Many thanks to everybody who attended November 5th's amazing celebrations which attracted an estimated 12,000 spectators to Bught Park.

The feedback that we have received has been amazing and special mention must go to all the drivers who helped us by parking well away from the site and walking to the event.


We are pleased to announce details of the winners of the two competitions which were organised in partnership with event sponsors Fergusson Coal.
The magnificent Guy made by pupils Aiden, Sarah, Leanne, Korrin, Cerys and Liam of Balloch Primary School was selected by Provost Alex Graham as the winner of the 2014 Inverness Primary School Guy Making Competition; and thanks to their efforts their school will receive a donation of £200 towards school funds and be given the honour of creating the giant Guy which will sit on top of the bonfire at the Council’s 2015 show.

Also guaranteed to be warm in the months ahead will be Winnie Maclellan of Ballifeary Road in Inverness who won the competition to win one tonne of coal by correctly providing Guy’s surname of Fawkes.

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Review Inverness BID Street Theatre Festival (16-18 Oct) 

The wonderful Inverness Street Theatre Festival organised by our friends at Inverness BID and the Eastgate Shopping Centre took place during the final weekend of the Royal National MOD (16th to 18th October) and was absolutely amazing. Inverness Shoppers were crying with laughter - well done to everyone behind the scenes!

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Review Royal National MOD (10-18 Oct) 

The record-breaking 2014 Royal National Mod – which was held in the Highland capital for the first time in 17 years – has been hailed as the best ever and we are delighted to report that the organisers have promised to bring the celebration of all things Gaelic back to Inverness sooner rather than later.

It is estimated that the festival has brought up to £3million into the local economy, with more than 3,100 competitors descending on the Highland capital.

The Inverness Festivals team was responsible for the organisation of the two parades that started and finished the MOD and both the Torchlight Parade of the Gaels and the Parade of the Choirs were enjoyed by all.

Hundreds gathered to watch the massed choir perform around the statue of Flora Macdonald and Allan Campbell, convener of the Inverness Mod committee, said: “It was a special way to finish the Mod, which has been a success from start to finish.It’s been a real team effort and I would like to take the chance to thank Highland Council in particular for their help."

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Review MWC2014 

Inverness played host to the Masters World Championships over the weekend of 12-14 September 2014 and a world record number of competitors - a staggering 165 - took part in the 3 day event. The weekend featured the establishment of 3 world records in the ladies hammer events and the unforgettable sight of a successful attempt at the Guinness World Record for simultaneous caber tossing. 106 cabers were tossed and 66 were turned correctly.

During their stay the competitors took part in the inaugural Parade of the Highland Clans - a spectacular Torchlight Procession through the streets of Inverness which was enjoyed by all; visited Shinty's Camanachd Cup Final and participated in the Kirking of the Council

Following the MWC2014 Weekend - the action continues with 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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Review "The Tomatin Toss" We did it! The new world record is 66 

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Review 2014 Kirking of the Council 

The Kirking of the Council is the oldest event in the city's annual calendar of events and this year's event was full of colour and pageantry.

Led by the combined pipes and drums of the Inverness British Legion and the St Andrew's Society of Central Illinois USA Pipe bands; the Kirking parade included uniformed youth groups, veterans from the Royal British Legion, the Armed Forces and Northern Constabulary to name but a few. Joining our Councillors in their red robes were representatives of the University of the Highlands and Islands in their purple and white trimmed black robes; and competitors in the Masters World Championships.

The parade went down from the Town House to the riverside and then down Church Street to the Old High Kirk where the Reverend Peter Nimmo welcomed Provost Graham and all the officials and organisations that give so much to our city. After the service, the congregation went back to the Town House for a well deserved cup of tea with the Provost.

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