It's the beginning of July, the sun is sweltering and you ask yourself how you’re going to cope once the lovely weather goes away for another year. But Scotland has so much to offer during the month of August, as we have found out by looking at the massive variety of festivals scheduled. If you’re looking for one big, final, fun activity to partake in before summer officially ends then look no further – we’ve created a top 5 list of Highland Festivals you have to visit this August.
Summer Isles Festival
Saturday 29th August 2015
Achitibuie Village Hall and Piping College
If it’s value for money you’re after then the Summer Isles Festival is one that can’t be missed. Looking at the variety of activities held at this festival you might be wondering why it’s so light on the pocket. It features workshops in music, food and art so be sure to buy a ticket and unleash your creativity at this festival, but be there on time as it’s only around for one day!
North Hop Festival
21st - 22nd August 2015
Eden Court, Inverness
This craft beer festival is a must for anyone who enjoys an alcoholic beverage...or six! Featuring independent, traditional beers but also high-quality gins, unusual cocktails, food and musicians, this is an excellent way to discover new drinks while having a good time doing it. As you've probably guessed, this one's for over 18s only.
Tomintoul and Glenlivet Walking Festival 2015
27th - 31st August 2015
Tomintoul / Glenlivet
Perhaps you're a hill-walking enthusiast or perhaps the furthest you dare walk is to the shops; either way the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Walking Festival is the opportunity you need to get out of the house and experience the fluttering breezes of the Scottish Highlands flowing through your hair, much like Mel Gibson in Braveheart. This one’s certainly a breath of fresh air.
Skye Festival 2015
All of August 2015
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
Having been around since 1991, this festival has 25 years of experience and is back yet again this August. This festival places emphasis on and celebrates the Gaelic culture, through music, workshops and even pub quizzes. But with a huge variety of performances, from blues to ballet, this festival seems to have it all.
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival
6th – 8th August 2015
With headliners Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers and even Scotland's very own twin brothers, The Proclaimers, it's hard to give this festival a miss! Despite the 3 massive headliners, this festival is a great way to discover new or unheard of musical talent. Be sure to wear your finest kilt in support of The Proclaimers.
Visiting Highland Festivals with the Kingsmills
Are you looking to escape to the Highlands this summer? Why not make the Kingsmills Hotel and Spa your next destination. A perfect road stop for visiting many of Scotland's Highland festivals, indulge in your own little slice of luxury and book one of our special offers