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Scottish Highland Games

kirstyaturnerkirstyaturner VisitScotland Contributor ✭✭
A Highland Games is a traditional event celebrating Scottish culture.  They are held from May to September each year and some of the things you can expect to see include highland dancing, heavy events - including tossing the caber, pipes and drums, track and field, and a lot of tartan!

To give some examples, I've added links below to some of the events taking place in 2016.

The World Pipe Band Championships - 12th & 13th August 2016 at Glasgow Green
http://www.theworlds.co.uk/Pages/home.aspx

Argyllshire Gathering - held on the fourth Saturday in August, Oban
http://web227.extendcp.co.uk/obangames.com/

Cowal Highland Gathering - held in August in Dunoon, Argyll - where highland dancers come from all over the UK and around the world, to compete at the World Highland Dancing Championships.
http://www.cowalgathering.com/

Braemar Gathering - held on the first Saturday in September, with Her Majesty the Queen as Patron.
http://www.braemargathering.org/

Mull Highland Games - held on the beautiful Island of Mull
http://www.tobermory.co.uk/events-diary-2/events/highland-games/

Arisaig Highland Games - held in a very scenic location!
http://www.arisaighighlandgames.co.uk/

A great day out, a flavour of Scottish culture and a family friendly atmosphere!
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Comments

  • VisitScotlandIntroVisitScotlandIntro Administrator
    And don't forget the Scottish Highland Games Association - they've got a great calendar of events which is good for finding out when there might be a Games on near you.
  • Samantha_GrantSamantha_Grant VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    I've only ever been to the Nairn games. My hubby's home town. It's a HUGE thing up there. The whole town comes out to follow the pipe band from the museum to the links where the games take place.  There's a real carnival atmosphere. All the Nairn ex pats travel home for the weekend too. I'd thoroughly recommend Highland games to anyone thinking of checking them out. 
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  • VisitScotlandNikkiVisitScotlandNikki Administrator, VisitScotland Staff
    Coming from Angus, I attended a Lowland Games when I was younger, but there was no heavy events so I'd love to go to a Highland games and see all the spectacle first-hand!

    If anyone is planning a Highland games trip this year, check out our new Highland games guide for 2016 - it's got all the dates, times and info you need for your trip.
  • ScotlandAdventuresScotlandAdventures VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    I've been to lots of Highland Games but one of my favourites is the Carmunnock Highland Games on the outskirts of Glasgow.  It has a nice intimate and fun atmosphere but attracts some of the biggest names in the heavy events and strongman circuit and is handy for visiting if you're in Glasgow.
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  • OutandaboutElaineOutandaboutElaine Member ✭✭✭
    I've been to the Birnam & Dunkeld highland games a few times, definitely worth checking out and whilst in the area a must visit is the Hermitage for great walks and impressive waterfalls. 
  • edited April 2016
    Braemar Junior Highland Games are a good shout if you've got kids as they'll be able to compete themselves.
  • DMWScotlandDMWScotland VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    edited April 2016
    There's also a new event this year at the The Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh on 3rd and 4th September 2016. Scotcon: www.scotcon.scot

    It's quite expensive though ... but sounds great :).
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  • There's also a new event this year at the The Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh on 3rd and 4th September 2016. Scotcon: www.scotcon.scot

    It's quite expensive though ... but sounds great :).
    Definitely one for Outlander fans as there are a number of stars attending!
  • DMWScotlandDMWScotland VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    @VisitScotlandHeather I'm so excited! Decided to just do it whether I could afford it or not, I'm going to Scotcon! Autograph book ordered too :) Love Outlander  <3
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  • The Highland Games season has well and truly started!  

    This weekend (28-29 May) there is the Atholl and Breadalbane Highland Gathering (Pitlochry), Blackford Highland Games (Perthshire), Bathgate & West Lothian Highland Games and Carmunnock International Highland Games (Greater Glasgow).  

    Check out even more the following week and throughout the summer!
  • m13attm13att Member
    Can't recommend Scotland's Highland games enough. A must for visitors to Scotland as it showcases our cultural in a family friendly environment. Stirling Highland Games on Sat 20th August is one of the official member games of the Highland games association. Heavyweights, highland dancing and track & field competition as well as Scotland Food & Drink producers, traders village and an activity challenge area for the younger audience to have a go. Hope you can make it to Stirling as part of your  Scottish experience. Www.stirlinghighlandgames.com 
  • I'm hoping to get to a Highland Games event this summer so lots of great info from everyone. Now just to pick which one!

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