Inverness Sporting Calendar 2023

Sports events coming up in Inverness

Who says the highlands is just whisky and mountains? That couldn’t be further from the truth. The Scottish Highlands is full of rich tradition, culture, food and sport. Focussing on the latter, in Inverness we are lucky to play host to a wide variety of exciting sports events throughout the year. There is something for everyone to enjoy! 2023 is no exception with many different events taking place throughout the year.

Football fixtures

Various dates

Many of the football fixtures held around Inverness revolve around two championship football rivals, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Ross County. These teams are always full of energy and bring the city alive. Check the latest fixtures for Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Ross County here.

Footballer on the pitch with foot on ball
Inverness Caley Thistle has a long-standing rivalry with Ross County, based a few miles north in Dingwall.

Inverness Half Marathon and 5K

12th March 2023

The Inverness Half Marathon is back in spring, following a scenic route through the city of Inverness. Or, if you’re looking for a shorter distance, the Inverness 5K is a great alternative taking place on the same day.

Close up of runners' feet during a race
The Inverness Half Marathon follows a scenic route through the city.

The Loch Ness Etape

23rd April 2023

Fancy yourself the next Sir Chris Hoy or Sir Bradley Wiggins? In April, Inverness will be hosting the Etape Loch Ness. A 106 km bike race around Loch Ness, not for the faint of heart.

Check out last year’s amazing event

Inverness Highland Games

15th July 2023

In July, Inverness plays host to the Inverness Highland Games. Founded in 1822, it is perhaps the most spectacular gathering of its type in Scotland. The perfect event for the entire family with events for everyone to take part in including a Mass Highland Fling, a sight not to be missed.

Traditional scottish pipe band in kilt at Highland Games
The games are held at Northern Meeting Park, the world’s oldest known Highland Games stadium. 

Ultra X Scotland

6-7 May 2023

The Ultra X 110 Scotland is an ultra marathon, taking place in the Scottish Highlands. At 110 km over 2 days, this race goes far beyond the length of a marathon. There is also the option to race on the second day only, which is known as the Ultra X 50 Scotland and is 50 km in length. Both races are an incredible challenge for ultra runners, set against a stunning Highland backdrop.

Highlights from last year’s Ultra X Scotland

Loch Ness Marathon

1st October 2023

In October, the streets of Inverness will mark the finish line for quite possibly the world’s most picturesque marathon. The Loch Ness Marathon begins on the southeastern shores of the loch and continues through the stunning Highland scenery to finish in the heart of Inverness. There are also 5K, 10K and Wee Nessie challenges.

Running crowd at the marathon
The Loch Ness Marathon and River Ness challenges take place in a stunning and iconic setting.

These are just a few of the fantastic sporting events that are taking place in Inverness and its close proximity this year. What a year we have ahead of us! Please note, if you plan on attending or taking part in any of these events, you may need to register or purchase tickets in advance. And if you’re looking for a hotel in Inverness, we have the perfect facilities to help you relax after an adrenaline-fueled day. With luxurious double beds, top-quality room service and onsite spa facilities, book your accommodation at the Kingsmills Hotel.