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People in Scotland's Islands never stop enjoying and celebrating their heritage and their life - so there's always something happening when you visit, especially in the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014!

 

As well as the many annual events taking place across all the islands, 2014 is going to be a stonker with many supported events focussing on reaching out to all who have an affinity with Scotland and welcoming them back to their roots. Look out for the events appearing on this site over the year and enjoy what's in store.

Events on the islands reflect what is special about island culture - from the eclecticism of the Hebridean Celtic Festival and foot-stomping Shetland Fiddle Frenzy, to the juxtaposed thrill and gravitas of The St Magnus Festival. The islands have fabulous Arts facilities like An Lanntair in Stornoway, the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney, Mareel on Shetland, An Tobar on Mull and Aros on Skye, but islanders have also created great festivals for families and film buffs in further flung communities like Colonsay, Luing, Sanday and Papa Westray.

These events are not just for watching and listening in awe, they're for joining in and being uplifted. There's challenging sports and outdoor activities including half marathons, car rallies, open golf competition, shinty, sailing, the Tiree Wave Classic, the Islands Peaks Race. There's plenty of tradition too - highland games, dance, music, the Christmas Ba' Game and Up Helly Aa...and festivals to celebrate our whisky, wine and beer.

There is a wonderful diversity of culture special to each island group, typified by the most delectable food; an extraordinary talent for traditional and modern music and dance; breath-taking scenery; a fabulous diversity of wild-life; a variety of languages and dialects (though English is spoken throughout) and a colourful and sometimes tragic history shared with many inhabitants of far-flung places in the world.

 

Scotland's Islands are welcoming places, well-provided with good quality accommodation, up to the minute telecommunications and clear roads. Visitors can sleep comfortably, eat and drink well, keep in touch with friends, family and work and get around with ease!

 

Our website continues to be supported by the six Local Authorities with island communities - Argyll and Bute, Highland, North Ayrshire, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar) and Shetland. The project team is led by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. The project is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

 

Scotland’s Islands - the events, exhibitions and activities happening all year round.

We list every event we hear of, large and small, taking place on the islands of Scotland or taking place elsewhere and relating to Scotland's Islands. They provide a unique opportunity to savour the diversity and excitement of island life. Check our our facebook page for general updates too - http://www.facebook.com/ScotlandsIslands.  


There has never been a better time for you to visit Scotland's Islands, to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and unspoilt beaches, to get close to dramatic wild-life, learn about our heritage, participate in a great range of activities, and enjoy our music, food and drink.


All this on some of our 99 inhabited islands large and small (and many more uninhabited) accessible by sea and air in six regions: Argyll & Bute, Highland, North Ayrshire, Orkney, Outer Hebrides and Shetland.

 

 



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