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Highland Games Scotland

A list of Highland Games in Scotland to Visit with Websites, Postcodes and links to Reviews and Maps where possible.

Highland Games are mainly sporting events that take place throughout the summer in Scottish towns, May to September. The origin of the games is thought to have been from gatherings of Clans to determine their top warriors. Today, Highland Games are held throughout the world, by families with connections to Scotland.

Events are normally heavy lifting / throwing, running, biking, highland dance, tug o war, also with shopping, food and drink stalls. Some Games allow you to enter certain amateur events.

The weeks for the events listed here are when the games are normally held, most on a Saturday or Sunday, although there are a few on week days, check the websites to confirm the dates.

Most websites have many large images, and many Games start with a Highland March with Pipes through the Town to the events field, they just have to be seen.

Click on the PostCodes for Maps and Reviews.


Highland Games / The Big Seven

Burntisland Highland Games
July 3rd week, 21 miles north of Edinburgh. The second oldest games in the world dating back to 1652. Crowds of 50,000 in 2004. A summer fairground is also normally at Burntisland during the summer months.
Website . RS Page . KY3 9EB



Loch Lomond Highland Games
July 3rd week, at Balloch 27 miles northwest of Glasgow. Claimed to be one of the top three or four Highland games in the country, with approximately 10-15,000 visitors each year.
Website . RS Page . G83 8LY


Bridge of Allan Highland Games
August 1st week, by Stirling. One of Scotland's top Highland Games attracting crowds of between 10,000 and 15,000. The games field is between Stirling Castle, The Ochil Hills and the Wallace Monument.
Website . UDS Page . FK9 4QY


North Berwick Highland Games
August 1st week, 28 miles east of Edinburgh. An attendance of 15,000 is normal. Many visitors visit the Highland Games and explore the seaside town of North Berwick on the same day.
Website . RS Page . EH39 4AP


Cowal Highland Gathering
August 4th week, Dunoon/34 miles west of Glasgow. One of the largest and most spectacular Highland gatherings in the world with over 3,500 competitors, many from Scottish Communities from Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Website . UDS Page . PA23 7DT


Lonach Gathering
August 4th week Saturday, Strathdon 45 miles west of Aberdeen. Often sees a crowd of over 10,000 in Strathdon, a traditional games, no parachutes, no motorbikes, but often attracts Billy Connolly, who has a home in the area, and his showbiz friends.
Website
. Postcode: AB36 8UX


Braemar Gathering
September 1st week, 57 miles west of Aberdeen. The Gathering is world famous, has attracted spectators of about 20,000 including Royalty. Website has many large images.
Website . RS Page . AB35 5YX


Highland Games in May

Gourock Highland Games
May 1st week, 28 miles west of Glasgow at Battery Park in Gourock. Free entry.
Website
. UDS Page . PA16 7QG


Gordon Castle Highland Games
May 2nd week, 49 miles east of Inverness by the village of Fochabars.
Website
. UDS Page . IV32 7PQ


Athol Highland Games
May 4th week, at Blair Castle next to the Village of Blair Athol, 33 miles northwest of Perth.
Website
. RS Page . PH18 5TJ


Blackford Highland Games
May 4th week, 16 miles northeast of Stirling in the village of Blackford.
Website
. UDS Page . PH4 1QF


Highland Games in June

Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games
June 1st week, 33 miles northwest of Glasgow. Began in 1889, started again in 2008.
Website . UDS Page . G84 8JR


Ardrossan Highland Games
June 2nd week, 35 miles southwest of Glasgow on the Ayrshire coast with a huge beach.
Website . AS Page . KA22 8AP


Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games
June 2nd week, 5 miles northwest of Glasgow. These Games regularly attract over 10,000 visitors.
Website . UDS Page . G62 6AQ


Strathmore Highland Games
June 2nd week, 12 miles north of Dundee at Glamis Castle.
Website . DD8 1RJ


Cupar Highland Games
June 2nd week, 9 miles west of St Andrews 44 miles north of Edinburgh.. The Games are an ‘Open’ event under Scottish Games Association rules and are in the F.H.G.A. circuits.
Website
. UDS Page . KY15 5DD


Aberdeen Highland Games
June 3rd week, at Hazelhead Park on the west side of Aberdeen. Traditional Games with trade stalls, food, beer and more.
Website . RS Page . AB15 8BE


Newburgh Highland Games and Coble Boat Race
June 3rd week, 11 miles southeast of Perth. Check the website as does not take place every year.
Website . UDS Page . KY14 6DA


Ceres Highland Games
June 4th week, 8 miles west of St Andrews 43 miles north of Edinburgh. The oldest free games in Scotland since the charter to hold the Games was given to the people of the village by Robert Bruce in 1314, for their support at the battle of Bannockburn.
Website
. UDS Page . KY15 5NQ


Drumtochty Highland Games
June 4th week, 9 miles west of Montrose/Aberdeenshire . The Auchenblae and the Drumtochty Highland Games have top competitors with records broken. Held in the grounds of Drumtochty Castle, 2 miles outside Auchenblae.
Website
. Postcode: AB30 1TP


Highland Games in July

Forres Highland Games
July 1st week, 27 miles east of Inverness. One of Scotland's oldest small towns.
Website
. RS Page . IV36 3BT


Luss Highland Games
July 1st week, 32 miles northwest of Glasgow on the banks of Loch Lomond.
Website
. RS Page . G83 8PA


Kenmore Highland Games
July 1st week, 37 miles northwest of Perth, 6 miles southwest of Aberfeldy.
Website
. RS Page . PH15 2NU


Alva Games
July 2nd week, 8 miles east of Stirling at the small town of Alva.
Website
. UDS Page . FK12 5LJ


Inveraray Highland Games
July 3rd week, 63 miles northwest of Glasgow. Held at Inveraray Castle a 10 minute walk from the Town centre.
Website
. RS Page . PA32 8UY


Inverness Highland Games
July 3rd week, Tulloch Inverness Highland Games are renowned for the quality of the heavy event competitions. Spectators normaly are about 4000 - 6000. Held at Bught Park on the south side of the City.
Website
. RS Page . IV3 5SP


Lochcarron Highland Games
July 3rd week, 62 miles west of Inverness close to the Isle of Skye. Held at Attadale Estate 6 miles round the Loch from Lochcarron village.
Website
. UDS Page . IV54 8YX


Mull Highland Games
3rd week of July, Tobermory on the Isle of Mull 31 miles northwest of Oban. Held at Erray Park in Tobermory, Traditional Scottish Highland Games.
Website
. RS Page . PA75 6PR


Stonehaven Highland Games
July 3rd week, 15 miles south of Aberdeen in the grounds of Mackie Academy.
Website
. RS Page . AB39 3DF


Tomintoul Highland Games
July 3rd week, 59 miles northwest of Aberdeen, between Ballater and Grantown on Spey on a real scenic Hill Road. Tomintoul village is 1,132ft above sea level.
Website
. RS Page . AB37 9EX


Airth Highland Games
July 4th week, 8 miles southeast of Stirling. Legend states, they grew from the games and sports played by Prince James's rebel soldiers camping in Airth in 1488, on their way to the battle of Sauchieburn.
Website . UDS Page . FK2 8LD


Arisaig Highland Games
July 4th week, 38 miles west of Fort William at Traigh Farm 2 miles north of Arisaig village.
Website . RS Page . PH39 4NT


Balquhidder Highland Games
July 4th week, 37 miles west of Perth, 14 miles north of Callander. Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre Highland Games are held at Lochearnhead village, Rob Roy country.
Website . FK19 8PR


Callander Highland Games
July 4th week, 16 miles northwest of Stirling. Don't miss the grand opening parade so arrive early, or come on Friday and stay overnight to enjoy scenic Callander before the games begin.
Website . RS Page . FK57


Dufftown Highland Games
July 4th week, 52 miles northwest of Aberdeen 61 miles east of Inverness.
Website
. RS Page . AB55 4AW


Durness Highland Gathering
July 4th week, 104 miles northwest of Inverness on the far north coast of Scotland with some great beaches. Free entry, just pay to enter an event.
Website
. RS Page . IV27 4PN


Halkirk Highland Games
July 4th week, 6 miles south of Thurso/north Highlands. Up to 5,000 visitors and locals visit the village of Halkirk in Caithness (pop. 1,000) for a day of traditional Scottish sport.
Website
. Postcode: KW12 6XA


St Andrews Highland Games
July 4th week, 52 miles north of Edinburgh in the famous Cathedral and Golf town of St Andrews.
Website
. RS Page . KY16 9SP


Lewis Highland Games
July? Isle of Lewis far northeast. At Tong, 3 miles north of Stornoway. There seems to be no Website or information for these games, may have stopped?
UDS Page . HS1 2DR


Highland Games in August

Aberlour Highland Games
August 1st week, in the Town centre 57 miles northwest of Aberdeen, 34 miles northeast of Aviemore in Speyside Whisky Distillery country.
Website . RS Page . AB38 9QP


Aboyne Highland Games
August 1st week, 30 miles southwest of Aberdeen, with the village laid out in 1676 around the large village green, where the Highland Games are held, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Website . RS Page . AB34 4WY


Dundonald Games
August 1st week, 4 miles northeast of Troon in Ayrshire, 12 miles north of Ayr at Royal Dundonald Castle.
Website
. AS Page . KA2 9HD


Killin International Highland Games
August 1st week, 37 miles northwest of Stirling at Breadalbane Park in the Town centre.
Website
. RS Page . FK21 8UN


Mallaig and Morar Highland Games
August 1st week, 42 miles northwest of Fort William. A small friendly games for locals and people from all over the world.
Website
. RS Page . PH41 4PU


Newtonmore Highland Games
August 1st week, 45 miles south of Inverness, 70 miles northwest of Perth. See the spectacular sights of the Clan Macpherson March to the Games.
Website
. RS Page . PH20 1DA


Skye Highland Games
August 1st week, Isle of Skye 120 miles west of Inverness featuring Heavy Field Events, Athletics, Piping, Highland Dancing and Sailing, a single race for all classes of yacht.
Website
. RS Page . IV51 9EJ


Aberfeldy Highland Games
August 2nd week, named the Atholl & Breadalbane Agricultural Show and Highland Gathering is at Wades Park just over Wades Bridge, close to the Town centre, 31 miles northwest of Perth.
Website . RS Page . PH15 2BP


Assynt / Lochinver Highland Games
August 2nd week, at Culag Park in the centre of Lochinver, 94 miles northwest of Inverness, 36 miles north of Ullapool, remote with amazing scenery.
Website . RS Page . IV27 4LE


Abernethy Highland Games
August 2nd Saturday, Nethybridge 30 miles southeast of Inverness. Dancing, piping, field & track events, and the fun morning programme for children.
Website . Postcode: PH25 3DA


Ballater Highland Games
August 2nd week, in the Town centre 42 miles west of Aberdeen, sometimes visited by Royals as Balmoral Castle is close by.
Website . RS Page . AB35 5NN


Perth Highland Games
August 2nd week, at Scone Palace on the northeast side of Perth.
Website . RS Page . PH2 6BD


Bute Highland Games
August 3rd week, Island of Bute/Rothesay. The Games Park is a 15 minute walk from the Ferry Terminal.
Website . RS Page . PA20 9BS


Crieff Highland Gathering
August 3rd week, 17 miles west of Perth. The first Crieff Highland Gathering took place in 1870.
Website
. RS Page . PH7 3EH


Glenfinnan Highland Gathering
Aug 3rd week, 16 miles west of Fort William. Fort William is 65 miles southwest of Inverness, 103 miles north of Glasgow. Traditional Games in amazing scenery.
Website
. RS Page . PH37 4LT


Glenisla Highland Games
Aug 3rd week, 30 miles northeast of Perth in a remote area.
Website
. DD8 5HU


Helmsdale Highland Games
August 3rd week, 68 miles north of Inverness north Highlands. A traditional Highland fishing village with a lot to offer the visitor.
Website
. UDS Page . KW8 6HH


Nairn Highland Games
August 3rd week, 16 miles northeast of Inverness. One of the largest amateur gatherings in the North with thier first Games taking place in 1867.
Website
. RS Page . IV12 4AU


Stirling Highland Games
August 3rd week, on the east side of Stirling often with around 8,000 visitors.
Website
. RS Page . FK7 7UJ


Argyllshire Gathering and The Oban Games
August 4th week. Track and Field events, as well as Dancing and Piping with many competitions for Scottish championship and World championship titles.
Website . RS Page . PA34 4EL


Birnam Highland Games
August 4th week, 13 miles northwest of Perth. Traditional Games in stunning Perthshire scenery, held since 1864.
Website . RS Page . PH8 0AD


Glenurquhart Highland Gathering and Games
August 4th week, 18 miles south of Inverness. Traditional Games at Blairbeg Park, beside Loch Ness at the village of Drumnadrochit, where the Loch Ness monster museum is situated and monster hunt boat excursions depart from.
Website
. RS Page . IV63 6UQ


Lonach Highland Gathering
August 4th week, 41 miles west of Aberdeen at the remote village of Bellabeg.
Website
. AB36 8UL


Strathardle Highland Gathering
August 4th week, 30 miles north of Perth at the village of Kirkmichael, also with an Agricultural Show.
Website
. PH10 7NS


Highland Games in September

Blairgowrie & Rattray Highland Games
September 1st week, 16 miles north of Perth on the south side of Blairgowrie town.
Website
. RS Page . PH10 6QU


Peebles Highland Games
September 1st week, 22 miles south of Edinburgh. The Games are among the top non-championship events, providing a more relaxed atmosphere close to the end of the competition season.
Website
. RS Page . EH45 8HE


Pitlochry Highland Games
September 2nd week, 27 miles northwest of Perth at the Recration Ground down Ferry Road in the centre of Pitlochly town.
Website
. RS Page . PH16 5BU


Guides to most Scottish Highland Games

Scotland's Highland Games
Scottish Highland Games in Scotland, Caber Tossing, results, Message board, News section and Links.
www.albagames.co.uk
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Highland Games Inverness & North

Highland Games by Edinburgh

Highland Games by Glasgow

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