Photo taken of the Historic Scotland event, Celebration of the Centuries which takes place at Fort George in Ardersier.
Here is a selection of events close to Dolphin View Cottage,
20-21 January 2018 - Strathpuffer, Strathpeffer
24 hour endurance bike ride through the night. http://www.strathpuffer.co.uk
27th - 28th January SHCGB Aviemore Sled Dog Rally
Great to see, lots of Huskies and sleds.
10th February - Snowman Rally, Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
Annual Highland Car Club rally
24th February - 7th March Inverness Music Festival
A competitive music festival with a chance to develop your musical talent.
11th March Inverness Half Marathon
Half marathon and 5k fun run. http://www.invernesshalfmarathon.co.uk
29th April 2017 Etape – Loch Ness,
Closed road cycle sportive starting and finishing in Inverness. 900m of climbing, 67 miles with timed king of the mountain stage. http://www.etapelochness.com
3rd May to 7th May Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
3rd to May 7th Bandstand Beer and Music Festival, Braeval Hotel Nairn.
160+ real ales, ciders and craft beers, 130 single malt whiskys, meet brewers, BBQ, pub qiz, charity stall and live music at the Bandstand bar, Crescent Road, Nairn.
6th May Glen Affric Duathon The Glen Affric duathlon is a run/bike/run event that is suitable for eveyone. Not only will the experienced athletes find it challenging, but the environment also makes it a very rewarding event for novices. All levels are encouraged to enter. http://www.glen-affric-duathlon.co.uk
12th May Inverness Classic Vehicle Show, Inverness High Street.
19th - 20th May Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair, Fochabers. www.gordoncastlehighlandgames.co.uk
2nd June, Truckness at Bogbain Farm
23rd June Highand Cross.
30th June - 1st July. Scottish Traditional Boat Festival 2017, Portsoy Harbour, Portsoy.
30th June Piping at Forres – Grant Park, Forres.
The European Pipe Band Championship, thousands of pipers and drummers gather for the European Pipe Band Championships. The event includesthe World Tattie Scone Championship, a craft and retail village and a food and drinks fair. http://pipingatforres.com/home/tickets/
7th July Forres Highland Games, Grant Park Forres
16th/17th July Inverness Highland Games & Truckness, Northern Meeting Park, Inverness. Traditional Highland Games (Saturday) Truckness exhibition, boxing tournament, Inverness Wheelbarrow grand prix, Highlands strongest man and woman, Pipebands, tossing the caber, heavy events and kilts, bring your camera http://www.invernessfestivals.com
16th July to 20th July 2018 - Golden Retriever Gathering at Guisachan, Cannich
The gathering will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Golden Retriever breed at Guisachan House by Lord Tweedmouth.
The event will begin on Monday 16th July 2018 and end with a Breed Championship Show at Cannich on Friday 20th July 2018. It is expected the event will attract visitors and the media from around the world. http://www.goldenretrieverclubofscotland.com/Guisachan2018Announcement.htm
21st July Inverness Highland Games Northern Meeting Park, Inverness.
Traditional Highland GamesHighlands strongest man and woman, Pipebands, tossing the caber, heavy events and kilts, bring your camera http://www.invernessfestivals.com
20th July, Inverness Gala, Bught Park, Inverness
28th July Nairn Show, Kinnudie Farm, Auldearn, Agricultural Show.
2nd August Black Isle Show, Muir of Ord
Wednesday 600 horses and riders being put through their paces, Thursday Agricultural show with sheep shearing, ring events, displays, flower and produce show and lots more.â€‹
2nd- 4th August 2017 Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, near Beauly.
Featuring an eclectic mix of acts, 2018 has Paloma Faith and Charlatans. Previous years acts have included Tom Jones and the Proclaimers.
3rd -4th August. Highland Field Sports Fair, Moy.
Field and country sports including fly fishing, terrier racing, gun dog scurry, pipebands, falconry, archery, food and craft stalls.
11th August Highland Gathering at Castle Leod, Strathpeffer.
18th August Nairn Royal Brackla Highland Games, Central Links, Nairn.
26th August Glenurquhart Highland Gathering and Games, Blairbeg Park, Drumnadrochit
9th September, Kirking of the Council. Inverness.
11th - 16th September Nairn Book and Arts Festival, Nairn.
23rd September 2017 Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running. Marathon, 10k, 5k races http://www.lochnessmarathon.com
27th - 28th October, Halloween in Ness Islands, Inverness.
Sunday 28th October. The Culloden Run, A challenging 17.46km run from Culloden Battlefield passing through stunning scenery and historic landmarks; Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, River Nairn and the awesome Nairn Viaduct, or a flatter 10km option. The most historic run in Scotland for Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland. http://www.thecullodenrun.com
5th November Civic Bonfire, Inverness
Free entry to spectacular firework display.
31st December, Red Hot Highland Fling, Northern Meeting Park, Inverness
free Hogmanay concert
A farmers market is held in Ardersier four times a year on the Second Saturday of the month.