Loch Ness Adventure Awaits: Your Guide to 2023 Events
Loch Ness is one of the most iconic landmarks in Scotland, famous for its mythical creature, Nessie. But Loch Ness is not only known for its legendary monster; it is also a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers. Here are some of the exciting events around Loch Ness for 2023:.
Saturday 15th April 2023 - Pedal Power Event
If you’re looking for a fun and free event that celebrates active travel, then Pedal Power is the perfect event for you. This event takes place on April 15th on The Village Green in Drumnadrochit and The Loch Ness Hub. Pedal Power is sponsored by EventScotland and Paths for All, celebrating the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships taking place in Scotland this year. The event is designed to show the beauty of the local area and promote cycling. There will be a variety of activities such as pump track, e-bike tours, mountain bike tour, e-bike rentals, mountain bike rentals, self-guided routes, treasure hunt, local active travel stalls, local food and drink stalls bike maintenance workshops, and much more. Visit https://www.visitinvernesslochness.com/pedal-power for more information and to book onto some of the events.
Sunday 23rd April 2023 - Etape Loch Ness
Etape Loch Ness: The Ultimate Cycle Sportive Around the Iconic Loch
Etape Loch Ness is a highly anticipated cycle sportive that takes place on traffic-free roads around Loch Ness. This challenging event offers the opportunity to cycle 66 miles/106km on a 360° closed-road route, starting and finishing in the Highland capital of Inverness. With 900m of ascent and a King of the Mountain stage, this event is perfect for seasoned cyclists and newcomers looking for a challenge.
Starting by the riverside at Bught Park, Inverness IV3 5SQ, the route follows the A82 west to Fort Augustus, passing through the picturesque villages of Drumnadrochit and Invermoriston. You’ll arrive in Fort Augustus, where you’ll cross the historic Caledonian Canal. The route then heads back to Inverness via South Loch Ness on the B862/B852, providing breathtaking views of the iconic loch.
With unrivalled scenery on closed roads, the Etape Loch Ness is an unforgettable experience. Don’t miss your chance to take part in this incredible event. Register now at www.etapelochness.com
Thursday 27th July 27th - Saturday 29th July 2023 - Tartan Heart Belladrum Festival
Get Ready to Rock at the Tartan Heart Belladrum Festival
The Tartan Heart Belladrum Festival is a three-day extravaganza that takes place in the stunning Belladrum Estate near Inverness. This festival is the ultimate destination for music lovers who want to experience a diverse range of genres, including rock, indie, and electronic. The festival also features a wide variety of entertainment, including comedy, poetry, and street theatre.
The Tartan Heart Belladrum Festival offers an unparalleled experience that caters to all tastes. Whether you want to dance the night away to your favorite bands or discover new artists, the festival has something for everyone. The stunning surroundings of the Belladrum Estate provide the perfect backdrop for a weekend of fun and entertainment.
In addition to the music and entertainment, the festival offers a range of food and drink options, including local produce and craft beers. The festival also features a dedicated family area, with activities and entertainment for children of all ages.
Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this incredible event. Get your tickets now and experience the magic of the Tartan Heart Belladrum Festival. For more information, visit
www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk for more information.
Wednesday 2nd & Thursday 3rd August 2023 - Black Isle Show
Experience the Best of Scottish Agriculture at the Black Isle Show
The Black Isle Show is an annual agricultural show that takes place in Muir of Ord, offering a fun day out for all ages. This show is a celebration of the region’s rich agricultural heritage and showcases the best of Scottish farming. The show attracts visitors from all over the country who come to experience the local agricultural community and enjoy a range of attractions.
One of the highlights of the Black Isle Show is the livestock competitions, where you can see some of the finest livestock from the region. There are also a variety of trade stands selling everything from handmade crafts to locally sourced food and drink. The show provides a great opportunity to learn about Scottish agriculture and meet local farmers.
The Black Isle Show is a family-friendly event with plenty of activities for children to enjoy. There are bouncy castles, face painting, and other attractions that will keep the kids entertained. The show also offers a range of food and drink options, including locally sourced produce, so you can indulge in some traditional Scottish fare.
Whether you’re a farming enthusiast or simply looking for a fun day out, the Black Isle Show is the perfect event for you. With a range of attractions and activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss your chance to experience the best of Scottish agriculture. For more information, visit https://www.Blackisleshow.com
Saturday 26th August 2023 - Glenurquhart Highland Gathering & Games
Experience Scottish Culture at Glenurquhart Highland Games
The Glenurquhart Highland Gathering & Games is an iconic event that has been entertaining locals and visitors for over 75 years. Held at Blairbeg Park, this event showcases a range of traditional Scottish events, including piping, highland dancing, track and field events, heavy events, cycling, hill race, tug o’ war, and much more. The games provide a unique experience and are perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in traditional Scottish culture.
One of the highlights of the Glenurquhart Highland Games is the heavyweight athletes performing traditional events such as throwing weights and hammers and tossing the caber. Additionally, the event includes the Glen Challenge, hill race, track running for adults and children, solo piping, and the ever-popular tug o’ war. A select number of trade stands will cater to your shopping needs, offering a range of unique Scottish products.
The people of Glen Urquhart have worked hard to create Highland magic for both spectators and competitors. Let’s all work together to ensure that this proud tradition continues for another 75 years, and beyond. For more information on this fantastic event, visit www.glenurquhart-highland-gathering.co.uk
Sunday 1st October 2023 - Loch Ness Marathon
Experience the Beauty of Loch Ness with the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running
The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running is a highly anticipated event on the running calendar. The marathon starts in Fort Augustus, a picturesque village at the southern tip of Loch Ness, and finishes in Inverness, the Highland capital. Along the way, runners get to experience the breathtaking views of Loch Ness, one of the most iconic landmarks in Scotland.
The route takes runners along the shores of Loch Ness, offering stunning scenery and a sense of tranquility. The marathon course is a point-to-point route, which means runners can take in the full beauty of the loch as they make their way to the finish line. The route is well supported with plenty of aid stations, and the marathon is open to both seasoned runners and beginners who are up for a challenge.
In addition to the marathon, the Festival of Running offers a range of events for all ages and abilities, including a 10K race, 5K fun run, and the Wee Nessie children’s race. The festival provides an opportunity for everyone to get involved and be a part of this incredible event.
If you’re a running enthusiast who loves beautiful scenery, the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running is the perfect event for you. Don’t miss your chance to experience the magic of Loch Ness. For more information, visit www.lochnessmarathon.com.