Scotland is well-known for its Highland Games, and if you’ve never been to one of these events before, this is the perfect time of year to go. Events take place all over the highlands, with participants competing in everything from caber tossing to dancing and piping.
Below is just a few of this year’s games:
Birnham Highland Games
When: 26th August 2017
Where: Birnam Highland Games Park, Dunkeld PH8 0AD
£: Tickets cost £6 for adults, £4 for concessions and children, and £16 for a family. The car park costs £1
What is it?
The Birnham Highland Games feature events including Tossing the Caber, Throwing the Hammer and Putting the Stone. The event will also have piping, Highland Dancing (including the Highland Fling), races, cycling and children’s events.
These games also feature a couple of special events, The World Championship Haggis Eating Competition and The Kiltie Dash. All adults are welcome to take part in the haggis eating contest, and anyone wearing a kilt can take part in the fun dash.
More info: www.birnamhighlandgames.com
When: 2nd September 2017, 9am – 5pm
Where: The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, Braemar
£: Admission costs £12 for adults and £2 for children. Tickets to the Grandstand can also be bought.
What is it?
Braemar is famous for its mass gathering of piping bands, which parade through the village to the games arena. The Braemar Gathering also features events such as Tossing the Caber, Throwing the Hammer and Putting the Stone. There’s also a Tug o War, Highland Dancing, and a highly competitive hill race.
More info: www.braemargathering.org
For find more Highland Games taking place this year, visit www.shga.co.uk/events.