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Festival 2019 - Fèis 2019

Tachartasan ann am Baile / Town Events

Town Hall, Cromwell Street

Wednesday 17th July to Friday 19th July - 11am daily: Free

Family Concerts

Bring along the young ones and relax in the company of some fine musicians. This fabulous family event provides the ideal opportunity for the young ones to experience their first festival concert. The event is free and unticketed but do get there early to avoid disappointment. Donations at the door for Macmillan Cancer Care.

Town Hall, Cromwell Street

Wednesday 17th July, 2pm: free

Meet the Band

For all their younger fans Peat and Diesel are delighted to have added this event into their busy shcedule for summer. Come along and hear some tunes, have a chat with the band, get a selfie or even buy one of their new CDs or a t-shirt.

The Narrows, Stornoway

Thursday 18th July to Saturday 20th July - 12.30pm and 3pm daily: all shows by donations

Let's Circus Street Show

The Let's Circus Buskers are back with two NEW International shows never seen at the HebCelt before. Catch the Kiwi comedienne Toni Smith with her laugh out loud show filled with hula hoop skills and a daring finale! And for the first time north of Tijuana witness the juggling and acrobatic skills of Edson Caballero, aka The Mexican.

The Narrows, Stornoway

Wednesday 17th July to Friday 19th July - 1.30pm daily

Traditonal Highland Dance Displays

Come and enjoy a display of traditional Highland Dancing from the Mackinnon Dancers. Our talented troupe will performs flings, reels and jigs as well as the famous sword dance. Displays will take place in the centre of the town outside Boots the Chemist.

Town Hall, Cromwell Street

Thursday 18th July 2pm - 4pm and Friday 19th July - 3pm - 5pm: free

Beò Air an Rèidio / Live Radio

BBC Radio nan Gaidheal’s Caithream Ciuil programme will be broadcasting live afternoon sessions from HebCelt. Featuring the cream of festival performers, these free sessions are open to all to drop in and out of. Best to get in early though, as space is limited.

Sports Centre

Saturday 20th July from 9am

Celtic Dances

Open competition for Highland and Celtic Display dances. Morning session is for Highland Dance (under SOBHD rules); afternoon is given over to Celtic choreography for solo and group entries with children and adult sections. Dancing to their chosen piece of Celtic music this competition is open to all forms of Celtic Dance e.g. Scottish Stepdance, Irish, Cornish, etc. Trophies and medals are awarded to the winners of all sections. All welcome.

Download Choreography Competition Entry Form
Download Highland Dance Competition Entry Form

RNLI Lifeboat Station, Cromwell Street Quay

Saturday 20th July from 10am

Lifeboat FamilyFun Run

It might be festival Saturday but this regular feature of the final day is part of the Stornoway Lifeboat annual celebrations and takes the runners from the town centre around the low road to Cuddy Point in the Castle Grounds and back again. Not the most challenging route but a good way to blow away the cobwebs. Registration from 10am; run starts at 10.30am. Contact Stornoway RNLI for more information

Bayhead Pitch

Saturday 20th July 2pm: Donations

Hebcelt Shinty Challenge Cup

The traditional clash between Lewis and Uist is an unmissable highlight of Festival Saturday; the camans swaying without warning, great athleticism, tremendous skill and never-say-die commitment will all be on show as the island rivals confront each other in the heart of Stornoway. If you've never been to a shinty match, make the historic HebCelt Challenge Cup your first.


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CalMac Daily ferry travel to and from the Isles. The main ferry to Lewis is from Ullapool on the mainland but can also be reached through Harris from Skye or North Uist.