Top 5 Highland Games this summer

Top 5 Highland Games this summer

Top 5 Highland Games this summer

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The Highland Games take place in various locations across Scotland, between May and September every year. Don’t worry if you think you’ve missed out on this great tradition – there are still some of the best Highland games waiting to be played this summer.


The Argyllshire Gathering

The Argyllshire Gathering takes place on Thursday 25th August. Featuring solo piping, highland dance, running and light field events – this is set to be a great day out for all the family. Located in Oban, this Highland Games event was created to help bring families together in the 19th century.

Date: Thursday, 25th August 2016

Location: Argyll Square, Oban

Ticket price: Adults £10 / Children £5 / Concession £8


Lonach Highland Gathering & Games

On Saturday 27th August, the 174th Lonach Highland Gathering & Games will be taking place. As well as running, light field, solo piping and highland dance, this event also features heavy weights and a special treat with the March of the Lonach Clansman. Throughout the afternoon there will also be children’s races and a hill race once the highlanders have competed.

Date: Saturday, 27th August 2016

Location: Bellabeg Park, Strathdon

Ticket price: Adults £7 / Children (5-15 yrs) £3 / Under 5’s Free

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Glenurquhart Highland Gathering

The Glenurquhart Highland Gathering is also hosted on the 24th August in Westfield, Drumnadrochit. There will be a pipe band, an Achomy Hill Race and tug of war, as well as the standard field events. For the kids, there will be a fun fair to will keep them entertained for hours, but there are also trade stands for the adults to peruse.

Date: Saturday, 24th August 2016

Location: Blairbeg Park, Drumnadrochit

Ticket price: Adults £5 / Children & Concessions £2


 Braemar Highland Gathering

Attracting spectators from all over the world, the Braemar Highland Gathering again hosts an exciting mixture of light field, heavy weights, solo piping, highland dance and running. It takes place on September 3rd. The location for this venue is what makes it so unique: Braemar village has a population of just 600 people. Yet with attendance figures usually averaging 16,000 people, the atmosphere can get really intense, so it’s a great day to be a part of.

Date: Saturday, 3rd September 2016

Location: Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, Braemar

Ticket price: Adults £10 / Children (under 14) £2


 Invercharron Highland Games

Invercharron Highland Games is located opposite Balblair Farm, Lairg Road, Bonar Bridge IV24 3AP .  The Invercharron Highland Games is the last of the season and takes place on 3rd Saturday in September every year.  The games is growing year on year and attracts a very international crowd of visitor in excess of 2000.  There are all the usual Highland Games sporting events; Heavy sports; Tug O War; Cycling; Track and Field; Hill Race and more and also Piping and Dancing.  There is also a wide range of trade stands and various amusements to keep the whole family entertained all day long. Next Games 17th September 2016 Chieftain: Val McDermid Internationally acclaimed crime witer.  Ticket price: £6 adult and £1 children

Date: Saturday, 17th September 2016

Location: Balblair Farm, Invercharron

Ticket price: Unknown

Other notable events to head to in summer include the Strathardle Highland Gathering on Saturday August 24th and the Birnam Highland Games on August 31st.

While the last official games are hosted at the Invercharron Highland Games, there is an event at the end of the year that closes the Highland Games – the New Year Sprint on December 31st.

If you’re looking for a great, entertaining and cultured day out then the Highland Games are ideal. Celebrating all that is Gaelic, there’s a real welcoming atmosphere no matter which part of Scotland you head to for the games.