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Small and off the wall: rock on at Rockness in the Scottish Highlands.

The RockNess annual music festival at Clune Farm, Dores promises to be a monster of an event this year. Known as ‘the most beautiful festival in the world’ and the ‘only festival with its own monster’ because of its inspiring location on the banks of Loch Ness, the festival has gone from strength to strength since it began in 2006 and recently won the NME best small festival award. 3000 ‘early bird tickets’ sold out in hours when launched last October, and by the end of February, the festival had sold ten times as many tickets as last year.

This year’s Rockness monster takes place from the 10th to the 12th of June, with Kasabian, the Chemical Brothers and Paolo Nutini as the main attractions, supported by the mighty DJ Shadow, Glasvegas and the Cribs, and loads more! And a new comedy tent is planned, which is sure to raise more than a giggle or two.

If you’re looking to save on accommodation, there’s a campsite with plenty of food and drink options and shops within minutes of the pebbled beach of the loch, where you can pitch your tent or rent a yurt and go monster spotting.

So take advantage of the longer days and better weather and head for Inverness for a great weekend break in June. Check out the ‘Go Green’ ticket which costs £145 and includes free coach travel from all major UK cities.

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