Entertainment for all the family
1 The Gathering, Northern Meeting Park, Inverness – a new one day festival celebrating the very best of the Highlands and Scotland. Tickets from www.skiddle.com
1 Start of Gaelic Arts Week, Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum, Skye. www.armadalecastle.com
1 549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War, Eden Court, Inverness – a timely insight into one of Scotland’s almost forgotten conflicts. www.eden-court.co.uk
1 Fortrose Community Market, Fortrose Town Hall, 10am-12.30pm.
1 Believe - The Cher Songbook, Eden Court, Inverness – turn back time and celebrate the goddess of pop, Cher. www.eden-court.co.uk
1 Turadh, Old Brewery, Cromarty, 8pm – a dynamic duo of original Scottish music with a contemporary twist. www.cromartyartstrust.org.uk
1 Inverness Farmers’ Market, Eastgate end of High Street, Inverness.
1 Gareth Pritchard and his Band live, Invergordon Social Club, Invergordon, 8pm – have your dancing shoes at the ready!
1-2 Open Studios, various locations, Cromarty. 11am-5pm – an opportunity to view a wide range of art and to meet the artists who live and make their work in Cromarty. www.cromartylive.co.uk
1-2 UCI Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup 2019. www.fortwilliamworldcup.co.uk
1-2 Garden Open: Amat, Ardgay – riverside garden surrounded by the old Caledonian Amat Forest. Herbaceous borders and rockery set in a large lawn looking onto a salmon pool. www.scotlandsgardens.org
1 to July 30 Garden Open: Shanvall, Glentruim, Newtonmore – by appointment. On the north slopes of the garden there are trees and shrubs, herbaceous border and wildflowers, and a pond. www.scotlandsgardens.org
1 to August 31 Garden Open: 10 Pilmuir Road West, Forres – by appointment. Plantswoman’s small town garden with over 300 cultivars of hostas, an extensive collection of hardy geraniums together with many other unusual plants. www.scotlandsgardens.org
2 One Night of Queen, The Ironworks, Inverness – a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. www.ironworksvenue.com
2 Daoiri Farrell, Eden Court, Inverness – described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. www.eden-court.co.uk
2 Garden Open: Gordonstoun, Duffus, nr Elgin – formal herbaceous borders around lawns, a terrace and an orchard. www.scotlandsgardens.org
4 Grainne Brady Band, Ceilidh Place, Ullapool. www.ceilidhplace.com
5 Garden Open: House of Gruinard, Laide, by Achnasheen – superb hidden and unexpected garden developed in sympathy with stunning west coast estuary location. www.scotlandsgardens.org
5 The Legends of American Country Tibute Show, Macphail Centre, Ullapool featuring four fabulous singers with full live band. www.macphailcentre.com
5 RSNO Prom with the Ayoub Sisters, Eden Court, Inverness -a fabulous evening of some of the greatest and most popular classical music ever written. www.eden-court.co.uk
6 The Benny Lynch Story, Eden Court, Inverness – tells the story of Scotland's first ever boxing world champion. www.eden-court.co.uk
6 The Summer Country Show, Elgin Town Hall, Elgin – join 5 of Ireland’s top country stars for a super summer country show. www.elgintownhall.co.uk
7 The Orb 30th Anniversary Tour, The Ironworks, Inverness – one of the most pioneering acts in dance music history. www.ironworksvenue.com
8 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Bught Park, Inverness – supported by Razorlight and Neon Waltz. Tickets available online at www.ticketline.co.uk
8 Cromarty Community Market, Victoria Hall, Cromarty 11am-2pm.
8 Lochalsh Dirty 30, Glenelg – a 30-mile walk or run passing the Skye Bridge and Eilean Donan Castle. There is also a shorter Dirty Dozen route over 12 miles. To enter visit www.lochalsh-trails.co.uk
8 Rock n Roll Paradise, Dingwall Town Hall, Dingwall, 7.30pm – a magical mystery tour through an era that changed the music world forever. Go to the Dingwall Events Facebook page for more details.
9 Odora Trio, The Stables, Cromarty, 4pm – classical music. www.cromartyartstrust.org.uk
9 Cairngorm Farmers Market, The Square, Grantown.
9 Scott Gibson - Anywhere But Here, Eden Court, Inverness – a blisteringly funny evening on the escapism and hedonism that travel promises. www.eden-court.co.uk
9 Caithness & Sutherland Vintage Vehicle Club John O’Groats 50th Annual Rally. Find on Facebook.
9 Leah MacRae - My Big Fat Fabulous Diary, Eden Court, Inverness – join the star of BBC’s River City, Gary Tank Commander and the huge hit stage comedy ‘51 Shades Of Maggie’ as she delves into the hilarious pages of her ‘big, fat, fabulous diary.’ www.eden-court.co.uk
9 Garden Open: Field House, Belladrum – an informal country garden in a one-acre site with mixed borders, ponds and some unusual plants. www.scotlandsgardens.org
11 Summer of Love, Eden Court, Inverness – an eclectic explosion of flowers, psychedelia, freedom, peace and love and, of course, timeless music that inspired a generation. www.eden-court.co.uk
11 Rule The World, Eden Court, Inverness -the Official Number 1 ‘Take That’ tribute show in the world! www.eden-court.co.uk
12 Budapest Café Orchestra, Ceilidh Place, Ullapool. www.ceilidhplace.com
12 Dornoch Community Markets, Cathedral Green, Dornoch, 9.30am-1pm. www.visitdornoch.com
12 Garden Open: Brackla Wood, Culbokie – mature one-acre plot consisting of woodland, wildlife features, ponds, mixed borders, a kitchen garden, rockery and mini-orchard. www.scotlandsgardens.org
13 West Coast Arts (Music, dance, and song from around the world), Poolewe Village Hall, Poolewe – Budapest Cafe Orchestra (Balkan music and more). Find on Facebook.
14 Story by the Fire, Evanton Woods, Evanton, 10.30am-11am – join the ranger for a story in the woods and some associated activities. All children must be accompanied by an adult, booking essential. Free event but donations welcome. Email Marcia.email@example.com or ring 07788387634.
14 The Coaltown Daisies, Carnegie Hall Café, Portmahomack, 8.30pm - dynamic folk, soul and americana music. Find on Facebook.
14 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
14-23 Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival. www.themorayway.org.uk
15 Culbokie Community Market, Findon Hall, Culbokie, 10am-12.30pm.
15 The Shackleton Trio, Old Brewery, Cromarty, 8pm – British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions with a regional twist from the group's native East Anglia. www.cromartyartstrust.org.uk
15 Celtman Extreme Scottish Triathlon, Torridon – swim 3.4km in cold, deep, jellyfish-infested Atlantic waters, bike 202km on incredible scenic Highland roads, run 42km through an ancient drover's pass and over the Beinn Eighe mountain range, and ascend over 4000m to win the coveted blue t-shirt. Details www.cxtri.com
15 Tain Community Market, Rose Gardens, Tain, 10am-2pm – for more details visit the Tain & District Development Trust Facebook page.
15 Garden Open: Haugh Garden, College of Roseisle. www.scotlandsgardens.org
15 Woodzstock 2019, Wildwoodz, Munlochy – local live bands, food and drink and activities for kids. www.wildwoodz.co.uk
15 Christian Garrick & the Budapest Cafe Orchestra, Eden Court, Inverness – a blistering barrage of traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music. www.eden-court.co.uk
15 Truckness, Dores, Loch Ness. www.trucknessinverness.com
15 Beyond Jovi, The Ironworks, Inverness – the UK’s premier Bon Jovi tribute act. www.ironworksvenue.com
15-23 Floral and Art Exhibition, East Church, Cromarty, 10am-5pm – stunning exhibition of botanical and related art work from the Clunes Art Group together with superb floral arrangements around this historic church. www.cromartylive.co.uk
18-19 Here Come The Boys, Eden Court, Inverness -Three of the biggest rock stars of dance, Aljaž Škorjanec, Giovanni Pernice and Gorka Marquez, battle each other in Latin, Ballroom, commercial and contemporary, and they need you to decide the champion! www.eden-court.co.uk
19 Golden Eagle Safari, Strathconon, 9am-3pm – a special trip to look for these incredible birds whilst learning all about their ecology and natural history. Minibus pick up from Dingwall, spaces limited to eight so booking is essential. Free event but donations welcome. Email Marcia.firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07788387634.
21 Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, Macphail Centre, Ullapool – a sublime, critically acclaimed and multi award-winning collaboration between two adventurous virtuoso musicians. www.macphailcentre.com
21-23 Dinosaur World Live, Eden Court, Inverness –a roarsome interactive show for all the family. www.eden-court.co.uk
22 Highland Cross – a 50-mile duathlon from Kintail through Glen Affric and Strathglass to Beauly to raise money for local charities. Entry by invitation only. For details visit www.highlandcross.co.uk
22-23 Garden Open: Torcroft, Balnain, Glenurquhart. www.scotlandsgardens.org
22-23 Cromarty Open Gardens, various venues, Cromarty – many Cromarty Gardens open their gates this weekend! Come and visit hidden treasures in gardens both large and small. There will be surprise entertainment in some depending on weather conditions and a chance to view other attractions such as studios and artwork on display. www.cromartylive.co.uk
22-23 Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, Portsoy. www.stbfportsoy.org
23 Tain Vintage, Historic and Classic Car and Motorcycle Rally, Tain Links, Tain – the annual event is now in its 12th year. Entry form and details at www.taingala.co.uk
23 Gary Meikle - The iBrow Guy, Elgin Town Hall, Elgin – Scottish comedy award winner & viral sensation. www.elgintownhall.co.uk
26 Dornoch Community Markets, Cathedral Green, Dornoch, 9.30am-1pm. www.visitdornoch.com
26 SCO Strings, Elgin Town Hall, Elgin – a rare occasion for bass players to step forward into the spotlight as a concert soloist. www.elgintownhall.co.uk
29 MockNess 2019, The Ironworks, Inverness - a monster tribute to the best rock and indie bands ever. Featuring The Guns N Roses Experience, Definitely Oasis, Dirty Harry, Ocean Colour Scheme and Idolized. www.ironworksvenue.com
29 Piping Inverness 2019, Bught Park, Inverness - Inverness hosts the European Pipe Band Championships. www.pipinginverness.com
29 North Kessock Community Market, North Kessock Hall, 10am-12.30pm.
29 Open Day 2019, Fairburn Activity Centre, Muir of Ord, 10am-4pm – go to the Fairburn Activity Centre Facebook page for more details.
29 to July 6 Seafest Lossiemouth. Find on Facebook.
30 Garden Open: House of Aigas and Field Centre, by Beauly. www.scotlandsgardens.org
30 Andersen's Magical World, Eden Court, Inverness – the youngest students of TFX Performing Arts Academy bring together some of your favourite stories, skill-fully retelling them for you on the stage. www.eden-court.co.uk
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this listing, but please check ahead before travelling to any event.