Not-to-miss Highland Festivals in 2016

RockNess Music Festival

RockNess is back by popular demand. Well, at least that’s what we’ve heard. This three-day music extravaganza is Northern Scotland’s premier music festival. Although it has been cancelled for the last two years running, we hear it’s all systems go for the 2016 RockNess festival. From the 4th till the 6th of June, you can catch some of the biggest names on the music scene right here on the shores of Loch Ness in one of the most anticipated Highland festivals of the year.

Music festival

The Highland Games

When it comes to not-to-miss Highland festivals, there’s one event that trumps them all. The Highland Games. A wonderful collection of traditional Scottish activities, the Highland Games promises to be one of the most memorable events on the 2016 calendar. From the Heavy Events and Highland dancing, to solo piping and athletics, the Games are a unique Scottish tradition. On the 16th of July, this annual celebration of Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage will be taking place at Bught Park in Inverness.

Heavy athletes from the Highland Games

The Highland Military Tattoo

Set to get underway from the 9th till the 11th of September, the annual Highland Military Tattoo will have you marching along to your own drum. This annual piping spectacular is an impressive display of all things Scottish. From pipe bands and military bands, to Highland dancers and youth ceilidh band and choirs, it’s a not-to-miss Highland family festival in the heart of the impressive Fort George in Inverness.

The Red Hot Highland Fling

Since Hogmanay is just around the corner, it’s only fitting that the Red Hot Highland Fling completes our what’s what in 2016 list of Highland festivals you don’t want to miss. The largest free Hogmanay party in Scotland, this annual celebration is the perfect way to kick up your heels and welcome in the New Year. Join over 10 000 Highlanders, as well as visitors from all over the world, in toasting the bells.

If you’re planning on starting off the New Year in the Highlands, make sure you do it in style. With a number of special offers for every occasion, the Kingsmills Hotel is the place to be for all your Highland festivals and festivities.