The Games will start at 12 noon and the Pipe Band & Clans March into the field 1pm; Musical entertainment will be provided by Pure Malt, a traditional folk band, in the beer tent between 4pm and 8pm.
At Lochearnhead Highland Games there will be the traditional range of heavyweight events in both local and open competitions. Heavy and light hammers, caber tossing, shot-putt, weight over the bar, tug-o-war as well as a number of track and field events, including a gruelling hill race. Lochearnhead Highland Games still holds records for Olympic athletes such as Geoff Capes.
Traditional highland dancing and a range of piping events run throughout the afternoon, often with an opportunity to see world champion competitors in the most picturesque surroundings imaginable. There are also fun events for children and the more adventurous adults.A number of trade stands are also present selling a range of confectionery, clothing and craft goods. On-field food and bar facilities are provided.
The games were first run many years ago with the three villages - Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre - taking turns to host the games. For a few years the games lapsed before being re-started by Mr Ewen Cameron himself a notable heavyweight athlete taking over 100 first prizes over a season when he was competing. When the games once again became a regular annual event they were always held at Lochearnhead games field, mainly for reasons of space and convenience.
The three villages are now in the midst of the new Trossachs National Park, and have wonderful historical links to many of the famous Scottish clans. To this day, there is a strong presence of the clans MacLaren, MacGregor. Macnab, Stewart and Cameron, all whom have been represented as Chieftain.
For more information on the events to be seen visit the website at http://lochearnheadhighlandgames.co.uk or contact Angus Cameron (President) on 01567 830268, Alex Gargolinski (Secretary & Treasurer) on 01567 830231 or Jean Swanston (Dancing Convenor) on 01796 482376
Cooper Cottages has a number of self-catering holiday cottages in and around Lochearnhead and the Highland Games would make a great family day out whilst staying in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park area or enjoying a holiday in central Scotland.