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Chain­saw Carv­ing, Nairn Book And Arts Fes­ti­val, var­i­ous venues, Septem­ber 11-16. Head­lin­ing this year’s fes­ti­val, which cel­e­brates its 15th an­niver­sary, is TV pre­sen­ter and nat­u­ral­ist Chris Pack­ham. www.nairn­fes­ti­val.co.uk

Ceol Cho­lasa Colon­say, Septem­ber 13-16. The is­land’s an­nual mu­sic fes­ti­val, with artists in­clud­ing The Young Uns, Hamish Napier and Innes Wat­son. Fes­ti­val pass for all events costs £80. www.ce­ol­cholasa.co.uk

Skyrun­ning World Cham­pi­onships, Kin­lochleven, Septem­ber 13-15. Hill rac­ing event with 27 medals in three cat­e­gories – ver­ti­cal, sky and ul­tra – with a world cham­pi­onship in each dis­ci­pline at stake. www. skyrun­ning.com/2018-skyrun­ning­world-cham­pi­onships Lam­mer­muir Fes­ti­val, var­i­ous venues, Septem­ber 14-23. Clas­si­cal mu­sic fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing world-fa­mous artists, orches­tras and ensem­bles. The open­ing con­cert is pro­vided by the BBC Scot­tish Sym­phony Orches­tra. www.lam­mer­muir­fes­ti­val.co.uk

La­gavulin Is­lay Jazz fes­ti­val, Septem­ber 14-16. En­joy a week­end of high-qual­ity jazz with Scot­tish and in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cians play­ing in venues through­out Is­lay, from bird sanc­tu­ar­ies to dis­til­leries.

Ca­manachd Cup Fi­nal, Oban, Septem­ber 15. Two top teams com­pete for shinty’s most prized pos­ses­sion and one of Scot­land’s old­est sport­ing tro­phies. New­ton­more are the cur­rent hold­ers, hav­ing de­feated Lo­vat 3-2 in last year’s fi­nal in In­ver­ness. Big­gar Sci­ence Fes­ti­val, var­i­ous venues, Septem­ber 21-24. Fam­ily fes­ti­val with 30 events, in­clud­ing a screen­ing of Be­fore The Flood pre­sented by Leonardo Di Caprio.

Dun­bar Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, Septem­ber 21-23. A range of trad mu­sic, with a fam­ily con­cert on the Sun­day and work­shops for all ages.

The Scot­tish Ad­ven­ture Travel Film Fes­ti­val, Poolewe, Septem­ber 21-23. This film fes­ti­val show­cases the best in ad­ven­ture travel films from 1930s to the present day.

Bax­ters Loch Ness Marathon and Fes­ti­val Of Run­ning, Septem­ber 23. An op­por­tu­nity for all kinds of run­ners, from full marathon to any one of the as­so­ci­ated run­ning events. Phone 0844 875 1411.

Beith, Septem­ber 8. An in­ter­na­tional line-up of carvers will com­pete in this, the first event of its kind in the town. Lo­cally-sourced pro­duce and food stalls and fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties will also be avail­able. After the com­pe­ti­tion, the carv­ings can be pur­chased, with all prof­its go­ing to lo­cal com­mu­nity projects. www.gar­nock­val­l­ey­carves.co.uk

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