Here are just a few of the events round and about Inverness to whet your appetite for 2012.
7 - 8 & 14 - 15 September 2012 – Blas Festival Club.
30 September 2012: Loch Ness Marathon plus 5K and 10K River Ness fun runs. The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon takes place along the shores of Loch Ness.
October 2012: Highland Archaeology Fortnight - events and seminars throughout the region.
October 2012: Blazin' in Beauly music festival. Blazin’ in Beauly was started by the band Blazin’ Fiddles in the historic village of Beauly, 15 miles west of Inverness. With the aim of being “much more than a fiddle school” the intention of the week in Beauly is to immerse people in the music of the Highlands and Islands.
December 2012: Ness Islands Festive Event. A wonderful floodlit walk in one of the nicest parks in Inverness. Theme to be announced.
December 2012: The 2012 Winter Festival reaches its climax with the Highlands biggest free Hogmanay Party at Northern Meeting Park Arena. Come and see in 2013 in style.
June 2013: Rock Ness Concert at Dores Inverness. The music festival on the shores of Loch Ness.
July 2013 - Scottish Open Golf 2013 will be held at Castle Stuart Golf near Inverness for the first time after 15 years at Loch Lomond.
July 2013: Inverness Highland Games in Northern Meeting Park will take place as part of the Inverness Summer Festival. Founded in 1822 the Games are one of the most spectacular traditional Gatherings staged in Scotland and are one of the highlights of any visit to the Highland Capital.
August 2013: Black Isle Show at Mannsfield Showground, Muir of Ord. This is the largest agricultural show in the North of Scotland.
August 2013: Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy Hall The fair offers a diversity of entertainments and activities for all of the family, from creche facilities to archery! The emphasis is on field sports activities with competitions in fly casting, gun dog handling and clay pigeon shooting.
August 2013: Belladrum - Tartan Heart Festival on the Belladrum Estate, by Beauly. Family-orientated outdoor festival of rock, country, blues and world music.
August 2013: Glenurquhart Highland Games at Blairbeg Park, Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness.
August 2013: Nairn Book & Arts Festival