Holidays in Glenlivet

Visitor Guide

Entertainment

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Entertainment

 in Glenlivet and the Cairngorms, Aberdeenshire, Grampian,

Moray, Nairn and Inverness-shire

 

Please e-mail us with any comments, reports on broken links, suggestions or questions

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There are a few regular events which are listed immediately below.  Please be aware that some of these are not included in the monthly diary that follows.

 

 

 

 

Highland Games

If you are interested in any Games not listed below, please consult the Alba Games Website

You can find events that might fit in with your journey to or from the north of Scotland.

 

Regular Events

 

Please send me an e-mail if you have a regular event that you want to publicize here

glenlivetholiday@uk2.net

 

"Stramash"  (Dufftown)

Held in the British Legion every Monday evening throughout the year at 7.30pm

These are informal sessions with accordions and fiddles, pipes, singers, etc – everyone welcome to come along to listen or indeed to perform.  There's never any guarantee of how many musicians turn up, but it's always been a great evening's entertainment so far

No entrance fee apart from buying a raffle ticket and patronizing the bar

 

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Concerts at St Margaret's Church in Aberlour

A series of monthly concerts that are worth going to just to see the magnificent church that is the last remnant of Aberlour House.  Details of individual concerts

are given in the monthly diary

 

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Thursday Night Ceilidhs  (Dufftown)

Organized Ceilidhs throughout the summer with local musicians, singers and highland dancers plus dancing for the audience – tickets at the door - bar

Venue varies from week to week - either the British Legion Hall or the Commercial Hotel

 

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Scottish Country Dancing  (Dufftown)

First Tuesday every month (April to October) in Memorial Hall at 7.30

Every Tuesday evening at other times apart from festive season  

 

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Old Time Dancing  (Dufftown)

First Wednesday every month (April to October) in Memorial Hall at 7.30

Every Wednesday evening at other times apart from festive season  

 

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Moray Jazz Club  (Elgin)

http://morayjazzclub.co.uk/index.html

The Moray Jazz Club meets every Thursday evening from 8 to 10.30 pm in the

Red Shoes Theatre, South College Street, Elgin.  Performers, mostly local

musicians, play a wide variety of jazz.

 

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Lossie Folk Club (Lossiemouth)

www.lossiefolkclub.co.uk

Meets every Tuesday at 8.30pm in the Beach Bar, Lossiemouth

 

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Monthly Diary

 

The Greater Speyside Website also lists lots of local events, exhibitions, etc.

Please send me an e-mail if you have an event you want to publicize here

 

 

 

April 2014

 

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Spirit of Speyside Website

A wide range of activities, tours and tastings spread throughout the north east whisky country

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May 2014

 

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Spirit of Speyside Website

A wide range of activities, tours and tastings spread throughout the north east whisky country

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The Hall Music Festival - Portsoy

A weekend of songs, tunes, stories, poetry, dance, workshops and sessions

Programme of events can be found at The Salmon Bothy website www.bothyfolk.com

 

 

June 2014

 

Cornhill Highland Games (between Keith and Banff)

Alba Games Website

Starts at 11 am

 

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Taste of Grampian Food Festival (near Inverurie)

Taste of Grampian Website

A chance to taste a wide range of food and drink products from the north east of Scotland.  Cookery demonstrations, music, arts and crafts.

Thainstone Centre

9.30 am to 4.30 pm

 

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Turriff Pipe Band Championships  (Turriff)

Pipe Band competition plus festival of Highland dancing, trade stands and refreshment facilities.

From 12noon to 6pm.

 

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Keith Music Festival

Keith Festival Website

A series of competitions, concerts and ceilidhs

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Kildrummy Vintage Rally  (near Aboyne)

Kildrummy Vintage Rally Website

Vintage, post-vintage, and classic vehicles, mostly motor cars but also commercial vehicles and motor cycles.

Note that this event is being staged at Dess near Aboyne and not at Kildrummy

 

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Old Meldrum Sports and Highland Games (Old Meldrum)

Alba Games Website

The Pleasure Park starting at 10.30am

 

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Castle Fraser Steam & Vintage Fair (near Inverurie)

Bon Accord Steam Club Website

Exhibitors, collectors and enthusiasts come from across the UK to this event and, inprevious years there have been a couple of dozen steam engines, scores of tractors, fairground organs, steam lorries, vintage cars, lorries, classic cars, steam saw mills and motorbikes.

 

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Aberdeen Highland Games

Alba Games Website

Aberdeen City Webpage for the Highland Games

Hazelhead Park from 10.00am to 6.00pm

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Scottish Traditional Boat Festival  (Portsoy)

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival Website 

Lots of boats and demonstrations of traditional crafts plus music, dance, drama, food fair, etc.  A good day out, and the old town of Portsoy is worth a look anyway. Quite a lot of walking - so take a good pair of shoes!

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July 2014

 

Forres Highland Games  (Forres)

Alba Games Website

Forres Highland Games Website

Grant Park starting at 12.30 pm

 

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Strathspey Steam Fair and Tractorfest  (Boat of Garten)

Strathspey Railway Website

One of the largest gatherings of steam traction engines, road rollers, road wagons in the North of Scotland. The day features a steam fairground organ and stalls at Boat of Garten, vintage tractor display at Broomhill plus much more. You can Park & Ride from Boat of Garten.

Admission to the Steam Fair is £6.

£13 gets you admission to the fair and your ticket to ride the train.

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Tomintoul Highland Games

Alba Games Website

Usually starts at 11am

 

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Nethy Bridge Scots Nights

Nethy Bridge Website

Nethy Bridge Community Centre 8 pm

Family Entertainment with Singing, Dancing, Piping, Refreshments and a bar.

Tickets at the door

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Inverness Highland Games  (Inverness)

Alba Games Website

Inverness Highland Games Website

Bught Park starting at 12 noon

 

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Speyfest  (Fochabers)

Speyfest Website

A festival of traditional and contemporary Celtic music

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Banchory Show  (Banchory)

Banchory Show Website

Agricultural show with dog show, craft fair, Highland Dancing competition and the Scolty Hill race, as well as traditional fairground stalls and games. 

The Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team will be performing at the 2012 Show.

King George V Park from 9am - 5pm

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Dufftown Highland Games  (Dufftown)

Dufftown Highland Games Website

Alba Games Website

Starts 11am

The Dufftown Highland Games Website doesn't yet have any information about the 2011 games, but, hopefully, it should be updated sometime before the event

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Black Isle Show  (Muir of Ord)

Black Isle Show Website

Mannsfield Showground

Horse show on the Wednesday (8am to 5pm)

Agricultural show on Thursday (8am to 7pm)

The Website doesn't yet have any information about the 2010 Show, but, hopefully, it should be updated sometime before the event

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August 2014

 

Turriff Show (Turriff)

Turriff Show Website

Agricultural show. Events seem to start at 1.15 pm on the Sunday and 8.45 am on the Monday

The following websites give information on Turriff

Turriff and District Website

Undiscovered Scotland Webpage for Turriff

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Black Isle Show  (Muir of Ord)

Black Isle Show Website

Mannsfield Showground

Horse show on the Wednesday (8am to 5pm)

Agricultural show on Thursday (8am to 7pm)

The Website doesn't yet have any information about the 2010 Show, but, hopefully, it should be updated sometime before the event

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Dornoch Highland Gathering (Dornoch)

Dornoch Highland Gathering Website

The Meadows Park starting at 10.30m

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Aberlour Highland Games (Aberlour)

Aberlour Highland Games website

Alice Littler Memorial Park

Dancing competitions start at 11 am - other events start at 1 pm

The Aberlour Highland Games Website doesn't yet have any information about the 2010 games, but, hopefully, it should be updated sometime before the event

 

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Aboyne Highland Games  (Aboyne)

Aboyne Highland Games Website

Aboyne Green starting at 10.30 am

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Newtonmore Highland Games  (Newtonmore)

Newtonmore Highland Games Website

Alba Games Website

Games start at 11 am

 

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Nethy Bridge Scots Nights

Nethy Bridge Website

Nethy Bridge Community Centre 8 pm

Family Entertainment with Singing, Dancing, Piping, Refreshments and a bar.

Tickets at the door

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Strathpeffer Highland Gathering (Strathpeffer)

Alba Games website

Events start at 10.30 am

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Keith Country Show (Keith)

Keith Country Show Website

Starts at 8 am both days finishing 6 pm on Sunday and 5 pm on Monday

 

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Ballater Highland Games  (Ballater)

Ballater Highland Games Website

Games are held in Monaltrie Park starting at 12.30pm

 

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Tain Highland Gathering (Tain)

Alba Games Website

Glenmorangie Field starting 10.30 am

 

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Grantown on Spey Show

Grantown Show Website

Agricultural Show starting at 9 am

A good day out if the weather's good - lots of animals and machinery, all sorts of stalls, rides, etc

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Abernethy Highland Games  (Nethybridge)

Alba Games Website

Events start at 10.30 am

 

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Nairn Highland Games

Nairn Highland Games Website

Alba Games Website

The Links, Nairn

Starts at 9.30am

 

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Nethy Bridge Scots Nights

Nethy Bridge Website

Nethy Bridge Community Centre 8 pm

Family Entertainment with Singing, Dancing, Piping, Refreshments and a bar.

Tickets at the door

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Invergordon Highland Games

Alba Games Website

Academy Playing Fields starting at 11 am

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Grantown-On-Spey Highland Games  (Grantown on Spey)

Alba Games Website

Heithfield Park starting at 11am

 

 

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Glenurquhart Highland Gathering  (Loch Ness)

Glenurquhart Highland Gathering Website

Westfield, Drumnadrochit - local events start at 10.30 am

 

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Lonach Highland Gathering  (Strathdon)

Alba Games Website

Bellabeg Park

The March of the Clansmen starts at 8am

Give yourself plenty of time to find a parking space and wear good walking shoes

 

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Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Competition

(Carrbridge)

Carve Carrbridge Website

Never been to this, but it looks fascinating on the Website

Contestants seem to come from all over the world - the 2009 winner came from Washington State, USA

There seems to be a whole range of attractions throughout the day -

music, activities, games, stalls and food & drink.

Starts at 10.30 am

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September 2014

 

Braemar Gathering (Braemar)

first Saturday in September

Braemar Gathering Website

Memorial Park, Braemar from 9.30 am

Booking in advance essential

 

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Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival

Dufftown Whisky Festival Website

 

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October 2014

 

World Porridge Making Championship (Carrbridge)

The Golden Spurtle Website

Their website hasn't been updated for 2011, and I can't find any other reference to it apart from an indication on the Carrbridge Community Website that it should be going ahead, but the date for last year was the 2nd Sunday in October.

Lest you think this is just some local gimmick, the current World Champion and holder of The Golden Spurtle comes from Oregon, USA.  Don't know how exciting it is to watch people making porridge, but there seem to other things keep you interested - local produce and craft stalls, product tasting, cookery demonstrations, live music & street entertainment.

 

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November 2014

 

 

 

 

December 2014

 

 

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February 2015

 

March 2015

 

 
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