Preview Homecoming Scotland 2014 
The Highland Homecoming (Tilleadh dhan Ghàidhealtachd) will last from 1st September to 31st October with our 2014 Hogmanay Show marking the end of our Homecoming Festival and the start of our Winter Festival.


Amongst the highlights of the Highland Homecoming will be the arrival of the Highland Clans in Inverness for the inaugural Inverness Highland Meeting (Cruinneachadh Gàidhealach Inbhir Nis); a brand new inter-clan gathering in the Highland Capital which it is planned will take place each year as part of the city’s Kirking Weekend celebrations.

As well as being invited to take part in Sunday’s Kirking Parade through the streets of Inverness; the Clans are also being invited to play a leading role in a spectacular celebration to mark the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the world’s oldest Highland Games Stadium Northern Meeting Park; an occasion which will be remembered by the historic launch of a brand new second annual Highland Games for Inverness.

The 2014 Masters World Championships (MWC2014) – the world’s biggest Highland Games competition which is contested by Heavies aged 40 years and over - will be held on 12-14 September. Organised by Scottish Masters International based in Illinois USA, the MWC has attracted 190 athletes from around the international Highland Games circuit with competitors from as far away as New Zealand and Japan expected to join their counterparts from North America and Europe. The weekend will also feature the climax of the 2014 Blas Festival and Shinty’s Camanachd Cup Final.

Following the Highland Traditional Strength Festival and the Loch Ness Marathon; the Homecoming Highland Festival will climax with the eagerly anticipated Royal National Mod arrives to which will be feature performances around Inverness City Centre and showcase all the aspects of Gaelic language, culture, history and heritage at local, national and international levels.

The final sporting event of the Highland Homecoming Festival will be the annual Shinty Hurling International between Scotland and Ireland at Bught Park on Inverness Street Theatre Festival weekend.

And then ... just when you had thought you had seen everything ...all eyes will turn to Ness Islands for a Halloween Show unlike any other.. all the ghosts we have had in the past five years are returning to see if they can finally scare away the children of Inverness.

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Looking ahead - Diary Dates 
Below you will find details of some of the great events that you can look forward to here in Bonny Inverness.

In addition to the events below, which are just some of the highlights you have got coming your way between now and the end of 2014; you can find details of many of the numerous other events taking place in the Highland Capital in our What's On Section which is edited and updated every day by our friends at the Inverness City Advertiser.



2014 Major Events Programme

22 Feb Snowman Rally
16 March Scottish League Cup Final (Celtic Park Glasgow)
16 March Inverness Half Marathon and 5K Bught Park
4-5 April Inverness Whisky Festival
20-21 April TBC BID Easter Treasure Hunt City Centre
3 May Brew at the Bog
4 May Etape Loch Ness
10 May BID Classic Car Show City Centre
6-8 June Rock Ness
30 May - 1 June Northern Roots Festival
14-22 June Monsterfest
19 July Inverness Highland Games
1-2 Aug Highland Field Sports Fair
4-6 goNorth Festival
7 Aug Black Isle Show
6-8 Aug Belladrum
1 Sept Highland Homecoming Starts
2-7 Sep Nairn Book and Arts Festival
3 Sept World Sheep Dog Championship
4-6 Sept Northern Meeting Piping
4-15 Sept BLAS Festival
11 Sept Northern Meeting Park 150 Ceremony
11 Sept Masters World Championships Hall of Fame
11 Sept Highland Homecoming Show – Eden Court Theatre
12 Sept Masters World Championships Day 1
12 Sept The Highland Meeting
12 Sept Camanachd Hall of Fame Show
12 Sept Parade of the Highland Clans
13 Sept Masters World Championships Day 2
13 Sept Camanachd Cup Final
14 Sept Kirking of the Council
14 Sept Masters World Championships Day 3
20 Sept Invercharron Highland Games
20-21 Sept Inverness Craft Festival
21 Sept Highland Traditional Strength Festival
26-28 Sept Turning Leaves Book Festival Kingussie
27 Sept Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon
1-3 Oct Tomatin 54 Hole Pro Am Golf
10-18 Oct Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd)
10 Oct Parade of the Gaels
11 Oct North of Scotland Highland Dancing Championships
11-12 Oct Beer N Folk Festival (Kingussie)
11-19 Oct Race The Castles Orienteering Tour
16-18 Oct Inverness BID Street Theatre Festival
18 Oct End of Mod Massed Choirs
18 Oct Shinty / Hurling International
26 Oct The Culloden Run
30-31 Oct Halloween at Ness Islands
31 Oct Highland Homecoming Ends
5 Nov Civic Bonfire and Fireworks
9 Nov Remembrance Sunday
23 Nov Christmas Lights Switch On
12-14 Dec Winter Wonderland
31 Dec Wee Hot Highland Fling
31 Dec Red Hot Highland Fling


For further information please contact:
The Inverness Festivals Team
c/o Gerry Reynolds (Events and Promotions Officer) 01463 785006
Email: gerry.reynolds@highland.gov.uk

NEWFLASH - Have a look at this wonderful video which has been produced by the City Marketing Group. Nice job folks - we love it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-C26R-9kWzs


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Review The Red Hot Highland Fling 
Judging by the feedback that we have received our 2013 Hogmanay celebrations were the best yet - and once again we have to pass on a huge THANK YOU to every single one of you who turned out to join in the fun.

Our day started with THE WEE HOT HIGHLAND FLING - sponsored by Scotland's Winter Festivals; before Inverness Castle was the venue for an unforgettable 2014 HOMECOMING MOMENT.


Approximately 10,000 folk were expected to head to Northern Meeting Park Arena for The Red Hot Highland Fling and it is estimated that a record 12,000 joined in the fun on the night.

Hosted by Craig Hill, our show starred THE RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS and guest SKERRYVORE and DOREC-A-BELLE and they created a perfect end to a most memorable 2013.

Click on the link below to see what folk said about our show

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23irhhf&src=typd

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Review WINTER WONDERLAND (Dec 13h - 15th)  
Despite the weather (well it a WINTER Wonderland)there was a brilliant reaction to our 2013 show with an estimated 5000 folk attending over the course of the three nights.Hosted by Santa Claus and his reindeer, the show featured regular favourites the Ice King and Queen, Giant Seagulls pretending to be the 4 calling birds, Scooby Doo, Micky Mouse, Tigger, Leonardo the Ninja Turtle and Minions and Bobby Bee!Special mention must go to the Highland Council's Lighting Department and Limelights who created the most spectacular illuminations yet at Whin Park.
These are just some of the great photographs in our gallery.



We cannot wait for our 2014 show!


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Review 2013 CIVIC BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS DISPLAY 



The Highland Council Fireworks Display attracted another huge crowd estimated to be in the region of 12,000 to Bught Park.

The show will started at 7pm with entertainment from the City of Inverness Youth and Inverness Legion Pipe Bands, Mascot Madness and Fly Agaric who produced an amazing fire show.

The bonfire was lit by Deputy Provost Councillor Jean Slater who had the difficult task of choosing the winning entry in the Guy Making Competition and selected a splendid effort from Dalneigh Primary School who will have the honour of creating our 2014 Guy.

This fireworks display was staged by the award winning Fireworx Scotland Display Team who produced a spectacular 20 minute display that was met with roars of approval and well deserved applause.

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Review CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON 2013 
The 2013 Christmas Lights Show was hosted by STV's Nicola McAlly and Santa joined Provost Alex Graham to help Inverness Competition Winner 8 year old Ella Murray switch on the lights.

This event attracted an estimate 3000 folk into Inverness City Centre and they were entertained by Nicola McAlley and the Minions, TFX Performing Arts Academy, Ashley and Ben, Fiddle Forte, Mastcot Madness, Fly Agaric and Stagecoach Theatre Arts. Thanks to Arts in Motion Santa arrived by train; a magnificent sight which was projected on to the front of Inverness Town House.

Following the switch on Santa made his way to the Old High Church for a wonderful Christmas Carol Service which featured Out of the Box Puppets.


YOU CAN SEE MORE PICTURES IN OUR GALLERY

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