey, set out to save the lovely Fiona. www.eden-court.co.uk

22 Garden Open: Dundonnell House, Little Loch Broom, Wester Ross. www.scotlandsgardens.org

22 Baile, Ceildih Place, Ullapool. www.ceilidhplace.com

23 West Coast Arts (Music, dance, and song from around the world), Poolewe Village Hall, Poolewe – Charlotte Rowan (solo violin). Find on Facebook.

23 JJ Gilmour, Eden Court, Inverness – internationally acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter. www.eden-court.co.uk

Madness play the Northern Meeting Park, Inverness on August 23. Picture: SPP
Madness play the Northern Meeting Park, Inverness on August 23. Picture: SPP

23 Madness, Northern Meeting park, Inverness – famous for unique, quirky pop classics including House of Fun; Driving in My Car; It Must Be Love; Our House; and Baggy Trousers. Tickets from www.ticketline.co.uk

Thunder in the Glens takes place in Aviemore from August 23-26. Picture: Tom Ramage
Thunder in the Glens takes place in Aviemore from August 23-26. Picture: Tom Ramage

23-26 Thunder in the Glens, Aviemore. www.dunedinhog.com

24 Tain Community Market, Rose Gardens, Tain, 10am-2pm – for more details visit the Tain & District Development Trust Facebook page.

24 Glenurquhart Highland Gathering and Games, Blairbeg park, Drumnadrochit. www.glenurquhart-highland-games.co.uk

24 Cairngorm Farmers Market at Thunder in the Glens, The Square, Grantown.

25 Molly & Hattie McGregor, The Stables, Cromarty, 4pm – violinist Molly (18) and her cellist sister Hattie (16) from Rosemarkie both performed for the Highland Youth Orchestras and National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, and now study at the Yehudi Menuhin School near Cobham, Surrey. www.cromartyartstrust.org.uk

25 Grantown-on-Spey Highland Games, Heathfield Park, Grantown.

25 Garden Open: 2 Durnamuck, Little Loch Broom, Wester Ross. www.scotlandsgardens.org

26 Some Guys Have All The Luck - The Rod Stewart Story, Eden Court, Inverness – a fantastic live concert celebration of one of rock music’s greatest icons. www.eden-court.co.uk

28 Dornoch Community Markets, Cathedral Green, Dornoch, 9.30am-1pm. www.visitdornoch.com

28 Mercury: The Ultimate Queen Tribute, Eden Court, Inverness – including some of Queen’s most popular hits, such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio GaGa, We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You and many more. www.eden-court.co.uk

30 North Kessock Community Market, North Kessock Hall, 10am-12.30pm.

31 Lairg Crofters Show.

31 Bealach Mor, by Kinlochewe – a 90-mile cycle sportive with 9600ft of ascent in just 10km including the famous Bealach na Ba climb. Entry www.handsonevents.co.uk

31 Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Elgin Town Hall, Elgin – bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show so hot it carries its own health warning. www.elgintownhall.co.uk

Carve Carrbridge is on August 31.
Carve Carrbridge is on August 31.

31 Carve Carrbridge, Carrbridge, from 10am – open chainsaw carving competition. Visit carvecarrbridge.com

Every effort has been made to ensure the information in the listings is accurate. Please phone ahead or check the relevant website before travelling to any event.



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