Posted by: myrtlecottagefindhorn | March 16, 2010

Findhorn Guide – nearby Festivals in 2010

Edinburgh is world famous for its Festival. Look a little further afield, and you’ll find many other events and festivals elsewhere in Scotland.

These Festivals are smaller, more intimate, and have heaps more character than the now hugely commercialised Edinburgh Festival.

Festivals and Events taking place over spring summer and autumn in and near Findhorn include:

Universal Hall- Findhorn. Regular music, dance and comedy events throughout the year in a friendly family environment. See website for what’s on.

April 29th to May 3rd 2010 – Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival– within a cab or bus ride of the cottage – a bevy of tastings, dinners, dances and tours. Speyside has over half the distilleries in Scotland.

June 5-13 2010:  Nairn Book and Arts Festival

June 11-13th 2010 Rockness– XAVIER DE ROSNAY (JUSTICE) / CASSIUS / DJ MEHDI / BUSY P and many other acts in a field overlooking Loch Ness, 45 minutes from Findhorn.

June 19-20 2010- to be confirmed- Outsider Festival– Rothiemurchus.  Has in the past featured KT Tunstall, Crowded House, King Creosote, Blazin Fiddles, Salsa Celtica, Peatbog Faeries and more.

June 26th-27th 2010 PortsoyTraditional Boat Festival– Sea shanties, old wooden boats, hairy sailors, smoked herrings, local foods, all in a 300 year old harbour.

July 8-10th- Forres Highland Games – Traditional games in a wonderful village environment. A great day out.

July 24th 2010 – Inverness Highland Games– Traditional games such as tossing the caber, highland dancing etc.

July 26th – 31st  2010 – Inverness Tattoo– Massed pipe bands, army displays.

August – Nairn Jazz Festival– second weekend in August- 2010 date tba. A few events take place in Findhorn.

July 29th to August 1st – Speyfest – Over 20 of the best traditional and contemporary Celtic artists from Scotland, Canada and beyond. A wonderfully vibrant music festival.

August 1st tbc 2010- Nairn Show Local producers and breeders, as well as farm machinery for sale. Huge bulls, poultry tent, sheep, clootie dumpling competition….

August 6th 2010- Tartan Heart Festival– at Belladrum Estate. Family oriented festival of rock, blues, world and country music.

August 6th to 9th 2009, 2010 tba- Nairn Film Festival – initiated and supportde by Nairn local Tilda Swinton.

September 3rd to 12th 2010- Blas Music Festival– Traditional Highland Music- Second week of September at various venues throughout the Highlands.

For other festivals and events please visit Hi-Arts, as well as Visit Scotland.


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