Exciting Highland Events in 2020

What’s on in the Highlands in 2020?

As a new year begins, our thoughts turn to upcoming events and what we can really look forward to. Well, here in the Highlands, there is plenty going on. From Skye to Fort William, or Drumnadrochit to Inverness there are once again many great Highland events and festivals to celebrate and enjoy right in the heart of Scotland. So let’s take a look at what’s on in the Highlands in 2020…

Ullapool Book Festival

8th – 10th May 2020

a selection of books

The Ullapool Book Festival was first held in 2005 and attracts some great authors to the event each year. This is a very popular event, and early-bird tickets sold out within the first day. Guests in previous years have included Sally Magnusson, Angus Peter Campbell and David Hayman. The event even comes with its own ceilidh dance! But even if you are unable to make the festival, anyone with an interest in books should visit the Ceilidh Place Bookshop in Ullapool. We think it’s one of the best independent bookshops in Scotland and only 90 minutes drive from Inverness.

Belladrum Tartan Heart Music Festival

30th July – 1stAugust 2020

hands up at an outdoors festival

As for the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, it’s another must. While other music festivals have come and gone over the years, Belladrum is the music festival in the Highlands to attend over the summer months. With music for all tastes, it is a family favourite for Invernessians. If you are staying overnight though, remember to bring your earplugs! Performers in 2020 include Emeli Sandé, Shed Seven and Nile Rodgers & Chic.

Loch Ness 360° Challenge

Friday 29th – Sunday 31st May 2020

A man running in the Scottish Highlands

Brand new for 2020! Are you ready to take on Scotland’s newest long-distance trail? The Loch Ness 360ﹾ Challenge is a new three-day running or cycling event that takes place round the circumference of Loch Ness. You can enter one, two or three marathons; an ultra marathon or a mountain bike challenge to really test yourself on some of the most challenging terrains in the country.

If you’re looking for the ultimate challenge, this is it.

Etape Loch Ness

26 April 2020

a group of cyclists

Etape Loch Ness, a 66 mile (106 km) cycling event around Loch Ness on closed roads. It’s a fantastic event and that the VisitInvernessLochNess team did back in 2018 to raise funds for Macmillian Cancer Support.

Of course events and festivals are not for everyone and are only one thing to look forward to in the Highlands in 2020. More than anything else, what’s on in the Highlands in 2020 that we can all appreciate and look forward to is another year of magical sunsets, seeing amazing wildlife, being blown away by the beauty of our landscape and castles and discovering our own unique experiences to treasure.