Island Highland Gathering
                   Island Highland Gathering

About the Island Highland Gathering 

This Years event will be at Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Havenstreet, we are looking forward to working with this charity in a wonderful venue, with the added attraction of the Steam Trains, more info to follow 


In the beginning!


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.

Over the years we  began to introduce more bands and also 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 beginning and still close the show today.

This now internationally acclaimed band wh play a unique style of Celtic to dance

and rock music, they have played at the Isle of Wight Festival across Europe and
even BB Kings, New York and Glastonbury, we are lucky to have them supporting the

Island Highland Gathering, raising money for Island charities.


This year we will be supporting WightAID, a charity foundation that supports all

Island charities and community groups


The 2019 Gathering was held at in the beautiful grounds of Brading Roman Villa and

we were lucky to have the support of Red Funnel who have supported us over the

years in bringing bands and dancers over on the day on the ferries, a massive task

in the middle of the summer

The event has grown now and in 2019 we have 5 pipe bands from across the Country

as well as the Island Medina Marching Band. We have Scottish and Irish dancers and

hold a pipe and drum competition.

The event for many years has been opened by the Lord Lieutenant

Maj General Sir Martin White, who is now retiring,  in 2019 our Chieftain was

High Sheriff, Geoff Underwood, who is also Charman of WightAID

In 2020 we will hope to bring you Scottish food, whisky tasting, BBQ, Bar,

Tea and Cakes and lots of Island craft stall, and a display of Classic Cars and

much more and maybe a change of venue!

The Island Highland Gathering is organised by a small committee entirely to

raise money for charity and to bring something different to the Island

Next years Island Highland Gathering is on Sunday 19th July 2020 

Tickets available soon 


                                  To contact us

We are located at:

Karen Eeles

Island Highland Gathering 


Elm Lane 


Isle of Wight PO30 4JY




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