The Highland Games go back to the 1889, but the more modern version was started in 2009. Although in its infancy, it is already establishing itself as a popular local event for both local people and visitors to the area. In 2011, it even featured on the BBC's flagship evening programme, The One Show.
The first Highland Games to be held in Helensburgh is believed to have been held in 1898 in Larchfield Park, with Sir James Colquhoun of Luss as President. It was considered so successful that it was extended considerably in the following years.
In the 1899 Games, Piper MacPherson of the Royal Scots & Charles McIntosh from Motherwell wrestled for most of the afternoon. Neither could put the other down, and the bout had eventually to be declared a draw.
The football place kicking competition was won by Mr Matthew Dickie, who had been awarded his first international cap as Scotland’s goalkeeper the previous year.
The highlight of the 1900 Games was the ascent by balloon and descent by parachute of a lady parachutist, Maud Brooks.
The balloon was released about 4pm, climbed rapidly, and vanished into the clouds. However the intrepid Miss Brooks landed a few minutes later on the West Highland railway line, near Upper Colquhoun Street.
Traditionally Games 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.
For more information visit the website at http://www.helensburghandlomondgames.co.uk
Please note the following when attending The Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games
1000 Gates open
1000 Dancing & Local "Novice Heavy" events start
1200 Chieftains Parade takes place
Ticket Entry Prices for 2015
(for entry as a competitor, see application forms on the website )
£5 Adults Ticket
£3 Concession Ticket
£2 Childrens Ticket
£12 Family Ticket (Family=2 adults+2 children)
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.
If you are staying with us in one of our self-catering holiday cottages on 6th June, why not consider a visit to the Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games,which is just over an hour's drive from any of our cottages and which promises to provide a great family day out.