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The Island Highland Gathering

Experience the Isle of Wight's Island Highland Gathering – a captivating fusion of Scottish heritage and Island charm held at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway in Havenstreet. 

Whether you're a music enthusiast, a Scottish dance aficionado, or simply eager to immerse yourself in a rich tapestry of traditions, the Isle of Wight’s Island Highland Gathering promises an unforgettable experience for all ages.

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The 2024 Island Highland Gathering is being held at the popular Isle of Wight Steam Railway in Havenstreet on Saturday 21 July. Spend the day soaking up Scottish culture, listen to fantastic bands and even ride the steam train! 

The Island Highland Gathering was the brain child of local doctor and talented musician, Dr Kieron Cooney, also known as the ‘Piping Hot Doc’… 

“We started with one band on a wet afternoon at Robin Hill in 2011 to raise money for local charities. Despite the rain we had a fabulous day in a wonderful location and people seemed to enjoy it.  We began to introduce more bands and involved lots of local bands and dancers. Dr Cooney’s own band Wight Hot Pipes have played some fabulous sets at the gathering from the very start and still close the show today.“ 

The now internationally acclaimed band, who play a unique style of Celtic to dance and rock music, have played at the Isle of Wight Festival, across Europe and even BB Kings, New York.  We are lucky to have them supporting the Island Highland Gathering, raising money for Island charity, Aspire, who are based in Ryde."

Red Funnel Ferries are the main sponsor, bringing bands and dancers over on the ferry so they can performs. Our CEO will be Chieftain and a Captain Ted funnel will be there to meet you.

The event has grown since 2011 and this year includes pipe bands from across the Country, the Island Medina Marching Band, alongside a pipe and drum competition. There will be good food, whisky tasting, Bar, Tea and Cakes and lots of Island craft stalls, falconry flying and a display of Classic Cars.

One of the highlights of the day is the Highland games, this includes hurling the haggis and tossing the caber, great fun event and you're invited into the arena to ‘have a go’.

The Island Highland Gathering is organised by a small committee entirely to raise money for charity and to bring something different to the Island. 

By Car: From our East Cowes Terminal, it's a 13-minute drive to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Use postcode PO33 4DS with your Satnav. 

By Bus: From our East Cowes terminal, make your way to the bus stop outside of Waitrose and catch the No.4 bus to Ryde Transport Interchange. Then catch the No. 37 and get off at Rowlands Road and walk to Havenstreet Main Road. (These roads are busy country roads with limited pavements so please take care).