Highland games are events held throughout the year in Scotland and other countries as a way of celebrating Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. Certain aspects of the games are so well known as to have become emblematic of Scotland, such as the bagpipes, the kilt, and the heavy events, especially the caber toss. While centred on competitions in piping and drumming, dancing, and Scottish heavy athletics, the games also include entertainment and exhibits related to other aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture.
Some of the Highland Games events in our area of central Scotland includes the following:
Luss (Loch Lomond) Highland Gathering - Saturday 1st July
The games will be held on Saturday 1st July 2017 at Luss Games Field.
The first Luss Highland Gathering was held in 1875 and has been held annually since, except for a break during the two World Wars. It owns its inception to the enthusiasm of local farmers and sportsmen, and has over the years become a symbol of local sporting endeavour and community spirit. It has also become the focus of the annual gathering of the Clan Colquhoun, bringing with it an influx of visitors from distant lands seeking their heritage.
Details on the website at http://lusshighlandgames.co.uk
Kenmore Highland Games -Wednesday 5th July 2017
Kenmore Highland Games is organised voluntarily by The Kenmore & District Sports Association which started in 1972.
Kenmore Games are known locally as the 'friendly' games as it welcomes everyone who cares to join in with this small community in their annual games.
Kenmore Highland Games are always on the first Wednesday in July.
Events include, highland dancing, pipe band, heavy weight events (tossing the caber, throwing the hammer, putting the shot), children’s & adult races, the challenging Kenmore Hill race, trade stands, food & bar stands plus lots lots more.
Visit the website at http://www.kenmorehighlandgames.com
Lochearnhead Highland Games, including Stratyre and Baquhidder - Saturday 22nd July
Here in the lands of MacGregor, MacLaren, MacNab, and Stewart of Strathern, you can experience all the thrills of traditional highland games at Lochearnhead in a fabulous setting beside Loch Earn; the swing of the kilt, the bagpipes, highland dancing, tossing the caber and all the other elements of traditional highland games.
Details on the website at http://lochearnheadhighlandgames.co.uk
Killin Highland Games - Wednesday 2nd August
Set in the beautiful Breadalbane Park, the Killin Highland Games is not to be missed. There are prizes to be won and lots of fun to be had with heavy events, Highland dancing and more. Full details available on the website at http://www.killingames.co.uk
Bridge of Allan Highland Games - Sunday 6th August
Bridge of Allan is one of Scotland’s premier Highland Games, attracting crowds of between 8,000 and 10,000 people and the event this year will take place on Sunday 6th August.
The games field nestles between Stirling Castle – Scotland’s grandest historic attraction, the beautiful Ochil Hills and the National Wallace Monument, made famous by the blockbuster movie, Braveheart. The event this year will take place on Sunday 6th August.
Full details on the website at http://bofagames.com
Perth Highland Games -Sunday 13th August
Perth Highland Games is one of the most popular events in the Highland Games calendar.
The Games include traditional heavyweight events such throwing weights and hammers and tossing the caber. In addition, there is Highland dancing, foot- and cycle races, solo piping and the very popular pipe band contest with large numbers of overseas bands often taking part.
A wide range of trade and craft stands will cater for your shopping and catering needs and there’s a fairground amusements area for children of all ages.
More information on the website at perthhighlandgames.co.uk
Stirling Highland Games - Saturday 19th August
Stirling Highland Games is one of the City of Stirling’s signature annual events welcoming visitors from around the world to central Scotland to see traditional Highland games competitions. This year’s Games take place on Saturday 19th August on the games field which is located behind Stirling Sports Village and offers spectacular views over to the Wallace Monument, Cambuskenneth Abbey and Stirling Castle.
Details on the website at http://www.stirlinghighlandgames.com
Blairgowrie and Rattray Highland Games - Sunday 4th September at Bogles Field, Essendy Road, Blairgowrie. PH10 6QU
Full details including the events programme visit the website at http://www.blairgowriehighlandgames.co.uk
Pitlochry Highland Games - Saturday 9th September 2017 at the Recreation Ground, Ferry Road, Pitlochry PH16 5DZ.
Pitlochry Highland Games has been hosting competitors and enthralling spectators since 1852.
Full details of all events can be found on their website at http://www.pitlochryhighlandgames.co.uk/
As you can see from the few events shown here, there is ample opportunity over the summer months to catch a traditional highland games event while you are staying here in our area. All of those listed are within easy travelling distance from any of our self-catering holiday cottages and all promise to provide a great family day out while here on holiday.