Have a ‘Red Hot Highland Fling’ in Inverness this Hogmanay


New Year celebrations in the capital of the Highlands

Start your 2018 at The Red Hot Highland Fling in the Northern Meeting Park, Inverness on Sunday 31 December when gates open to this FREE family fun event at 8pm and the party kicks off at 8:30pm.

See out 2017 and bring in 2018 at the famous Highland Hogmanay celebration which includes music, dancing, comedy, food and fireworks at the stroke of the midnight. 

The Red Hot line up is: Hò-rò; Skippinish and Skerryvore with hilarious host and comedian Craig Hill.

Provost and Leader of Inverness and Area Cllr Helen Carmichael said: “Now in its 9th year, the Inverness Winter Festival has made a significant boost to the local economy attracting visitors to the Highlands while providing a fantastic fun event for locals to welcome in the New Year. The atmosphere is always great and the event is greatly enjoyed by the many thousands that attend.”

Opening the show will be Hò-rò; who were winners of the “Danny Kyle award” at Celtic Connections. Hailing from the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Hò-rò have quickly become among the most popular new bands on the European music festival scene and will come to Inverness after successful tours to Germany, France and Belgium. Hò-rò will be followed by two former winners of the prestigious “Scottish Traditional Music Live Band of the Year Award” Skippinnish and Skerryvore.

Skipinnish have played a string of headline appearances at some of Britain’s biggest music festivals in 2017; and their unique mix of traditional and contemporary music has firmly established them as one of the most popular live bands to be found in Scotland today. 

Closing the show will be Skerryvore - a firm favourite with the Inverness crowd. This year’s show will see Scott Wood, Skerryvore’s newest member make his debut at The Red Hot Highland Fling. Scott plays pipes and whistles.

Chair of the Inverness Events and Festivals Working Group, Depute Provost, Councillor Graham Ross said: “The Red Hot Highland Fling is firmly established as one of the UK’s top Hogmanay experiences and attracts visitors from far and wide to the Highlands. I am pleased to confirm that The Highland Council’s City of Inverness Area Committee has given approval for another Hogmanay Show in 2018.” 

Drivers are asked to use city centre car parks on the night as only disabled parking (for Blue Badge holders) will be available at the site on the night.

Spectators are reminded that there will be a bar and hot food available at the event and it is not permitted to bring food or drink on to the site. Security searches will be taking place on the night prior to admission.


City centre parking


22 Dec 2017