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Experience the enchantment of the Isle of Wight's Island Highland Gathering – a captivating fusion of Scottish heritage and island charm!  Immerse yourself in the melodic tunes of traditional pipe bands echoing through the lush landscapes, as Scottish dancers swirl in vibrant kilts, adding a touch of grace to the festivities.

Indulge in the diverse sounds of stage bands, igniting the air with lively melodies that will have you tapping your feet in no time.  Set against the picturesque backdrop of the IoW Steam Train venue at Havenstreet, this event offers a unique blend of cultural celebration and historical ambiance.

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.

The Island Highland Gathering is proud to raise money for Aspire.

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Pipers in traditional scottish dress marching across a mown field in sunshine at yhe Island Highland Gathering
With Highland dancing, classic cars and whisky tasting on offer, and a backdrop of steam trains running on the line, look forward to a full day of action.

Be entertained by local bands, including Celtic rock band Wight Hot Pipes, who'll be bringing their unique blend of modern and traditional Scottish music to the stage.
Dr Kieron Cooney of The Wight Hot Pipes playing the bagpipes between two steam engines at Havenstreet Steam Railway.  Flames shoot from the bagpipe drones.

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The Island Highland Gathering - from small beginnings!

The Island Highland Gathering was the brainchild of local doctor and talented musician, Dr Kieron Cooney, aka the ‘Piping Hot Doc’.  It started out with just one band on a wet afternoon at Robin Hill in 2011 to raise money for local charities. Despite the rain a fabulous day was had, in a wonderful location, and people seemed to enjoy it.

The event has grown year on year, with more and more acts introduced, including dancers, and local bands from the Island. Dr Cooney’s own band, Wight Hot Pipes, has played some fabulous sets at the gathering, from the very first event, and still close the Gathering today.

The internationally acclaimed band, who play a unique style of Celtic rock music with flaming bagpipes, Wight Hot Pipes have also performed at the Isle of Wight Festival, all over the UK, across Europe, and even at BB Kings in New York.  The Island Highland Gathering are proud to have their support, helping to raise money for Island charity, Aspire, a community hub based in Ryde.