Fort George, by Inverness, forms a spectacular backdrop to the Highland Military Tattoo (usually held in September), an extravaganza of fireworks, flypasts, and a great deal of bag piping.
Traditional music and dance is alive and – literally – kicking in Scotland. Find a ceilidh – or a Scottish reels night (it won’t be hard, they happen all over the country and all the time!) – and then throw yourself in.
The purpose-built venue Ironworks in Inverness, brings live music to the heart of the Highlands, with an emphasis on entertainment and good times for all. Expect plenty of established rock names and tribute acts on the nostalgia circuit.
The lovely Music Hall in Aberdeen, built in 1822, was where Emeli Sandé played her triumphant homecoming concert in 2013. The hall brings some brilliant classical musicians to northeast Scotland, while its ceilidhs are a perfect way to meet the locals.
Hootananny in Inverness is a down-to-earth pub yet is one of the best places to catch live music in the Highlands. There is music on every night of the week, with an emphasis on traditional music.