Traditionally Games are linked to a Scottish Clan but Helensburgh is unique in being linked to two local Clans; the Colquhoun's and MacAulay's and who's Clan Chiefs alternate the duties of Games Chieftain. Included in the games are the Heavies competition with events such as Tossing the Caber. The Heavies competition is now becoming a regular for the best Heavies in the UK There is also Highland Dancing and Athletics. The wonderful part is that both young and old alike can take part and because of the handicapping system for some races, different age groups can race against each other. The main events are open to all comers and have prize money for those taking part.
The organisers have links with local primary schools through Argyll & Bute Council's Sports Development Officer and this means that we can now involve young people in a junior form of the heavies as well as local primary school relay races.
The gates will open at 10 am. Some of the athletics events start at 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm respectively for the various running events and the hill race.
In addition to the competitions there will be a number of stalls selling various produce
There is only parking for Blue Badge Holders within the games site itself (Within the road closure). The public are advised to use the shuttle service from Helensburgh pier.The organisers have provided a free shuttle bus running to and from the Games departing from the Pier car park just a short 2 minute walk from the Railway Station.
For more information about the games and details of the schedule of events once published, visit the website at http://www.helensburghandlomondgames.co.uk.
There will be several other highland games events across our area over the coming months and we will attempt to bring details of those to you as they occur.
Helensburgh is about an hour’s drive from many of our cottages. If you are staying in one of our self-catering holiday cottages during the highland games season then why not look to attend one of the meetings to see for yourself how the traditional Scottish highland games events are enjoyed by all who take part.