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Your Guide To Summer Events In Inverness

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Planning a summer visit to Inverness this year? You’re in luck because the summer of 2019 is shaping up to be a busy one! From dance music to traditional Highland culture, there’s truly something for everyone in the calendar. We have prepared your guide to Summer Events in Inverness.

So without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about what’s on in Inverness in the summer of 2019.

Summer Music Events in Inverness

Outdores – The Loch Ness Garden Party, 6th July

This intimate party right on Dores beach, right by Loch Ness brings together a host of great DJs who will have you dancing all day and all night to the best club music. This event is for over 18’s only. Tickets tend to sell out so grab yours early! Buy tickets here.

The Proclaimers Live at Bught Park, 6th July

On the same day as the Outdores garden party, Scotland’s favourite identical twin musicians, The Proclaimers, take the stage over in Bugh park. Special guests who are still to be announced will kick things off at 3 pm. You can buy your tickets on Ticketmaster.

Noel Gallagher at Bught Park, 8th July

Two days after the Proclaimers, ex-Oasis musician Noel Gallagher will perform at Bugh park as part of the Live in the City series of music events in Inverness. Apart from Gallagher and The Proclaimers, this year’s series will also see Kaiser Chiefs, Madness and Skippinnish perform. Find the details to all of these events on the Live in the City Facebook page.

Ocean Colour Scene at Ironworks, 30th July

Ocean Colour Scene have notched up nine albums, three of which went Top 5 – and the are back performing at Inverness Ironworks for a night of UK pop culture at its best. Full details on Ironworks website.

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, 1-3rd August

Tartan Heart returns for its 16th year with headliners Jess Glynne, Chvrches and Elbow. Other acts featured include Sugarhill Gang, Johnny Marr, Lewis Capaldi and many more. Glamping, VIP tickets and a fab pop-up restaurant make this an event not to miss. For full details, visit the Tartan Heart website.


Jess Glynne is set to be one of the headliners of Tartan Heart Festival.

Summer Entertainment

We still have more to add to your guide to Summer Events in Inverness, here are some top suggestions you won’t want to miss!

Educating Rita at Eden Court, 2-6th July

This beloved West End comedy classic will take the stage at Eden Court Theatre for five days in July. See an unlikely friendship develop between working-class hairdresser Rita and frustrated academic and poet Frank during a year at the Open University in this heartwarming play. See more details on the Eden Court website.

Plays at Cawdor Castle, 19-20th July & 1st August

This summer, Cawdor Castle will play host to three plays: Macbeth on July 19th, Wind in the Willows on July 20th and A Midsummer Night’s Dream on August 1st. The Three Fools theatre company is presenting a fresh new take on Macbeth, the Shakespeare classic with connections to Cawdor Castle. Quantum Theatre is putting on a new adaptation of the classic children’s book Wind In The Willows and Midsummer Night’s Dream. Full details on the Cawdor Castle website.

Loch Ness Film Festival 26-27th July

This grassroots film fest returns in 2019 with more free film screenings and a short film competition for a chance to see work from up-and-coming filmmakers. There will also be a zombie and horror filmmaking workshop held in Drumnadrochit. Full event details are still to be announced, so keep an eye on the Loch Ness Film Festival website for more information.

Your Guide to Sports

Inverness Highland Games, 20th July

For a taste of traditional Scottish culture, the Highland Games is just the ticket. Founded in 1822, the Inverness Highland Games bring new life to ancient Scottish sports and traditions with competitions to find the strongest men and women in Scotland. Piped bands and Highland dancing add their own charm to this traditional event. Full details can be found at

Loch Ness Beast Race, 31st August

Close the summer out with this fun obstacle race that tests your limits with the gorgeous Loch Ness as your backdrop. You can choose to support Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland with your entry by either donating money straight to the organisation or by getting friends and family to sponsor you. See the Beast Race website for more information.

Inverness Highland games

Inverness Highland games.


Fantastic Summer Family Days Out

Dinosaur World Live at Eden Court, 21-23rd June

This entertaining and educational show is suitable for the whole family and brings some of the most impressive prehistoric creatures back to life, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, Microraptor and many more! The show is highly interactive and suitable for all kids over 3 years. There’s a meet and greet after the show for a chance for brave little adventurers to make new dino friends. Full details on the Eden Court Theatre website.

Zippos Circus: The Magnificent Top Hat, 9-14th July

Zippos Circus has been creating breath-taking shows for over 250 years and their tour will spend five days in Inverness this July. See gravity-defying acrobats, hilarious clowns and daredevil motorcyclists. Buy tickets on the circus’ website.

Inverness Gala, 21st July

The Inverness Gala closes off the Highland Games of the previous day in Bugh park. Featured events include Proud Ness, the Ruff Ness dog show, the Junior Shinty Festival and much more. Full event details can be found on the Inverness Highland Games website.

So Many Events in Inverness this Summer

Proud Ness 2019, 21st July

Hosted by the Highland Council and the Highland LGBT forum, Proud Ness 2019 will consist of a parade through Inverness city centre, ending at Bugh park where there’ll be speakers, live music, a funfair and a bouncy castle as well as food and drink stalls. Find full details on Facebook.

Festival at the Fort, 10-11th August

For a taste of history, head to Fort George to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden this August. Discover the history of this magnificent fortress and celebrate Highlands culture through music and dance. Entry is free and no booking is required for Historic Environment Scotland members. For others, general admission starts at £9 and you can buy tickets online.

battle of culloden

2019 marks the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden.

Enjoy your break at the Palace Hotel Inverness

Looking for the perfect place to stay for your Highland break? Come and enjoy the Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa.   After a busy day exploring all the capital of the Highlands has to offer, why not kick back and relax at our spa or treat yourself to an indulgent afternoon tea? Book your Summer Escape at the Palace Hotel from just £73.45 per person per night.  Call us on 01463 22 32 43 or email us at Palace to book your stay.  Remember to book direct for the best offers and ask for any summer seasonal packages for 2 night stays or more.

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