The popular Island Highland Gathering has announced it is to return to it’s Havenstreet home in July this year following last year’s cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, which is in aid of Isle of Wight charity Aspire, is set to present an extravaganza of fun, music, and spectacle with visitors set to enjoy the sounds and sights of the highland pipes and drums culminating in the massed bands grand finale on the 18th July 2021.

This is the 10th anniversary of the show and after a long Covid lockdown the organisers say they are pleased to have a great and enthusiastic lineup of performers including pipe bands from all over the south including Reading, Kent, Hampshire, Portsmouth.

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This year the Scots Guard association – who play at high profile events all over the country and compete in competitions in major championships – will appear at the event which will be held at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

The tradition of true Highland dancers alongside a programme of dancing groups is also a regular favourite part of the show, and a  Celtic Band Stage will host foot-tapping displays of Scottish themed folk and rock music bands throughout the day including the famous Wight Hot Pipes who have performed at Glastonbury and New York for their Tartan Festival.

Visitors will be able to enjoy the friendly family atmosphere and the beer and whisky to soak up Scottish food on sale to make the day complete, as well as take advantage of the Steam Railway where traditional carriages and steam locomotives will be running as usual throughout the day.

For tickets phone 01983 716030 or email or

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