Inverness festivals to look forward to this summer

What’s hot this summer? Festivals & Events 2024

Here at the Kingsmills, we’re looking forward to summer and all the great festivals that are planned. From music and sports to 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 summer festivals and events planned for 2024 …

The Gathering Festival

1 June 2024

This traditional folk music festival takes place at Bught Park, Inverness in June. Featuring artists such as Skerryvore and Trail West 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.

National Whisky Festival

29 June 2024

The National Whisky Festival of Scotland is a touring festival which celebrates Scotland’s national drink. It arrives in Inverness on 29th June, where it will be held at Eden Court Theatre. With over 200 whiskies available to sample, plus a programme of food, drink and music events, this is a must for all whisky lovers!

Three glasses of whisky

Under Canvas

3 July – 24 August

Under Canvas is back! Over a remarkable two months, enjoy live music and events at Eden Court in Inverness. Highlights include a family silent disco, the North Atlantic Project + Evie Waddell and a very special edition of Eden Court’s regular Gaelic Acoustic Nights series.

Inverness Highland Games

13 July 2024

The Inverness Highland Games, is a celebration of traditional Scottish sports events. It has been taking place at Northern Meeting Park since 1822. 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

25 – 27 July 2024

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 James Arthur, Sugababes, Decon Blue, Sophie Ellis-Bexter, Jake Bugg, also Callum Beattie and many more!

Black Isle Show

1 August 2024

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

31 August – 8 September 2024

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. Features 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? Then why not make the Kingsmills Hotel your next destination? A perfect base for visiting these great festivals and events. So, indulge in your little slice of luxury with our Summer Scorcher offer and look forward to a summer break with us!