A Highland Night is an evening of traditional entertainment, full of Scottish Music and Dance. These outdoor productions have been performed weekly during the summer months since 1965 by local artists for the residents and many visitors of Pitlochry: in the heart of Highland Perthshire, and are a famous part of the history of the area.
The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band along with singers and dancers from around the area continue to extend the hand of friendship and welcome thousands of people from all over the world, bringing them into the fold of “The Biggest Ceilidh in the Highlands”.
Highland Nights are held in Pitlochry’s Recreation Ground: an idyllic setting, surrounded by the beauty of the hills and situated only a short walk away from both the Town Centre and the Railway Station. (In bad weather, the show is transferred to the Pitlochry Town Hall.)
The park has a natural terraced banking for seating at one side, where a travel rug, warm clothes and a cushion will bring added comfort. Or you can drive in and park your cars round the arena. Watch the show from the comfort of your vehicle and show your appreciation by tooting your horn!
Pitlochry’s Blair Athol Distillery kindly donates a bottle of whisky each night for the lucky programme draw and refreshments are available throughout the evening.
Well known local compère, Alan Brown introduces the entertainers who include Highland and Scottish Country Dancers, Scottish Singers and of course the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band.
Local singer May Brown sings traditional and well known songs, the Jean Swanston Highland Dancers perform a range of favourites – from the Highland Fling and Scottish Lilt to Irish jigs and hornpipes; the Vale of Atholl Scottish Country Dancers perform a range of set dances and we usually have a few surprise acts. All accompanied by accordionists Donnie and James Kennedy. You can even join in and dance the Gay Gordons!
From a lovely Scottish love song to the vibrant dancing of jigs and reels, there’s something for everyone!
19:00 – Gates open at the Recreation Ground for cars and those on foot
19:15 – The pipe band marches from Fisher’s Hotel to the Recreation Ground.
19:30 – Show begins at the Recreation Ground **
21:00 – Show ends and the pipe band marches back to Fisher’s Hotel
Both at the start and the end of the show we invite you to experience the atmosphere and march along the street behind the band. Route.
At every show, a range of merchandise will be on sale.
* Programmes are optional and are entered into our weekly prize draw for a bottle of whisky.