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The 7th Black Isle Fiddle Weekend will take place from 7th-9th July 2017!!

Do you want to learn from some of the finest fiddle players in Scotland in a unique Highland setting? Join us in Cromarty in July from 7th-9th July for this hugely popular weekend for adult learners.
Intensive tuition in a small class setting, top-notch concerts, informal sessions and of course, great Highland hospitality!


The participant (ages 18+ only) will have classes from each of the 4 tutors. All four are highly sought-after tutors and performers. The tutors for 2017 are Iain MacFarlane, Patsy Reid, Douglas Montgomery and Lauren MacColl


The Black Isle Fiddle Weekend takes place in the beautiful, historic village of Cromarty,at the Old Brewery – an intimate and homely learning environment. Cromarty lies half an hour north-east of Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. Inverness is on the sleeper line from London and easily accessible by rail, road and a well-served airport. The Black Isle is a stunning location for holidays and there is plenty to do for families in the area.


Tuition will take place from the morning of Friday 7th July until late afternoon on Sunday 9th. (All levels except from complete beginners catered for) There will be a concert with the tutors on the Friday evening and a gig with a special guest on the Saturday. Informal sessions are encouraged throughout the weekend.


All classes will be taught by ear with music provided at the end of the weekend. All levels except from complete beginners are catered for.


Tuition Package – £200. Includes at least 12 hours of tuition, Entry to Fri Tutors Concert in Old Brewery and Sat Concert in special venue of East Church and lunches on Fri,Sat and Sun. Accom and travel not included.

How do I book?

Booking is all online at and will open on 4th March. A deposit of £60 is required to secure your booking. Please note, deposits are non-refundable. The balance is due by the end of May and you will be sent further payment info at the beginning of May.

Fiddle Weekend Tutors

  • Douglas Montgomery

    We are delighted to welcome back Douglas Montgomery (Saltfishforty, The Chair) to Cromarty. A hugely popular tutor and performer from Orkney, Douglas’ classes promise to be fun-filled.

  • Patsy Reid

    Rooted in the fiddle traditions of Perthshire, Patsy is a highly versatile fiddle/viola and cello player who’s highly in demand as a session musician and educator. She joins us for the first time in Cromarty this year.

  • Iain MacFarlane

    Iain, a founder member of Blazin’ Fiddles, is one of the finest players of west-coast fiddle and highland music. Expect him to bring not only great tunes, but the stories and craic to go with them.

  • Lauren MacColl

    Lauren MacColl

    As well as directing the fiddle weekend and touring with RANT and Salt House, Lauren continues to teach fiddle to children and adults across the country.

Fiddle Weekend Timetable
A timetable will be sent out to all participants in the weeks before the event

Fiddle Weekend Travel and Accommodation

Black Isle Fiddle Weekend takes place at Cromarty Old Brewery, Burnside Place, Cromarty, IV11 8XQ

Black Isle Map

Please be aware participants are responsible for their own travel and accom. To connect with others who may be willing to car-share etc please visit the facebook page


Cromarty is approx 40 mins drive from the capital of the Highlands – Inverness.

By Rail: The nearest rail station is Inverness. Booking from 3 months in advance from will give great deals from UK train stations, including the sleeper line from London

By Air: Inverness has a well served airport (flights include Gatwick, Birmingham, Luton, Southampton, Belfast, Bristol, Western and Northern Isles, Amsterdam) with a regular bus service into the city of Inverness

By bus: Cromarty can be reached by the No.26 bus service, hourly from Inverness Bus Station. (With connections UK wide)


Cromarty Old Brewery has recently been taken over by the Cromarty Arts Trust. As in previous years, they will be offering accommodation at the venue on a B&B basis. They have 11 rooms. Please contact them directly to ask for pricing and to book. Email or tel: 01381 600354

There are various B&B, Self-catering and Hotel options in and around Cromarty, but please note it is a small village, so quick booking is advised