Summer in the Scottish highlands

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Highland gatherings may be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of summer in Scotland. And perhaps a little salmon fishing, walking or deer stalking.

There are other things as well such as Thunder in the Glens – the biggest Harley Davidson rally in the UK – which takes place in Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park, a place normally just associated with the winter skiing season.

Here are just a few of the events happening in the Scottish highlands during the summer.

Durness Highland Gathering, – 24th of July in Lairg.

Stopover Festivals – 31st July until 1st of August in Aviemore. This music festival is held in Rothiemurchas and Mumford and Sons plus Ben Howard are the headline acts.

Tomintoul and Glenlivet Walking Festival – 27th July until 31st of August in Tomintoul and Glenlivet. It’s not all walking – only about 95% of it but there is a free ceilidh for participants on Sunday evening.

Ballater Highland Games – 13th of August at Monaltrie Park in Ballater

Grantown Show – 13th of August in Grantown

Nairn Highland Games – 15th of August

Glenurkuhart Highland Games – 22nd of August

Invergordon Highland Gathering – 22nd of August.

Thunder in the Glens  – 28th-31st of August in Aviemore

Dinosaur Tracking – 23rd of July and 6th of August at Glen Tilt, by Blair Atholl. This is a self-guided trail aimed at children, which should be accompanied by adults. The event runs from 10.30am – 12 noon

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