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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. 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 having connections to Scotland.

The weeks for the events listed here are when the games are normaly held, check the websites to confirm the dates.

Click on the PostCodes for Maps and Reviews.

Official Highland Games / The Big Seven

Braemar Gathering 57 miles west of Aberdeen/ September 1st week
The Gathering is world famous for friendship and hospitality at our Park beneath the encircling heather clad hills. Has attracted spectators of about 20,000 including Royalty.
www.braemargathering.org . UDS Page . Postcode: AB35 5YX .

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Bridge of Allan Highland Games
by Stirling/ August 1st week
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.
www.bofagames.com . UDS Page . Postcode: FK9 4QP .

bridge of allan highland games

Burntisland Highland Games 21 miles north of Edinburgh/ July 3rd week
The second oldest games in the world dating back to 1652. The market day tradition is kept alive as a large number of market traders use the town for the day with crowds of 50,000 in 2004. A summer fairground is also normally at Burntisland during the summer months.
UDS Page . Postcode: KY3 9AH.

burntisland highland games

Cowal Highland Gathering Dunoon/34 miles west of Glasgow/August 4th week
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. The event regularly attracts over 20,000 spectators. Phone number 01369 703 206.
www.cowalgathering.com . UDS Page . Postcode: PA23 7DT .

cowal highland gathering

Loch Lomond Highland Games Balloch/27 miles northwest of Glasgow/ July 3rd week
The Games began in 1967 after a group of local businessmen set out to promote the area and games. Now claimed to be one of the top three or four Highland games in the country, with approximately 10-15,000 visitors each year.
llhgb.com . UDS Page . Postcode: G83 8SW .

loch lomond highland games

Lonach Gathering Strathdon 45 miles west of Aberdeen/ August 4th week
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. Phone number 01339 741 098.
. Postcode: AB36 8UL .

lonach gathering highland games

North Berwick Highland Games 28 miles east of Edinburgh/ August 1st week
The Games attract considerable support from the local community and more and more visitors each year, 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.
northberwickhighlandgames.org . UDS Page . EH39 4AP .

north berwick highland games

Official Highland Games

Abernethy Highland Games Nethybridge 30 miles southeast of Inverness/ August 2nd week
Dancing, piping, field & track events, and the fun morning programme for children that have become popular, a must for families. Close to the end of the programme, the tug o’ war is popular for “Nethy Bridge Trophy”, and serious prize money.
www.nethybridge.com/highlandgames . Postcode: PH25 3DA .


Aboyne Highland Games 30 miles southwest of Aberdeen/ August 1st week
The village of Aboyne is situated in Royal Deeside with the village being laid out in 1676 around the large village green, where the now famous Highland Games are held annually, attracting visitors from all over the world.
www.aboynegames.com . UDS Page . Postcode: AB34.


Airth Highland Games 8 miles southeast of Stirling/ July 4th week
These games go back to 1871, or as 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.
www.airthgames.co.uk . UDS Page . Postcode: FK2 8JF .


Argyllshire Gathering and The Oban Games Oban/ August 4th week
Oban is the place to be when the highland games take place with Track and Field events, as well as Dancing and Piping with many competitions for Scottish championship and World championship titles.
www.obangames.com . UDS Page . Postcode: PA34 5NZ .


Bathgate & West Lothian Highland Games 26 miles west of Edinburgh/ May 4th week
The games take place at Meadow Park, Bathgate and has done so since 1973. The games have a pipe band contest, solo piping, highland dancing, hill race and heavy athletics. Bathgate is 21 miles west of Edinburgh, 28 miles east of Glasgow.
westlothianhighlandgames.com . UDS Page . Postcode: EH48 2AB .


Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games 5 miles northwest of Gasgow/ June 2nd week
These Games regularly attract over 10,000 visitors with a great Scottish day out for family, tourists, sports people, shoppers and funseekers.
www.bearsdenmilngaviehighlandgames.com . UDS Page . Postcode: G62 6AQ.


Birnam Highland Games 13 miles north of Perth/ August 4th week
Traditional Games in stunning Perthshire scenery, held since 1864, come and experience for yourself the fun and culture in these popular Games. Situated about 60 miles north of Edinburgh, 70 miles north of Glasgow.
www.birnamhighlandgames.com . UDS Page . Postcode: PH8 0BG.


Bute Highland Games Island of Bute/Rothesay/ August 3rd week
Getting to this scenic island is by dependable regular ferry crossings from Wemyss Bay on the north Ayrshire coast (road and rail) and take the Cal Mac ferry to Rothesay.
butehighlandgames.org . UDS Page . Postcode: PA20 0.


Callander Highland Games 16 miles northwest of Stirling/ July 4th week
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.
www.incallander.co.uk/highgames . UDS Page . Postcode: FK57.


Ceres Highland Games 8 miles west of St Andrews/ June 4th week.
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. Situated 15 miles south of Dundee, 43 miles north of Edinburgh.
. UDS Page . Map.


Crieff Highland Gathering 17 miles west of Perth/ August 3rd week
The first Crieff Highland Gathering took place in 1870 and every year since accept the years around the two world wars of 1914-18 and 1939-49.
. UDS Page . Postcode: PH7 3AN .


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


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


Dufftown Highland Games 52 miles northwest of Aberdeen July 4th week
Light and Heavy Events, Massed Pipe Bands and Highland Dancing. Amature athletes can take part without affecting their status. Enquiries are welcome. Situated 52 miles west of Aberdeen, 61 miles east of Inverness.
. UDS Page . Postcode: AB55 4AS .


Dundonald Games 4 miles northeast of Troon in Ayrshire/ August 2nd week
At Royal Dundonald Castle in Ayrshire for Pipe Band Contest, Solo Piping Contest, Strathspey and Reel, Highland Dancing and Heavy Events. Entertainment from 12 noon, free entry. Situated 12 miles northeast of Ayr.
. UDS Page . Postcode: KA2 9DW .


Forres Highland Games 27 miles east of Inverness/ July 1st week
One of Scotland's oldest small towns, and scenic. Forres in Moray is situated just off the A96 about 27 miles east of Inverness.
. UDS Page . Postcode: IV36 3ED .


Glenurquhart Highland Gathering and Games 18 miles south of Inverness/ August 4th week
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.
. UDS Page . Postcode: IV63 6TX .


Halkirk Highland Games 6 miles south of Thurso/north Highlands/ July 4th week
Up to 5,000 visitors and locals visit the village of Halkirk in Caithness (pop. 1,000) for a day of traditional Scottish sport. There are over 100 competitors, many being national or world champions, challenging for various championship titles.
. Postcode: KW12 6XN.


Helmsdale Highland Games 68 miles north of Inverness north Highlands/ August 3rd week
A traditional Highland fishing village, an ideal base to explore Sutherland. Situated at the mouth of the River Helmsdale with a lot to offer the visitor to this years Highland Games.
. UDS Page . Postcode: KW8 6LQ .


Inveraray Highland Games 63 miles northwest of Glasgow/ July 3rd week
Many events where the skills in Piping, Highland Dancing and Athletics are demonstrated by experts from all over Great Britain. Come along and get involved in one of the events.
. UDS Page . Postcode: PA32 8UY.


Inverness Highland Games July 3rd week
Tulloch Inverness Highland Games and World Highland Games Championships are one of Scotland's largest games, renowned for the quality of the heavy event competitions. Spectators normaly are about 4000 - 6000.
. UDS Page . Postcode: IV1 1DX .


Killin International Highland Games 37 miles north of Stirling/ August 1st week
Athletes from across the world travel to Killin for the games held at Breadalbane Park.
. UDS Page . Postcode: FK21 8UH .


Lewis Highland Games Isle of Lewis far northeast/ July
At Tong, 3 miles north of Stornoway, one of the major events on the islands of the Outer Hebrides, gaining its place on the world Highland Games circuit.
. UDS Page . Postcode: HS1 2DR .


Lochaber Highland Games Fort William/ July 4th week
Fort William is host to Lochaber Highland Games held on the field at An Aird with a great backdrop of Ben Nevis and Cow Hill. Fort William is situated 65 miles southwest of Inverness, 103 miles north of Glasgow.
. Postcode: PH33 7LY.


Lochcarron Highland Games 62 miles west of Inverness close to the Isle of Skye/ July 3rd week
Referred to as The Friendly Games, and held in beautiful Wester Ross in the North West Highlands, feature a traditional mix of heavy events, track and field plus highland dancing and piping displays
. UDS Page . Postcode: IV54 8YG .


Mallaig and Morar Highland Games 42 miles northwest of Fort William/ August 1st week
A small but very popular and friendly games that attract a mixture of local people and people from all over the world including Canada, Australia, America, as well as across the U.K. and Europe. Mallaig is situated 86 miles north of Oban, 104 miles southwest of Inverness.
. UDS Page . Postcode: PH41 4PU .


Mull Highland Games Tobermory on the Isle of Mull 31 miles northwest of Oban/ July
Held at Erray Park in Tobermory during the month of July. Traditional Scottish Highland Games.
. UDS Page . Postcode: PA75 6PR .


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


Newburgh Highland Games and Coble Boat Race 11 miles southeast of Perth/ June 3rd week
The town of Newburgh is situated in a picturesque setting on the south bank of the Tay. The games take place in the scenic Mugdrum Estate. The Cobble Boat Race takes place on the river Tay the night before.
. UDS Page . Postcode: KY14 6DA .


Newtonmore Highland Games 45 miles south of Inverness/ August 1st week
See the spectacular sights of the Clan Macpherson March to the Games. We welcome clansmen from all parts of the globe. Newtonmore is situated close to the Cairngorm and Monadhliath Mountains, near the resort of Aviemore , some 70 miles north of Perth and 45 miles south of Inverness.
. UDS Page . Postcode: PH20 1DA .


Peebles Highland Games 22 miles south of Edinburgh/ September
The Games are among the top non-championship events, providing a more relaxed atmosphere close to the end of the competition season.
. UDS Page . Postcode: EH45 8AJ .


Shotts Highland Games 22 miles east of Glasgow/ June 1st week
About forty pipe bands play for the West of Scotland Championship and over 100 dancers take part in the Highland Dancing competitions. Situated between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
. Postcode: ML7 4JN.


Skye Highland Games Isle of Skye 120 miles west of Inverness/August 1st week
The Games at Portree feature Heavy Field Events, Athletics, Piping, Highland Dancing and Sailing, a single race for all classes of yacht.
. UDS Page . Postcode: IV51 9EJ .


Stirling Highland Games/ July 2nd week
A great day out for all the family with something for everyone to experience.
. UDS Page . Postcode: FK8.


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