Welcome to the Whats On Guide to Aberdeen and Grampian
Aberdeen is Scotland’s third most populous city, one of Scotland’s 32 local government council areas and the United Kingdom’s 37th most populous built-up area, with an official population estimate of 196,670 for the city of Aberdeen and 229,800 for the local authority area. Nicknames include the Granite City, the Grey City and the Silver City with the Golden Sands. During the mid-18th to mid-20th centuries, Aberdeen’s buildings incorporated locally quarried grey granite, which can sparkle like silver because of its high mica content.
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Come and join us on Saturday 2nd June 2018 for the 21st year of the Cornhill Highland Games.
The Highland Dancing Competition starts at 10.30am with all other events starting at 11.00am. Several Pipe Bands will be playing at various times during the day.
Admission to the Games is payable at the gate on the day.
Cornhill Highland Games Events
Track and Field
Knock Hill Race, Road Race & Children’s Races
Tug of War
Open Highland Dancing Competition
Stalls & Refreshments
Fully Licensed Bar (Over 18s only)
Track and Field will include the following events: 90m, 400m, 800m, High Jump, Long Jump and Hop, Step & Leap. There will also be a 4 mile adult road race, a 2 mile junior road race and the grueling 8.5 mile Knock Hill Race.
The licensed bar will be open from 12.00 noon – 9.00pm, with music from 4.00pm. Over 18s only.
Special Events: Heavyweight Championship (6 events), British Caber Championship. European Tug O’ War Championship. North of Scotland Drum Major Championship. Glenfiddich Qualifying Heavy Events.
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.
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.
Showcasing the best youth talent from all over the world, the festival has all sorts of entertainment including concerts, recitals, music, dancing, theatre and massed choirs.
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.
M McBeath (Secretary)
29 Ladywood Drive, Aboyne, AB34 5HA
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.