To do in Scotland

Scottish Highland Games Calendar

Highland Games from the Four Seasons Hotel, St Fillans, with a selection of the best local games

There can be little doubt that traditional Games of agility and strength have been practised in the Highlands since very early days. Annual gatherings began in 1820 as part of the revival of Tartan and Highland Culture, and the Highland Games of Braemar was attended by Queen Victoria in 1848. By this time the competitions were along similar lines as they are today with traditional stone and hammer throwing, tossing the caber, highland piping, from solo to pipe bands, dancing along with track/field, running and jumping events.

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Balquiddher, Loch Earn and Strathyre Highland Games
(five miles)

Here in the lands of MacGregor, McLaren, MacNab, Stewart and Campbell you can experience the thrills of traditional highland games at Lochearnhead in a wonderful setting beside Loch Earn; the swing of the kilt, the skirl of bagpipes, highland dancing, tossing the caber and other elements of traditional highland games.

When: Third Saturday in July at the Games Park, Lochearnhead
Running, Hill Race, Heavyweights, Light Field, Tug o' War, Solo Piping, Highland Dancing

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Callandar World Highland Games;
(twenty miles)

When: Last weekend in July at Ben Ledi Park, Callander
Heavyweights, Highland Dance, Pipe Band, and Solo Piping.

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Crieff Highland Gathering;
( fifteen miles)

The first Crieff Highland Gathering was in 1870 and has occurred every year since, bar two exceptions of 1914-18 and 1939-49.

When: Third Sunday in August at Market Park, Crieff
Running, Heavyweights, Light Field, Cycling,Tug o' War, Solo Piping, Pipe Band Contest, Highland Dancing

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Blackford Highland Games;
(thirty two miles)

When: Fourth Saturday in May at Games Park, Blackford
Running, Cycling, Heavyweights, Highland Dancing, Pipe Band Competition.

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Kenmore Highland Games;
(twenty four miles)

In a unique and beautiful setting, an evening Highland Games.

When: First Wednesday in July at the Sports Field, Kenmore
Running, Hill Race, Heavyweights, Tug o' War, Solo Piping, Highland Dancing, Pipe Band Contest.

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Killin International Highland Games;
(fourteen miles)

When: Wednesday end of July/early August at Breadalbane Park, Killin
Running, Hill Race, Amateur Trial of Strength, Solo Piping, Highland Dancing, Heavyweights.

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Atholl and Breadalbane Agricultural Show and Highland Gathering;
(thirty miles)

Clan Menzies Gathering; along with carrying of the Manhood Stone of the Clan Menzies.

When: Second Saturday in August; Dancing 11.00am, Open events 1.30pm, at Victoria Park, Aberfeldy
Running, Heavyweights, Tug o' War, Solo Piping, Hill Race, Highland Dancing

Games details were correct at the time of publication but we recommend that you check with the organisers before travelling to a specific event.

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