If you are planning a weekend getaway in this month of August to Highlands and Islands area of Scotland, here you have a few suggestions to help you plan the coming weeks in enjoying the finest activities in the area.
The festivals and shows are in plenty in the month of August. On 4th and 5th August, the Black Isle Show exhibits the trade stands like flower show and sheep shearing competitions. Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival on 6 and 7 August in Beauly. Watch the sailing races at Plockton Regatta which runs until 7 August when a concert, dance and the Commodore’s party wrap things up. Skye Agricultural show in Portree on 14 August features livestock, quad and trial bikes. On 28 August Lochaber Agricultural Show features livestock judging, vintage tractors, pony rides, a pipe band, traditional arts and crafts.
A few of the events in Highlands will help your kids keep busy. On August 4 in Abriachan Forest is the setting for Winnie the Pooh Tall Tales. Eco Crafts are displayed at Glencoe National Trust Centre on 9 August. The Mini Highland Games on 12 August features haggis hurling and three-legged races.
The music and art events are in plenty to keep you rushing from one event to another. Find the best ones that will suit your taste. The story of the Jacobite uprising of 1745 is told in the Prestonpans Tapestry. It will be in Arisaig on 3 and 4 August, Invergordon from 8 to 10 August, Fort William on 19 and 20 August and in Glenfinnan on 21 and 22 August. The Caledonian Canal Ceilidh Trail runs until 8 August at various venues around Loch Ness and the Great Glen. Inverness and Museum and Art Gallery hosts Matisse: Drawing with scissors from 7 August until 6 September. The collection of lithographic prints and cut-outs by Henri Matisse is a touring exhibition from the Hayward Gallery. Gaelic Voices – Guthan Gàidhlig in An Lanntair on 11 August. Performances are in English and Gaelic. Ullapool and District Junior Pipe Band give performances each Thursday evening in the Calmac Car park, Ullapool. Highland Chamber Orchestra will mark their 10th anniversary with a special concert at Eden Court Theatre on 21 August. Summer music at Culloden are held on 14 and 28 August at Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre.
Apart from all music and art events, those visitors who prefer outdoor activities can enjoy things like getting a glimpse of Nevis Range open on 4 August. Enjoy a night walk watching the sunset at Farr guided by the Highland Council Rangers on 13 August. Annual flower show by the Nairn and District Gardening Club in the community centre on 14 August. Colossal Celebration of the centuries on 14 and 15 August at Fort George. You can witness hundreds of motorbikes in and around Aviemore from 27 to 30 August as part of Thunder in the Glens celebration. Great exhibitions from various local clubs at the Inverness Flower Show at the High School on 28 and 29 August. The Laggan heat of the SXC cross country mountain bike race series takes place on 29 August.
Various Highlands Games also will add charm to your days in the area. The Isle of Skye Highland Games happens on 4 August, Dornoch Highland Gathering on 6 August, Newtonmore Highland Games and Strathpeffer Highland Gathering on 7 August. Mey Highland Games are on 8 August with Ballater Highland Games and Tain Highland Gathering on 12 August. Assynt Highland Games on 13 August are followed by Helmsdale Highland Games and Nairn Highland Games on 21 August with Grantown on Spey Highland Games on 22 August. The month ends with Glenurquhart Highland Gathering and Invergordon Highland Gathering on 28 August.
Now, choose your events and draw a chart of events you would like to visit while a weekend get-away or holiday in Highlands and Islands area of Scotland!