All times are approximate – For spectator information only)
10-45a.m. Patrick Colquhoun, Younger of Luss, will march in front of the Helensburgh Clan Colquhoun Pipe Band from Luss Car Park to Luss Pier and then proceed to the Games Field, where the opening ceremony will take place. For Parking Information, Directions and Entry to the games Click Here
90 Metres handicap for girls 12 to 15
90 Metres handicap for boys 12 to 15
90 Metres handicap for girls 11 and under
70 Metres handicap for boys 11 and under
600 Metres Race Girls and Boys under 12 to 15
Children’s Fun Events (Girls and Boys dash for under 5’s, 5-7, 8-10 and 14 years olds) between 2p.m and 3 pm.
90 Metres Handicap Race
200 Metres Handicap Race
90 Metres Handicap (Heats)
200 Metres Handicap (Heats)
800 Metres Cycle
3200 Metres Cycle
800 Metres Handicap Race
90 Metres Handicap (Final)
200 Metres Handicap (Final)
1600 Metres Handicap
1600 Metres Cycle
Overseas Visitors Race
5K De’ll tak the hindmost
Cycle De’ll tak the hindmost
400 Metres Handicap Race
10-30a.m. and 1p.m.
Clann an Drumma
Chieftain opens the Games
11 a.m. onwards
11 a.m. – 12-30 p.m.
Children’s Heavy Events
Getting to the Games
You can’t miss Oban. As a busy ferryport, it is signposted from all over Argyll. The Games Field however, is not as easy to find – unless of course, it is Games Thursday, when you just follow the crowd by joining in with the Stewards March. As the official start of the Games, it sets off around 10.30am from Argyll Square next to the harbour. Led by the gold medal winning piper, competing pipers and our President, the Duke of Argyll, it makes its way colourfully and loudly, to the Games Field.
THE OBAN GAMES
Every year, on the fourth Thursdayin August, the people of Argyll gather with family and friends in their central town of Oban. In a land as vast and remote as this, it’s a rare chance to meet new people and socialise; but above all to celebrate the skill, strength and endurance of the Highlander.
As one of Scotland’s premier Highland Games, world class challengers from across the globe flock to Oban to do battle; heavyweights with the caber, stone or hammer, lighter athletes on the track, field and hill. Amid the emotive skirl of the pipes and the flash of clan colours on kilts, the rich history and traditions of this noble people is told in Scottish music and dance
March of the stewards led by a band formed of the competing pipers
Presentation of the piping gold and silver medals
Artie’s Tartan Tales
Artie’s Tartan Tales
Fun Races – Kilted, Veteran & Children’s Races (for non competitors)
Kintail Birds of Prey – Demonstration
Music by Oban High School Pipe Band
Artie’s Tartan Tales
Fun Races – Kilted, Veteran & Children’s Races (for non competitors
Presentation of Trophies
Pipe Band March off Field, back to town centre
2018 will once again bring a huge range of family attractions to the Cowal Highland Gathering, already one of the most spectacular highland games in the world.
With its mix of highland dancing, pipe bands, wrestling, heavy athletics, solo piping, drum majors, ceilidh, children’s entertainment, fun run and local food, there’s something for everyone at the Cowal Highland Gathering.
If you’ve never visited before and can only manage one day, then come on Saturday. Watch the top highland dancers in the world compete in the finals of the World Highland Dancing Championship, listen to the pipe bands battle it out in the Cowal Pipe Band Championship and cheer on the world’s best heavy athletes as they toss the caber. You can also catch top live Scottish music in the Ceilidh Tent. To round off the day, witness the spine-tingling salute to the Chieftain. The sound of 100s of pipers and drummers playing in unison will stay with you forever.
Join charity EMMS International for an exciting Scottish challenge this September! Take part in the 5 Ferry Challenge, climb Goatfell, Arran’s highest peak, or try both!
Option 1: 1 September
Take on the ‘Reverse 5 Ferry Challenge’, an exhilarating journey through some of Scotland’s most breath-taking scenery, incorporating 4 cycling sections and 5 ferry crossings in and around North Kintyre and the Firth of Clyde. Starting at Wemyss Bay and ending at Brodick, you’ll visit the beautiful islands of Bute and Arran on this 53.5mile cycle! See itinerary here.
Watch our video from last year’s 5 Ferry Challenge! https://vimeo.com/232988995
Option 2: 2 September
Climb Goatfell, Arran’s highest peak at 2,867 feet! At just 134 feet short of a Munro, Goatfell is one of Scotland’s most popular peaks with stunning views across the island and on a clear day, across to Ben Lomond, Jura and the coast of Ireland. Admire stunning views and rugged mountain landscapes on this climb.
Option 3: 1 & 2 September
For the more adventurous, try both the 5 Ferry & Goatfell challenges, with an overnight stay on the isle of Arran!
Early bird registration fee of £25 until 30 April (£30 thereafter).