Highland Remembrance parades and services

Commando War Memorial, Spean Bridge, Lochaber
Commando War Memorial, Spean Bridge, Lochaber ©NormanSmart

Members of the public are invited to join parades and services to mark Remembrance Sunday (8 November) throughout the Highlands at various locations.

Anyone with information on services or parades not listed is welcome to send details to The Highland Council via Twitter @HighlandCouncil and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/highlandcouncil or email: corporate.communications@highland.gov.uk.

Caithness and Sutherland

In Caithness, Civic Leader Councillor Gail Ross will be laying a Highland Council wreath at the Wick War Memorial Remembrance Service on Sunday 8 November at 10.40am.

In Sutherland there will be Remembrance Parades and Services on 8 November at:

  • Brora War Memorial – Councillor Deirdre Mackay, Leader of the Caithness and Sutherland Area will attend the parade which marches from the village centre;
  • Golspie War Memorial at 11am, Councillor Graham Phillips will be attending the Service; and
  • there will be a parade to Dornoch War Memorial from 10.30am onwards which Councillor Jim McGillivray will be attending.

Inverness and Nairn

In Inverness there will be a Remembrance Service on Sunday 8 November at 3pm at Cavell Gardens War Memorial.

Organised by The Royal British Legion Scotland, Inverness Branch and supported by The Highland Council in partnership with Poppy Scotland the events reinforce the on-going importance and relevance of Armistice Day to the local community and the Highlands.

Members of the Inverness Royal British Legion and Highland Council, staff and uniformed youth groups will parade from Huntly Street and the Town House to the Cenotaph at Cavell Gardens accompanied by Colour parties (flag bearers), the Inverness British Legion Pipes and Drums, Salvation Army Band and local MP’s and MSPs. The parade will march off from Huntly Street at 2:30pm and arrive at Cavell Gardens Cenotaph at 2:50pm.

A Service of Remembrance - conducted by Legion Padre, Reverend Alistair Murray - will take place at 3pm at the Cenotaph. Rev Murray will be assisted with the readings by Canon John Cuthbert and senior pupils from Culloden Academy.

The Provost of Inverness, Councillor Helen Carmichael and Highland Council’s Armed Forces and Veterans Champions Councillors Carolyn Caddick and Allan Duffy accompanied by fellow members of The Highland Council’s City of Inverness Area Committee will join the parade as it marches past on the junction of Ness Bridge and Castle Street. Provost Carmichael will lay a wreath on behalf of Highland Council at the Cavell Gardens War Memorial.

Leader of The Highland Council, Councillor Margaret Davidson will attend the service at Drumnadrochit War Memorial and Cavell Gardens Inverness. Elsewhere in Inverness area, Councillor Roddy Balfour will be attending Remembrance Day Services on 8 November and laying wreaths on behalf of the Council at Cawdor (10.50am), Croy (1pm), and Ardersier (2pm).

There will also be Remembrance Services in these areas on Sunday 8 November:

  • in Beauly, there will be a short Memorial Service in the main square at 10am. This will be attended by Inverness Provost and Aird and Loch Ness Councilor Helen Carmichael. The Main service for the area will take place at the War Memorial at Beauly Toll at 3pm.
  • at Daviot War Memorial at 10:45am;
  • in Drumnadrochit there will be a service at the War Memorial at 10.30 am.
  • in Fort Augustus there will be a Parade starting at the Royal British Legion at 10.30am which will proceed to the War Memorial for a service at 10.45am.
  • in Invermoriston there will be a service at the War Memorial starting at 10.50am.
  • in Kiltarlity there will be a service at the War Memorial at 1.30pm.
  • in Kirkhill there will be a service at 11.00am at the War Memorial at Wardlaw Church.
  • in Stratherrick there will be a service at the War Memorial at 3pm and
  • at Tomatin War Memorial at 3pm.

Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

In Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey Remembrance Day Services on Sunday 8 November will take place at:

  • Advie War Memorial at 3pm;
  • Aviemore War Memorial at 11am;
  • Glenmore Norwegian Stone at 2pm;
  • Grantown on Spey War Memorial at 11am;
  • Kingussie War Memorial at 12.15pm;
  • Nethybridge War Memorial at 1.15pm;
  • Newtonmore War Memorial at 12.15pm;
  • Kincraig War Memorial at 11am;
  • Dalwhinnie War Memorial at 3pm;
  • Laggan War Memorial at 9.30am;
  • Nairn War Memorial Remembrance parade 11am (at the junction of Cawdor Street and Millbank Crescent).

Dingwall, Black Isle and Easter Ross

The Royal British Legion Scotland Dingwall Branch pipes and drums and standard bearers will parade at 10:30am on 8 November along Dingwall High Street towards Dingwall War Memorial (outside the National Hotel) for a Remembrance Service at 10:50am. Councillors Angela MacLean and Margaret Paterson will lay a wreath on behalf of The Highland Council.

There will also be Remembrance services at:

  • Knockbain/Munlochy: a representative from Knockbain Community Council will lay the wreath on behalf of Highland Council;
  • Resolis  where Councillor David Alston will lay wreath;
  • Cromarty – a representative from Cromarty and District Community Council will lay wreath on behalf of Highland Council;
  • Avoch where Councillor Craig Fraser will lay a wreath;
  • Fortrose where Councillor Jennifer Barclay will lay a wreath;
  • Muir of Ord at 10:30am where Councillor Graham Mackenzie will lay wreath;
  • Conon Bridge where Councillor Alister Mackinnon will lay a wreath. Meet at the Church Hall at 10.45 am and march up to War Memorial; and
  • Maryburgh where there will be a service in the Maryburgh Amenity Hall at 3pm followed by a march to the War Memorial with Councillors Margaret Paterson and Angela Maclean laying a wreath on behalf of the Council.

There will be remembrance services in East Ross area on Sun 8 November at:

  • Evanton War Memorial at 10.30am followed by a service at the Church of Scotland (Councillor Mike Finlayson attending);
  • Alness War Memorial at 10.45am (Councillor Carolyn Wilson attending);
  • Invergordon Service at 10am at Hayes Hall then to the War Memorial (Councillors Maxine Smith and Martin Rattray attending);
  • Tain Parish Church at 10.45am then to the War Memorial (Councillor Alasdair Rhind attending);
  • Portmahomack War Memorial at 10.45am (Councillor Fiona Robertson attending);
  • Kilmuir Easter War Memorial at 10.45am (Councillor Jamie Stone attending).

There will also be a service at Inver war memorial on Thursday 5 Nov at 2pm which Councillor Fiona Robertson will attend and one at Logie on 11 November at 10.50am which Councillor Jamie Stone will attend.

A Polish Memorial and Remembrance Service – Czesc Ich Pamieci - will be held at the Polish Monument, Castle Road, Invergordon on Sunday 15 November at 2pm.

All are welcome. Councillor Martin Rattray and Councillor Maxine Smith will lay a wreath on behalf of The Highland Council.


In Lochaber at Fort William – the Remembrance parade led by Lochaber Schools Pipe Band leaves Viewforth car park on Sunday 8th at 10.40am and will proceed along the High Street and pass the saluting base in front of Tesco’s Supermarket where the salute will be taken.  The Parade will then proceed to the War Memorial in The Parade, Fort William and then on to the Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church for the service.

The salute with be taken by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Richard Sidgwick and The Highland Council’s Area Leader Councillor Thomas MacLennan.

At the Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge - the parade will form up as usual from the lay-by south of the Memorial at 2.45pm with the service beginning at 3pm. Members of the public are encouraged to arrive early to ensure they arrive prior to the parade.

Skye and Lochalsh and Wester Ross

Councillor Drew Millar will be laying a wreath at the Remembrance Day Service, at Somerled Square Portree, 11am Sunday 8 November and Councillor John Gordon will also be attending.

Councillor Audrey Sinclair will be laying a wreath at ceremony at 11am on 8 November at the Lochalsh War Memorial, followed by a service in the Church of Scotland, Kyle. Councillor Isabelle Campbell will be attending at Glenelg War Memorial. 

Councillor Richard Greene will be representing Highland Council at the Remembrance Service at Poolewe at 10.45am and at the Russian Arctic Convoy Club Memorial in Cove at 12noon on Saturday 7 November. Lord Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Janet Bowen is attending these Services. On Sunday 8 November Councillor Green will also attend the Remembrance Services at Aultbea War Memorial at 10.45am and at Gairloch War Memorial at 12noon.

4 Nov 2015
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