Hebridean Celtic Festival

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Herbridean Celtic Festival is an international Celtic festival, that takes place annually in Stornoway, Scotland. It is known for showcasing local and international musical talent, as well as having a traditional theme rooted at the heart of the festival.


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2013: Van Morrison, Capercaillie, Dougie Maclean, The Hot Seats, Battlefield Band and Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Darrell Scott & Danny Thompson, Karine Polwart, Lau, Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward & Fisher, Pete Roe, Iain Morrison, The Boy Who Trapped the Sun, The Chair, Travelling Band, Arthur Cormack & Blair Douglas, Kathleen MacInnes Band, Rusty Shackle, Fatherson, Rose Parade, Face the West, Dirty Beggars, and many more


It has been established as an important event amongst Scotland's summer music festivals, and prides itself on a friendly atmosphere. The festival attracts visitors from around the world, and it is organised and run by a dedicated volunteer force.

" HebCelt has consistently programmed a good mixture of established and up and coming folk acts which fits well within Songlines' editorial coverage". Jo Frost - Editor Of Songlines.

Stages and other entertainment

The main arena located in Stornoway's Castle Grounds incorporates two stages.

Concerts and other activities are programmed in Stornoway's arts centre and in venues around Lewis & Harris.

As well as enjoying the music, there are other activities and events happening at the festival such as, workshops (instrumental, gaelic, etc.), family concerts, street arts, plus much more.


Available from the festival's official website, tickets cost the following prices:

On sale at these prices

  • Arena Weekend (Thursday to Saturday) £75
  • Arena Weekend Concession £57
  • Arena Weekend Child Ticket (under 14) £18
  • Arena Weekend Infant Ticket (under 5) Free
  • Day tickets also available Various


Awaiting 2013 Details.


Children are made most welcome on the main site with entertainment and workshops programmed. Outside the main site there are circus skills workshops and family concerts to keep the young ones entertained.

Disability Access

All venues are accessible and spaces can be reserved on viewing areas within the main arena for disabled patrons.


Its the north west of Scotland so always be prepared.


Hebridean Celtic Festival is set in The Outer Hebrides, located off the north west coast of Scotland.

Local Information

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  • BY AIR: There are regular scheduled flights to and from Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports.
  • BY BUS: There are bus services that connect with the ferry arrival and departure times. The main bus/coach operator in Scotland is Scottish City Link.
  • BY CAR: Caledonian MacBrayne run a direct car and passenger ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway, a car/passenger ferry to/from Skye to Harris and also to Lochmaddy in North Uist.
  • BY TRAIN: Trains get as far as Inverness and then travel by bus to Ullapool.Other trains travel as far as Oban, Mallaig and Kyle and then travel onwards by bus to the ferry from Skye to Harris.


Local accommodation information is available from Visit Outer Hebrides Dot Co Dot Uk

What to wear

Sensible footwear and always pack warm and waterproof clothing.


The island provides numerous accommodation facilities in and around the festival for revellers.

Camping is one of the most popular accommodation facility festival goers use as it feels more in twine with the whole festival experience. However if camping is not your thing there are alternatives such as: B & B's, hotels, hostel, self catering, plus many more.

Site Information

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Food and drink

The main festival arena hosts a range of food stalls and there are licensed bars on site.

Perform at the festival

Volunteer or work

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Drugs and security

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The first ever Hebridean Celtic Festival took place in June 1996 and the festival has gone from strength to strength ever since.

Multi award winning, the event has won the following praise:

  • 2009: Voted the "Event Of The Year" at the Scot Trad Music Awards.
  • 2011: Songline voted the festival one of the top 10 music global festivals around.
  • 2011: The festival was the winner at the Scottish Event Awards.

Past lineups

2012 acts included The Proclaimers, The Waterboys and Kassidy.To view the full line-up , click here.

The 2011 event featured KT Tunstall, Seth Lakeman, Peatbog Faeries, Stornoway, Dàimh, KAN, Rachel Sermanni, Mànran, Ahab, The Boy Who Trapped the Sun, Open Day Rotation, and The Cole Porters.

Details of previous line-up highlights can be found here.