Walking and biking in Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, near Shenval B&B Walking and biking in Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, near Shenval B&B Walking and biking in Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, near Shenval B&B

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This page covers the whole spectrum of entertainment available close to your holiday accommodation at Shenval organic B&B, near Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland.  Along with Highland culture and heritage events, music (Blas Festival,  Blazin' in Beauly, contemporary, Scottish, traditional, Celtic, fiddle workshops, jazz), theatre, dance, craft workshops, archaeology festival and exhibitions are detailed below. More specific events like Highland Games are listed in the column to the left , while outdoor events such as guided walks, walking festivals, duathlons, marathons and fun runs can be found in the left column too.

Of course large venues like Eden Court in Inverness,  half an hour's drive from Shenval B&B, have the financial clout to attract the biggest names of international entertainment in fields as diverse as opera, ballet, dance, theatre, comedy, drama, visual arts, classical music, jazz and traditional music, some of which we highlight here, every now and then.

More modest places like The Ironworks and Hootananny in Inverness are more specialised in folk, blues, rock/blue grass and world music.
But most of all we prefer to give even more modest venues in nearby villages like those in Drumnadrochit, Beauly or Strathpeffer the chance to promote well-known and less well-known artists who provide valued entertainment opportunities in remote countryside. Indeed, there is fun, culture and entertainment well beyond the boundaries of the Highland capital!

Also always worth having a look at is the Kilmorack Gallery, only 25mns' drive from Shenval B&B.

Saturday 1st, Inverness, Northern Meeting Park, The Gathering 2019 is new family friendly one-day city centre festival featuring traditional and folk based bands from The Highlands and Scotland. With an excellent lineup: Tide Lines; The Vatersay Boys; Neo-trad quintet Elephant Sessions; Ho-Ro; three-time winner of Scots Singer of the Year and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner Siobhan Miller; Torridon; The Trad Project & The City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band... The added bonus will be foodstalls and bars will featuring exclusively Highland and Scottish suppliers.

Saturday 29, Inverness Bught Park, European Pipe Band Championships with world-wide participation of bands from as far afield as Australia and Oman as well as bands from other European countries such as Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the Republic of Ireland. The day  wilL start with Highland Dancing competitions from 10:30 am. There will also be a wide variety of other entertainments to suit all ages and interests. These will include two large, separate areas of stalls, a Craft and Retail Village and a Food and Drink Village.

Sunday 30th, at 4pm, the Craigmonie Centre in Drumnadrochit, 10mns' drive from Shenval B&B, plays host to acclaimed Moishe's Bagel on their return to the Highlands with their thrillingly original cutting-edge klezmer and folk music. Enjoy an intoxicating, life-affirming mix of Eastern European dance music, Middle Eastern rhythms and virtuoso performances that combine the energy and passion of world folk with the excitement and soul of improvisation.

Friday 5, Inverness Bught Park, Inverness,18:00 only Scottish summer show to celebrate 20 years of Scottish Celtic band Skipinnish who will be joined on stage by various guests for one of the biggest parties in the city. Skipinnish encompasses the very best of contemporary Celtic music with a unique and sublime mix of chart-topping, self-penned songs and powerful bagpipe, fiddle and accordion-led tune sets.


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