Community spirit is strong in Portmahomack and the village takes great pride in staging a variety of one-off and annual events in celebration of friendship and true Scottish traditions. Musical entertainment is a regular occurrence, be it The Castle Hotel, Golf Club or Carnegie Hall. The last week in July is always reserved in the village calendar for the Portmahomack Gala, and Hogmanay, as you’d expect in Scotland, is a time of great celebration
The Carnegie Hall owes its name to Andrew Carnegie, the famous industrialist, business magnate and philanthropist who helped fund its construction. The Hall’s foundation stone was laid by Mrs Andrew Carnegie and when the building was opened in 1902, the occasion was celebrated with a grand concert and dance. Some 100 years later, having been extensively renovated and refurbished, Carnegie Hall still remains at the centre of Portmahomack’s social and cultural life.
The village Gala is a week-long coming together as a community, featuring such events as a car treasure hunt, casino night, bingo, golf and fishing competitions, children’s sports afternoon, sandcastle competition, family quiz, family concert and much, much more. Saturday is the main Gala day when you can expect to find - among other things - music, a pipe band, stalls, children’s rides and fancy dress competition. The day culminates in a Gala dance in the evening in the Carnegie Hall. It’s a great occasion for villagers and visitors alike.
Hogmanay is a special night in the annual calendar, too, with torch-lit procession, fireworks and the chance to take part in a traditional ceilidh at the Carnegie Hall.