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The top 10 things to do in June

Man in sombrero at RockNess
Will the sun be shining for RockNess?

Lybster Harbour Dance Spectacular

4 - 5 June
Lybster Harbour

See the history of the area come alive as the Caithness Body Currents team hold evening dance spectaculars interpreting the area's past. More than 70 children will be joined by professional dancers for this outdoor festival of dance and music.

Strathspey Steam Railway

5 June
Aviemore

Step back in time to pay a visit to the carriage maintenance shed and see a steam train in action. Get close up to the engine and relive the age of steam.

National Family Week

Until 6 June
Various locations

National Family Week is running across the UK with ideas for things to do with your family as well as specific family-friendly events. Spy into the nest of a sea-eagle at the Aros Centre on Skye, take a coastal walk near Plockton to spot orchids and otters or see a sneak preview of the new Shrek film in Inverness.

For full list of events and activities see:

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

5 - 6 June
Nevis Range, Fort William

The UCI World Cup is a series of events taking place between April and August. In 2010, there are a total of 9 events in the calendar visiting locations across the globe. See all the thrills and spills at the Fort William event in Downhill and 4X events and meet some world-class riders.

Wildlife Week 2010

5 - 13 June

Various locations

Go wild for a week in the Highlands and Islands. The Scottish Wildlife Trust is running a series of events across the week. Take your pick from an evening wildlife watch at Rothiemurchus, a guided walk to see the birdlife on Handa Island, dolphin-watching in the Moray Firth, an otter walk at Loch Nevis or a Biodiversity Blitz near Inverness.

For full list of events see:

Nairn Book and Arts Festival

5 - 13 June
Nairn

Authors including Christopher Brookmyre and Carol Ann Duffy will be attending the annual celebration of the written and visual arts. This interactive festival offers visitors the opportunity to listen to and chat with a wide range of authors, artists, actors, musicians and comedians and join in many of the events including workshops and competitions.

RockNess 2010

11 - 13 June
Loch Ness

One of the highlights of Scotland's festival season, RockNess needs no introduction. The banks of Loch Ness will once more become alive as festival favourite Fat Boy Slim headlines the stage on Friday night. The three-day festival is packed full of live acts including Friendly Fires, Ian Brown, Vampire Weekend, Blondie, 2manyDJs and Soulwax to name but a few. Sunday night headliners The Strokes will close the show in one of their only festival appearances this year.

Highlights of the festival will be aired on BBC Radio 1.

Scottish Ensemble

12 June
Strathpeffer Pavilion

If a little classical music is more to your taste then spend an afternoon with the Scottish Ensemble at Strathpeffer Pavilion. Hear a preview of work by Dvorak and Mendelssohn before the Ensemble head to the Aleburgh International Festival.

Insider Festival

17 - 20 June
Inshriach, near Aviemore

More music is on offer at the Insider Festival. Alasdair Roberts, Foxgang and Jo Mango are just a few of the folkies lined up for the small but perfectly-formed festival.

Summer solstice

21 June
Various locations

Take advantage of the longest day in the year by taking part in a solstice walk. There are organised walks such as the guided walk in Glen Righ Wood near Onich or step out under your own steam.





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