10 facts about Aberdeen’s Highland Games
1. The date of the games always coincides with Father’s Day making it a great day out for all the family and easy to remember!
2. Save 10% by buying your tickets before 31 May from Eventbrite. We’re pleased to be able to keep prices the same as recent years. See prices below.
3. Every year we vary the children’s activities to offer a different experience every year. For 2017 the following activities are all included in the ticket price, (included in ticket price), we have a children’s stage show ‘Highland Fling’ by Funbox segways, trampolines, climbing wall, come and try bikes, workshops with Aberdeen Science Centre, Aberdeen Festivals and how to build a boat.
4. Cheer on competitors in the traditional events such as tossing the caber, track and field events, plus we are the hosts of the 725kg Scottish TOW championship for Scottish Highland Games Association. Don’t miss the fine displays of highland dancing too.
5. Enjoy the rousing sound of the pipes in both the solo piping competition and see the impressive gathering of all the pipe bands as they play and march around the arena. Don’t forget your camera!
6. Browse the trade and charity stalls selling gifts, arts and crafts and clothing. Plus the Scottish Culture and Traditions musicians and the birds of prey have been popular attractions in recent years.
7. A range of food and drink from catering units will be available to purchase. Fingers crossed the sun will shine so you have the perfect excuse to treat yourself to an ice cream. And for the over 18’s there’s a beer tent.
8. Dogs are welcome but please keep them on a short lead at all times. Bring along their bowl as owners are welcome to use the water tap available on site for their four legged friends.
9. There’s ample FREE car parking. A local charity provides the car park stewards who will have collecting buckets if you can spare some small change.
10. The Number 11 bus orange line operated by First (see 11 route and timetable) and the X17 bus (see X17 route and timetable) operated by Stagecoach, both pass near Hazlehead Park.
If it is the fourth Saturday in June it must be Auchenblae and the “Drumtochty Highland Games”. This has been the tradition for over 30 years.
Known as the friendliest Highland Games in the area they are firmly established in the Scottish Highland Games calendar as one of the most outstanding events.
This is not only because of the top competitors attending and records broken but also for the all-round entertainment offered and the sheer beauty of the venue.
Held in the grounds of Drumtochty Castle in Drumtochty Glen just 2 miles outside Auchenblae, any visitor will agree, there is no better place to be, on the fourth Saturday in June.
Come and watch the athletes trying to break some more records. Lots of opportunities for young and not so young to join in on some open games.
Make it a day out and enjoy the combination of exciting entertainment and nature at its best.
If you want to watch some of the best athletes and have a fun day out, then come to the Drumtochty Highland Games,referred to as the most friendly Games in the area and do not forget to bring your camera with you.
Ceres Games are the oldest free games in Scotland, always held on the last Saturday of the month of June, every year (except for war) since the charter to hold the Games was given to the people of the village by Robert Bruce in 1314 in recognition of their support at the battle of Bannockburn. The battle was fought in order to preserve the right of the Scots to determine how they would be ruled.
As usual, the games will be a cheerful mix of pipe music, dancing, wrestling, heavy events, cycling and running. Around the Bow Butts, there will be shows, stalls, a refreshment tent and, of course, the magnificent GamesBurger barbeque.
Most of all, we would encourage you to attend the Games, held on the close, intimate stage of the Bow Butts, and to invite your friends and family to join you. It is a unique celebration of our village and our history and the planning, preparation, fund-raising and enjoyment of the Games, even the tidying up afterwards, give us a chance to strengthen our community further.
Following on from the success of the 2009 Gathering in Edinburgh, and the 2014 Gathering in Inverness, we are now planning the 2018 Gathering to promote our Clan and to bring our global family together to celebrate our fine customs and traditions.
The event will be based at the Beaufort House Hotel as was our 2014 Gathering. Apart from looking forward to greeting and welcoming MacLennans from all over the world, this Gathering will also be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Modern Day Clan MacLennan. Marking when Ronald was inaugurated as Chief of the Clan at a ceremony held in Inverness in 1978. We invite all MacLennans, wherever you live, to mark the dates in your diaries and visit Inverness for a weekend of family and friendship.
The 2018 Clan Gathering will be held on 4th – 8th July 2018 and will again be based at the Beaufort Hotel in Inverness.
More information will become available in due course and will be available on this web site. We really hope that as many of you as possible make it across for the Gathering which will be a 40 year celebration of the formation of the modern day Clan MacLennan.
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
The 2018 Games will be held on Sunday 15th July 11am to 5pm at Mackie Academy and will feature, Highland Dancing, Running and Heavy events like Tossing the Caber, Hammer Throwing etc and Pipe Band Competition.
Entry prices: £8 for adults and £4 for children or a family ticket is £20 which admits 2 adults and 2.
No charge for children under one year
Kids Mini Games Saturday 14th July from 2pm to 4pm.
Entry on the field. Registration starts at 1.15pm
Please contact us if you require more information.
162nd Famous Alva Games.
Saturday 14th July 2018 at 12.30pm
We are delighted to welcome you to the website of the Famous Alva Games. Alva Games are the last surviving sports and games to be run in Clackmannanshire. Looking forward to the next annual renewal of the meeting, always held on the second Saturday in July and the highlight of the summer’s events in the county, the games feature the full range of traditional events including athletics, cycling, highland dancing, heavy weight events and the crowning glory of games day, the four hill races run over Torry for competitors from under 12 all the way up to the British Championship Hill Race run at about 4.15pm.
We are joined on the day by the Alloa Bowmar Pipe Band who will lead the Guests into the arena just before 1pm and will play again at the interval.
We also have, during the half time interval, hotly contested “fun” races over short distances for visiting children (four age restricted races for girls and the same for boys)and over slightly longer distances for visiting adults (a separate race is run for ladies and gents – minimum age = 18) with medals for the first three children in each event and “age appropriate” prizes for kids and adults.The traditional fun fair operates every evening from the Wednesday prior to the games from 6pm until 10pm daily and on games day itself from 12 noon.
We hope that there will be something of interest to everyone in the various pages which have been prepared. We are always keen to have feed back from our visitors. Please send any information, comments or inquiries to our Secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org or by using any of the contact details on our Contact Us page. Most of all, enjoy!
Loch Lomond Highland Games are a traditional Scottish Highland Games situated in the village of Balloch at the southern end of Loch Lomond
The games were started in 1967 by a group of local business men with an outlay of £500 to promote tourism in the Balloch area and now has prize money of over £15,000.
We are now a Private Limited Company and this year obtained Scottish Charity status.
The games are now one of the top three Highland Games in Scotland hosting the Scottish Highland Games Association World Heavyweight Championship and the 80 metre Scotttish Sprint Championship.
This did not include a further 350 competitors competing in other events throughout the day such as pipng, athletics, wrestling, cycling, dancing and all the usual heavyweight events.
So join us for a great day out on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond.
INVERARAY HIGHLAND GAMES
Tuesday 17th July 2018
World Caber Championships
The games start with a pipe band parade at 10.45am from Inveraray Town Centre. Admission prices are Adults £8, Seniors £5, Children £3 and a Family Ticket £18 available on the day at the gate. Free parking is available at the games. The games are well sign posted from Inveraray.
We look forward to welcoming you to the grounds of Inveraray Castle, the venue of the Inveraray Highland Games. The Games celebrate our rich culture and heritage with field and track events, piping, highland dancing competitions and heavy events including the world championships for tossing the caber. You will also find a good selection of local Scottish food and drink stands as well many trade and charity stalls. There is also childrens entertainment including fair rides
Alex Gargolinski (Secretary)
Ben Ouhr, Lochearnhead, Perthshire, FK19 8PT
The Inverness Highland Games will take place at Bught Park Inverness on Saturday 21st July 2018 commencing at 11am. Founded in 1822 the Inverness Highland Games is one of the most spectacular traditional gatherings staged in Scotland and is one of the highlights of any visit to the Highland capital city of Inverness.
For more information about our upcoming events and the 2018 Inverness Highland games don’t forget to visit our programme.
The Halkirk Highland Games, a traditional and spectacular Scottish sporting event established in 1886, is held in Caithness in the far North of Scotland, near to Thurso and the famous end of the road landmark of John O’Groats. It is always held on the last Saturday in July and attracts crowds of up to 3,000.
The 2018 Games will be held on Saturday 28th July 2018.
The Games is the premiere sporting event in the North of Scotland. The prize money of over £20,000 is one the best in Scotland and attracts the country’s best amateur and professional competitors.
There are nearly 100 events packed into an afternoon and it is the Scottish version of a mini Olympic Games! There are normally dozens of competitors from all over the country and often from abroad. The “Heavies” are the kilted strongmen who toss massive wooden cabers, throw scots hammers and weights and putt the shot. A sight not to be missed. There are pipers, Highland dancers, track and field athletes, cyclists, clay pigeon shooters and children, all competing for top prizes. Spectators are kept informed of all the action by both our roving commentator and announcer. Surrounding the
Welcome to the internet home of the Lochcarron Highland Games. “The Friendly Games” held in beautiful Wester Ross in the North West Highlands of Scotland.
Lochcarron Highland Games feature the traditional mixture of heavy events, track and field plus highland dancing and piping displays (these are not competitions).
The Games Committee are very grateful to the Macpherson Family who have kindly allowed us to use their ground at Attadale Estate.
Thank you for visiting this site – we hope it gives you a flavour of our ‘friendly games’ and look forward to seeing you at the 2018 games. We wish everyone, participants and spectators alike, an enjoyable afternoon out.
These games are run under the rules of the Scottish Highland Games Association, the official body that controls all heavy events. We receive NO public money and cover all our expenses with the help of our generous sponsors both large and small.
Welcome to the Tomintoul Highland Games – The Friendly Games
Visit one of Scotland’s longest running Highland Games, showcasing traditional heavy and light events, highland dancing, piping competitions and lesser known entertainments like tilt the bucket and barrel racing. Held on the 3rd Saturday in July every year, for over 175 years!
146th Airth Highland Games
Saturday 22nd July 2017
Gates Open 9 am to 6 pm
Come to Airth Highland Games and experience one of Scotland’s oldest, most traditional highland games! Thousands of visitors come each year to experience the unique friendly atmosphere of the Games whilst being surrounded by the picturesque setting of the River Forth and Ochil Hills.
Cheer on our many competitors as they compete for their titles. Watch our highland dancers, our solo pipers, our heavy athletes and track competitors as they battle it out. Why not even get yourself involved in our Smiddy Stone Challenge or our Tug-O-War?
You can also enjoy our local pipe band, children’s entertainment, craft stalls, local foods, refreshment tents, fantastic fairground and much more. There’s something for everyone and a day you won’t forget!
Celebrating 126 years in 2018
A taste of something Scottish for everybody. A full programme of Light and Heavy Events, Massed Pipe Bands, Highland Dancing, Hill Races, fun for the entire family and much more. Visitors can take part in the Overseas Race – an opportunity to participate in a Northern Highland Games.
Whether you are a competitor in one of our many events, live in the area and looking for the perfect day out for the family, or have come to Scotland from any part of the world for your vacation, the Dufftown Highland Games is the ideal outting for you and your family.
Events nos 17 to 26 open only to persons resident in the County of Sutherland. Events nos 1,2 and 8 to 16 only open to persons resident in the Counties of Ross, Sutherland and Caithness.
Junior Piping (Confined to Ross. Sutherland & Caithness)
1) March (14yrs & under)
Sponsored by Dornoch Castle Hotel
2) Strathspey & Reel (14yrs & under)
Sponsored by Dornoch Castle Hotel
Junior Open Piping
3) March (14yrs & under)
4) March (15yrs & under 18yrs)
5) Strathspey & Reel (15yrs & under 18yrs)
Sponsored by Dornoch Castle Hotel
6) Jig (15yrs & under 18yrs)
7) Pibroch (17yrs & under)
Sponsored by Jail, Dornoch
Junior Dancing (Confined to Ross. Sutherland & Caithness)
8) Highland Fling (12yrs & under)
9) Sword Dance (12yrs & under)
Sponsored by Just Sew, Camore, Dornoch
10) Seann Triubhas (12yrs & under)
Sponsored by Mackay’s Taxis, Dornoch
11) Highland Fling (13yrs to 15yrs)
12) Sword Dance (13yrs to 15yrs)
Sponsored by The Spar, Dornoch
13) Seann Triubhas (13yrs to 15yrs)
Sponsored by The Spar, Dornoch
14) Highland Fling (16yrs & over)
Sponsored by The Gift Shop Dornoch
15) Sword Dance (16yrs & over)
Sponsored by the Gift Shop Dornoch
16) Heilan Laddie (16yrs & over)
Sponsored by the Gift Shop Dornoch
Junior Local Heavy Events
Under 18 years – for the Tommy Ross Shield
17) Putting The Light Ball
18) Throwing The Light Hammer
19) Putting The Heavy Ball
Under 25 years – for the Gasghagaich Trophy
20) Putting The Light Ball
20 Sponsored by Mr & Mrs A Knight Dornoch
21) Throwing The Light Hammer
21 Sponsored by MacDonald Associates Dornoch
22) Putting the heavy ball
22 Sponsored by J M Campbell Electrician Dornoch
Heavy Events (Confined to Sutherland)
23) Putting The Light Ball
24) Putting The Heavy Ball
Sponsored by The Eagle Hotel Dornoch
25) Throwing The Light Hammer
Sponsored by The Eagle Hotel, Dornoch
26) Throwing The Heavy Hammer
Sponsored by The Eagle Hotel, Dornoch
27) Throwing The WT By Height
Sponsored by Durrand Electrical Services, Dornoch
28) Tossing The Caber
Sponsored by Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Special Events: Scottish 6400 Metres Cycle Championship. 4800 Metres Cycle Championship. 800 Metres Cycle Youth Championship. Pipe Band & Drum Major Co
As usual we have the spectacular sights of the Clan Macpherson Annual Rally and March to the Games. We expect to welcome many clansmen from all parts of the globe.
M McBeath (Secretary)
29 Ladywood Drive, Aboyne, AB34 5HA
Downlaod Dancing Entry Form
Sandy Nicol (Secretary)
44 Forth Park Bridge of Allan, FK9 5NT
The Ballater Highland Games are held annually on the second Thursday in August in Monaltrie Park, Ballater and in 2018 the Games will be held on Thursday 9th August.
There have been Games held in Ballater since 1864 and, apart from the war years, the Games have continued uninterrupted until the present day.
Many famous athletes and champions have competed at Ballater. Today the events form part of the circuits comprising the Glenfiddich Heavy Events Championship and the Grampian Games Qualifying Championship, which encourages the younger athletes to participate in the heavy and field events.
Ballater Highland Games prides itself in having something for everyone, young and old alike. On Games Day there are a number of varied trade stands, together with a funfair for the children. On occasion, personalities are to be seen, and one memorable day a military 25 pounder was fired by a certain television presenter to signal the start of the Hill Race.
To complete the day, Beat Retreat by the Pipe Bands is planned for 7pm on the Church Green in Ballater.
Each summer the North-West Highland fishing village of Lochinver hosts the Assynt Highland Games. Also known as the ‘Friendly Games’, these take place in Culag Park on the second Friday in August, and provides a fun day for all the family.
You can visit the Craft & Produce tent or make your way around the field and watch the athletic events as well as various other displays and competitions including Piping, Fly-casting and Highland Dancing.
The Hill Race and Tug-of-War mark the end of the day’s events on the Games Field but Games Day would not be complete without the Dance held on Games Night at Lochinver Village Hall.
Surrounded by stunning scenery – unspoilt beaches and iconic mountains such as Quinag and Suilven – there is so much more to do while you spend time with us in Assynt. But be sure to make a note in your diary for Friday 10th August 2018.
Dundonald Highland Games is one of Ayrshire’s premier cultural events. It is unique in capturing traditional Scottish heritage and strong community spirit within the picturesque setting of Royal Dundonald Castle.
Admission to the event is completely free and offers a whole range of entertainment and activities including a traditional highland games with pipe band contest, drum majors, solo piping, highland dancing, battle re-enactment, heavy events, side stalls, massed pipe bands display and street parades.
Dundonald Highland Games takes place on Saturday 11th August 2018 at Royal Dundonald Castle and starts with a Street Procession at 12 noon.
Dundonald Games Week takes place during the week leading up to the highland games and includes a treasure hunt, 10km road race, kids’ fun run, pet show and 7-a-side football competition.
We hold 2 Pipe Band competitions, Lothian & Borders Pipe Band Competition and an Open Competition. They run concurrently throught the day at all 4 grades.
We run 2 heavy events competitions, one for men the other for women.
Highland Dancing also takes place at all ages throughout the day. There may also be a tug-of-war event.
Gates open at 9 am with competitions starting at different times of the day.
Stephen Govanlock (Secretary)
7 St Baldreds Road, North Berwick, EH39 4JY
Perth Highland Games is one of the most popular events in the Highland Games calendar, which runs from May to mid-September each year.
The Games include traditional Heavyweight events such as throwing weights and hammers and tossing the caber. In addition, there is Highland dancing, foot- and cycle races, solo piping and the very popular pipe band contest with large numbers of overseas bands often taking part.
A wide range of trade and craft stands will cater for your shopping and catering needs and there’s a fairground amusements area for children of all age
The 2018 Perth Highland Games will be held on Sunday 12th August. We’ll have the usual fantastic mix of piping, Heavyweight competitions, cycling and running, Highland Dancing, food and drink stalls, gift stalls, and much more.
We’re busy looking at possible venues and will be bringing you news about that very soon.
typical Highland Games Day programme
Times may vary and are subject to change.
Coupar Angus Pipe Band
Open piping Marches (main board)
Under 12 dancing
Under 16 dancing
28lb weight for distance
Piping (Reels & Jigs) on piping board
Coupar Angus Pipe Band
Heavyweights 18yrs and under
Mount Blair hill race
Tug O’ War
Come and join Helmie the Helmsdale and District Games mascot on Saturday 18 August 2018.
This is a fantastic day out for all the family starting with the Local Heavy Events and the Children’s Mini Highland Games at 10.00 am in the Couper Park, Helmsdale. The piping and dancing competitions start at 10.30 am and 11.00 am.
The Games Parade from the village to the Couper Park starts at mid-day followed by the installation of Julian Innes as the Games Chieftain, the Official Opening and the Raising of the Games Flag.
There follows an afternoon programme of Highland Games heavy events, track and field events, Scottish Championship Hill Race, Pipe Band Parade, Tug of War, Trade Stands, Side Shows and various other fun events.
There is Live music in the Games Bar from 5.00pm followed by a Dance in the Marquee on Couper Park from 10.00pm.
The Official Home of Stirling Highland Games
Stirling Highland Games is one of the City of Stirling’s signature annual events welcoming visitors from around the world to central Scotland to see our traditional Highland games competitions.
Our games field is located behind Stirling Sports Village and offers spectacular views over to the Wallace Monument, Cambuskenneth Abbey and Stirling Castle. We have a full programme of traditional Highland games competitions on offer including Running, Youth Running, Cycling, Highland Dancing, Heavyweights, long jump and triple jump. We will also showcase several Piping Performances throughout the day.
We look forward to welcoming you on Saturday 18th August 2018 and have made sure there is plenty to see, do and taste. Our Traders Village will showcase a delicious range of food and coffee servers, craft and whisky stalls and activities to take part in. We also have an onsite bar so you can enjoy refreshments throughout the day whilst enjoying Games Day with friends.
Tickets can be bought at the gate on the day or at a discount in advance through our online shop.