What’s on this autumn in and around Inverness?

Autumn Festivals and Events near Inverness

The many wonderful autumn festivals and events in Inverness are always a treat. While most people head to the Highlands in summer in search of sun, fun and relaxation, autumn is when Inverness thrives. Indeed, there’s something exciting on every month. So if you’re visiting Inverness and the Highlands this autumn, take a look at what’s on locally …

Northern Meeting Piping Competition

2nd – 3rd September 2021

Join in the fun as pipers from all over Northern Scotland battle it out in the Northern Meeting Piping Competition. As the most prestigious piping competition in the world, you’re sure to be in for a treat.

Close up of a piper playing the bagpipes
The Northern Meeting Piping Competition takes place at Eden Court in Inverness.

Loch Ness Marathon

3rd October 2021

While scouring the shores of Loch Ness for the infamous Loch Ness monster, why not join in another long-running tradition by taking part in a monster marathon? The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running is without question, one of the best marathons in the UK.

Sign pointing direction of Loch Ness
The Loch Ness Marathon takes a spectacular route along the shores of the famous loch.

The Blas Festival

19th – 27th November 2021

The Blas Festival is a celebration of all things Gaelic. Rooted in our Gaelic heritage, the Blas Festival has become the Highlands’ premier Gaelic and traditional music festival. With festivities across the Highlands and Argyll to look forward to, you can enjoy an incredible line-up of local, national and international artists against the backdrop of some of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks.

Close up of a fiddle laid on a wooden floor
Celebrate Gaelic culture and heritage at the Blas Festival this November.

Civic Bonfire & Fireworks Display

The Highland Council’s Civic Bonfire and Fireworks Display in Bught Park is a large and spectacular display, which usually takes place annually in November. This year’s event is yet to be announced, but keep an eye out for more information.

Dark sky filled with fireworks
Thousands are expected to gather in Bught Park by the River Ness, for this annual Bonfire Night celebration. 

Christmas Lights Switch On

The Inverness Christmas Lights Switch On usually takes place in late November. So look out for details coming nearer the time.

Close up of Christmas Tree and lights in background
Light up your autumn night with the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch On.

Looking for accommodation during your visit to Inverness? The Kingsmills is a luxury hotel, perfect for you autumn adventures. Take a look at our Autumn Breaks offer and book your stay today!