• Loch Abar Beò
    An Evening of Live Music and Film

Loch Abar Beò - Seachdain na Gàidhlig

Lochaber Live World Gaelic Week

Disathairne 25mh Gearran / Saturday 25th February 

Thigibh a Thaigh-Dealbh na Gàidhealtachd airson latha de chrac, ceòl is seiseanan Gàidhlig mar phàirt de Sheachdain na Gàidhlig. 

Come along to Fort William’s Highland Cinema for a day of Gaelic sessions, craic and music as part of World Gaelic Week. 

Book your tickets now! Ceannaichibh ur tiocaidean an-dràsta!



Bithibh an cuideachd cuid dhen luchd-ciùil as ealanta ann an Loch Abar sa phrìomh scrion, nam measg Raonaidh Nic an Fhùcadair is Aaron Jones, Màiri Anna NicUalraig is Finlay Wells, Iain MacPhàrlain agus Ingrid NicEanraig, agus Eòghann MacEunraig. 

Tadhalaibh airson tachartasan an asgaidh tron latha, gabhaibh greim bidhe, no gabhadh fois as dèidh na cuirm le seisean neo-fhoirmeil aig deireadh an fheasgair.

Join some of Lochaber’s finest Gaelic musicians for a star-studded gig in the cinema’s main screen, including Rachel Walker and Aaron Jones, Mary Ann Kennedy and Finlay Wells, Iain MacFarlane and Ingrid and Ewen Henderson. 

Drop in for free afternoon events, have a bite to eat in the welcoming atmosphere of the cinema’s café, or relax after the gig with an informal session to round off the day. 




 2f/2pm - Cearcall-còmhraidh/ Informal Conversation - 


Whether you’re a fluent speaker or you’ve been learning through Duolingo and itching to try your Gaelic or you just want to learn a few words, you’re welcome round the table in the cinema café. Session leaders to be announced. 

3f/3pm¬ – Seisean-ciùil/ Music Session - 


Join some of the stars of the evening gig for an informal session of tunes and songs in the cinema café. Session leaders to be announced. 

4f/4pm – Lèir-thaisbean Ciùil Bhidio/ Video Showcase – 


Enjoy some of the film and video highlights of our artists in solo and band mode, some of the special projects they have created, guest videos from favourite collaborators, and some archive gems. 


SCREEN 1 - £16/£12 concession (senior, u-16, unwaged) 

In concert, Mary Ann Kennedy & Finlay Wells, Ingrid Henderson & Iain MacFarlane, Rachel Walker & Aaron Jones, Ewen Henderson. Inspiring, uplifting music and great craic from some of Lochaber’s finest musicians, against a spectacular video backdrop in the Highland Cinema’s main screen. 

C9.30f/9.30pm - Seisean-ciùil/ Music Session Round the Table - 


Join some of the stars of the evening gig for an informal session of tunes and songs in the cinema café. Session leaders to be announced.

Mary Ann Kennedy


West Highland based longtime musical partnership Mary Ann and Finlay bring together a passion for new songwriting with a respect for their traditional roots, most recently recognised with the Best Original Work award at Na Trads 2022

Rachel Walker


Skipinnish and Cruinn member Rachel has teamed up with Old Blind Dogs’ Aaron to create a beautiful new duo. Their first full album ‘Despite the Wind and the Rain’ celebrates the stories of some amazing Scottish women.

Ingrid Henderson

Iain MacFarlane

Iain’s fiddle and Ingrid’s harp – the duo at the heart of the Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band - combine years of performing with a genuine love and understanding of the tradition, complementing each other’s musical attributes with creative intuition. .

Ewen Henderson


Singer and multi-instrumentalist Ewen, one of the co-founders of Mànran, has taken Gaelic all over the world whilst keeping Lochaber in his heart, also playing with cross-genre bands including Battlefield Band and the Afro-Celt Sound System.



  Highland Cinema is proud to bring the big screen experience back to Lochaber, in a purpose-built cinema that combines cutting-edge technology with a beautiful traditional-style Highland building. In addition to showing blockbusters the same day they’re released in Leicester Square, we aim to be a destination for so much more, from Scottish Classics, indie and arthouse films, to Event Cinema (opera, ballet, plays and music), plus live music and events in our cosy café bar. 

 Our new building has been designed as a twist on a traditional Highland property, with a red corrugated roof and stone walls. The red stone of the walls is from Glen Nevis, the slate from Ballachulish and the grey stone from an old sheep fank on Blarour Farm. The front entrance facing Cameron Square has been designed to reflect the red roof and stonework of a traditional bothy, the humble building that has welcomed and sheltered travellers across the Highlands for centuries. 

 The back of the building houses two state-of-the-art cinema theatres, with the latest in laser digital projection and sound systems, to deliver a thoroughly immersive audio-visual experience. Screen 1 has a capacity of 109, while Screen 2 can take up to 62 guests, providing the flexibility to show a wide range of films to appeal to all audiences. 

 Our café bar, seating 84, has a wood burning stove, cosy seating and a covered terrace overlooking the town square. Dry dogs are welcome in the café bar and on the terrace. We offer a broad range of delicious food, ranging from coffee and pastries, to gourmet pizza, salads, charcuterie and much more. 

 Our bar has a real focus on local, unique and harder to get whiskies, Scottish gins and beers. We have a special relationship with Glen Spean Brewery, Ben Nevis Distillery and Moët Chandon champagne. At Highland Cinema, our mission is to become a vibrant new hub of film, creativity and excellence in Lochaber, providing a welcoming destination for local people and West Highlands visitors alike. 

Our aim is to offer a cutting-edge cinema experience and outstanding café bar in beautiful surroundings, full of Highland hospitality. The intention is to bring a smile to people’s faces even on the wettest day, to be a gathering place for youngsters and the elderly alike and to provide a range of film choices that pleases and interests a broad spectrum of visitors. 

 The look of the building was specified by the owner Angus MacDonald, designed by Dualchas and built by 3b with an exceptional team of professionals, including Galbraith, David Narro, Harley Haddow, Andrew Robertshaw, Sandy Brown and Hamish Bell; and many others. A huge thanks to them all for their excellent work.