Inverness festivals to look forward to this summer

What’s hot this summer? Festivals & events 2022

Here at the Kingsmills, we’re looking forward to summer and all the great festivals that are planned. From music, to sport, art and more. Whatever you’re into, there’s an event for you coming up soon! So, let’s take a look at some of the top festivals and events planned for summer 2022 …

The Gathering Festival

28 May 2022

This traditional and folk music festival takes place at Northern Meeting Park, Inverness in May. Featuring artists such as Peatbog Faeries, Elephant Sessions, Capercaille and Torridon, and serving up local craft food and drink. The Gathering Festival is a fun-filled event for the whole family, which celebrates Scottish music and culture.

Piping Inverness

25 June 2022

Piping Inverness is a celebration of all things piping, which also incorporates the popular European Pipe Band Championships. Held at Bught Park in Inverness, this is an all-day event featuring pipers, drummers, drum majors and Highland dancers, as well as Scottish food, drink and craft stalls.

Inverness Highland Games

16 July 2022

This will be the 200th anniversary of the Inverness Highland Games, which began in 1822. The traditional Scottish sports event takes place at Northern Meeting Park. Expect activities such as piping competitions, Highland dancing, a mass Highland fling, strongest man and woman, haggis hurling, tossing the caber and stonemason’s stone.

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

28 – 30 July 2022

Held on the Belladrum Estate, the Tartan Heart Festival is a family-friendly art and music festival and always a favourite event in the Inverness summer calendar. Known for attracting a wide-range of musical talent. Big acts this year include Nile Rodgers and Chic, Van Morrison, Emeli Sandé, The Fratellis, also Passenger and many more!

Black Isle Show

4 August 2022

The Black Isle Show is an agricultural show, based at the Mannsfield Showground, Muir of Ord, around a 20-minute drive from Inverness. What’s more, it is the largest event of its kind in the north of Scotland. Attractions include livestock exhibits, horse jumping, sheep shearing competitions, dog agility demonstrations, vintage tractors, monster trucks, street performances and family entertainment.

Nairn Book and Arts Festival

27 August – 3 September 2022

Finally, as the end of summer draws near, we have the Nairn Book and Arts Festival. A celebration of literature, art, music, drama and film. Hosted in Nairn, a picturesque seaside town just 30 minutes’ drive from Inverness. Featuring events such as author talks and readings, live music, drama and dance, film and visual arts exhibitions and creative workshops.

Are you looking to escape to the Inverness and the Highlands this summer? Then why not make the Kingsmills Hotel your next destination! A perfect base for visiting these great summer festivals. So, indulge in your own little slice of luxury and book one of our special offers today!