The winning ticket for the Thrifty50 Draw made at the Inverness Highland Games on 20 July 2019 was 476. The winner was Helene Read of Avoch who received £532.50.

If you know the owner of the Winning Inverness Gala Day ticket #12 (the Prize was £65) please ask them to email or contact any Highland Games Committee Member.

Many thanks to everybody who played.
Angus Dick - Games Committee Chairman

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Luke Crowley (USA)

Katie Crowley (USA)

Vladislav Tulacek (Czeck Republic)

Jamie Gorrian and Mary Anderson

The festivities commenced on Friday 19th July with performances by the City of Inverness Pipe Band; the Elizabeth Fraser School of Highland Dancing and members of the Inverness Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society; before the 2019 Highlands Strongest Man and Strongest Woman Championships took place before a large crowd in Northern Meeting Park.

On Games Day Saturday approximately 7000 spectators were treated to one of the most spectacular Inverness Highland Games in recent years.

There was a special cheer at the Opening Ceremony when the Games Committee marked the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Inverness Royal British Legion Pipe Band by inducting the entire band into the Gamesí Hall of Fame.

Reigning SHGA World Champion Vladislav Tulacek (Czeck Republic) won the Men's event and 2017 World Lightweight Champion Katie Crowley (USA) was victorious in the Women's event.

As usual the struggle to launch the 252 lb Stonemasonís Stone at the end of the day generated the biggest cheer and when Luke Crowley (USA) managed to clear the bar suspended 5 foot in the air Bught Park erupted in joy.

Making a welcome return to event will be the 19th Regiment Royal Artillery and the Highland Gunners were just one of the attractions in a show field that contained Scotlandís Biggest Inter Clan Gathering, Highland Dancing, the Exclusively Highlands Craft Fair, Horneís Fun Fair and the prestigious Solo Piping competitions organised by the Inverness Piping Society.

The weekend ended with the introduction of 2 new events which attracted an estimated 10,000 spectators to Sunday's Inverness Gala Day.

Proud Ness and Ruff Ness were extremely well received and look set to become firm favourites in years to come.

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We are delighted to announce that Skippinish, Torridon and Dorec-a-Belle will be performing at this year's Red Hot Highland Fling which will be hosted by Craig Hill in Northern Meeting Park Arena. We cannot wait for Scotland's biggest FREE Hogmanay Party! Don't forget to support our show by buying one of our legendary Bobble Hats at

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Looking ahead - Diary Dates 

Welcome to the Inverness Festivals News Page

Below you will find our quick guide to 2019's featured events; but don't forget that there is a lot more happening being added to our city's programme every week; as you will discover by visiting our What's On Section which is edited and updated every day by our friends at the Inverness City Advertiser.

Don't forget that you can also follow us on Twitter which is apparently where all the cool kids used to hang out.

If you would like a glimpse behind the scenes, wish to make a comment or have a question ask, can we recommend that you head over to Facebook and discover "Diary of an Event Manager" when you have a moment.


19/7/2019 Highlands Strongest Man and Woman
20/7/2019 Inverness Highland Games
21/7/2019 Inverness Gala Day
21/7/2019 Proud Ness
21/7/2019 Well Ness
21/7/2019 Ruff Ness
1/8/2019 Black Isle Show
1/8/2019 Belladrum Day 1 of 3
2/8/2019 Belladrum Day 2 of 3
2/8/2019 Moy Game Fair Day 1 of 2
3/8/2019 Belladrum Day 3 of 3
3/8/2019 Moy Game Fair Day 2 of 2
17/8/2019 The Kaiser Chiefs in Concert
23/8/2019 Madness in Concert
29/8/2019 Northern Meeting Piping Day 1 of 2
30/8/2019 Northern Meeting Piping Day 2 of 2
6/9/2019 FLOW PhotoFest (until Oct 5)
8/9/2019 Kirking of the Council
28/9/2019 ProudNess
3/10/2019 Ness Book Fest Day 1 of 3
4/10/2019 Ness Book Fest Day 2 of 3
5/10/2019 Ness Book Fest Day 3 of 3
6/10/2019 Loch Ness Marathon
12/10/2019 Inverness Comic Con
26/10/2019 Ness Islands Halloween Show Day 1 of 2
27/10/2019 Ness Islands Halloween Show Day 2 of 2
5/11/2019 Civic Bonfire and Fireworks Display
15/11/2019 MonsterFest 2019 Day 1 of 2
16/11/2019 MonsterFest 2019 Day 2 of 2
17/11/2019 Christmas Lights Switch On
17/11/2019 Ding Dong Merrily Old High
13/12/2019 Winter Wonderland Day 1 of 3
14/12/2019 Winter Wonderland Day 2 of 3
15/12/2019 Winter Wonderland Day 3 of 3
31/12/2019 Red Hot Highland Fling Hogmanay Show

For further information please contact:
The Inverness Festivals Team
c/o Gerry Reynolds (Inverness Events Manager) 01463 785006

NEWFLASH - Have a look at this wonderful video which has been produced by VisitScotland. Nice job folks - we love it!

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REVIEW - The Red Hot Highland Fling 2018 (Scotland's Biggest Free Hogmanay Party) 
A brilliant 10,700 Flingers attended this year's IRHHF - a much appreciated and significant show of support for our event as it meant that for the first time we had overtaken the 10,000 capacity Hogmanay concert in Edinburgh and could call ourselves Scotland's #1 Hogmanay Concert.

OK - we know that they had a few more folk standing outside in the street waiting for their fireworks; but it really was a special moment in our Control Room as the numbers came in and we realised the significance of what we were hearing.

Our wonderful host Craig Hill hosted Calum Mackenzie Jones and the Trad Project, Blazin Fiddles, Tide Lines and surprise guests the Highland Voices Gospel Choir singing Auld Lang Syne. All three bands went down a storm and you check out our photo gallery elsewhere on this site for some of the great photos that we have collected from an unforgettable night.

You can also see our wee movie on the show by visiting the home page of this site.

We are delighted to announce that our official on line store is now open at and you can show your support for Scotland's Biggest Free Hogmanay Party the Red Hot Highland Fling by buying something special for someone you love

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