26th April – 8th May and 1st – 13th August - Caithness Summer of Archaeology – Caithness Archaeological Trust (CAT) have launched a programme including projects, digs and events. They are looking for volunteers for their archaeological excavations at Nybster Broch on 26th April – 8th May and 1st – 13th August. To find out more contact Derek Edwards of Caithness Archaeological Trust on 01593 731 269 or firstname.lastname@example.org
9-17 April – Wave North Festival – The event will include music, film, photography, pod casts, surf, swim, sea and sports activities around Thurso
6-8 May – Ullapool Book Festival
15-21 May – Cape Wrath Challenge information here
21 May – Slioch Horeshoe race – running, cycling and climbing – information available here
23 – 27 June – Wild about Gairloch Festival – see below – web link
16 – 17 September – Loopallu, Ullapool
Wild about Gairloch Festival
“Wildaboutgairloch” is Scotland’s newest wildlife festival, showcasing all that is best about the world of nature at the heart of Scotland’s largest National Scenic Area, in Wester Ross.
Held in and around the Gairloch area, the festival will take place from Thursday June 23rd until Monday 27th inclusive. The organising group are the Gairloch Business Association, assisted by the Celtic Fringe Tourism Association and a wide range of other community groups, private businesses and individuals from the area.
Attractions during the event range from local walks investigating local butterfly and bat populations, to guided circuits of the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve Mountain trail, and seagoing journeys out into the Minch to spot some of the rare species of birdlife and sea creatures to be found here. These include Whales, Porpoises, Sea Eagles, Skuas, and many others that you will hardly ever have a chance to see normally.
The organisers have also arranged for noted experts in their field such as John Love (Sea Eagles) to come along with evening presentations on their specialist subjects – local hotels will have music on during the festival, there will be a ceilidh as part of the entertainment, and a number of venues will feature wildlife – based exhibitions . Full details can be found on the festival website at www.wildaboutgairloch.com. Funding and support for the festival has come from Scottish Natural Heritage and Awards For All.
View Gairloch self catering accommodation
Source – North Highland Tourism