what’s on in Lochaber – july 2017

In July 2017 there are a whole host and variety of events going on in and around Fort William we thought our guests staying at the Smiddy Bunkhouse and Snowgoose Apartments would like  to know about  whilst you are staying with us. This not an exhaustive list, so if you do find out about anything else please add a comment below or comment on our Facebook page or Twitter feed.

Tide Line Concert                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WhereNevis Centre |  When :   22 July 2017   7 – 9 pm | Price :  £15

Tide Lines are a four piece band from Scotland who are heavily influenced by the traditional music of the West Highlands and Islands, but whose highly eclectic sound is driven by acoustic and electric guitars, with drums and keyboards. Their first single, “Far Side of the World”, entered the UK download charts ahead of popular tracks by Coldplay and Beyonce, as well as Adele’s “Hello”, less than 24 hours after the band was launched on social media in June 2016. Tide Lines consists of Robert Robertson from Lochaber, Ross Wilson from the island of Mull, Alasdair Turner from Alness, and Fergus Munro from Glasgow.

Phill Jupitus – Juplicity                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Where : Nevis Centre |   When : 29 July 2017  7pm – 10pm | Price: £ 16 

Join stand-up comedian and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for a show of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch as this experienced funny-man creates laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it.

Obscura Mondo Cinema                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Where: Lime Tree Gallery & Restaurant  |  When: Weekly every Thursday, from 29 June 2017; 7pm -11pm | Price :  £ 7.50                                                                                          

 This summer, cinema Obscura Mondo opens at the Lime Tree Gallery.   The cinema, which seats up to sixty people will show award winning ‘obscure’ cinema from around the world every Thursday at 7 pm. Obscura Mondo opens 21st July with a showing of multi award winning film Timbuktu, and the summer season of 12 films runs until October. The new digital cinema club is the idea of Lime Tree Gallery owner David Wilson.
The cinema is open to the general public and members. Membership is free but booking ahead is recommended.
www.obscuramondo.co.uk to book or sign up to the free membership scheme.

The Fort William Downhill Endurance is back.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 When : Saturday 8th July                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

It will be staged on the internationally renowned downhill track at Nevis Range near Fort William – home to the 2007 Mountain Bike World Cup Championships. As one of the longest and most physically demanding courses on the international mountain bike race circuit, riders of this grueling event will need physical strength, quick reflexes, superb bike control and an unerring eye for the right line as they speed down the 2.82km track. They will also need huge amounts of stamina in order to ride the track as many times as possible in six hours. It is simple – as many descents as possible in six hours or first to complete 15 runs, whichever comes first. It’s a test of endurance and reliability. Participants will only be allowed one bike and a list of itemised spares to see them through the whole event.

Fun Box – Highland Fling                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Where : Nevis Centre  |  When : 2 July 2017  12 noon – 3pm  |  Price : £12.50 each. Family saver – £46  

  FUNBOX presents HIGHLAND FLINGHoots mon and help ma boab! Take the high road (or the low road) and get roamin in the gloamin for Funbox’s brand new show. Join Anya, Kevin and Gary as they take a trip to the Highlands of Scotland to battle midgies, become monarchs of the glen and hear the skirl of the bagpipes in their latest singalong adventure. There’s silliness galore and songs to sing in this crazy new show for 2017. You’ll need to help us get the Funbox open – which contains everything you need to sing a song or have an adventure – but which of our special keys should we use? You may even be lucky enough to help the gang on stage!Packed with family favourites like ‘Did You Ever See A Lassie?’, ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’, ‘ and ‘Ye Canny Shove Yer Granny’, as well as brand new songs, Highland Fling is the perfect treat for kids of all ages – from nought to ninety.

Arisaig Highland Games                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Where : The venue is the scenic location of Traigh Farm, Arisaig with sweeping views across sandy beaches towards the Cuillins of Skye & the Small Isles of Eigg and Rhum | When : 26 July 2017. From 12 noon – 4pm |  Price:  Adults £6, Children £3, Parking £2. Family Ticket £20.  Cèilidh Dance £6  – booking essential!! (evening).                                                                             

 The Arisaig Highland Games open at 12 noon and will feature a Clan Donald Gathering hosted by the home clan, Clan Ranald. The route for the ceremonial march led by Lochaber Schools Pipe Band has still to be confirmed – but further details will appear on our website in due course. After the parade arrives at the field, the Games will then be officially opened by Ranald, 24th Captain of Clan Ranald.The Games features a full list of traditional events including solo piping, throwing the hammer, tossing the caber, highland dancing, and a range of track and field events including children’s races.Around the arena there will be a variety of side shows, exhibition tents, trade stalls and refreshment stands. And to round it all off, we finish with a traditional cèilidh dance in the village hall in the evening.

Lochaber Schools Pipe Band                                                                                                                                                                                                            Where : When : Tuesday & Thursday evenings throughout the summer. 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm.  18th July 2017; 20th July 2017; 25th July 2017; 27th July 2017; 1st August 2017. Price : Free

Come along and enjoy a selection of traditional music from the pipes and drums of Lochaber Schools Pipe Band.
We are a juvenile pipe band based at Lochaber High School in Fort William and perform on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the summer months. Check out the website or facebook page for further details.
Our performances are weather permitting. In the unlikely event of having to cancel a performance, a message will be posted on our Facebook page no later than 6.15pm on the day of the performance.

Fancy a ceilidh?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Where : Kilmallie Hall in Corpach |When : Every Tuesday evening  from 8-10 pm                                                                                                                                                                   

 There’s Scottish Country Dancing in Kilmallie Community Centre where they’re more than happy for visitors to drop in and learn how to deftly Strip the Willow (not Widow, John!) Kilmallie Hall is literally just over the hedge from the accommodation at Snowgoose. We’ll let you know on our social media sites about any other ceilidhs, or indeed any other events, that are coming up.

Our national sport (or one of them!)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The shinty season continuse  in full swing (pun intended!) since April and there’s home fixtures for local teams in July. If you’ve not come across this fast paced and uniquely highland sport we’d recommend you go and see what you’ve been missing. A full list of fixtures can be found on www.shinty.com. Look out for local teams Kilmallie (who play at Canal Park in Caol, about 5-10 minutes walk from the apartments) and Lochaber.