Skye band Niteworks have been added to an already exciting line-up for this year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival in Stornoway.

It is confirmed today (Thursday, February 1st) that Niteworks, Eddi Reader and Roddy Woomble will be part of the 2018 HebCelt, along with Dante and TRIP, and young country singer Martha L Healy.

Festival director Caroline Maclennan said: “The announcement today of these fabulous additions will contribute hugely to a really exciting programme for HebCelt in 2018.

“The festival is renowned for promoting well known established acts alongside the best of young talent to create a diverse and vibrant blend of music in our unique setting.”

Niteworks are on a crest of a wave at the moment and are set to have their busiest ever year in 2018 which will see the release of their second album - the follow up to the critically-acclaimed ‘NW’, released in 2015 - and featuring appearances from acts such as Julie Fowlis, Iain Morrison, Ellen MacDonald, Sian and Kinnaris Quintet.

A Ceilidh will be held in the centre of Portree on Saturday 9th June, to celebrate the Isle of Skye Half Marathon and to raise funds for Crossroads Care Skye and Lochalsh. The music on the night will be provided by local Ceilidh band Sheepshank Redemption, who will be playing a mix of ceilidh classics and popular covers.

There will be a licenced bar (please note the bar will be cash only) so runners, organisers and those hitting the dance floor can have a well-earned drink. 

Tickets cost £11.05 including booking fee) and are now on sale - click here

Any queries, please contact Steph Rossiter at Crossroads Care 01478 612399 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Snowdrop Festivals are popping up all over the Highlands.

Blossoming across the country from 28 January to 11 March 2018, the Scottish Snowdrop Festival comprises more than 50 events nationwide displaying carpets of snowdrops in their gardens and woodlands, signalling the end of winter and the promise of spring.

Organised by garden tourism organisation Discover Scottish Gardens and supported by VisitScotland and Scotland’s Garden Scheme, many gardens and woodlands are open especially for the festival and can be entered for a small ticket price, a donation or for free.

On Wednesdays, 7 and 21 February, Dunvegan Castle & Gardens will hold Snowdrop open days. Visitors can meet at the café at 11am where tea and coffee will be available. There will be a chance to see the snowdrops in the castle gardens, as well as see the gardeners hard at work, making sure everything looks wonderful for visitors when the Castle and Gardens open for the season. Visitors are encouraged to wrap up warm, bring waterproofs and wear sensible footwear.

On 14 February, visitors will have the chance to enjoy a guided walk through Attadale Gardens to see the snowdrops, view the structure of the garden when the trees are bare and see the views beyond.