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the capital city of Scotland and one of its 32 local government council areas. Located in Lothian on the Firth of Forth’s southern shore, it is Scotland’s second most populous city and the seventh most populous in the United Kingdom. The 2014 official population estimates are 464,990 for the city of Edinburgh, 492,680 for the local authority area

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Jul
3
Tue
Fèis an Eilein: The Skye Festival @ Iske of Skye
Jul 3 – Aug 24 all-day

The 27th Fèis an Eilein, Skye Festival, takes place between 3 July and 24 August 2018.
Taking place in venues mostly in the Sleat peninsula at the southern end of  the Island, the Skye Festival or ‘Fèis an Eilein’ is a celebration of island culture and performing arts with a strong focus on Scottish traditional music, all spiced up with Jazz, Theatre, and lots, lots more.
Organised by SEALL, the festival hosts around 30 top quality events in music and innovative theatre, with a community-led fringe programme of house concerts, charity cafés, environmental days, food and drink, art exhibitions and ceilidhs

 

Jul
21
Sat
City of Inverness Highland Games @ Bught Park Pitches
Jul 21 all-day

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.

Halkirk Highland Games @ Braal Terrace
Jul 21 all-day

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

Lochcarron Highland Games @ Attadale Estate,
Jul 21 all-day

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.

Tomintoul Highland Games @ Main Street
Jul 21 all-day

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!

 

Aug
3
Fri
Dornoch Highland Gathering @ The Meadows
Aug 3 all-day

 

Local Events

Commencing 10.30am
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)
1st
2nd
3rd
1)   March (14yrs & under)
Sponsored by Dornoch Castle Hotel
£11
£9
£7
2)   Strathspey & Reel (14yrs & under)
Sponsored by Dornoch Castle Hotel
£11
£9
£7

Junior Open Piping

3)   March (14yrs & under)
£11
£9
£7
4)   March (15yrs & under 18yrs)
£14
£12
£9
5)   Strathspey & Reel (15yrs & under 18yrs)
Sponsored by Dornoch Castle Hotel
£14
£12
£9
6)   Jig (15yrs & under 18yrs)
£14
£12
£9
7)   Pibroch (17yrs & under)
Sponsored by Jail, Dornoch
£18
£16
£14

Junior Dancing (Confined to Ross. Sutherland & Caithness)

8)   Highland Fling (12yrs & under)
£8
£6
£5
9)   Sword Dance (12yrs & under)
Sponsored by Just Sew, Camore, Dornoch
£8
£6
£5
10) Seann Triubhas (12yrs & under)
Sponsored by Mackay’s Taxis, Dornoch
£8
£6
£5
11) Highland Fling (13yrs to 15yrs)
£9
£7
£6
12) Sword Dance (13yrs to 15yrs)
Sponsored by The Spar, Dornoch
£9
£7
£6
13) Seann Triubhas (13yrs to 15yrs)
Sponsored by The Spar, Dornoch
£9
£7
£6
14) Highland Fling (16yrs & over)
Sponsored by The Gift Shop Dornoch
£10
£8
£7
15) Sword Dance (16yrs & over)
Sponsored by the Gift Shop Dornoch
£10
£8
£7
16) Heilan Laddie (16yrs & over)
Sponsored by the Gift Shop Dornoch
£10
£8
£7

Junior Local Heavy Events
Under 18 years – for the Tommy Ross Shield

17) Putting The Light Ball
£10
£8
£6
18) Throwing The Light Hammer
£10
£8
£6
19) Putting The Heavy Ball
£10
£8
£6
Under 25 years – for the Gasghagaich Trophy

20) Putting The Light Ball
20 Sponsored by Mr & Mrs A Knight Dornoch
£10
£8
£6
21) Throwing The Light Hammer
21 Sponsored by MacDonald Associates Dornoch
£10
£8
£6
22) Putting the heavy ball
22 Sponsored by J M Campbell Electrician Dornoch
£10
£8
£6

Heavy Events (Confined to Sutherland)

23) Putting The Light Ball
£15
£13
£12
£6
24) Putting The Heavy Ball
Sponsored by The Eagle Hotel Dornoch
£15
£13
£12
£6
25) Throwing The Light Hammer
Sponsored by The Eagle Hotel, Dornoch
£15
£13
£12
£6
26) Throwing The Heavy Hammer
Sponsored by The Eagle Hotel, Dornoch
£15
£13
£12
£6
27) Throwing The WT By Height
Sponsored by Durrand Electrical Services, Dornoch
£15
£13
£12
£6
28) Tossing The Caber
Sponsored by Royal Dornoch Golf Club
£15
£13
£12
£6

Aug
4
Sat
Newtonmore Highland Games @ The Eilen
Aug 4 @ 11:11 am – 12:11 pm

Events:
Running
Heavy Weights
Solo Piping
Light Field
Hill Race
Highland Dance

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.

Aug
10
Fri
Assynt Highland Games @ Culag Gardens
Aug 10 all-day

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.

Aug
18
Sat
Helmsdale & District Highland Games @ Helmsdale KW8 6HH, UK
Aug 18 all-day

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.

Aug
25
Sat
Glenurguhart Highland Games @ Blairbeg Park,
Aug 25 all-day

Glenurquhart Highland Games include the traditional events performed by the heavyweight athletes – throwing weights and hammers and tossing the caber. In addition, there is the Glen Challenge, hill race, track running for adults and children, solo piping and the very popular tug o’war. A select number of trade stands will cater for your shopping needs.
Competitors should note that admission will be charged to the Games, unless they have an admission ticket.

Sep
15
Sat
Invercharron Highland Games @ Balblair Farm
Sep 15 all-day

Events:
Running
Cycling
Heavy Weights
Solo Piping
Light Field
Highland Dance